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Kesari Angoori Rasmalai

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Kesari Angoori Rasmalai
Kesari Angoori Rasmalai

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Look at the gorgeous Golden yellow color
Look at the gorgeous Golden yellow color

Hi Friends,

As I had announced on November 30 regarding my participation in the Food Advent Calendar Event 2017, today I am back with my chosen recipe on my assigned date :). When I got this opportunity for Advent Calendar & I had to choose a spice which I would be using – I immediately chose Saffron aka Kesar & the cuisine as desserts because I love trying different desserts at home.

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Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the “saffron crocus”. The vivid crimson stigmas and styles, called threads, are collected and dried to be used mainly as a seasoning and coloring agent in food. Saffron has a long history of use in traditional medicine. Saffron has also been used as a fabric dye, particularly in China and India, and in perfumery. It is used for religious purposes in India. As a spice, Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. A pinch of the spice can be added to soups, stews, risotto and rice dishes, as well as to any tomato-based sauce. Saffron is considered an especially good addition to seafood dishes, such as paella and bouillabaisse. Saffron is used in dishes ranging from the jeweled rice and khoresh of Iran, the Milanese risotto of Italy, the paella of Spain, the bouillabaisse of France, to the biryani with various meat accompaniments in South Asia. One of the most esteemed uses for saffron is in the preparation of the Golden Ham, a precious dry-cured ham made with saffron from San Gimignano.

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Saffron has a very unique, rich & delicate flavor and it is used extensively in Indian desserts. It lends a beautiful luminous yellow-orange color to the desserts specially the milk based desserts. Saffron is widely used in Persian, Indian, European, and Arab cuisines. I personally love to add saffron in my desserts because it makes even a simple dessert look gorgeous & festive.

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For this Event, I chose one of my favorite Indian desserts – Angoori Rasmalai; and gave it a saffron-y taste and color. Soft and spongy small cottage cheese dumplings dunked in creamy saffron flavored thickened milk, garnished with dry fruit slivers and saffron strands is apt to be included in the Event. For this rasmalai, I used store bought small sized rasgullas instead of homemade ones. These are easily available at any sweets shop in Delhi. This is a super quick method to make homemade rasmalai & enjoy this delicious dessert in no time. This super simple hack procedure was shared on Facebook by a very dear friend and an amazing cook, Renu Kochhar Nagrath of Renu’s Kitchen Delights fame. I adapted her recipe & tweaked it a bit to make the rasmalai creamier & saffron-y in taste.

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See the sponginess.. Yumm..!!
See the sponginess.. Yumm..!!

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Do try this Angoori rasmalai; and for the recipe, you’ll need:

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Preparation Time: 10 mins.

Cooking Time: 30 – 40 mins.

Passive Chilling Time: 6 – 8 hours

Serves: 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms small sized rasgullas (I used market-bought, available at any sweet shop)
  • 1/2 litre full cream milk
  • 2-3 pieces of saffron/kesar barfi (I used market-bought, available at any sweet shop)
  • A good big pinch of saffron soaked in warm milk
  • ½ tsp Cardamom powder
  • A few slivers of almonds
  • A few unsalted pistachios, coarsely shopped

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Preparation Method:

  1. Grate saffron barfi and keep aside. Boil milk in a heavy bottomed pan on medium to low flame for 10 mins.
  2. Once the milk boils, add the grated barfi in milk, mix well and boil further till it reduces to 2/3rd of its quantity. Leave the milk to cool a bit.
  3. When the milk is still warm but not hot, add all the small sized rasgullas in it and leave them covered for at least 10 minutes. During this time, the rasgullas will absorb the milk and become soft.
  4. After 10-15 mins, squeeze the rasgullas and transfer in the serving dish. This step is done to release all the extra sweetness out of them into the milk as we have not added any sugar in the milk.
  5. Do the taste test at this step to check the sweetness in the milk as per your preference. In case you want, you may add a bit of sugar as per your taste preference. I didn’t feel the need to add more sugar as the sugar from barfi & rasgullas were sufficient as per our preference.
  6. Now, add the saffron milk and cardamom powder in the sweetened milk and mix well. The color of the milk will turn golden yellow as soon as you add saffron milk.
  7. Finally, pour the milk into the serving dish in which we have kept the squeezed rasgullas and make sure they soak properly in the milk.
  8. Garnish with a few more saffron strands, almond slivers and chopped pistachios. Chill in the refrigerator for about 6 – 8 hours.
  9. Your perfect Angoori Rasmalai is ready to be served and enjoyed chilled.

