Category: Desserts

Rasgulla

Rasgulla happens to be one of my personal favourites when I am thinking of Indian desserts๐Ÿ‘Œ They are so light…spongy & not at all heavy on the palate.

But, making them can be tricky…right from using the right kind of milk to mashing it to perfection! Then making sure that they cook through well!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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These were never on my mind…not exactly something I was planning to make, but then…milk splits early one morning & it just pops into mind to give these a go! Looked up some recipes online..and found a really easy recipe & some tips for a first timer like myself๐Ÿ˜‰…but I have adjusted the quantity of sugar as per our liking.

Let’s get going..

๏ธYield: 7-8 Rasgullas

Equipment: a large plate, a pressure cooker, a ladle, extra bowls, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 litre milk (I used Amul Toned milk)

1/2 tsp citric acid pwd

2 cup sugar

3-4 cup water

a few strands of saffron to garnish

pistachio to garnish

Method:

Please note that the milk had already split in my case. But to split the milk specially to make these…heat the milk in a large pan, once it comes to a boil, add the citric acid pwd and stir once. The milk will split. Just strain the milk solids in a muslin cloth and wash the solids within the cloth under running water to get rid of any traces of citric acid.

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Keep the milk solids in the muslin cloth under some weight for 30 mins to remove all the whey. Then transfer the cottage cheese/ paneer on a plate. Mash the paneer with the your hands until it’s soft and a little greasy in texture. Next, divide the mashed paneer in equal parts…about 7-8 and make smooth, crack free balls. Set them aside.

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Now, add water and sugar in the pressure cooker. Turn the flame on and let the sugar melt. Once the sugar has melted completely & the syrup starts boiling, add the balls one by one. Close the lid and place the weight too. Let it simmer for 10 mins on high flame. Then after the first whistle, lower the flame and let it simmer for another 5-8 mins. Turn off the flame after that. Let the pressure release on its own. Then take out the cooked rasgulla and the syrup and place them in a bowl to cool down completely. You can squeeze them and see how spongy they have turned out to be! They are ready…garnish & serve them chilled!!

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They taste really nice..and keep well for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. You can make these with full-fat milk too.

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’—

Adapted from Nisha Madhulika.

Til aur Moongfali ki Chikki

The Kite Flying Season is here! The Harvest Festival or Makar Sankranti as known in most parts of India…or Lodhi in Punjab! It brings us such joy to celebrate this festival…๐Ÿ˜Š And it marks the beginning of Spring in India!ย 

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Eating Sesame (til), Peanuts (Moongfali) & Jaggery (Gur) is a tradition on this day…and making Chikki (brittle) or Laddoos (fudges) with these ingredients are very common is every household. My Mom would make these too and we enjoyed them for weeks as she’d make them in large batches๐Ÿ˜

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A lot of people make these Chikkis with sugar too…and my Mom shared her recipe with me a few years ago…as I wanted to make another variety of these…along with the usual jaggery ones. The ones made with sugar are more crispy! Let’s get started…

Yield: 4 large quarters or 8-10 smaller pieces

Equipment: a non stick pan, a plate/ tray, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds (white/ black)

1/2 cup roasted & husked peanuts (unsalted)

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd (optional)

1 tsp ghee + extra to grease the tray

Method:

Grease the tray and keep it ready.ย Heat ghee in the pan and the sugar. Let the sugar melt on low flame until it dissolves completely. Then add the cardamom pwd, sesame seeds & peanuts.

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Keep the flame low and mix everything very well. Turn of the flame immediately. Now pour this mixture on the greased tray quickly and spread it out a bit. Take a knife and make lines on the mixture if you want to have evenly shaped pieces later.ย 

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Wait for the mixture to cool down..it will take about 15-20 mins. Then break it into pieces and store in an airtight container. It remains fresh for upto 2 weeks.

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Happy Sankranti Everyone!

