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Showing posts with label Desserts. Show all posts
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09 December, 2013

Malai Chumchum

09 December, 2013

This is a very traditional and popular Bengali sweet/mishti recipe. It is almost like rasogolla but more delicious and mouthwatering. The shape is cylindrical and instead of sugar syrup it is dipped in malai and tastes just awesome. You can make it white like rasgullas or make it colourful like light pink or light yellow and coat nicely with malai or thickened sweet milk.
 
Malai Chumchum! :D

Ingredients:

  • For Chamcham:
  • Milk - 1 litre (full fat or cow's milk)
  • Vinegar / Lemon juice - 1/2 cup diluted with 1/2 cup water/ 1 tbsp
  • For sugar syrup:
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Water - 3 cups
  • For Malai syrup:
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • Condensed milk - 4 tbsp
  • For Garnishing:
  • Saffron - few strands
  • Pistachios - few (chopped)

Method: 

  1. Take milk and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, slowly add diluted vinegar solution / lemon juice to it. Stir the milk gently. the milk will curdle and the whey will separate from the milk. Strain with a cheese cloth. Don't make it over dry.
  2. Transfer the cheena  onto a clean flat plate. Knead the mixture with the back of the palm so that it is free of lumps. Make cylindrical shapes out of the kneaded cheena. Keep aside.
  3. Take 1 cup sugar and 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker. When the water starts boiling, add the cheena cylinders. Cook in medium flame for 2 whistles. Let the pressure drop by itself. Open the cooker and keep the chum chums aside with the sugar syrup. 
  4. Take milk in a pan and let it simmer in medium heat till it reduces to half the quantity. Now add the condensed milk and stir well.
  5. Remove from heat. Now add the cooked cheena cylinders/chum chums in the milk mixture. 
  6.  Garnish with chopped pistachios and few strands of saffron.



11 November, 2013

Rosogolla/Rasgulla In Pressure Cooker/ A Traditional Bengali Sweet

11 November, 2013


Finally, I will start posting once again after a long time. So, thought of starting with some sweet dishes which I prepared during this puja. No celebration is complete without the rasogolla/rasgulla specially for Bengalees. This awesome sweet dish captures everyone's heart, the moment it is tasted. It is relished almost everywhere in India and abroad. So, just have fun and try out this easy and famous sweet!

Ingredients:

  • Whole milk - 1 litre
  • Vinegar - 1/2 cup (diluted in 1/2 cup water)
  • Maida - 1 tsp
  • For Sugar syrup
  • Sugar - 2 cups
  • Water - 4 cups

Method:

  1. Take the milk in a pan and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, remove from heat.Stir for 5-7 mins till it turns slightly cool.
  2. Now add the diluted vinegar solution and stir the milk gently.The milk will curdle and the whey would seperate from the milk.
  3. Strain the curdled milk with a cheese cloth. Homemade chena /paneer is now ready.
  4. Transfer the chena to a clean flat plate and add maida to it. Knead and mix well to make it smooth and free of lumps.
  5. Then make lemon/ping pong size balls.  There should be no cracks in the balls. I made around 12 balls.
  6.  Add the water and sugar in a pressure cooker and bring it to a boil. Add the prepared paneer balls and close the cooker.
  7. Cook for 1 whistle and then cook on medium for 7-8 mins.
  8. Cool and open the lid, the balls would just double in size.
  9. Remove from the cooker and transfer them to a bowl.
  10. Wait for at least 2-3 hours before serving so that the rasgullas get time to soak in all the sweetness.
  11. So just enjoy these easy to make Bengali Sweet- Rosogolla!

14 June, 2013

Mango Panna Cotta- A Summer Treat

14 June, 2013

Mango Panna Cotta- A Summer Treat

Mango is my favorite fruit and now in season. I haven't given much recipes with mango, so thought of serving fresh mangoes in this delicious way, by making Mango Panna Cotta. This is a perfect summer dessert and quite easy to prepare if you have the ingredients at hand. Panna cotta was on my to-do list for a very long time and I finally made it. Panna cotta can have many flavours- cherry, strawberry, blueberry, chocolate etc.(So, do make it and don't forget to comment or subscribe! Njoy!)

Mango Panna Cotta- A Summer Treat

Ingredients:

For panna cotta:
  • Fresh cream- 1 cup ( I used Amul ready-made cream)
  • Milk- 1 cup
  • Sugar- 1/2 cup/ 2 tbsp.
  • Vanilla essence- 1 tsp.
  • Gelatin- 2 tsp.
  • Water- 2-3 tbsp. (For melting the gelatin)

For mango gelee:
  • Mango puree- 2-3 mangoes (Approx. 1 1/2 cup)
  • Sugar- 2 1/2 tbsp. (according to the sweetness of mangoes)
  • Gelatin- 2 tsp.
  • Water- 2-3 tbsp. (For melting)

Method:

