A very easy to make chickpea flour, almond and coconut Burfi or Indian fudge. It just needs 7 cups of ingredients, a little stirring and is gluten-free.
Mishti Doi, which translates as sweet yogurt, is an iconic sweetened set yogurt from the Indian state of West Bengal. It is equally popular across the border in Bangladesh as well.
Mishti Doi is not only served as dessert but traditionally made for religious and festive occasions including weddings. This dish is usually sweetened with sugar. Sometimes caramelized sugar or date jaggery (nolen gur) is the choice of sweetener and this gives the yogurt a golden or reddish colour where this yogurt is then also referred to as Laal Mishti Doi where “laal” means red.
It’s not very often that I’m faced with an excess of fruit lying staring me in the face, leaving me wondering what to do with it. When it does happen, I’ve found the best way to use it up is to convert it into a dessert of some sort. After all, how many people do…
Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog as I took a break, a slightly longer one than I intended. We’re back home once more as we relocated from Goa to Kochi (Kerala) and process of packing, moving, unpacking and settling in took so much longer than we anticipated. What with plumbers, carpenters,…
Celebrations of any sort, big or small, all around the world revolve around food to a large extent. I sometimes think it is more so in the Palakkad Iyer community where traditionally, even the daily food follows a certain ritualistic style. It is especially so because we mark not just the religious and…
I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t love a good surprise. Wouldn’t you like it even better if it came inside your cake? That’s what you get with a Hidden Heart Cake – a surprise inside it! Imagine a nice creamy coloured vanilla cake topped with chocolate ganache which is really perfect as it is. Then
Mendiants au Chocolat are a Christmas time tradition in the Provence region of France. There they have a tradition of ending the celebratory Christmas eve dinner with 13 different desserts (les treize desserts de Noël)! Before you start thinking that this must be the ultimate ritualistic sugar high, these 13 desserts are very simple ones and they represent Jesus and his 12 apostles at the Last Supper.
Each family has its own 13 desserts traditionally served after this dinner and some of the “desserts” include Mendiants made of almonds, hazelnuts, dried figs and dates, black and white nougat, Calissons d’Aix (candied melon), a thin waffle called Oreillettes, and a sweet olive oil bread called La Pompe a l’Huile. Mendiants are also given away as Christmas gifts.
Kalakhand is soft and fudge-like in texture and made with full fat milk, paneer (Indian fresh milk cheese) and sugar which is cooked until it thickens. Traditionally, it means cooking down and reducing sweetened milk over low heat and this involves a lot of stirring and takes quite a while. My easy/ cheat’s version does away with all the stirring and reducing the milk by using sweetened condensed milk, milk powder, store bought paneer and takes very little time to make.