Saffron

Moong Dal 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 and when coarse flour obtained by granulating wheat called semolina by which Sooji Halwa, Rava Kesari.  it is 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 Moong dal halwa, it is lentil based halwa( Split yellow) moong dal halwa is drier and more crumbly.Roasted in clarified butter cooked with milk adding condensed milk for rich flavor & sweetness to enhance flavor more adding Saffron and green cardamom powder and garnish with nuts.

Ingredients

Moong Dal 1cup

Condensed Milk 1 tin

Milk 3 cup

Saffron strands 10-20 (soaked in 1 tbsp milk)

Clarified butter(ghee) 1 cup

Assorted nuts 1/4 cup

Green cardamom powder 1/4 tsp

Method

Wash & soak moong dal at least for 2-3 hrs then Grind coarsely.Heat a pan add ghee add moong dal paste.Cook on slow flame till mixture golden color & raw aroma goes off.Add milk & saffron cook till it dries.Add condensed milk cook continuously till u get desired consistency.Add cardamom powder.Turn off heat.
Garnish with nuts.
Serve & enjoy !!

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Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and Kesari means saffron, It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar, Clarified butter.It is made during the festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

On eve of Vasant Panchmi, prepared this sweet dish at my native place we do Puja of Goddess Saraswati There is a tradition of eating different varieties of sweets are offered to Goddess which includes yellow colored sweet as well.

Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and Rava Kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked.

Ingredients

Semolina 1 cup

Saffron 20-30 strands

Water 1.5 cup

Clarified Butter(Ghee) 1/4 cup +1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon(optional)

Method

Heat a pan add 1 tbsp clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add Rava and sautéed it continuously stirring often and roast on low flame for 5 minutes or till it turns aromatic and Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar, water, and saffron bring to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly.Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the Sauteed Rava to sugar syrup mixture, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1/4 cup ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of the pan. Add green cardamom powder & Switch off the flame
Serve Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

Sheer Khurma 

Sheer Khurma literally means”milk with dates” in Persian, in this festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr. It is a traditional Muslim festive dessert, for celebrations. This dish is made from dried dates.This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer throughout the day to all the visiting guests.

The main ingredients used in Sheer Khurma are vermicelli, whole milk, sugar, and dates.In my version of Sheer khurma to enhance flavor, I have added cardamom powder, cashew nuts pistachios, almonds,  saffron & raisins.

ingredients

5 cups full cream milk

1/2 cup or 60 gm vermicelli

1 tbsp Ghee

1/2 cup sugar or to taste

1tsp green cardamom powder

2 Tbsp chopped dates

10-12 raisins

1/4 cup almonds-Pistachios blanched and cut into pieces

10-12 Cashew nuts

Saffron strands soaked in milk (optional)

Method

Heat ghee in a deep pan, add chopped nuts & Raisins fry till starts giving nutty aroma remove from pan & drain on paper towel and keep aside, using the same pan add the vermicelli and cook till it turns golden brown.Add the sugar and milk and cook until cook until the sugar dissolves.Add the fried dry fruits and keep few for garnishing, mix well and allow it to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.Add the fresh dates,  cardamom powder and saffron soaked in milk and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes.Remove from the flame and serve hot or cold.

 

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Saffron Mango Smoothie

A smoothie is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with other ingredients such as water, ice, dairy products or sweeteners.Smoothies are made of different ingredients such as blended fruit/vegetables, water, crushed ice, fruit juice, and nuts.

I am sharing delicious Smoothie recipe which is prepared using one of my favorites Spice Saffron for added flavor & most favorite fruit Mango

Mangoes are widely used in cuisine.Sweet for lassi(yogurt blend drink), smoothies, Sour & Unripe for pickles, beverage & chutneys check my other mango recipes Mango Mastanimango cheesecake Mango Icecream, Mango Chutney

ingredients

Ripe Mangoes 2

Milk 4 cups

Few saffron strands (Soaked in 1 tbsp warmmilk)

Few Ice Cubes

Sugar to taste

Assorted nuts( optional )1tbsp

method

Blend all ingredients in a blender jar, Serve in a glass.Garnish with Assorted nuts

Kesar Pista Kulfi 

IMG_1462.JPGKulfi is a popular frozen dairy dessert from the Indian Subcontinent.The more traditional ones are cream , rose, mango, cardamom, saffron , and pistachio.

