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Chawal ki Kheer | Rice Kheer | Indian Rice Pudding

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The very humble, creamy and yummilicious Indian dessert, Chawal ki Kheer or the Indian Rice Pudding does not need any introduction. One of the most common desserts across the nation, it is known with different names, aka kheer and payasam. What makes it so popular is the use of just three basic ingredients: rice, milk and sugar. Yes, the traditional recipe called for only these three ingredients; but, with growing times, people have started flavoring it with nuts, saffron and rose. Many a times, a lot of people also sweeten in with condensed milk instead of sugar; though, undoubtedly, kheer gets more creamier somehow, it loses its original flavors. Therefore, I always keep it simple and use sugar. Keen to learn the recipe? Scroll down below.







Ingredients

Whole milk - 1 liter, do not go for the low fat or skimmed version, please.Small grain rice - 1/4 cup Sugar - 6 to 8 tbsp or as per your preferenceCardamom powder - 1/4 tspRose water (optional) - 1 to 2 tspFew strands of saffron dissolv…

Kaddu ka Halwa | Pethey ka Halwa | Pumpkin Halwa

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I am a big pumpkin fan since my childhood days. Seriously, I love this vegetable in any form and the khatti meethi pethey ki sabzi is my absolute favorite. Coming to the halwa, my mum always used to make it during the Navratri fasting and its flavors, texture and aroma is something that I remember even till date. After I got married, pumpkin was a rare treat for me because none of the family members at my in-laws side liked this vegetable. Gradually, I too stopped making it. But, this time during Navratri, I thought making this divine halwa and remember my good old days. If you too are a pumpkin lover, this is a must for you to try as well. And don't worry, the recipe is very simple and easy and comes together in just few minutes.



Ingredients

Kaddu/Yellow Pumpkin/Butternut Squash (shredded) - 4 cupsSugar - 1/2 cupGhee/clarified butter - 1/4 cupCardamom powder - 1 tspNuts (melon seeds, chopped almonds) - 2 to 3 tbspDried blueberries/cranberries (optional) - 8 to 10Saffron strands (op…

Banarasi Tamatar ki Chaat

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Tamatar ki Chaat is a lipsmacking recipe originated in the holy city of Benaras or Varanasi. Loaded with tongue tickling flavours, this chaat is very unique as compared to other chaat recipes across other parts of India. The recipe is divided into two parts: first, a rich tomato curry which has all the goodness of khoya (dried milk solids), cashews and poppy seeds. The second, makes for the base of this chaat - tomato and potato mixture which is a unique blend of spicy and tangy flavors. One thing you would note about this chaat is that it is topped with nimki or the mini namakpaare instead of sev for garnishing. Also, being a holy city you would not find the use of onions and garlic in most of its preparations, and hence, it is not garnished with chopped onions. Just in case you are enticed with the flavours and want to know the recipe, scroll down below.




Ingredients

Tomato Curry

Tomatoes (small, grated) - 2Finely chopped ginger - 1 tspFinely chopped green chili - 1 tspKhoya (dried milk…

Bhakarwadi Recipe | How to Make Bhakarwadi

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Bhakarwadi are crisp and fried pinwheel shaped savory snacks popular across Western India. A perfect blend of flavors, sweet, spicy and tangy, makes them quite addictive.

If you have been following my blog, you would know, I am all geared up preparing some delectable Diwali snacks for this year. While last week, I posted the recipe of famous Maharashtrian sweet, CHIROTE, this week I have this beautiful and lipsmackingly delicious, BHAKARWADI on my blog. Very easy recipe, do try it and you would never get those store ones again.




Ingredients

FOR DOUGH

All purpose flour/maida - 1 cupGram flour/besan - 2 tbspWarm oil - 2 tbspCarom seeds/ajwain - 1 tspDried fenugreek/kasoori methi - 1/2 tspSalt - as per tasteWater - 3 to 4 tbspFOR FILLING Coriander seeds - 2 tbspCumin seeds/jeera - 1 tbspFennel seeds/saunf - 1 tbspWhite sesame seeds/safed til - 1 tbspPoppy seeds/khus khus - 1/2 tbspFresh grated coconut or desicated powdered coconut - 3 to 4 tbspRed chili powder - 1 tbspSalt - as per tasteSuga…

Chirote Recipe | Chiroti Recipe

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With nation celebrating the beautiful festival of 'Ganesh Chaturthi' with all pomp and show, the much awaited season of festivities in India has formally come to a kick start. Lined up from now, are some of the most popular festivals of India - Dussehra, Diwali, Chhath Pooja, Bhai Dooj and Christmas. I have already begun with the preparations for all these celebrations; first on my list is this  beautiful, delicious, flaky and crusty, "Chirote" or "Chiroti". A traditional Maharashtrian sweet delicacy, it is made using refined flour, deep fried and coated with powdered sugar. For those who love their snacks to be uprightly sweet, can also dip it in sugar syrup. Melt-in-mouth and highly addictive, I promise you will not be able to resist yourself from eating more than one in one go. Looking for the recipe? Here you go ....




Ingredients

Maida/all purpose flour - 1 and 1/2 cupsGhee - 2 tbsp + 3 tbsp for sata (ghee & cornflour mixture for layering)Cornflour - …

Sheer Khurma | Vermicelli Pudding | Sheer Khurma Recipe | How to Make Sheer Khurma

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Sheer Khurma or Sheer Korma is a delicious traditional Mughlai dessert made on the festival of Eid. A creamy, thick pudding made with milk and roasted sewai (vermicelli) topped with whole lots of nuts and dry fruits, it surely makes for a palatable treat for all those with a sweet tooth. So, on my blog today, is indeed a detailed recipe on how to make Sheer Khurma at home...



Well, the term, Sheer Khurma comes from Persian language wherein 'Sheer' refers to 'Milk' and 'Khurma' refers to 'Dates', and hence Sheer Khurma can be deciphered to 'Milk cooked with Dates'. According to legends, Sheer Khurma came to India with the Turk and Mughal rulers, and in the beginning, it was just the thickened milk with dates that was consumed first thing in the morning to celebrate the joyous festival of Eid. However, with years passing, vermicelli and nuts became an integral part of this creamy and luscious dessert...


INGREDIENTS

Full fat milk - 5 cupsFine nylon ve…

Chocolate Malai Peda | Malai Peda | Malai Peda Recipe

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Malai Peda is one of the most popular Indian sweets. These little discs of deliciousness are primarily made using fresh chhena (cheese curd), khoya (dried milk solids) and condensed milk. There are numerous variants of Malai Peda that are available in the sweets shops these days; while the plain peda and kesar peda are the most common, what I am fond of the most is the chocolate flavored one. Absolutely decadent and melt-in-mouth, these chocolate pedas make for an apt sweet for any festival or special occasion.  Well, I am making them for the upcoming Raksha Bandhan, if you too are looking for some homemade sweet recipes, do try them out. I promise, you won't be disappointed.





Before I jump to the recipe, let me tell you that I have used fresh chhena. For that, bring about a liter of full fat milk to a boil. Let it cool for 5 minutes and then slowly start adding a little vinegar until the milk is nicely curdled. Strain it using a muslin cloth, wash with cold water and hang it for a…