Rice Kheer | Chawal Ki Kheer | Kheer Recipes

A delicious thick creamy dessert, North Indian style rice kheer or chawal ki kheer
04/22/2019 7:00:21 PM vindhyadesai

A creamy rice kheer is pure bliss! It can be dessert, a sweet, sometimes a light lunch or snack. Ok, don’t tell anyone, it is absolutely to die for! Once in a while, rice kheer or chawal ki kheer for lunch is fine, yes let’s say it is ๐Ÿ™‚
For this rice kheer, I have made it North Indian style using fragrant basmati rice. Rice is slowly cooked in milk and then sweetened with sugar. It is then simmered until rice cooks completely and the sugar gets fully absorbed. ... “Rice Kheer | Chawal Ki Kheer | Kheer Recipes”

Basundi | Homemade Basundi | Sweet Recipes

Creamy Basundi with lightly crunchy dry nuts and delicate saffron
03/25/2019 3:45:55 PM vindhyadesai

This month, March’19 Food Of Interest completes 3 full years. I did post the 1st post on March 4th 2016 but I would like to think March and April 2016 were the founding months of FOI. It laid the foundations, setting up the website, finding a nice format for the posts, easy to read and make recipes, indeed it is a special month! With over 15K users per month I thank my readers for trying my recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ So here it is and to make it even more statistically special, the 400th post on FOI, on a sweet note with “Basundi“.
Creamy milk sweets are too good to ignore. Imagine thickened sweetened creamy milk loaded with pistachios, almonds, cashews, with subtle fragrance of elaichi. Makes you go into a different world, a world filled with creaminess of milk and nuttiness of rich nuts! This rich introduction is for a traditional Maharashtra and Karnataka special sweet dish, “Basundi”. ... “Basundi | Homemade Basundi | Sweet Recipes”

Badam Poori | Paaka Poori | Sweet Recipes

Delicious and decadent, loaded with hidden oozy sweetness in layers, badam poori
11/03/2018 4:18:54 PM vindhyadesai

Crisp pooris dunked in sugar syrup, flavoured with almonds, elaichi and kesar/saffron, sounds mouth-watering? And why wouldn’t it! Crisp oozy badam poori is my indulgence, something that makes me want to go into the kitchen and dig in! A single bite and you are in trouble because you can’t stop ๐Ÿ™‚
Badam poori is very easy to make, needs a bit of time and patience though. It has a few steps to it but totally worth it. Badam poori makes for great sweet during festivals like Varamahalakshmi pooja, Deepavali and more. If you are looking for a lighter sweet instead of big ones like bele holige/obbattu, kayi obbattu etc. then look no more. These delicious, decadent badam poori is your answer. ... “Badam Poori | Paaka Poori | Sweet Recipes”

Kesar Elaichi Peda | Kesar Peda | Sweet Recipes

Melt in the mouth, fragrant and favourite, kesar elaichi peda
10/30/2018 8:42:58 PM vindhyadesai

As a kid I was always fascinated by big sweet shops. The idea of tasty, succulent sweets all lined up behind a counter makes one drool isn’t it? I have always loved pedas, there are all shapes of pedas, round, square, oval or random shaped. And the flavours, simply superb, kesar, badam, kaju, pista, elaichi, gulab and what not. The best ones for me are the elaichi peda or kesar elaichi peda with a distinct peda stamp/chaap.
Kesar elaichi peda is a standard when it comes to Indian sweets. The shape, the texture and the taste, all of it a perfect combination. Whether from bakeries, sweet stalls or from milk parlours (how many of you buy kesar elaichi peda from Nandini shops in Karnataka?) ... “Kesar Elaichi Peda | Kesar Peda | Sweet Recipes”

Badam Kheer | Badami Payasa | Kheer Recipes

Blanched chopped nutty almonds in fragrant, smooth and thick milk, badam kheer
10/15/2018 10:44:47 PM vindhyadesai

Anything that involves dry nuts and milk is a sure-shot hit combination. Dry nuts like badam/almonds or cashews add richness and a lot of crunch to a dish. Especially if it is a sweet dish like this badam kheer. Badam kheer has a rich base of badam/almonds of course. Read-on what goes into this kheer and don’t forget to try it ๐Ÿ™‚
So, as I was saying badam kheer has badam and along with that, it has kesar/saffron and elaichi. They make this badam kheer really flavourful and you do not need a lot of sugar at all. It’s best to use full cream milk and not skimmed milk. The fats in the milk are definitely required to make the badam kheer thick and flavourful. ... “Badam Kheer | Badami Payasa | Kheer Recipes”