For panna cotta:
  1. Add gelatin to a small bowl containing the water (warm). Keep aside till the gelatin melts, becomes clear and there are no lumps. You can also melt the gelatin in the microwave for quicker results.
  2. Mix the milk and fresh cream in a stainless steel vessel and bring to a boil. Add sugar and simmer till it dissolves completely. Stir in between and turn off the heat. Add vanilla essence to the mixture.
  3. Add and mix the gelatin till it is completely dissolved. Let it come down to room temperature.
  4. Pour the mixture in serving glasses/bowls. Cover with plastic wraps and refrigerate for 2-4 hrs. or until it is set properly.
For mango gelee:
  1. Mix gelatin in cold water. Cut mango into small pieces and puree them in the blender.
  2. Add sugar to the mango puree and simmer till the sugar dissolves properly.
  3. Combine the gelatin and mango mixture until a smooth paste is formed and the gelatin has dissolved properly, without any lumps.
  4. Let it cool down and then pour over panna cotta layer. Allow it to set in the refrigerator for 3-5 hours. 
  5. Serve chilled. You can garnish with fruits or other toppings, or have it as it is.







28 March, 2013

Gujiya-A Sweet Holi Snack

28 March, 2013

Gujiya-A Sweet Holi Snack

I think you have got to know a lot about Holi from my last post. Gujiya is a fried and sweet snack commonly relished during the colorful festival of Holi. I baked my gujiyas to make them healthy and to give them a twist, instead of the conventional frying. You can also dip the gujiyas in sweet sugar syrup, but I kept mine plain. Hope you like them! (And don't forget to comment or subscribe! Njoy!!)

Gujiya-A Sweet Holi Snack
Gujiyas with a bit of red color


Putting the gujiya in the mould

Ingredients:



  • Maida- 1 cup
  • Sooji/Semolina/Rava- 2 tbsp.
  • Ghee- 2 tbsp.
  • Kismis/raisins - 3 tbsp
  • Almonds - 50 gms (cut into thin slices)
  • Milk (Normal/Cold)- 1/4 cup
  • Khoya/Mawa(For filling)- 50 gms.
  • Sugar- 1/2 cup

Method:

1. Add sooji, maida, ghee and milk in a bowl and mix well to make soft and firm dough.
2. Put khoya in a deep frying pan and fry to a light brown colour adding sugar, kismis and almonds. Let it cool.
3. Take the dough and roll it out in the size and shape of a poori.
4. Take the mould (for gujiya) and place the rolled out dough in the mould. Add roasted khoya and sugar in the middle. Press and close the mould.
5. Place the moulds on the baking tray. Bake at 180 degrees Centigrade for 30 minutes. 
6. Serve garnished with almonds and pistachios( It can also be stored in an air tight container for even a month).

Sending this to : Swathi's Traditional Indian Sweets Event & Giveaway



19 March, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug cake

19 March, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug cake

This is a treat my daughter wants to make it herself during a term break when she invites her friends at home. The best thing about this mug cake is that its quick and easy and can be made quite easily within 5 minutes in the microwave. Top your mug cake with any favourite topping of yours and just N'Joy!!!

Ingredients:


  • All purpose flour/ maida - 4 tbsp
  • Sugar - 4 tbsp
  • Cocoa powder - 1 tbsp
  • Peanut butter - 2 tbsp
  • Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Egg - 1
  • Milk - 3 tbsp
  • Oil / melted butter - 3 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence - 1/2 ts
  • Chocolate chips - 1 tbsp

Method:

1. Mix all the dry ingredients( maida, sugar, baking powder and cocoa powder) in a bowl.
2. Now add the egg and mix well. Next add milk, melted butter/oil, peanut butter and vanilla essence. Whisk all the ingredients together and make a smooth batter.
3. Add chocolate chips and mix gently.
4. Divide the batter into 2 microwave safe mugs(fill only upto 3/4), and microwave in high power for 2 mins. Do not over bake, otherwise it would turn rubbery. 
5.  Enjoy warm or serve with the mug, topped with vanilla ice cream or peanut butter and Hershey's chocolate syrup. Tastes really awesome!!!


01 March, 2013

Bread Pudding

01 March, 2013

Bread Pudding


I like baking a lot even though I haven't tried it a lot. Cakes,cookies, pastries and puddings are my favourite. My family loves bread pudding and as a dessert it is delicious. This is one of the easiest pudding to make. I was really in the mood to bake something and found some leftover bread in the fridge. So, I made this quick and delicious dessert and it miraculously turned out to be awesome. The aroma was tantalizing too! So try it out. (And don't forget to comment or subscribe!! Njoy!!)

Bread Pudding

Ingredients:


  • Milk - 2 cups
  • Bread - 4 slices
  • Eggs - 2
  • Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp.
  • Lemon rind- 1/2 tsp.
  • Raisins- 10
  • Sugar- 5 tbsp.
  • Butter- 1 tsp. (Unsalted-Melted for best results)

Method:

1. Boil the milk and add sugar. Beat the eggs until soft and fluffy.
2. Cut the bread into fine pieces. Add the bread pieces to the milk an add beaten egg,lemon rind, vanilla essence and raisins.
3. Mix well. Grease the baking tray and pour the mixture into the tray.
4. Keep the baking tray in the pre-heated oven. Bake at 200 degrees C. for 30 minutes.
5. Serve hot. Top the pudding with a cherry and decorate with nuts. Njoy!!