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’•

Gajar ka Halwa

Another one of my favourite winter indulgences…Gajar Ka Halwa..or Gajrela! Too delicious to miss this one. It’s a must in almost every North Indian home during winters…..we enjoy it for breakfast or serve it for dessert post our meals..๐Ÿ˜€ย 

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Everyone makes it either by cooking carrots with milk and letting the milk reduce…it takes almost 2-3 hours for this process to happen! Or some even add milk solids (Mava/ khoya)..this takes a little lesser time and the taste is awesome! But I cook my Gajrelaย with condensed milk as many people do. It’s faster and doesn’t compromise on the taste…it’s soft, moist & just melts in the mouth! Moreover, it’s instant๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰….

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My Mom had told me I could use condensed milk when I was making it for the first time post my wedding, I hadn’t been keen on spending a long time waiting for it to cook! So I have kept following the same method to cook this all these years…and it always works so well! Let’s get started..

Yield: serves 4-5

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

500 gms grated red carrot

300 ml condensed milk (I used Amul)

3-4 tbsp sugar (optional)

1/2 cup ghee

1 tsp cardamom pwd

1/2 cup shallow fried mixed dry fruits

Method:

Heat ghee in the wok, once it’s hot enough, turn the flame to low. Add the grated carrot, cook while you stir it constantly until it turns mushy and very soft…it must be about 90% cooked and takes approximately 20-25 mins. Then add the cardamom pwd & condensed milk and keep stirring until the condensed milk gets completely absored into the carrots & dries up well.

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That will take about 10 mins. Next, add the sugar if needed along with the shallow fried dry fruits of your choice..I have used pistachios, cashews, raisins & almonds here. Cook for another 5 mins. That’s it..it’s ready to be served. You can add a scoop of chilled ice cream with the warm Halwa..tastes so good! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Go on…have a bite!

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’–

Peanut Butter & Oats No-Bake Cookies

Christmas to me means beutifully decorated trees…snow…red..green..white…golden! The colours that dominate and spell Christmas for me! & a chubby Santa of course!!ย ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠโ„๏ธโ›„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒŸ

It’s the time to be..happy…joyful…and much more! Since I attended a Catholic School…I was always looking forward to Christmas…and all the fun it brought along with it! We’d sing carols and decorate the entire school premises and the tree! I miss those days…โ˜บ๏ธ

But since we don’t get to see snow where I live… I have made my peace with it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I wanted to set the mood going for Christmas…and wanted to make something sweet…but not necessarily ‘baked’! Hence, I zeroed in on these Peanut Butter & Oats No-Bake Cookies

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Its a very straightforward cookie to put together…slightly fudgy & chewy…oats give that lovely texture…and peanut butter makes it so morish๐Ÿ˜‹… but it’s not crunchy as it’s not baked! It can make a great gift for friends & family too๐Ÿ˜€ ๐ŸŽ or a Christmas project for your kids!

Yield: 12 medium cookies

Equipment: a saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, a plate/ tray, a spatula.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tbsp butter (I used unsalted)

2 tbsp cocoa pwd

1 tsp vanilla extract/ essence

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (I used Saffola)

1 +1/4 cup oats (I used Quaker)

Method:

In a saucepan, add milk, sugar, cocoa pwd & butter. Cook these together on medium flame until the sugar melts and ip the mixture comes to ย a boil. Let it boil for just 1 min. Turn off the flame, cool it for 2 mins. Then add the vanilla extract, peanut butter & oats. Mix everything well. Then take a steel plate/ tray, and take some mixture in your palms and give it any shape of your choice.

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Do this for the entire batch of mixture. Let the cookies sit in the refrigerator for 30 mins before serving.๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ that’s it! Your yummy cookies are ready๐Ÿ‘

You can store it in the refrigerator for upto a week. And if it’s cold enough in your part of the world, you can just keep them at room temperature too!

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Let the festive spirit set in with these little bites of heaven!

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’—

Adapted from Family Food Fun.

