May 252014
Mango Pista Kulfi

Kulfi is a popular Indian dessert made by slow cooking milk until it reaches the desired consistency which are then sweetened and flavored to taste. The original process is long drawn to give this mix a distinctive taste which are then frozen in kulfi moulds. However an easier and shorter version to make kulfis is to use heavy cream, evaporated milk, condensed milk or boiled milk mixed with dried powdered milk to thicken the mix. Want to know more about this recipe?

May 232014
Rasgulla Amrakhand

Shrikhand is a very popular sweet dish made with strained yogurt in Maharastrian as well as Gujarati cuisine. It’s generally served as a side for pooris or breads. Many of the Gujarati dishes are slightly sweet to taste as jaggery or sugar are added to appease the sweet tooth even in savory dishes. Shrikhand is usually garnished with saffron, cardamom powder and assorted nuts to give a nice crunch and rich flavor to this other Want to know more about this recipe?

Nov 122012

Jalebi is so hard to make, they need extra skill set, they can be made only by professional chefs or experts. I’ve heard such phrases numerous times and I’ve truly believed each one of them. Don’t be fooled if anyone tries to tell you that. They are pretty easy to make. If you can dance, shake, swirl your hand or if you know how to write in Telugu or Kannada (Indian dialects) you can make Want to know more about this recipe?

Nov 112012
Rasmalai [Flattened Cheese Dumplings in Flavored Milk]

If you like paneer or if you like milk sweets and a strong sweet tooth, this dessert is just for you. Rasmalai is flattened paneer dumplings first soaked in sugar syrup and then in flavored thickened milk, sounds inviting isn’t it? I’m not always on the lookout for shortcut recipes but when making desserts especially time-consuming ones I wouldn’t mind taking a detour for a shorter version. I started out to make Rasgullas (puffed paneer Want to know more about this recipe?

Oct 212012
Kozhukattai (Rice Dumplings with Jaggery & Coconut)

Sweet Kozhukattai/modakam can be described as warm rice dumplings filled with a mixture of jaggery and coconut. I remember helping my mom whenever she cooked elaborate dishes such as kozhukattais and my mom has always encouraged my mishaps with a tender smile and reassuring words that I just need more practice. There is definitely a skill set required to make the cups for the base of the dumpling but nothing that can’t be mastered with Want to know more about this recipe?

Oct 142012
Doodh Peda (Milk Sweet)

I always thought it would be much easier to cook with less ingredients  but when we (Avant Garde Cookies) decided to cook with 5 ingredients or less for this week’s theme I was totally blank not knowing what to cook. The frantic search and counting number of ingredients in a recipe was quite tedious and I admit, I found it way harder to cook with less ingredients.I am a person who believes “The more the Want to know more about this recipe?

Sep 132012
Chavde (Mande)-- Ganesh Chaturthi Special

We celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of September for the year 2012. Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) and the grandest and most elaborate of them, especially in the western India state of Maharashtra, lasts for 10 days, ending on the Want to know more about this recipe?

Jul 172012
Baked Somas

I’ve always wondered at the similarity between different cuisines. Just like every religion teaches more or less the same values with stories and leaders specific to them, even cuisines share many common dishes with little to no variation between them. One such recipe is Somas and it’s a similar if not the same recipe referred as Kajjikaya in Andhra, Gujiyas in Gujarat, Karanji in Maharashtra and so on. The fillings can be fine rava/semolina/sooji with Want to know more about this recipe?

Jul 152012
Poush Parbon er Pati Shapta ~ Bengali Special!

No, its not a tongue twister, nor am I trying to baffle you. And don’t you dare try to pronounce it unless you’re a Bengali or familiar with this dish. I tried over 10 times gave up and started referring this dish to Bengali sweet and that’s how its gonna be referred by me. Now, don’t be withdrawn by its name, the taste of this sweet is just out of the world. My kids and Want to know more about this recipe?

Jun 172012
Palkova Pastries

My husband challenged me to make palkova/theratipal (kova) for his birthday, assuming that I’ll need to stand in front of stove stirring milk for around 2 to 3 hours. Coincidently that day had been the most busy day for me. Pressed for time, I decided to make the shortcut microwave method (I didn’t take step by step picture while making palkova as I was not intending to post it, I’ll update this post with step Want to know more about this recipe?