Kulfi is traditionally prepared by evaporating sweetened and flavoured milk via slow cooking, with almost continuous stirring to keep milk from sticking to the bottom of the vessel where it might not burn, until its volume was reduced by a half, thus thickening it.The semi-condensed mix is then frozen in tight sealed moulds.

I am sharing an easier version of Kesar means Saffron Pista is Pistachio dryfruits Kulfi without cooking which is prepared with Condensed milk, saffron, dry fruits mixed together, chilled and served.check my other kulfi recipe Kesar Badam Kulfi Strawberry Pistachios Malai Kulfi

ingredients

1 tin Condensed Milk

200 ml Heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup Grated Khoya

Cardamom powder a pinch or to taste

1/4 cup Milk

Pistachios soaked ,Peeled & slivered 15-20

Saffron strands 20-30

Kulfi molds or dish

method

Soaked Saffron strands in warm milk .in a big bowl add condensed milk ,heavy whipping cream & Khoya mix properly .add saffron infused milk & pistachio silvered .Pour in Mould Keep in freezer to set .atleast 6-8 hrs or Overnight.Demould kulfi & Serve.

Milk Rava Kesari

Milk Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and kesari means saffron,It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar ,Clarified butter ,Saffron & Milk.It is made during festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

Milk Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and milk rava kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked in milk.

Ingredients

Semolina 1/2 cup

Sugar 1/3 cup or to taste

Milk 1.5 cup

Saffron 15-20 thread (soaked in 1 tbsp. warm milk)

Clarified Butter(Ghee)  3 tbsp

Assorted Nuts for garnishing

Method

Heat a pan add 2tbsp. clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add rava and sautéed  it continuously stirring often to prevent it should be light golden brown in color and will have a light sweet aroma.Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar ,milk and soaked saffron bring  to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly .Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the rava to the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of pan. Switch off the flame
Serve Milk Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

 

 

Kesar Badam 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 semolina based Sooji Halwa halwa is gelatinous and translucent, while lentil based halwa Moong Dal Halwa  is drier and more crumbly.Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts ,milk ,ghee and vegetables such as Carrots Gajar Halwa.

I am sharing a nut based halwa Kesar Badam Halwa.Kesar means Saffron and badam means almond.it’s a really delicious using Coarse grind almond cooked in ghee,sugar,Cardamom powder ,Saffron & garnish with silvered almonds.

Ingredients

Almonds 1 cup (soaked & peeled)

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Ghee 4 tbsp

Saffron 10-15 soaked in warm milk

Green Cardamom powder 1 tsp

Milk to grind almond

Yellow Food Color 1-2 drop (optional)

Method

Soak almonds overnight and then peeled almond .Put the peeled almonds in a blender and add milk so it can enough to cover almonds.
Blend it into a coarse paste or fine paste indiviual choice .i like coarse one.

Heat a pan add 2 tbsp ghee once ghee melts add badam grind mixture keep stirring continuously to avoid burning from bottom.

Add sugar then Constantly stir the mixture as it can stick burn from bottom. Add Saffron milk & food color & cardamom powder into it & additional 2 tbsp of ghee so that mixture doesn’t stick to bottom & while its boiling.once mixture start leaving ghee stir for 2- 3 minutes.turn off heat.

Take out in a bowl Garnish with sliced almonds.Serve & enjoy.

Tips
Yellow food color is optional.

30-40 minutes it will take to cook Halwa on low temperature.need patience to cook 😊

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Stuffed Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun is among India’s most popular desserts during a festival or major celebrations .It gets its name from two words: Gulab which means rose (for the rose flavored syrup) and Jamun which is a kind of deep purple colored  berry.traditionally it is prepared using milk solids, known as khoya  it’s  kneaded into a dough, and then shaped into small balls and deep-fried at a low temperature .The balls are then soaked in a light sugary syrup flavored with green cardamom and rose water, or saffron.