Pineapple Kesari | Pineapple Sheera | Kesari Recipes

Bright yellow and fragrant, super special and a favourite sheera, pineapple kesari
10/08/2018 1:55:13 PM vindhyadesai

Kesari is a very commonly made sweet all across India. It is like a halwa but has a league of its own. Kesari or kesari bhaat or sheera is made with rava as the base. It can then be laced with different flavours like kesar, elaichi etc. The liquid added can be either milk or water, if making it with milk, check out my haal kesari recipe. Here I have made a pineapple kesari!
Kesari can be enriched with extra flavours by adding a fruit or fruits into the mix. Pineapple, apple, mango, banana can go into making kesari. Pineapple kesari is one of the most famous ones amongst the lot! It is rich as it is made with pure desi ghee and loaded with cashews and raisins. ... “Pineapple Kesari | Pineapple Sheera | Kesari Recipes”

Bellada Panaka | Gur Ki Sharbat | Juice Recipes

Cool, refreshing, a must for Ram Navami celebration – bellada panaka
03/21/2018 9:50:23 PM vindhyadesai

Panaka is a refreshing drink made with fresh lemon juice and it is generally sweetened with sugar. But this authentic cooling beverage is made from jaggery to result in a very nice bellada panaka. Jaggery or bella is unrefined and is not processed as much as sugar and is better for you. Moreover it is rich in minerals making it a healthy drink.
Bellada panaka is a must for Ram Navami festival. Along with majjige these are served in big pitchers on the streets by enthusiastic people and it’s for a good cause. It definitely helps the people to recover from the heat and is a big colourful celebration! It is flavoured with elaichi and a little dry ginger powder, black pepper powder and is chilled before serving. The lemon juice rounds up all the flavours so well, a simply super drink! ... “Bellada Panaka | Gur Ki Sharbat | Juice Recipes”

Badam Halwa | Sweet Recipes | Festival Recipes

Rich and nutty, with a beautiful sunshine yellow colour, badam halwa
01/01/2018 8:08:24 PM vindhyadesai

A rich and nutty halwa is the order of the day! Welcoming the new year with a gorgeous yellow coloured traditional sweet, badam halwa. Halwas are very popular all over India. Carrot halwa, lauki halwa are amongst the most favourite and common ones.
Badam halwa is a rich and decadent halwa made purely with almonds, sugar and fragrant saffron (kesar). Indeed it is a very rich sweet but so tasty that you will want to gorge on more than one. ... “Badam Halwa | Sweet Recipes | Festival Recipes”

Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand | Sweet Recipes

Luscious, decadent, laced with mild fragrance of kesar & elaichi, kesar elaichi shrikhand
10/30/2017 3:07:13 PM vindhyadesai

Some recipes like shrikhand may seem daunting to make. But with a little effort it can be very easy to prepare. This is also one of those recipes which can be made ahead of time. That is why I love sweets, they taste better as they sit. This mildly flavoured kesar elaichi shrikhand is definitely one such recipe.
I can lap up kesar elaichi shrikhand anytime and it tastes great with these puffy whole wheat puris. Making the hung curd is the most important step. Please follow the stepwise recipe to make hung curd here. Or you can also use store-bought strained yogurt to do this and the Greek yogurt is a candidate for this. ... “Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand | Sweet Recipes”

Mango Kesari | Mango Sheera | Mango Recipes

Mango kesari – a twist on the traditional kesari with delicious in season mango flavours
05/29/2017 4:51:50 PM vindhyadesai

I just love the mango season. So many recipes to try out with mangoes. Mangoes are truly the king of fruits in the real sense. It blends well with in so many dishes. Like the signatureย  haal kesari dish or sheera made into something extraordinary like mango kesari. Spectacular!
It’s truly a treat for the senses. It is visually very appealing and the taste is simply ‘mango’ (see what I did here!). One of the best and simplest sweet dishes I have tried in recent times. It is the ultimate celebration of juicy ripe mangoes.
Hurry, the mango season just might be over prematurely owing to the torrential rains! Line it up though, all you mango lovers, this dish takes mango to a new level. It works so well in this kesari. ... “Mango Kesari | Mango Sheera | Mango Recipes”