dessert

Sooji Halwa

Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive.Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat, rice or lentil based halwa moong dal halwa is drier and more crumbly.

Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts kesar badam halwa milk based halwa  milk rava kesari  and vegetables Gajar Halwa fruit based Apple halwa

I am sharing Sooji halwa semolina based halwa is gelatinous and translucent, it is Roasted in clarified butter cooked with water adding sugar & flavour with green cardamom powder and garnish with nuts.

Ingredients

Sooji/Semolina 1/2 cup

Ghee/Clarified butter 1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1/4 cup

Green cardamom powder a pinch

Water 1 cup

Method
Heat a pan adding ghee.roast sooji on med flame till it changes it colour .add water sugar & cook till start leaving a pan.add cardamom powder.Garnish with Nuts.

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Seviyan kheer

Yesterday on eve of my birthday prepared this yummy Indian dessert. Seviyan or vermicelli kheer, is a traditional popular dessert. In India and other countries of the Indian Subcontinent, vermicelli is known by various local names such as seviyan or semiyan in Hindi. it is used to prepare different flavor  of dishes including a variation of kheer, a sweet dessert similar to Kheer (rice pudding)Vermicelli are also used in many parts of India to make a popular dish called  Vermicelli Upma it’s a savoury  dish.

Seviyan is a delicious and an easy recipe to make.It is made with milk,sugar, and then flavored with green cardamom powder. Garnish with Nuts as my daughter didn’t like I always add for me & my husband at a time of serving.

Ingredients

Vermicelli 2 cup

Whole Milk 8 Cup

Ghee or Unsalted Butter 4 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1 cup or to taste

Green Cardamom powder  1 /2 tsp

Method

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add assorted nuts and saute till nuts are brown. Remove from heat, drain on absorbent paper and set aside.In the same pan, add vermicelli and saute till light golden. Remove from heat and set aside.Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan. Add fried vermicelli, mix well and cook on medium heat for five to seven minutes.Add sugar then mix well and cook on low heat for five minutes.Remove from heat and add cardamom powder & assorted Nuts. Mix well and serve hot or chilled .My family preferred chilled desserts.

Tips

1 )Use a nonstick or heavy bottom utensil to make a seviyan kheer. Add the seviyan and roast them for about two minutes on medium low heat or one can buy Roasted sevaiyan from Indian Grocery store.if using pre-roasted then no need to use ghee or unsalted butter.

2)Sauteed nuts in a ghee or unsalted butter is an individual choice one can add plain nuts or skip nuts completely.

3)when cooled the seviyan kheer tends to be thick. so if you don’t like thick seviyan kheer then don’t thicken the milk.check a consistency of milk as per own taste buds.

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NO Bake Mango Cheesecake

No-Bake Mango cheesecake recipe it’s a delicious cheesecake recipe with mango puree and cream cheese .An  appropriate dessert for guests or parties. I have used gelatine to set the mango layer but you can use agar-agar or China grass, a vegetarian alternative used for the same purpose. This mango cheesecake is a great recipe to try during the summer mango season, fresh mangoes always work best but I have used canned mango pulp here for ease.

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Ingredients

Cream cheese 8 oz pack -2
Graham Crackers crumbs- 1 cup
Sweetened condensed Milk- 1 can
Gelatin 1.5 tbsp +1/2 tbsp
Warm Water(in microwave) 1 cup + 1/2 cup(to dissolve gelatin)
Sugar- 2 tbsp (crackers mix) +1 tbsp +1/2 tbsp (to mix in gelatin)
Mango puree 1 cup +3/4 cup
Butter Melted-1/4 cup
Springform Pan 9″
Method

Step 1
Take a bowl add crushed graham crackers crumbs ,sugar,& melted butter mix properly.take a springform pan then add crackers mix in Springform pan and press with a help of a spoon,keep in a fridge for 10-15 min

 

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Bottom layer

Step 2

Take 1 cup warm water in a bowl add 1.5tbsp gelatin & 1 tbsp sugar mix till it dissolved ,cover & keep aside .take a blender jar add cream cheese,dissolve gelatin ,condensed milk & mango puree till it blended smoothly.take out springform Pan from fridge & pour mix on top of set Crackers crumbs mix,keep in a freezer for 20-30 min or till it set

 

 

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Middle layer

Step 3

Take 3/4 cup mango puree in a bowl dissolve same way 1 tbsp gelatin +1/2 tbsp sugar & now add dissolve gelatin in mango puree & mix properly if needed add more sugar in mango puree.take out springform pan from freezer & check 2nd layer set properly.now pour mango puree on top of it * keep in a fridge to set once it set Cut & enjoy Ur No Bake Mango cheesecake.

 

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Baby Carrot Burfi

Carrot Burfi or Carrot Fudge is a dense milk based sweet confectionery from India.it’s traditional South Asian Sweet dish (barfi). Flavor of a barfi is often enhanced with fruits & nuts.They are typically cut into square, diamond, or round shapes.  Different types of Barfi vary in their color and texture.check my recipe of  Kesar Burfi .The most popular spice used to flavor Burfi dessert is cardamom & saffron.