I am sharing my version recipe  of gulab jamun using milk powder stuffed with raisins

Ingredients For sugar syrup

2 cup sugar

4 cup water

1 tsp rose water

1/4 tsp cardamom powder

saffron strands(soaked)optional

For jamuns

1 cup unsweetened milk powder

1-2 tbsp ghee

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup All Purpose Flour

Raisins (for stuffing)20

1/3 cup whole milk

oil for frying

Method

Place sugar,water and cardamom powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and watch for the sugar to dissolve. Once it’s dissolved, add saffron & boil for another minute. Turn off heat & add rose water then keep syrup aside.

In a mixing bowl, add milk powder , baking soda, all-purpose flour & mix well.Then add ghee and.milk a little at a time and mix till it forms a dough. You may not need all of the milk.When a soft, sticky dough forms, stop adding milk. Cover and let the dough stand for about 20 minutes.

After resting, the dough will be less sticky, airy and a little firmer. If it’s too loose, sprinkle a little flour. If it’s too dry, add a little milk.Knead the dough a few times more till it becomes soft .Dip your fingers in oil or ghee, divide the dough ,stuffed with raisins and roll them into balls no cracks. Dip your fingers in oil /ghee or butter to avoid sticking.

Heat enough oil to deep fry in a saucepan pan on medium-low heat. Drop a small pinch of the dough in the oil to test the temperature. The dough should sink to the bottom and then slowly rise to the top. If it sits in the bottom of the oil without bubbling, the oil is not hot enough. If the dough rises and browns too quickly, the oil is too hot.

Add  balls a few at a time and fry in oil on medium-low heat. Stir and turn the balls frequently so they brown evenly.When brown, remove from oil using a slotted spoon and drain on several layers of paper towels.Repeat with all the dough. Let fried ball.Add the ball to the sugar syrup. Stir gently so fried balls are well coated in syrup.Cover and let the gulab jamuns soak in the syrup for at least an hour before serving.

Tips :-
1) soft dough & balls without cracks,make small size ball.once soaked in syrup it became double in size.

2) while frying don’t keep on turning  balls ,once u drop in pan/kadai.let it come up on own.then do it very slowly once -twice

3)Sugar syrup neither very thick nor thin

4)If Gulab jamun doesn’t soak syrup,heat it for 2-3 min ,once u see it’s boiling a bit ,turn off heat & leave .

Boondi Kheer

Boondi Kheer is a delicious Indian dessert.Prepared using Boondi laddoo,milk ,for flavouring, added Cardamom powder, Saffron & Garnish with Dry fruits & rose water.Most of a time when laddoos are leftover i prepared this dessert & everyone liked it .So sharing my Boondi kheer recipe.

Ingredients

Milk 1 litre
Boondi laddoos 3-4
Cardamom powder a pinch
Saffron (soaked)few strands
Dry fruits chopped
Sugar as per taste buds(if required)
Rose water few drops (Optional)

Method
Boil milk adding saffron in a heavy bottomed pan.reduce it till become 3/4th in quantity.
Break boondi laddoos( using hand or fork.if laddoos kept in fridge.then keep it outside to come @room temp.otherwise it will become mushy).Add boondi in milk.stir for 1-2 min.check sweetness as laddoo is already sweet.if u wish u can add extra sugar or Turn off heat & add cardamom powder.once it cools down add chopped dry fruits & add rose water.Serve chilled or one can serve @ room temp.

Apple 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 semolina based Sooji Halwa halwa is gelatinous and translucent, while lentil based halwa Moong Dal Halwa  is drier and more crumbly.Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts ,milk ,ghee and vegetables such as Carrots Gajar Halwa.

I am sharing a fruit based halwa Apple Halwa.it’s a really delicious using an apple,ghee ,sugar,Cardamom powder ,Saffron & nuts.

Ingredients

Apple 3 medium size

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Pinch of Cardamom powder

Saffron Strands few soaked (optional)

Pistachios(chopped)  1 tbsp

Ghee 1 tbsp

Method

Wash ,peel & chopped apples.heat a non-stick pan adding ghee then add chopped apples  cook it on medium flame until the water content in the pulp is evaporated and using back of spatula mashed apples now pulp will  become slightly thick.now add sugar to the pulp and mix well. While stirring the pulp continuously add saffron & cook until halwa leaves the sides of pan.add cardamom powder.Turn off heat & serve in a bowl .Garnish with Chopped Pistachios.