29 October, 2012

Aam Sondesh Malai/ Mango Sweet Dish With Cream

29 October, 2012

Aam Sondesh Malai/ Mango Sweet Dish With Cream

The festive season is not yet over. After the Pujas, in Bijoya Dashami many relatives and friends visited my house with loads of sweets from Gouri Mishtanna Bhandar, Banchharam, Balaram And Radharaman Mullick, Hindusthan Sweets and that summed up to a lot of sweets! My fridge was filled with boxes of dry, and my least favourite "sondesh". Neither does my husband like them nor does my daughter. So, I thought of making this particular dessert. 

Aam Sondesh Malai/ Mango Sweet Dish With Cream
AAM SONDESH MALAI

Well guess what it turned out to be a great success! You can try it out at home and I'm sure you'll like it! So, Njoy!! (And don't forget to comment or subscribe!) 

Ingredients:


  • Leftover Sondesh in the fridge- 5-6
  • Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp.
  • Pistachio/Nuts- 2 tbsp.(Chopped)
  • Aamsotto (Aam Papad)- A few pieces
  • Milk- 500 ml.
  • Cornflour- 1 tbsp.
  • Sugar- According to taste
  • Rose petals- Optional(For garnishing)

Method:

1. Mash all the leftover sondesh nicely.
2. Add cardamom powder and chopped nuts/pistachios to the mashed sondesh mixture and make small balls out of them.
3. Take a thin slice of aamsotto. Put a small ball of sondesh mixture on the aamsotto and roll it. Store in fridge for an hour or so.
4. Heat milk till thick. Mix cornflour with a little bit of milk and add it to the thickened milk. Add sugar, according to taste.
5. Arrange the aamsotto rolls in a platter and pour thickened milk all over them. Garnish with rose petals and serve. Enjoy!

06 October, 2012

Date Nut Loaf With Toffee Sauce

06 October, 2012

Date Nut Loaf With Toffee Sauce

This recipe is for all who have an extremely sweet tooth. They will, no doubt, crave for this particular    toffee-licious desert! After tea when your mood's good just cut a piece of this and you will melt into a heavenly land where you don't want to leave. Its that tasty!! Please, hope you try it!!

Date Nut Loaf With Toffee Sauce
Source: http://www.tastespotting.com/tag/toffee/13


    
INGREDIENTS:                  

1. 225 gm seedless dates- soak in 5 tbsp. water & 1/2 tbsp. soda-bicarb for 1/2 hour
2. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
4. 85 gm white flour ( 1 cup with 1 tbsp. less)
5. 100 gm sugar
6. 100 gm butter
7. 2 eggs
8. 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence

                                    FOR TOFFEE SAUCE:

1. 2 tbsp. butter
2. 2 tbsp. jaggery
3. 2-3 tbsp. fresh cream
1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds

                                                METHOD:

1. Chop dates. Soak in 5 tbsp. water and soda. Keep aside for 1/2 hour.
2. Sieve flour & baking  powder. Mix in the dates and walnuts.
3. Beat butter and sugar till light and creamy.
4. Add eggs and flour , alternately, beating well. Add the essence.
5. Grease and dust 6-8" loaf tin. Pour the mixture in the prepared tin.
6. Bake in a preheated oven at 150 degrees Centigrade for 1 hour. Test by inserting a knife,if it comes out clean the cake is baked. Remove  from oven and unmould on a wire rack. Prick the cake slightly for the toffee sauce to seep in.

                     TOFFEE SAUCE:

1. Heat butter in a small thick bottomed sauce pan on medium heat.
2. Add the jaggery. Cook for about 1/2 minute till the mixture is frothy. Remove from heat.
3. Add the cream. Return to low heat.
4. Stir for a few seconds till well blended. Do not bring to a boil. Add the walnuts. Remove from fire and pour over the cake kept in the serving platter. Spread to get an even coating of the sauce.

03 October, 2012

Microwaved Gajar Ka Halwa- A New Concept

03 October, 2012

Microwaved Gajar Ka Halwa- A New Concept

Gajar Ka Halwa is the King of Indian Desserts. Nothing can beat it's taste and aroma. My family had gone to my friend's farm house in Barasat. There we plucked carrots from the garden and my daughter washed them till they were squeaky clean. So, we thought of making something to eat because we were tired and hungry. We quickly made Gajar Ka Halwa with lots of milk, cashews and sugar. It tasted wonderful ! So, it's time for you to try it! Hope you like it! (And don't forget to comment or subscribe! Njoy!)

Microwaved Gajar Ka Halwa- A New ConceptIngredients:


  • 1 kg Grated carrot
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Condensed milk
  • 1 cup Khoya
  • 1 tbsp. Cardamom powder
  • Handful of Almond and Raisins

Method:

1. Place grated carrot, milk in a microwave safe dish and microwave uncovered for 10 mins. at 100% power. 
2. Add khoya. condensed milk, cardamom powder and nuts and microwave  for 6 mins. at 100% power. 
3. Garnish with grated khoya and nuts. Serve hot or chilled as per taste.

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