Rava Laddoo / How to make Rava Laddoo

I always make these laddoos for nearly every festival in my home…and it’s so easy and fuss-free! My absolute favourite! ๐Ÿ˜ So this time around, I’ve made it for Diwali! ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ†ย 

These laddoos are moist, soft and slightly chewy...given that they are made of condensed milk. Too easy to make…if I must say! There is no chance that one can go wrong…I have made these so many times…that I have actually lost count๐Ÿ˜€

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This is not a family recipe, because my Mom makes them in a different way….very tedious according to me! So I have never even attempted her recipe to this day๐Ÿ˜œ

This recipe requires very little prepping…let’s get started..

Yield: 12 medium laddoos

Equipment: a non-stick wok/pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a spatula.

Ingredients:

1+1/2 cup Rava (sooji/ semolina…I used the fine variety)

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1 cup condensed milk

2 tbsp ghee

a pinch of cardamom pwd (Elaichi pwd…optional)

garnish as per your choice…I used some strands of saffron

Method:

Heat ghee in a nonstick wok, add the Rava and roast it until it becomes slightly golden, it takes about 5-6 mins on medium flame. Then add the desiccated coconut into the roasted rava, further roast them together for 5 mins. Then add cardamom pwd (optional) & the condensed milk. Mix everything well on low flame and cook for about 5 mins, you will then see the mixture coming together like a thick dough. Turn off the flame.

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Let the dough cool down for 10 mins. Grease your palms with some ghee and make laddoos with the dough. Keep the laddoos in the fridge for 15 mins. Then remove them from the fridge and re-shape them so that they are nice and round. That’s it! Done๐Ÿ˜‰ they keep well for 4-5 days even without refrigeration. Enjoy!

If you wish, you can fried raisins and nuts too in the dough and make laddoos…but I like them plain! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Yummy all the way!

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’“

Adapted from My Kitchen Tweets

Karachi Halwa Recipe/ Cornflour Halwa Recipe/ Custard Powder Halwa/ How to make Karachi Halwa

Some sweets always make you wonder…how was this made?… How was the texture so?! So on and so forth. I too wondered about Karachi Halwa or Cornflour Halwa…until the day I found a recipe some months ago! ๐Ÿ’ƒ 

Diwali is around the corner and sweets are a must have! So this seems like a good option to try other recipes from my blog….Kaju Katli, Anjeer Burfi, Mava Burfi, Dhoodh Peda, Kesari Phirni.  

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This recipe has been been sitting in my bookmarks ever since…waiting to be tried. But the timing never seemed right. So, when Diwali approached, I thought to myself that I should try it out soon..and the festivities around me seem like the perfect excuse to go for it! โ˜บ๏ธ

The texture is so soft, and not at all heavy on the palate. Slightly chewy, as it should be…and the crunchy bits of cashews just adds more flavour to it ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I was pleasantly surprised to see that making it is absolutely hassle free…very little prepping is needed. It’s safe to say that it basically prepares itself! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜› ..Let’s start the recipe..

Yield: 17-18 pieces

Equipment: a non stick pan, a wire whisk, measuring cups/ spoons, a tray, a sharp knife, a mixing bowl, a wooden spoon.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cornflour OR vanilla flavoured custard powder

1+1/2 cups water

a few drops of food colour (I used Orange Kesari)

1+1/2 cups sugar

1 cup water

2 tbsp ghee

1/4 tsp elaichi pwd

3 tbsp chopped cashew nuts

a few slivers of pistachio to garnish

Method:

Grease a tray with some ghee and keep it ready to set the Karachi Halwa

In a mixing bowl, add the cornflour/ custard powder + 1+1/2 cups of water. Also add the colour and whisk these well. Ensure there are no lumps in the mixture. Set it aside.

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Next, in the non stick pan, add the sugar & 1 cup of water. Turn on the heat and these melt together. Stir it with a wooden spoon a couple of times. This needs to be done on medium flame. There is no need to get any thread consistency here. Just that the sugar must melt completely and the mixture should be bubbly and frothy. It must thicken slightly and be sticky. Once such a texture is achieved, stir in the cornflour/ custard powder and water mixture in the sugar syrup while stirring all the time so that there are no lumps. In 3-4 mins, you will see that the mixture has started to thicken and has turned glossy in certain parts. Keep stirring continuously.