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Source of Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffron

https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/saffron.html

https://www.livestrong.com/article/402444-common-uses-saffron/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffron_(use)

Thanks for reading..!!

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie..!!
Banoffee Pie..!!
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Hi Everyone..!!

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I am back with a very special post dedicated to the most special person in my life – my hubby, Luv. It was his birthday yesterday & I had been waiting for this day to try something new and blog about the same on the blog. Every year, I bake a different cake for him for his birthday celebrations; so as a ritual, I had to decide on the cake I wanted to bake for him. After going through the various saved recipes & browsing Pinterest, I decided on to bake Pineapple Upside Down Cake for him and asked for his approval. He immediately replied saying that this time, he does not want a cake but a Banoffee Pie on his birthday.

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Luv is really fond of Banoffee Pie & had been after me for ages to make one for him, and I was too lazy to try it and always avoided making it. He knew I could not say ‘No’ to him and his wish would be my command on his birthday. So, I geared up to try my hands in unexplored waters & fulfill his wish to have the pie on his special day. After surfing through the various recipes on BetterButter, I picked this one recipe by Plaza Premium Lounge & moved on to gather all the ingredients & was all set to make this beautiful pie for the love of my life. Since I was trying this pie for the first time, I halved the measurements mentioned in the original recipe. On seeing the Banoffee Pie at midnight for his cake cutting celebrations, he was all smiles and that happiness and sense of fulfillment was priceless for me.

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To my surprise, the Banoffee Pie was polished off amongst 5 people only in minutes after being cut; and the smile on my hubby’s face after tasting it was priceless. Banoffee pie looked absolutely stunning and tasted even better as per my hubby’s and family’s feedback. Luckily, 1 slice was left for me to click a picture for a sliced piece of the pie to put up on the blog.

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For making this pie, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

For the base:

  • Butter – 50 gms, melted
  • Digestive Biscuits – 125 gms

For the caramel:

  • Butter – 50 gms
  • Brown Sugar – 50 gms
  • Condensed Milk – 200 gms

For assembling:

  • Bananas – 2 small
  • Whipping Cream – 100 ml (I used Silvermark Non-Dairy Whipping Cream)
  • Grated Chocolate for garnish – I used Toblerone Dark Chocolates for a mild bitterness to cut through the sweetness, you can use any.

Method:

  1. Crush the biscuits in a food processor and add melted butter in them and mix well.
  2. In a greased loose-bottomed cake tin or a pie mould, spoon the buttered crumbs into the base and about halfway up the sides of the tin to make a pie shell. Chill for 10 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a non-stick sauce pan on low heat, stirring continuously. Add the condensed milk and bring to a rapid boil for a minute for a thick golden caramel.
  4. Pour the caramel evenly over the base and chill for about 1 hour, until firm.
  5. After 1 hour, remove the sides of the cake tin, lift the pie from the tin carefully and place on a serving plate.
  6. Slice the bananas thinly and put them onto the caramel layer of the pie.
  7. Whip the cream till stiff peaks and spread the cream over the banana layer of the pie.
  8. Garnish with grated chocolate and serve it chilled.
  9. Keep the pie out of the fridge for just a few minutes before serving to get perfect slices.

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Thanks for reading…!!!

