Indian Sweets-Mithais

Indian sweet dishes

Rava Laddoo

 

…..and foods to cherish

 

It is fun to experiment with recipes from store bought books. Drooling at the photographs and following instructions and measurements to the ‘T’. And then there are borrowed recipes – borrowed from families, friends, aunts, uncles, heirloom recipes.

 

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Kaju Burfi

 
An easy to make Cashew Fudge…

 
These are not similar to another popular cashew delicacy which is the kaju katli. This cashew burfi is different in the final texture and method of preparation compared to the katli. But no doubt that these are equally satisfying and easier to make..
 
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Kaju Burfi
Delicious cashew fudge
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Ingredients
  1. Cashew powdered - 1 cup
  2. Maida/ All-purpose flour - 2 tbsp
  3. Regular sugar - 1 cup
  4. Water – for sugar syrup
  5. Ghee/ clarified butter - maximum 2 tbsp plus 1-2 tsp to grease the thali
Instructions
  1. Take whole cashews which are at room temperature. Powder them to get 1 cup cashew powder..
  2. Add the maida to the powdered cashew and set aside while you make the sugar syrup.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pan put sugar and just enough water to cover it. Make syrup of single string consistency and not more.
  4. Now add the cashew-maida powder, little ghee and stir constantly till it leaves sides of the pan and a bit thick.
  5. Transfer to greased thali/ plate,cool the burfi a bit and then cut into diamonds. Store in airtight container once cooled.
Notes
  1. The mixture may seem a bit watery when ready and starts to leave sides. But it will thicken more on cooling.
  2. Make sure that the cashew before you powder is of room temperature to get the right consistency burfi where the rich flavour of cashew comes through well.
  3. It is important to make sure the sugar syrup is of the right consistency before adding the cashew-maida mix.
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Simple Indian cookies – Nankatai

 
 
Nankatai, the all-time favorite Indian Cookies, said to have originated in Surat, are perfect at tea time!
 
Now you don`t have to shy away on the mention of cookies assuming they are time consuming or call for complicated techniques. This buttery cookie is a breeze to make and bake. Its a recipe you can always fall back on each time you crave for cookies. They are that easy to make. And they call for basic ingredients always stocked in your pantry – flour, sugar and of course desi ghee. There is no substitute for desi ghee (clarified butter) for this recipe. So please do not hunt for one, even if you are thinking of your diet chart and implications of ghee on it!! Some recipe are made with butter. But I personally feel it is ghee that brings out the Indian-ness of this cookie  and makes it different from all other cookies.
 
I therefore recommend, ghee and only ghee for nan khatais. Certain pleasure in life are to be had just the way they are, no shortcuts or substitutes!
 
 
 
 
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Besan Laddoos

 
 
Besan ke laddoos or sweet dumplings made from gram flour, ghee and sugar is one popular Indian sweet recipe made and relished in many homes during festivals, like Deepawali and Krishna Janmashtami. Laced with the flavor of cardamoms (elaichi) and some nuts mixed in, all make it a  tasty sweet dish. No wonder they are well liked by so many!
 
Serve this traditional sweet in traditional serving plates for festivals. And there is an interesting way to eat and enjoy the leftovers on other days. That is,  for a fancier version, serve them with eggless vanilla custard! Yes, chilled or even warm custard with homemade besan laddoos is a mouthwatering treat! 
 
 
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Shrikand Trifle

 
 
Life throws in many opportunities your way. Some seem promising and some not so. Some call for major turnaround and some become a part of our daily life. Some call for role reversal or role change. The new openings and chances that come your way will have many more such different shades. Opportunities need to be seized real soon! Because, once opportunities go they take a long time to come back. They need to be scrutinized from various angles. These ‘chances’ do not last forever. They come with an expiry date.
 
What will be the right key to unlock the ‘opportunity’?
 
Have a positive attitude, focus, be curious, meet more people and discuss on it, be willing to explore and take risks and in the end, take your decision and stand by it!
 
