Tag Archives: Desserts

Pedhe with condensed milk

27 Sep

On auspicious occasions Indians are known to make desserts or buy them and distribute it to family, neighbors and friends. This year we bought our own bike, the Rocket III which has been on my husband’s bucket list. I had no access to Indian store that day to buy sweets. Luckily I had all these ingredients at hands and made these small yummy balls which uses khoya(dairy fats)/ mawa in the original recipe. This is an instant recipe which was a big hit.

All you need:

  1. 1 cup condensed milk
  2. 1 cup milk powder
  3. 2 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
  4. 1 tsp cardamom powder
  5. 2 tbsp warm milk with few strands of saffron dissolved in it.
  6. 2 tbsp of your choice of dry fruits/ nuts to garnish

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Heat ghee in a pan, let it melt.
  2. Add condensed milk and let it melt into a more liquid state, add the milk powder at this stage. Stir well.
  3. Cook this mixture until it bubbles and starts to thicken. It took me about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Add the warm milk dissolved with saffron, let it cook for a minute or so or until the mixture is thick and starts leaving the pan. Turn off the heat.
  5. Add the cardamom powder and mix well.
  6. Remove the mixture to cool it down on a plate.
  7. Grease palms with ghee and divide mixture into equal size balls and roll them into round balls and press down in the center with thumb.
  8. Garnish with chopped dry fruits in the dent. I used almond and pistachio.
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Mango Kulfi or pop

25 Jun

IMAG2084Summer means lots of cooling down at the pool, lakes, water parks, dams, and feasting on cold icecreams, pops, smoothies and other cold beverages. You don’t feel too hungry, you are always thirsty and crave for anything cold. I make sure every summer I have pops in my fridge. I love mango pops and when you add cream to it just makes it even better. In India that is called kulfi.   Sharing a well known recipe for Mango kulfi. Next on my list in watermelon cucumber pops.

Tip: I added saffron strands in each mould for the extra oomph! Don’t forget to soak saffron strands in 2 tbsp warm milk or hot water before using them.

All you need:

  1.  3 cups milk
  2.  1/2 cup condensed milk( if you do not have this, increase the cream and sugar quantity)
  3. 1/2 cup cream
  4. 4 tbsp sugar
  5. 1 tsp cardamom powder
  6. 2 ripe mangoes pureed or 1 cup mango pulp
  7. 1 tsp cornstarch

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Mix everything together in a heavy bottom pan except for mango pulp and cardamom powder. Bring to boil carefully not letting the milk stick to bottom stirring occasionally.
  2. Simmer down for 20 minutes.
  3. Cool down. Add pulp and cardamom powder.
  4. Blend in a blender or just mix it thoroughly.
  5. At this point you can either use a sieve for extra creamy texture but I love my lumps 😉
  6. Pour in moulds. Refrigerate overnight.

Serradura

24 Jun

https://mefoodatarian.wordpress.comI haven’t been sharing many desserts, I have heard many people confuse ‘desert’ as in a barren land with soil or sand which is pronounced as ‘De-zert’ with desserts pronounced ‘Dee-zerts’…oh well..I have an entire post on my other blog for this discussion. But my point is I had to share something interesting and easy since I have mentioned in my earlier posts that Indian desserts are a little complicated. Although I love ‘Shira’ and recently I discovered how easy it was to make my own serving in a microwave…oh the lazy body inspires my lazy mind to play tricks and I am truly happy with the result. I will share the recipe soon. But let me share this one, it is my favorite and I consider it as an exotic dessert even if it is so simple to make. Serradura is basically a cream dish layered with crackers or biscuits. I am not sure if it is originally a Portuguese dish or Italian but what matters is it is delicious. It is an indulgence I admit, but once in a while is okay I guess. The serving glass in the picture is pretty big, you can use small ones.

Tip: You need not add sugar since it has condensed milk. Also, you can have many versions by adding nuts, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, Oreos, get creative with it.

All you need:

  1. 8 oz. Heavy Cream
  2. 1/4 cup condensed milk
  3. 1 sleeve of  crushed crackers (plain)
  4. 1/2 cup crushed cashewnuts
  5. 1 tsp vanilla essence

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Whisk cream in a bowl until smooth and add vanilla essence, condensed milk and whisk just once again to combine everything nicely and chill for about 20 minutes.
  2. Crush cashewnuts and crackers separately, in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin or roughly chop them into small pieces. Combine.
  3. Take a serving glass. Pour about two tablespoons of mixture and then layer it with the crushed cashewnuts and crackers mixture. Layer again with cream mixture, topping the layers with the crushed cashewnuts and crackers mixture.
  4. Chill for an hour and serve cold.
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