 

Strawberry & Watermelon Lemonade

Hi Everyone,

Refreshing Summer Drink - Strawberry & Watermelon Lemonade
Refreshing Summer Drink – Strawberry & Watermelon Lemonade

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Continuing with my series of summer friendly recipes, I am bringing you an eye catching & refreshing lemonade recipe. This lemonade drink has a really vibrant color and unique sweet tangy flavor. I made this “Strawberry & Watermelon Lemonade” using my last batch of strawberries for the season. I had seen this video recipe for watermelon lemonade by Smita Rawat of HappyTummy2HappyHeart with Smita fame, and had that in mind to try it for my hubby.

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One fine evening, when he returned home from office, I had all the required ingredients at hand plus the strawberries which I had bought the same afternoon. So, I tried this lemonade and it turned out to be very refreshing & made with all natural ingredients. This juice is a healthy option too than to have store bought sugar-laden juices to quench your thirst in this scorching heat. For the recipe, you’ll need:

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Ingredients:

  • Watermelon – 10-12 small pieces
  • Strawberries – 5-6
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sugar to taste
  • Salt/Juice Masala/Chaat Masala to taste
  • Chilled water/club soda – 1 glass
  • Few mint leaves chopped
  • Ice cubes

Preparation:

  1. Deseed the watermelon pieces and blend watermelon & strawberries in a blender.
  2. Sieve the mixture to get the fresh watermelon strawberry juice concentrate.
  3. Dilute this concentrate with chilled water/soda as per your preference.
  4. Add lemon juice, mint leaves, salt, chaat masala & sugar to taste and stir well.
  5. Add the lemonade in a glass and top with ice cubes.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wedge and serve chilled.
Refreshing Strawberry & Watermelon Lemonade
Refreshing Strawberry & Watermelon Lemonade

Thanks for reading..!!

Mango Semolina Cake

Hi Everyone,

Eggless Mango Semolina Cake
Eggless Mango Semolina Cake

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As you all know, I promised to share summer recipes over the coming few weeks, so today I am bringing you a recipe using the “King of Fruits” – Mango!!

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Mango can be used in variety of recipes like Mango yoghurt, Mango gelato, Mango phirni, Mango ice cream and many more. But today, I am sharing a unique cake recipe using Mango – “Mango Semolina Cake”. This cake is extremely soft & moist and simply melts in your mouth. Moreover, this cake is healthier as compared to the other cakes as it is made of semolina aka sooji and uses very less oil. Since this cake does not have refined flour, it is very good for kids as well.

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The recipe for this cake is taken from a dear friend Kaveri Obhan’s blog, “Pretty Little Things”. This cake is one of her most tried recipes. She shared this recipe last year on the Chef at Large group on Facebook and received tremendous appreciation. A lot of people tried this cake, including myself and were super happy with the outcome. This year, as the mango season stepped in, I decided to bake this cake again and it was loved by all in the family.

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The cake is extremely easy to make and requires simple ingredients which are readily available in your kitchen at all times, so you should not wait for long to try this cake. Just follow the recipe to the T and you will not be disappointed with the outcome.

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For making this beautiful scrumptious eggless cake, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 20 mins.
Baking Time: 35 – 40 mins.
Serves: 1 Loaf Cake

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of Semolina/Sooji
  • 1 cup Mango pulp
  • ¼ cup Neutral oil
  • ¾ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts of your choice for garnish (optional) (I used almonds & pistachios)
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Instructions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix the semolina with sugar, cardamom and baking powder.
  3. Next, add oil and mix well. Finally add the mango pulp and mix again. Let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes so that sooji absorbs the mango pulp and the batter gets little thick.
  4. Pour the batter in a greased cake tin and garnish with nuts of your choice.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Keep a close watch after 25 minutes, if it starts browning too quickly, lower the temperature a bit or switch off the top element of the cake.
  6. Check with a toothpick in the center of the cake to see if properly baked. If it comes out clean then remove immediately. If it is kept for a longer time, the cake will develop a crust on the top.
  7. Allow to cool completely and then cut and serve.