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Now, add the elaichi pwd and the ghee too. Keep stirring and mixing everything together. The texture will thicken more at this stage and become gluey. It will take another 5-6 mins for this. You will see the mixture slowly leaving the sides of the pan. Keep stirring without stopping as this stage is crucial and if you don’t stir, you will end up with lumps all over. Now add the chopped cashews (you can fry and add these, I didn’t fry it). Mix in the cashews quickly. Now you will see that the mixture is beginning to set if you stop stirring it.

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Immediately pour the mixture on the greased tray and flatten it out a little bit. Garnish it with some slivers of pistachio. And let it set for at least an hour, at room temperature for the first 20 mins and then in the refrigerator. Once it’s set, use a sharp knife and cut it in any desired shapes. That’s it, it is ready๐Ÿ˜€ it keeps well in fridge for about 5-6 days.

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Hope you will enjoy these soon.

Happy Diwali ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ˜Š

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’—

Adapted from Sharmis Passions

Sugar Cookies/ Frosted Sugar Cookies/ Iced Sugar cookies/ Halloween Ideas/ Spider Infested Sugar Cookies for Halloween/ Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe with Frosting

I have always been fascinated by colourful, decorated Sugar Cookies! They are so cute and eye-catching…you’d almost never want to eat them! But then again, they are so delicious..that I can’t think of anyone who’d resist these cuties ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ’•ย 

Look at these! I am so proud of myself! I finally pulled it off…and it was my very first attempt๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ‘

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It’s a cake walk for many…I know that, but it was a daunting task that I had set for myself. I was adamant that I had to do it before Halloween anyhow!! Although, I have made plain, no frost sugar cookies many times before following this same, exact recipe…I always kept putting off frosting to the next time! I was lazy and scared that I’d make a mess of the entire thing. Well, now that I have actually done it, I’d say…it’s pretty easy. Just a pair of steady hands and a whole lots of patience! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„

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Yes…I have some itsy, bitsy spiders who seem to have taken a liking for my cookies and are crawling all over it!! ๐Ÿ‡LoL! Nah…it’s just a bit of Halloween fever going on in my house with these cookies. I decorated them to look like spiders (Idea taken from Pinterest).

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These cookies aren’t too unhealthy…as I have used a mixture of wholewheat flour (atta) and all purpose flour (Maida). Besides, if you don’t liking too much of sugar in your food, skip the icing. These cookies taste yummy and buttery even without all the icing. And if you avoid artificial colours in your food, simply skip the colour and make plain white icing and then decorate it with some sprinkles, etc. They will still be as delicious as they could ever be!

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Let’s get started with the recipe… Please note that I made the cookies the previous day, cooled it overnight and then frosted them the next day so that the frosting sets well.

Yield: 21 small cookies/ 10 large cookies (depends on the size of the cookie cutter)

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, a wired whisk, a rolling board, a rolling pin, cookie cutters if making shapes, a flat spatula, baking tray, aluminium foil/parchment sheets, cling wrap, cooling rack, a few small bowls, extra spoons, measuring cups/ spoons, parchment paper to make the cones for icing.

Ingredients for Sugar Cookies:

1/4 cup wholewheat flour & APF each

1/4 cup + 1 tbsp icing sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

2 +1/2 tbsp soft unsalted butter at room temperature

1/4 tsp baking pwd

4 tbsp milk at room temperature

Method:

In a mixing bowl, sieve together the flours, baking powder & icing sugar. Give them a stir. Now add the butter and the vanilla extract. Use your whisk to mix these ingredients, they will resemble a bread crumb like texture. Now, add milk one tbsp at a time, and use your hands to bring together the dough. Don’t over knead the dough. Also, please don’t be tempted to add more milk. I used just 4 tbsp and it was enough. Now wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for 30 mins.