Tips :Instead of Cardamom powder ,one can add Cinnamon powder or add any nuts as per individual choice.One can serve warm or @ room temp.Depend on Individual preference.

Kesar Peda

Ricotta cheese cooked with sugar & saffron ,decorated with Pistachios

ingredients

Ricotta cheese 1 cup

Sugar ¼ cup to taste

Saffron 15 to 20 strands

Warm milk (3 tbsp

Green cardamom powder

Ghee ½ tsp

Pistachios  slivered 10-12

Metho

Soak the saffron strands in hot milk for about 5 minutes and then keep aside. Heat a kadhai and add ricotta cheese next, add in the saffron-milk mix, sugar & cardamom powder.Mix well till sugar dissolve completely.Keep stirring on a low flame till the mixture has thickened. Take off the flame and let it cool downOnce the mixture is cool enough to handle, knead it into a smooth dough. Divide the mixture into equal-sized balls.apply ghee on palm & Lightly press the balls into flat discs and shape them as u like.keep it aside to cool completely.press at the centre of each peda and gently press & decorate with slivered pistachios

Banana Smoothies

Bananas are a very good source of vitamin ,minerals & dietary fiber.Milk is a healthy foods considered nutrient-rich because they serve as good sources of calcium and vitamin D as well as protein and other essential nutrients.

Banana Blend with Milk infused with Saffron.

Ingredients

Banana- 1
Cold Milk -3/4 cup
Heavy whipping cream -1/4 cup
Sugar as much sweeter u like
Saffron strands (soaked in water) & few for garnish
Rose water few drops (optional)
Method
Blend all above ingredients in a blender jar.pour in a glass garnish with saffron strands.Serve chilled !!!
tips :- boil milk adding saffron & then chill .
Before taking,plz consult a health professional if anyone allergic or health issue.

Mutton Biryani

Rice Layered with Mutton & cooked on dum (slow fire)with Indian spices.

Ingredients
Mutton 500 grams
Basmati rice 1 1/2 cups
Salt
Bay leaves 2
Green cardamoms 10
Black peppercorns 25-30
Cinnamon 3-inch stick
Oil 1 tablespoon + to deep fry
Onion sliced 5 large
shahi jeera 1/2 teaspoon
Cloves 10
Ginger paste 1 tablespoon
Garlic paste 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon
Yoghurt 1 cup
Pure ghee 4 tablespoons
Black cardamoms 2
Saffron mix in 1/4 cup milk a few strands (optional)

Method
Heat five to six cups of water in a deep pan. Add drained rice, salt, bay leaves, five green cardamoms, seven to eight black peppercorns, one cinnamon stick and cook till three-fourth done. Drain and set aside. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry half the onion slices till golden. Drain and place on an absorbent paper. Prepare spice powder(Grind Sahi-jeera seeds, one cinnamon stick, remaining black peppercorns, cloves and remaining green cardamoms )to a fine powder and set aside. Take mutton pieces in a bowl. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and salt and mix. Add the spice powder, red chilli powder, half the fried onions crushed, yogurt and one tablespoon oil and mix. Let it marinate for about two hours in the refrigerator. Heat two tablespoons ghee in a pan, remaining cinnamon and black cardamoms and sauté till fragrant. Add remaining onions and sauté till light golden. Add marinated mutton, stir and cook on high heat for three to four minutes. Cover, reduce heat and cook till almost done. Heat the remaining ghee in a thick-bottomed pan. Spread half the rice in a layer. Spread the mutton over the rice.Spread the remaining rice. Sprinkle saffron milk. Cover and cook under dum till done. Serve hot !!!!

