Festive and loaded with nuts and raisins, creamy sakkare pongal
01/08/2018 9:56:18 PM vindhyadesai
Come January, we start preparing for Makara Sankranti/Pongal. In various parts of India this is a special festival and is celebrated with much fervour all around. Traditional recipes such as this sweet version sakkare pongal and a spicy version like ven pongal are the main staples of this festival.
Sakkare pongal a.k.a sakkarai pongal, has its origins in Tamil Nadu and is a must for the festival. It has rice and mung dal cooked until soft and creamy in a jaggery syrup and milk. It is flavoured with fragrant spices like laung, cardamom and topped with ghee. ... “Sakkare Pongal | Sweet Pongal | Sankranti 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”
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”
Soft raisins, golden fried cashews in traditional Karnataka style rava ladoo or rava unde
09/09/2017 10:34:35 PM vindhyadesai
Traditional sweets are always the best recipes to turn to if you are unsure of what to make. These recipes have been made by millions over the years. They are foolproof, tried, tested and of course tasted! One such sweet recipe is rava unde or rava ladoo.
These moist and soft rava unde are laden with plump raisins and golden cashews. Adding ghee takes this rava unde to another level in terms of aroma. Milk adds the necessary moisture to these wonderful sweets. Mild spicy notes in the form of cloves (laung/lavanga) and elaichi (cardamom) adds all the fragrance. ... “Rava Unde | Ladoo Recipes | Sweet Recipes”
Melt-in-the-mouth Karnataka style kobbri mithai, a special sweet
08/13/2017 12:30:22 PM vindhyadesai
Traditional and good old sweets are the best and easy ways to celebrate festivals. Even if you do not have experience making these sweets, you will find a lot of guidance and inspiration around you to make them. Kobbri mithai definitely belongs to that category.
Kobbri mithai is nothing but coconut/nariyal barfi (for my non-kannada friends and readers!) It uses only a few ingredients but the consistency is very very important. ... “Kobbri Mithai | Coconut Barfi | Sweet Recipes”
Creamy carrot payasa, an easy choice for festivals or when guests come over
07/09/2017 4:57:44 PM vindhyadesai
When guests are coming over or when you need to make a quick sweet which everybody would like then carrot payasa or kheer can be one your choices. It tastes best chilled or at room temperature. You can even make it ahead of time and refrigerate it.
It’s just a matter of slicing up some fresh carrots and cooking them through. They can be even cooked in a pressure cooker till soft. Made fragrant with elaichi, this easy to make carrot payasa is popular with kids. They will like the colour and texture. It is smooth and sweet, so you would not hear any complaints. ... “Carrot Payasa | Payasa Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Little bundles of joy, droolworthy, dreamy Dharwad peda
06/29/2017 9:40:10 PM vindhyadesai
I had no idea that I will be able to try these kind of sweets years ago when I started cooking. For me making these Dharwad Peda at home is a personal milestone in cooking. They taste so good… Do not know where to start exclaiming about this wonderful sweet.
Dharwad peda is a trademark and a well protected sweet recipe from the beautiful land of Dharwad, Karnataka. This recipe has been protected for generations by families like Mishra, Thakur from that region.
This recipe may not even be the way these Dharwad peda are prepared. But I won’t complain they taste so similar and look so similar. So no complaints. Hats off to those folks who have developed and perfected the ‘Dharwad Peda’ recipe for years. ... “Dharwad Peda | Pedha Recipes | Sweet recipes”
Homemade khova recipe, a base for many rich Indian sweets
06/24/2017 9:25:21 PM vindhyadesai
Ever wondered how to make homemade khova. Khova is the base for many rich Indian sweets. Khova is generally made by boiling milk for several hours to get the thick cream enriched with ghee.
But how about trying this rich homemade khova which can be made instantly. Yes, this too takes time but not as long as the elaborate version. This homemade khova or khoya recipe makes use of milk powder (skimmed) to get the instant thick creaminess. ... “Homemade Khova | How to make khoya?”
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 signature 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”
Traditional and easy, a quick way to satisfy your sweet taste buds-baalehannu rasayana
05/17/2017 10:00:42 PM vindhyadesai
Fruit salads are always fun to eat. The choices are endless. Fancy fruit salads are too pretentious though, I think. Cutting fruits in different ways is an art of course. Bit of a faff to eat it all up later. Our good old traditional ways of eating fruits are the best. This baalehannu rasayana or simple banana fruit salad is one such salad.
This baalehannu rasayana of course has bananas, along with freshly grated coconut, grated jaggery, pounded elaichi, honey, edible camphor and gasa gase (poppy seeds). All of these amalgamate so well together, baalehannu rasayana becomes a magic salad to eat. ... “Baalehannu Rasayana | Banana Rasayana”