Musk Melon Rasayana (Cantaloupe in Coconut Milk, Flavoured with Jaggery and Cardamom) – Step by Step Recipe

The muskmelon, or cantaloupe, is made up of 90 percent water. This is the reason why ย it is one of the preferred fruits of choice for people who wish to stay optimally hydrated in summer. It is also rich in Vitamin A, potassium and beta carotene, making it very nutritious. The word 'rasayana' is derived … Continue reading Musk Melon Rasayana (Cantaloupe in Coconut Milk, Flavoured with Jaggery and Cardamom) – Step by Step Recipe

Iyengar Sakkarai/Chakkarai Pongal (Temple Style): Step by Step Recipe

Chakkarai/Sakkarai Pongal is perhaps the sweet dish that is made most often at my home. If there were ever a 'default' dessert in my house, it is this ๐Ÿ˜€ And that speaks volumes about the universal love that everyone has for its deliciousness, because people in my house especially have super picky palates. Be it … Continue reading Iyengar Sakkarai/Chakkarai Pongal (Temple Style): Step by Step Recipe

Fudgy Ragi Brownies with Chocolate Chunks (Eggless): Step by Step

The first time I tried this recipe, I overbaked it by a mile. I also used country brown sugar to sweeten this, which really did NOT sit well with the chocolate in this recipe. Then I substituted that with honey, got my baking time right, and OMG. BLISS. That's what this brownie is! Fudgey, soft, … Continue reading Fudgy Ragi Brownies with Chocolate Chunks (Eggless): Step by Step

Candied Orange Peel

I absolutely love the fragrance of fresh oranges. ย My room smelled of fresh oranges for hours after I sat and peeled oranges for this recipe, and my kitchen smelled divine the whole evening after I boiled the peels in syrup. This is such a superbly easy dish to make, and tastes amazingly delicious! ๐Ÿ˜€ Orange … Continue reading Candied Orange Peel

Malai Rose Cham Cham / Chom Chom : Step by Step

The Chom Chom, or Cham Cham, is a very popular Bengali sweet dish. Milk is curdled to and strained to make fresh cottage cheese, and that is further kneaded until soft and shaped into cylinders. These cottage cheese batons are then dropped into a flavoured sugar syrup and boiled for about 15 minutes. The cheese … Continue reading Malai Rose Cham Cham / Chom Chom : Step by Step

Boondhi Laddu / Laddoo: Step by Step

Like I said in my previous post, boondhis adapt well to both sweet as well as savoury flavours. This is a sweet dish - a laddoo made by immersing the fried boondhi in sugar syrup, and lightly spicing it with cardamom and cloves. For crunch, we add fried cashew nuts, sugar candy and raisins. A … Continue reading Boondhi Laddu / Laddoo: Step by Step

Gulab Jamun made with Homemade Khoya/ Khova/ Mawa : Step by Step

Gulab Jamun / Gulab Jamoon is one of my most favourite sweets since childhood ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact, one of my favourite pastimes back then was to collect all the sugar syrup after the jamuns were eaten up, and then eat it out of a bowl with a spoon! I cannot even imagine doing that now, … Continue reading Gulab Jamun made with Homemade Khoya/ Khova/ Mawa : Step by Step

Homemade Khoya / Khova / Mawa : Step by Step

Milk gives you several by-products with varied consistencies at different stages of boiling - and a variety of sweets or savouries can be made with the resultant products. ย Khoya, or Khoa, or Mawa, is basically evaporated milk solids that is prepared by boiling full cream milk over a low flame continuously over an extended period … Continue reading Homemade Khoya / Khova / Mawa : Step by Step

Rasmalai/ Rasamalai- Recipe-Step by Step

Hello! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you all are having (or had) a happy weekend. It is the month of India's biggest and grandest festival, Diwali, and it is raining offers and discounts. Be it clothing, home appliances, jewellery, or beauty products, there is a sale on pretty much everything. While everyone out there is busy shopping this weekend, … Continue reading Rasmalai/ Rasamalai- Recipe-Step by Step

Navarathri Special: Semiya (Vermicelli) Kesari, Step-by-Step

For Day 4 of Navarathri, a very traditional dessert dish - Semiya Kesari !ย A pudding style sweet dish, traditionally made in our house for festive occasions. Very quick to make (takes all of 10 mins) and tastes delicious! Hello all! ๐Ÿ˜€ It is day four of Navarathri today, and I see a lot of people … Continue reading Navarathri Special: Semiya (Vermicelli) Kesari, Step-by-Step