Mint and Pineapple Popsicles (Video Recipe)

Popsicles are the new buzz this summer in my kitchen. And the mint and pineapple popsicles are topping the flavor chart so far. The sweetness and tartness of pineapple combined with a notch of chaat masala and mint create a flavor bomb. One bite and you will be reminded of kala khatta – a familiar Indian flavor which is hard to describe in words. A flavor so close to my heart. But this one is not exactly like kala khatta making it even more exquisite. So for anyone else who loves the combination of sweet and sour or who might need a little boost in the afternoon. I’m happy to report that these mint and pineapple popsicles are both tasty and energizing.  And just basically delightful.



Jamun (Java Plum) Frozen Yogurt

The charm of summer in Delhi is the lack of inspiration around. We miss the enticing last summer. We were in hometown, Nainital, far away from the rest of the world, where summer is for perfect family picnics, trekking expeditions, local berries and seasonal fruits. But by the time winter came, we started missing the urban civilization and buzzing lifestyle. And to experience that, we shifted our base to Delhi – the heart of the nation. Summer in Delhi is deserted – the only sound is of an occasional bird cuckooing in the garden or a slow, rusty leaf falling from the tree. As described by the famous writer Ahmed Ali, Delhi summer is the season of ‘unending noon’. But even in the midst of such dullness, the beautiful hue of Jamun (Java Plum) inspired me to step ahead and play with the flavors of the fruit. Hence, the result is Jamun (Java Plum) frozen Yogurt


Homemade frozen yogurt tastes better than anything you can buy at store. Try this Jamun (Java Plum) Frozen Yogurt Recipe this season

Indian Desserts | July 11, 2016 By

Jalebi Recipe – How to Make Jalebi

Jalebi Recipe, a conventional Indian sweet, which needs no defining introduction. This deep-fried pretzel like sweet – dish from India is well celebrated among the food lovers. The batter prepared with white flour defined into twisted and tangled concentric circles, deep-fried till crunchy and later dunked in saccharine sugar syrup. The moment batter touches the hot oil it starts taking whimsical shapes as if the batter has a mind of its own. The pair of hands seasoned with years of practice could only master the tactful technique of shaping perfect Jalebi. That precise moment of the wrist is required to create exemplary well-coordinated circles. It is always absorbing to watch the Halwai make Jalebis. The man sitting beside the wide and flat skillet filled with pre-heated oil, the batter filled in a muslin cloth, he moves his wrist like a magic wand in a rhythmic motion over the kadhai and voila, there you have Jalebi ready. 


Jalebi Recipe

Indian Desserts | October 27, 2015 By

Pahadi Vrat ki Panjiri Recipe

Pahadi Vrat Ki Panjiri is saccharine homemade fudge with a warmth of spices to its flavor. There is a pleasant drop in the temperature, early morning breeze has a welcoming note to it and the evenings are cozy. It is officially autumn knocking at the door with its full bloom. While brewing the first cup of tea in the morning, there is a kind of charming quietness and crispness in the air. That moment of the day I want to hold time hostage for a while and let my thoughts immerse in the first rays of the sun. Once such morning, while sipping coffee memories of a spicy kind of sweet mother used to prepare before winters cluttered my mind. The vague memories of its taste lingered in my taste buds. As the day progressed into a bright sunny one, I called mother, the first few introductory lines about the mysterious fudge were enough for her to guess the name – Vrat Ki Panjiri. 


Pahadi Vrat Ki Panjiri Recipe

Indian Desserts | October 14, 2015 By

Basundi Recipe (Gujarati Milk Pudding)

Basundi Recipe is a traditional Gujarati milk pudding laced with the rich flavor of saffron and dry fruits. We are slowly and steadily creeping into the celebratory mood with all the Indian festivals lined up in the coming month. During the festive season we don’t mind to come out of our cocoon and share some light moments with the loved ones. In our family gleeful memories are often interlinked with good food. The jubilant moments are shared with each other over a table laid with delicious homemade food. And post every family meal sharing recipe notes is a ritual we hardly give amiss. Recipes shared by the aunts while relishing the bowl full of dessert are the part of my ancestral treasure. Their recipes are not accurate about the measurement or cooking time, some cooking instructions are missed while dictating, yet the end result is always satisfying. Sometimes, I wonder, maybe it is the years of cooking experience that make their vague recipe draft much more precise than a cookbook recipe. 


Basundi Recipe (How to make Basundi)

Indian Desserts | August 24, 2015 By

Mango Shrikhand Recipe (Video Recipe)

Mango Shrikhand is an Indian sweet treat made with fresh mango pulp, thick yogurt, flavored with aromatics like saffron, cardamom, and pistachio. Mango Shrikhand or the mango yogurt is a popular Maharashtrian delight, served with the main meal during the summers. The marriage of honeyed mango puree and the hung curd is in real sense match made in heaven and a pinch of saffron, cardamom strengthens the bond between the two. And you know why I love mango shrikhand so much because it is a no-cook recipe. It is one of the coolest mango recipes ever. All you need is ripe, sweet mangoes and thick yogurt to make perfect mango shrikhand at home. 


Mango Shrikhand is an Indian sweet treat made with fresh mango pulp, thick yogurt, flavored with aromatics like saffron, cardamom, and pistachio.

Kulfi Recipe (Pista Badam Kulfi) – Best Dessert for Bangalore Summer

Kulfi is a creamy, dense and rich frozen dessert from the Indian subcontinent, rightly called as the traditional Indian ice cream. This full-flavored dessert was introduced to India through a royal feast of Mughal Era; there are also certain entries about Kulfi in the Mughal Emperor Akbar’s Ain-i-Akbar. Since then Kulfi never failed to charm the taste buds of the food lovers in India. There is a particular season to relish Kulfi when the afternoons are prolonged and summery, the evenings are loaded with humidity in the air, and then is the right time to enjoy this particular dessert. Kulfi is one of those few good things about the scorching Indian summer that cheer up the sweating and sweltering souls.



Indian Desserts | March 25, 2015 By

Suji Ka Halwa (Indian Semolina Pudding)

Suji Ka Halwa is simple, uncomplicated Indian style semolina pudding, made with basic ingredients – semolina, sugar, and ghee. Regardless of these humble ingredients, the pudding tastes simply divine and provides a kind of comfort to the one’s culinary senses. The process of making Suji Ka Halwa is quite straightforward, elementary, undemanding but not effortless. The only secret mantra behind the triumphant bowl of Halwa is the slow roasting process of the semolina. The more semolina is slow roasted, better the flavor and color of the pudding. There aren’t any cheat shortcuts to fast forward the roasting process of semolina, and the whole Halwa making exercise in itself is very calming and therapeutic.  

Suji Ka Halwa is simple, uncomplicated Indian style semolina pudding, made with basic ingredients - semolina, sugar, and ghee.

Indian Desserts | March 14, 2015 By

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