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Notes:

  • The final color of your cake also depends on the quality of the mangoes used.
  • Ensure that the mango pulp is thick and not too watery, else you will need to keep the batter for a little longer till sooji absorbs the mango pulp and the batter gets little thick.
  • You can adjust the sugar in the cake depending upon the sweetness of the mangoes used.

 

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Thanks for reading…!!

Plum Cooler

Refreshing Plum Cooler
Refreshing Plum Cooler
Serve it chilled..!!
Serve it chilled..!!

Hi friends,

Hope you all liked my previous post for Litchi Cooler and tried it at home. Today, I would again be sharing an another unique flavored drink – PLUM COOLER. I tried this out of curiosity when I had this batch of plums lying in my refrigerator for so long and no one was eating them as they had a little thick skin and were not that juicy unlike their usual characteristics.

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I usually like to eat these juicy fruits as it is but when they turn out to be disaster to eat them raw, I think of ways to use them up in innovative ways. Hence, I had to experiment with these plums as well & come up with this concoction. The drink came out to be really yum with a unique sweet & tangy flavor.

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For this recipe, I am not mentioning any specific measurements & quantities as all the ingredients need to be added as per your own taste & they totally depend on the actual natural sweetness & juiciness of the fruit itself.

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Moving on to the recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • Plums
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Black Salt
  • Ice cubes

Preparation Method:

  1. Wash and cut the plums into small cubes; and remove the seeds.
  2. Add some sugar and a little water to the chopped fruit and pressure cook it till 1-2 whistles.
  3. Let the mixture cool.
  4. Blend & strain the mixture and store the made concentrate in an air-tight bottle.
  5. To serve, put a little concentrate in a glass, add chilled water and a little sprinkle of black salt.
  6. Top it with ice cubes and serve chilled.

Note:

  • You can use Club Soda instead of water, in case you want a fizzy drink.
  • You can replace sugar with honey to make it more healthier.
  • You can add lemon juice as well to make it a plum lemonade.
  • You can add mint leaves for garnishing as well.

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Thanks for reading..!!

Litchi Cooler

Refreshing Litchi Cooler Drink
Refreshing Litchi Cooler Drink

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Hi Friends,

This post was long due since the last two months. Last month had been a little busy in terms of travelling & other personal commitments, hence the delay in posting.

As you all know, Summers are at their peak in New Delhi right now & temperatures are soaring high. Come summers and you don’t want to cook elaborate meals or eat much because of heat and feel like having something liquid and chilled all the time. So, this time I thought of doing a few posts for perfect summer dishes and would be sharing a few such recipes in the coming days. So, stay tuned to find some amazing recipes like Mango Semolina Cake, Watermelon Lemonade, Plum Cooler, Oreo Shake and so on.

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Today, I am sharing a summer drink using this amazingly juicy seasonal fruit, Litchi. Litchis are very much in abundance these days & these juicy gems are good to eat as it is or you can make this yummy cooler drink from them.

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For this recipe, I will not be sharing exact quantities as every ingredient can be adjusted as per your preference depending upon the juiciness and sweetness of the fruit and honestly, even I made the same without the exact measurements.

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Moving on to the recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • Few Litchis (without seed)
  • Water
  • Sugar as needed
  • Ice cubes

Preparation Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Sieve the drink.
  2. Add more ice cubes in a glass and pour the drink.
  3. Serve and enjoy it chilled.

Notes:

  • You can use Club Soda instead of water, in case you want a fizzy drink.
  • You can replace sugar with honey to make it more healthier.
  • You can add lemon juice as well to make it a litchi lemonade.
  • You can add mint leaves for garnishing as well.
  • You may skip the sieving part in case you like your drink pulpy.

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Thanks for reading..!!