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In the meantime, line the baking tray with aluminium sheet or parchment paper and keep it ready.

After 30 mins, take the dough out of the refrigerator. Dust some APF on the rolling board and the rolling pin too. Start rolling the dough gently to a thickness of 3 or 4 mm. Not more than this. Use any cookies cutters to give fancy shapes or just use a circular cap with a sharp edge of any bottle to cut round shapes. Use a flat spatula to carefully pick the cookies and place them on the lined baking tray. Do the same with the entire dough. Now, refrigerate these it cookies for 30 mins before baking to avoid speaking out and loosing the shapes.

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In the meantime, pre heat the oven to 180’c for 10 mins. (Please note that each oven works differently, so you will have to adjust the cooking time accordingly).

Now that the cookies are chilled for 30 mins, bake them for about 15 mins or until the edges just begin to turn golden. My oven took 15 mins to turn the edges golden & I used the smaller cookie cutter, depending on the size of the cookies and your oven, you will have to keep an eye on them to prevent them from turning too dark. You can see in the above picture that the bottom of the cookies too were evenly golden โ˜บ๏ธ That’s the perfect colour. When you snap this cookie into two, it will be crispy without many crumbs.

Next, let these cookies cool on a cooling rack for minimum 5-6 hours or overnight in a container Before you frost them. Don’t let them cool on the cooling rack for more than 2 hours else they will turn soggy due to the humidity and the frosting won’t set well. But do not refrigerate either.ย 

Ingredients for Icing/ Frosting:

1/4 cup icing sugar

1 + 1/2 tbsp cornflour

1 tsp lemon juice

2-3 tsp milk

a few drops of food colours of your choice (optional)

Method:

First, make cones for icing using parchment paper (sorry do not have pictures as I was doing this but alone and hubby wasn’t around to help with clicking). If you wish, u can use ziplock bags too for icing. Just cut the tip of the bag once you fill the frosting in it.

Keep the cookies ready on a plate.

In a bowl, add icing sugar, cornflour, lemon juice. Stir well. Now add in a little milk and mix well. Don’t add all the milk at one go. Make a smooth paste of a dropping consistency but it should NOT be runny. If you need to thicken the mixture, add some more icing sugar. To loosen the mixture, if needed, add a few drops of milk.

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If you want to skip the colours, then just fill the plain white icing in a cone/ bag, make a small cut at the tip of the piping cone/ bag. Carefully draw the outline of the cookies first and then fill the centre too or not. As you like. Decorate with some sprinkles or chocolate chips and chocolate vermicelli to make small spiders…or keep it plain.

If you wish to add colour, then divide the plain icing in equal parts depending on how many colours you want to incorporate and add a few drops of food colour. You can add 1 drop and make a lighter shade or add 2-3 drops and make it a darker shade like I have done. Now fill the icing in the piping cone/ bags, make a small cut at the tip of the cone/ bag. And follow the same way as I have explained above for plain icing. Go ahead and decorate them!

Let these frosted cookies set at room temperature for at least 1-2 hours before you grab them! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ they will dry and the frosting will become very thick and hard.

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Have them plain…have them frosted..decorate it or just keep it simple! It’s up to you. You can frost it in any pattern or design of your choice…I did a basic frosting but it’s bright and eye-catching!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ Hope you like these!

They keep well in a air tight container for about 3-4 days.Do not refrigerate, the frosting won’t melt.

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’ž

Adapted from Sharmis Passions.

