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 …



  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 …


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 …


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.


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 …