 

 

Thandai

Milk blended with nuts & whole spices.Serve Chilled

Ingredients
Milk 1.5 tr
Saffron strands (soak in milk)
Sugar powdered 1/4 cup or to taste
To make a paste
Almond soaked & peeled 1/4 cup
Cashewnut soaked 10-12
Pistachio 10-12 soaked
Black peppercorns 10-12
Cardamom 5-6
Fennel seeds 2 tbsp
For garnish
Rose water 1 tsp (optional)
Saffron strands
Method
Add ingredients in a grinder .make a fine paste.add mixture in a bowl then add milk & sugar.mix properly keep in a refrigerator.
Pour in a glass serve chilled ..garnish with saffron strands & add rose water.

Boondi Laddoo

Boondis are very small, round deep fried balls that have been soaked in fragrant sugar syrup.

ingredients
Gram flour (Besan) 1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Melon seeds-1 tbsp
Raisins 10-12
cardamom powder -1 tsp
crushed saffron strands few
Kewra water few drops(optional)
Unsalted Butter(melted)/ ghee 1/2 tbsp
Oil/ghee for frying
Method
1) make Batter for Boondi
take besan in a bowl ,add little water first & stir properly .now add desired water to make a smooth Batter.
just to check boondi consistency
( we wil fry few Boondi . once u pour with a spoon drop should become round .if it become round it means pouring consistency is absolutely correct)
2) make Sugar syrup
Take a Pan add sugar and water & saffron strands stir once it dissolve let it Boil once it boil put flame on a low
cook the sugar syrup, till it becomes one thread consistency. switch off the flame. keep the sugar solution aside.
(one thread consistency one can check when we Put syrup between index finger & thumb .when we stretch it will be like thread)
the sugar syrup should be hot when we add the boondis.
3)2) heat oil/ghee in a pan ,using perforated ladle drop boondi batter & fry .take it out & drop in hot syrup.
4)add a melon seeds (magaz), cardamom,few drop of kewra water(optional) & ghee/unsalted butter.mix everything properly.
5) apply ghee /Butter make round shape of laddo .
tips
don’t drop batter from height otherwise boondi will not be in round shape
every batch clean ladle using cloth or paper towel from both sides.
make laddoo when its bit hot .u can dip hand in water too.once boondi cools down ,its not easy to make Ladoo

Kesar Burfi

Kesar Burfi or Saffron Milk 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.The most popular spice used to flavor Burfi dessert is cardamom & saffron.Burfi made with saffron, milk powder & Pistachios.

ingredients

Milk powder(Non-fat) – 1 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/2cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee – 4 tbsp

Milk – 4 tbsp

Saffron strands(soaked)

Green cardamom powder a pinch(optional)

blanched & chopped pistachios (for garnishing)

Method
heat a big heavy bottomed pan add butter.once butter melt .add milk powder, sugar and cook on low flame. Stir continuously so that mixture should be smooth & lump free.
while cooking slowly mixture gets thick in consistency, turn off the flame and pour this mixture over greased plate.smooth top either with a spatula or greased parchment sheet.
sprinkle pistachio on top.keep burfi aside & cool down .cut it in a  desired shape.

Kesar Badam Kulfi

Kulfi is a popular frozen dairy dessert from the Indian Subcontinent.The more traditional ones are cream , rose, mango, cardamom, saffron , and pistachio.Kulfi is traditionally prepared by evaporating sweetened and flavoured milk via slow cooking, with almost continuous stirring to keep milk from sticking to the bottom of the vessel where it might not burn, until its volume was reduced by a half, thus thickening it.The semi-condensed mix is then frozen in tight sealed moulds.

I am sharing an easier version of Kulfi without cooking which is prepared with Condensed milk, saffron, dry fruits mixed together, chilled and served .

ingredients
1 tin Condensed Milk
200 ml Heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup Grated Khoya 
Cardamom powder a pinch or to taste
Milk 1/4 cup (few strands Kesar infused)
Almonds(Soaked & peeled ) slivered as much u like
for garnish
Saffron strands & almond slivered (optional)
Kulfi molds or any dish u like
method
in a big bowl add condensed milk ,heavy whipping cream & Khoya mix properly .add milk & almond silvered .Pour in Mould .Keep in freezer to set .atleast 6-8 hrs or Overnight,
Demould ur Kulfi & garnish.
Serve & enjoy!!