Wholewheat Chocolate Cake / Basic Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe/ How To Make An Eggless Cake / Chocolate Sponge Cake Recipe

I had been wanting to post this for a very long time…yes it’s been sitting in files for almost a month now! I had made this to celebrate my hubby’s birthday ๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ’— ….who is fond of ‘eating healthy’! Hence an almost guilt free cake…Wholewheat Chocolate Cake with a Chocolate Frosting! ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฐ Yay!ย 

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Wouldn’t up you like a slice…or two?!๐Ÿ˜œ This is a very moist and soft cake..hence I follow this recipe blindly for perfect results every time. Look at the frosting.. wow! I am still drooling. Actually I am very bad at piping the swirls and stuff on a cake…so this kind of frosting is best for people like me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

To be honest, I had wanted to shoot the entire cake and this slice…but this was all I could save for the blog. I don’t shoot at nights…and we cut the cake when it was ready in the evening…so I managed to keep this neat little slice safe and shot it later in the morning!! ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s an easy recipe, but I suggest you should always keep every ingredient at room temperature and on your work surface before you begin the prepping so that the air is intact in the cake batter. It makes a world’s difference to the final outcome.

Let’s get going with it…

Yield: One 6″ X 2.5″ round cake (you can use larger or a smaller baking tin, but adjust the baking time according to that) serves 2-3

Equipment: a manual whisk, a mixing bowl, a sieve, a small saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tin, cooling rack, a stirring spatula preferably of silicon, a plate.

Ingredients for the Cake:ย 

1 Cup wholewheat flour (atta)

3/4 cup + 3 tbsp pwd sugar

3 tbsp cocoa pwd

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp vinegar (use lime juice if you like)

1 tsp vanilla essence/ extract

1/4 cup oil or melted butter

1 cup water at room temperature

Method:

Grease the baking tin with some oil and dust it with a little bit of flour. Preheat the oven for 10 mins at 180’c.

(Note: Please work with your oven as per it’s functioning to set the temperature and cooking time, every oven works a bit differently)

Sieve together the dry ingredients in a bowl and set it aside. In another bowl, mix water + oil/ butter + vanilla extract + vinegar well. Everything must be incorporated nicely. Now add the sieved dry ingredients into the wet mixture slowly and keep whisking so that there are no lumps in the batter. Please note that this batter will thin, not too thick.

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Now, pour the batter in the prepared tin, and tap it once to release the excess air. Bake it for approximately 35-40 mins at 180’c using just the lower heating coil/ rods. To check if it’s cooked, insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake on the top, if it comes out clean, your cake is ready. If not, please bake it for few more mins. Remove the tin from the oven and let it cool for 10 mins before unmoulding it. Then let the cake cool completely for at least 30 mins on a cooling rack before frosting. You can avoid frosting & enjoy it just plain too if you like it so!

Ingredients for the Frosting:

3 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature

2 tbsp milk

4 tbsp cocoa pwd

5 tbsp sugar (adjust as per taste)

Method:

Heat butter in a saucepan, once it’s melted, add the cocoa pwd, sugar and milk (you can add more milk if you want a thinner frosting). Stir everything constantly to avoid lumps and cook on low flame. Once it’s melted and is smooth, take it off the flame. Place the cake on a plate. Spread the warm frosting all over the cake, cover it from all sides.

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Keep the cake in fridge to set the icing for 1-2 hours but ensure you cover it with a large bowl that doesn’t touch the cake from any side.

If you like a little frosting in between the cake too, then, you can cut the cake in half horizontally and add some frosting in between the two halves before covering it completely with the frosting! You can also dust some cocoa pwd before serving …its looks pretty and tastes extra chocolaty! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Enjoy your cake! ๐Ÿ˜„

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Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’—

Adapted recipe and styling from Veg Recipes Of Indiaย 

Sookhe Kaale Chane Puri Aur Sooji Ka Halwa/ Sooji ka Halwa/ Mata ka Bhog/ Spicy Bengal Gram Recipe/ Kanjak Bhog Recipe/ Kanya Pooja ka Bhog/ Ashtami ka Bhog/ North Indian Ashtami Bhog recipe/ Navratri Menu

Navratri fasting comes to an end on Ashtami (eighth day). This day is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm all over the country. Food and offerings are made to ‘Maa Durga’ (Goddess Durga).ย 

Many Hindus worship little girls ‘devi’ to symbolise them as the ‘Goddess‘ herself. This Pooja is either done on Ashtami or in some families, Navmi (ninth day). This is usually known as Kanya Pooja or Kanjak Pooja. The ritual is to wash the feet of these little girls and then offer them beautiful ‘chunnari‘ (colourful scarves) along with bangles, toys among other attractive gifts! They are then offered delicious food too….that’s when Sookhe Kaale Chane is served along with Poori and Sooji/ Rawa/ Semolina Halwa or Puddingย . And trust me..it’s a divine combination.