When we set out to do the best we can do, putting all our efforts, heart and mind to it, it is but inevitable that the best opportunites light up your path. Great opportunities will find us and knock on our door because we are doing what we truly believe in and what makes us happy. And then we open the door to welcome a ‘new juncture or event’ with hope and dedication at an all time high!
 
Do you hear OPPORTUNITY knocking on your door???
 
 
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Mango Sheera

 

Its time again to immerse oneself into abundance of juicy velvety mangoes! I am sure many have plans to experiment with them in your cooking. Or even simply enjoy them fresh as is. After a big dose of rasayna, here it was time to move on to the next mango item on the to-do list – Mango Sheera!

Sheera is an Indian sweet dish, commonly made with semolina, sugar and water. Aromatic and exotic kesar (saffron) gives it flavor and a nice yellow gold hue. Nuts and raisins are fried in ghee and added in the end. It is also known as kesari bhath. Sometime back innovative skills became the ruling force in the kitchen and other interesting variations to sheera came into existence. Different varieties of fruits are added to give a nice twist, like chickoos, apples, bananas, mango, jackfruit or even different fruit crushes.

 

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It`s never too late..& some Malai Kulfi

 

“It`s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Elliot

 

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The train slowly makes its way to the station and stops. Passengers get down, some of them get on it. And in a few minutes it is all ready to make its way along the chosen route to the next destination. And there will be few passengers who try and rush in at the last minute to climb onto the train. And then some more who miss it. A brief moment of cribbing and blaming follows, frustration is vented out on all that is within reach. But eventually he will make his way to buy tickets for the next train that arrives. He may have been late for his first ride but then does get on the next one.

Life throws many opportunities at us to grab the ones that interest you and to take on the path your heart desires. Often people end up in the wrong path, doing things what others want. Halfway through the journey we realize we have taken a wrong turn. And then comes the need to make a choice – to continue ahead on the same road or take a diversion towards the right road. A need to once again bring to light our priorities and goals in life. And if they are still not clearly visible, we need to annihilate forces that block our vision in life, which is most often –  fear. Fear kept us off the right path. And when the ‘culprit’ is extinguished the right path becomes visible from a distance. Once we turn towards it, all roadblocks are wiped out!

 For it`s never too late to be what you might have been. The obstacle is only from within you, never outside.

 

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It`s never too late..& some Malai Kulfi

 

“It`s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Elliot

 

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The train slowly makes its way to the station and stops. Passengers get down, some of them get on it. And in a few minutes it is all ready to make its way along the chosen route to the next destination. And there will be few passengers who try and rush in at the last minute to climb onto the train. And then some more who miss it. A brief moment of cribbing and blaming follows, frustration is vented out on all that is within reach. But eventually he will make his way to buy tickets for the next train that arrives. He may have been late for his first ride but then does get on the next one.

Life throws many opportunities at us to grab the ones that interest you and to take on the path your heart desires. Often people end up in the wrong path, doing things what others want. Halfway through the journey we realize we have taken a wrong turn. And then comes the need to make a choice – to continue ahead on the same road or take a diversion towards the right road. A need to once again bring to light our priorities and goals in life. And if they are still not clearly visible, we need to annihilate forces that block our vision in life, which is most often –  fear. Fear kept us off the right path. And when the ‘culprit’ is extinguished the right path becomes visible from a distance. Once we turn towards it, all roadblocks are wiped out!

 For it`s never too late to be what you might have been. The obstacle is only from within you, never outside.

 

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Maiyas Gulab Jamun Mix – Product Review

 

Yet another week is here, it is a Monday and I need a lot of boosters to get me going to start the day! Being bitten by the Monday blues happens quite often, every Monday to be precise. Today seemed no different than the rest. That it is cloudy outside showing signs of heavy showers to pour real soon and I am sitting in a cold room does nothing to intercede and drive away the lethargy in me and bring in sunshine!

 

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Eating Bananas can help fight depression.
Food Facts
Nachos, the Mexican dish, were invented in 1943 by a guy named ‘Ignacio Nacho Anaya’. The original nachos consisted of fried corn tortillas covered with melted cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers.