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Malpua with Banana & Ricotta Cheese

    Let’s count the reasons why the Malpua with Banana & Ricotta Cheese is Sinful. It is filled with whole milk Ricotta cheese, it is deep fried in ghee and then dipped in a sugar syrup.  All those things make it sinful. Now let’s see the reasons why it is oh so delicious.  Well.. all the sinful reasons! For the above mentioned reasons I make this only once a year, on Holi – the festival of colors celebrated to mark the beginning of a new season. It is quite a fun festival to celebrate. It usually starts with making all …

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Shufta

  So what’s for dessert? This is not something you will hear a true blood Kashmiri ask. And that’s not because we don’t like all things sweet, but because we just don’t have the tradition of serving sweets or desserts after a meal.  We eat the chocolates and the Mithai and we also do make a few sweet things like Kheer, Modur pulao ( rice cooked with nuts and sugar) and phirni. We serve the Modur pulao at the beginning of the meal ( beat that) and we make kheer on auspicious occasions as an offering to the deity. It …

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Kesar Elaichi Pista Kulfi

On a scorching summer day in India, when I wanted some thing cool and delicious to make me feel happy, I would land at the cart of “Kulfiwala” (a vendor who sells Kulfi ), and relish this nutty, creamy dessert. Traditionally, Kulfi was a labor intensive dessert or sweet treat, where milk would be flavored, sweetened and boiled for hours to evaporate and condense it. Now it need not be – labor intensive that is. Here is a recipe that makes the process easy and quick. To make this Kesar Elaichi Pista Kulfi, you can eliminate the hours long process of evaporating milk. and no one can …

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Gajar Halwa with Ricotta Cheese

Traditionally made with the purple carrots in the Northern parts of India, this much loved sweet dish has undergone various transformations in my own kitchen.

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Cabbage Kheer

So there is cabbage in this kheer? Yes (smile). Why is it not stinky? Because the cooking process takes care of that (smile). Oh this tastes so good! I am glad you like it (smile). This is usually how the conversation would go when I treat anyone to this kheer. It’s unusual, but it really is delicious. I do not know the origins of the recipe, but this is a variation of a sweet song I heard many years ago at Jaipur. I was visiting a family friend and the lady of the house made this for dessert. She gave …