Sookhe Kaale Chane Puri Aur Sooji Ka Halwa/ Sooji ka Halwa/ Mata ka Bhog/ Spicy Bengal Gram Recipe/ Kanjak Bhog Recipe/ Kanya Pooja ka Bhog/ Ashtami ka Bhog/ North Indian Ashtami Bhog recipe/ Navratri Menu includes Hot, fluffy Pooris with the spicy Sookhe Kaale Chane and that Halwa studded with dry fruits and lots ghee is to die for! This is the menu served all across the Northern Part of India. I am not too sure what goes into the menu in other regions as there is a lot diversity when it comes to celebrating festivals in India.

I remember when I was a little girl, I used to go visit a few places as my Mother’s friends would invite me over for the Kanya ย Pooja! It was so much fun…and then later I would have my friends and some other girls over at my place for the same Kanyaย Pooja ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ and we would all tuck into this delicious meal.

I would actually wait for it for days!! My Mom, she makes such delicious Sookhe Kale Chane, Pooris and Halwa๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹…I just can’t resist when she has all these things lined up in front of me! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Her recipes are so simple and yet very flavoursome

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Although, all over Northern India, the recipe for these Chane and Halwaย remains pretty much the same…just an ingredient here or there might be different.ย 

Lets go on with my Mother’s recipes…

Yield: serves 3-4

Sookhe Kaale Chaneย 

Equipment: a wok, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

3 cups boiled Kaale Chane (soak them overnight and boil them for 2-3 whistles in a pressure cooker) (Bengal Gram)

salt to taste (we use regular salt for this)

3 tbsp oil

1 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida, optional)

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1+1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1+1/2 tsp coriander pwd

1/2 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd, optional)

chopped coriander to garnish

Method:

Once the chane have been boiled, drain all the water and set them aside. Now, heat the wok, once it’s hot enough, add the oil. Now, add the cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let them splutter a bit. Next, add the boiled chane and season with salt.

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Mix well and add the other dry spice mentioned above. Mix them well. Cover with a lid and let it all cook for 4-5 mins. As the chane are boiled, we don’t need to wait too long for them to cook. Once done, turn off the gas and garnish with chopped coriander. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ that’s it, it’s ready!

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Poori:

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a wok, a slotted spatula, rolling pin, rolling board.

2 cups wholewheat flour

salt to taste

3 tbsp warm ghee

1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)

water as needed to knead the dough

oil for frying

Method:

Take the flour in the the mixing bowl, add salt and carom seeds to it. Give it a good mix. Make a well in the centre, and add the ghee in the well and mix again. Now add water little by little into the flour and make a firm dough (kadak). Cover it and let it rest for about 30 mins.

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Next, make equal sized balls of the dough, using a rolling pin, roll out the dough. The diameter can be 3″-4″ or even more. But do not roll them too thin. The thickness should be about 3mm or so. Do the same for all the dough balls and keep on a plate. Heat oil for frying in the wok. Once it’s hot, fry one or two Pooris at a time, be careful not to splash any oil. About 30 seconds on the first side and 15 seconds or less on the other side will give perfect and fluffy Pooris. Do the same for the entire batch and set them aside. They are ready ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Sooji Ka Halwa:

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup Sooji (semolina)

7-8 tbsp sugar (adjust as per your taste)

4-5 tbsp ghee

1/4 tsp cardamom pwd

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

some chopped dry fruits to garnish

Method:

Heat ghee in the wok, then, add sooji and roast it on medium flame until it turns slightly golden. Now add the milk and water in the roasted sooji.