Traditionally Carrot Burfi using red carrots.it’s not available here @united states .So I have used orange Baby carrot.This carrot fudge is made with five simple ingredients: grated carrots, ghee, milk, cardamom, and sugar.Garnish this dessert with chopped nuts ,I am using pistachios& almonds.During winter, it’s prepared as Gajar Halwa/carrot pudding check my recipe Gajar Halwa.

Ingredients

2 cups carrot grated

2 cups full fat milk

1/3 cup Khoa(Mawa)

1/2 cup Sugar

2 tbsp ghee

1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder

Pistachio’s & almonds chopped for garnish

Method

In a large heavy bottomed pan add milk to a boil over medium-high heat.and then add carrots to boiling milk Keep stirring occasionally to prevent burning from a bottom.reduce heat to medium flame cook carrot till milk evaporates .around 20-25 minutes it takes.once carrot became like a dough then add khoya ,sugar,ghee & cook a mixture(10 -12 min more) till started leaving ghee from side.turn off flame .add cardamom powder.Greased a square tin or plate and transfer mixture to plate/tin to set Carrot mixture.Garnish with Almonds/pistachio .once it cooled down completely cut into desired shape & serve!!

 

 

Mango Panna Cotta

Panna cotta (In Italian meaning ‘cooked cream’) is an Italian dessert of sweetened cream thickened with  gelatin & molded. The cream may be aromatized with rum, coffee, vanilla, or other flavorings.I am sharing Mango Panna cotta made with a  fresh cream, gelatin, sugar ,and  mango puree.

Ingredients

skimmed Milk-1/14 cup
cream-1/4 cup
vanilla extract -1tsp(optional)
sugar-1/4 cup or as much sweeter u like
Gelatin-1 packet (dissolved
1-2 tbsp in warm water)
Mango puree – 3/4cup +2 tbsp
Method
Pour milk & cream in a pan on medium heat ..let it be warm keep stirring and add sugar and mix properly..till it start boiling ..remove pan from heat as cream heated fast it may come out of pan.now add dissolve gelatin and mix properly.we will strain in another bowl ..so that remaining gelatin should be mixed evenly.once a mixture comes to room temp .add mango puree & mix properly.pour in a glass or bowl to set .i prefer overnight .
de-mould a Panna cotta pour 2 tbsp on top .serve !!

Caramel Custard

Custard made out of eggs, milk and sugar in a microwave.

Ingredients
Egg 1
Sugar 3 tbsp + 1 tsp
Cold water 1 tsp
Hot water 1 tsp
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
Milk 1/2 cup
Ramekin
Water for steaming
Method
Add 1 tsp sugar & 1 tsp cold water In ramekin.Cook for 1 min in microwave 100% or HI power.plz handle carefully using oven mitts as it will be hot.If it still not caramelized 30 sec more.Instantly check sugar .add 1 tsp hot water.In a mixing bowl add sugar,egg ,vanilla extract & milk.Mix properly till it blended.Strain & add mixture in a ramekin.In a large bowl for steaming add hot water to a level of a ramekin.Cover with cling film & cook for 8-10 min on HI/100%.Carefully remove ramekin.keep in refrigerator till it set.Once it set de-mould & serve!!

Mexican Flan

Flan is a traditional Mexican dessert and there are many versions. It is a rich, creamy, cooked egg custard. it’s flavored with vanilla and baked in a water bath to retain its texture.

Ingredients
Egg -3
Sugar-1 cup
Evaporated milk -1 tin
Condensed milk- 1 tinVanilla extract -1 tbsp
Whipped cream..optional
Method

Preheat oven to 350°F.Select 2 oven safe containers, one that can easily fit inside the other.The large one will be used for a water bath and the smaller one will pour flan.mixture.Fill the larger container a little less than halfway with water and place in the cold oven to heat up while you prepare the caramel and the custard.In a large pan, caramelized the sugar until it turns a light golden brown .While still hot, transfer the melted sugar to baking container swirling it around until the entire bottom is covered then set aside.In a blender add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.Open up the oven where you have placed the water bath and then place the small pan with the caramel inside the large water bath pan.Pour the mixture into the pan being careful not to splash it.Bake for 30- 45 minutes until the top is golden brown and the center passes a toothpick test.Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack.You may invert this onto a large serving dish or Cut a piece & serve with a dollop of whipped cream

Tips :-Let it cool down or keep in a fridge for 24 hrs. when serving put hot water in a bigger bowl and keep baked flan bowl in it so that caramel should be easily come out

 

 

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Gajar Halwa

Grated carrot cooked in milk & garnish with nuts.it’s awesome winter dessert

ingredients

Carrot 2 lb
Ricotta cheese/khoya 1 cup
Milk (whole/reduce fat)1/4 cup
Raisin 10(soaked)
Unsalted butter/ghee 1/4 cup
Cashew nut 10-15
Almond(soaked.& sliced) 10-12
Sugar 2 cup to.taste
Cardamom powder 1/4.tsp
Method
Heat pan adding butter fry cashew nut.take out keep aside.using same pan add wash , peel &.grated carrot..saute for around 5 min.Add milk in it.mix properly.cover.for 5-7.min on low /med.heat..uncover add ricotta cheese almond, cashew nut.& raisins. Mix properly .cook on med heat till ricotta cheese..moisture.evaporates. now add sugar & cook.till. u get desired consistency.it will.take around 10-15.min.add cardamom powder.turn.off heat.
Enjoy Gajar halwa