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Give everything a stir. Add the sugar and cardamom pwd next. Keep stirring (it will look very diluted at this point, but slowly the sooji will absorb the milk and water & the sugar will melt too). Once it’s dry enough to a consistency of your liking , turn off the flame and garnish with some chopped pistachios and almond slivers or fried cashews too ๐Ÿ˜€ that’s it! Serve it piping hot with Pooris & Sookhe Kale Chane! ย ๐Ÿ’•

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(Note: Adding milk will give a very rich flavour. Skip it if you wouldn’t like that, simply add an extra 1/2 cup of water to replace it. You will notice that I add the sugar directly to the sooji instead of making a sugar syrup, that’s because this method is sure shot. You will never face any issues of the sugar burning or not melting. My Mom has been doing this for the last 45+ years. It always works!)ย 

Happy Cooking!

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’–

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Custard & Rose Ripple Ice Cream

Yes! It’s another of my easy peasy…eggless…no-churn ice creams!! It needs minimum efforts and its safe to say that has maximum flavour! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ย 

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I have been using this recipe for sometime now. It’s really an all round winner…such amazing results every time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Do give a shot to my 2 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream…..or something summery like The No Churn Orange Ice Cream! ๐Ÿ’“ ….or something indulgent like a Honey & Butterscotch Ice Cream ๐Ÿ˜ฌ sounds irresistible, isn’t it!? They are all prepped in less than 15-20 mins…no churning…no ice cream machine needed…and no eggs!! ๐Ÿ‘Œโ˜บ๏ธ just put them in the freezer and forget about it for 7-8 hours…..simply dig into its oh-so-creamy texture once it’s set! ๐Ÿ˜

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So this time…I choose to combine two very different yet complimenting flavours! Custard because it’s one of my hubby’s favourite desserts & Rose…simply because I wanted it to look pretty and to taste exotic๐Ÿ˜‹ …and trust me..it was a great combination! I was a bit worried that hubby may not like the flavours…but he loved it…and found it pretty too ๐Ÿ˜„…kept asking me how I did the Ripples… ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‡ anyways…lets get on with the recipe now..

๏ธYield: 3-4 servings of 2 medium sized scoops

Equipment: a non stick pan, a whisk/ electric whisk, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, an airtight/ aluminium container to set the ice cream, a large mixing bowl, a sharp knife for creating the rippling effect.

Ingredients:

110 ml milk (I have used Amul 3% milk, you can use skimmed milk or full fat milk)

200 ml chilled cream (I have used Amul fresh cream, NOT whipping cream)

1tbsp custard pwd (I used pillsbury, vanilla flavour)

7-8 tbsp sugar (adjust as per taste)

2 drops of vanillaย essence

2-3 tbsp rose syrup (I used Roohafza)

Method:

Heat the pan over low heat, add the milk and custard powder, keep whisking as it cooks on low heat and make a smooth and thick custard (the custard should coat the back of a spoon). It took me about 5 mins to make the custard. Cool this custard in the refrigerator. Once cooled in about 10 mins, pour the custard in the mixing bowl, add chilled cream, vanilla essence & the sugar to the custard. Then whisk well for 7-10mins to mix everything well (I used an electric whisk hence took just 4-5 mins to mix these well). We do not need stiff peaks, just whisk to add some air into the mixture.

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Now, put the ice cream mixture in the airtight/ aluminium container, pour the rose syrup on the ice cream mixture & using the tip of a sharp knife make ripples as shown in the pictureย above. Thatโ€™s it! Cover the container and put in the freezer to set it for overnight or at least 7-8 hours. Thaw the ice cream at room temperature for a few mins before scooping!!

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Wow! Look at the texture! Just like the store-bought ice creams…! Super easy, isn’t it?!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„ if you like, you can add some nuts or sprinkles while serving it ๐Ÿง๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Just in case you wish to skip the ripples….simply add the rose syrup in the ice cream mixture and give it a mix….you will get the same taste and pale pink coloured ice cream๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you guys will try this soon…๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’–

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