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Fruit parfait

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Fruit Parfait is a healthy dessert where you can enjoy the goodness of fruits along with curd.
To make this dessert you can include any fruit of your choice. I have used few seasonal fruits of my choice. You can also add on a scoop of ice cream to enhance its taste.
So, let’s take a look at the recipe for making Fruit Parfait

Ingredients

Curd 1 cup
Honey 1/4th cup or as per taste
Fruits as per your choice ( I’ve used banana, mango, pomegranate and apple), chopped to small pieces
Walnut chopped 2 tbsp
Cashews chopped 2 tbsp
Melon seeds 2 tbsp
Oats 2 tbsp

You can also use almonds, pistachios or any nuts of your choice

Procedure

• Take the curd in a mixing bowl, add honey as per your taste and mix well. Refrigerate this curd mixture for minimum 1 hour
• In another mixing bowl, take the chopped nuts, melon seeds, oats, about 2 tsp honey and mix well
• Microwave this mixture for 2 minutes. Mix one more time and microwave for 1 more minute.
• Take a beer mug or coffee mug, pour a little, chilled curd mixture to make the first layer, followed by a layer of nuts mixture and then a layer of fruit mixture.
• Repeat this sequence twice or thrice as per the size of the glass. The top most layer should be of fruits.
• Top it with a little more honey. You can also top it with a scoop of ice cream of your favourite flavour and enjoy.
• Fruit parfait is ready to be served. Enjoy it with your family.

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Chhena poda

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Chhena Poda is a popular dessert of Odisha. It is basically a cake made of chhena. To make this chhena cake, baking is done for a comparatively longer period of time than baking a simple cake, until the sides of the cake turns dark brown to give a burnt look. This delicious dessert has a very simple recipe and requires just few ingredients.
This recipe for Chhena Poda was requested by my dear fellow blogger Krishna. Krishna have shared some beautiful articles on spirituality through her blog. I would suggest you to visit her space to enjoy some beautiful articles.
So, let’s quickly take a look at the recipe for making Chhena Poda.

Ingredients

Milk 1.5 liters
Semolina/rava/sooji 3 tbsp
Cashew nuts chopped 3 – 4 tbsp ( you can also use almonds and raisins as per your choice)
Juice of 1 and ½ lemon
Sugar as per taste
Ghee 1 tbsp + a little bit for brushing the cake tin

Chheda Poda

Procedure

• Take milk in a deep vessel and bring it to a boil at medium high flames
• Once milk starts boiling, reduce the flames to low and add the lemon juice little by little with stirring
• Keep on doing this until the milk coagulated to form chhena
• Now strain out the milk solids from its liquid. Keep ½ a cup of this liquid separately for later use in this recipe before discarding the rest. Do not let the chhena cool down.
• Do not squeeze out the excess liquid from the chhena or keep it hanged to separate out excess moisture from it. In this recipe the chhena should retain some moisture into itself
• Now take the hot chhena into a mixing bowl, add sugar, semolina and roughly mix with the help of a spoon
• Add ghee and mix with the help of your hands to get an even texture of the chhena mixture without any lumps
• Add the milk separated liquid little by little and keep on mixing with your hands. Keep on mixing this liquid until the final consistency of the batter resembles to that of a cup cake batter.
• Add chopped nuts and mix well.
• Spread some salt or sand into a heavy bottomed cooking vessel and place it on medium flames. Cover and pre heat it for about 5 to 7 minutes
• Brush a little ghee on a cake tray, place a parchment paper on it and again brush a little more ghee on it
• Pour the chhena mixture into the cake tray and press lightly on its surface to get it evenly spread
• Now, once the vessel is pre heated, place a steel lid or small stand, whichever available, into the vessel
• Place the cake tray on the stand and cover the vessel. Bake it for 45 to 50 minutes at low flames or until you see the edges of the cake becomes dark brown in colour
• Move the cake tin from heat and let it cool down completely
• Transfer chhena Poda to a plate and cut it into pieces of desired shape and serve.

Vermicelli Pudding ( Shimui er Payesh)

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Vermicelli pudding or Sevai kheer or Shimui er payesh, with whichever name you may choose to call it, is a mouthwatering dessert quite popular in the Indian subcontinent. It is a dessert which is too easy to make. Preparation of this delicious dessert requires only few ingredients and minimum labor.
So, lets quickly take a look at the recipe for making Vermicelli Pudding or Shimui er Payesh.

Ingredients

Milk 1 litre
Vermicelli/sevai/shimui 200 gm
Bay leaf 1
Cardamom 4 or 5 crushed or ½ tsp powdered
Sugar as per taste
Ghee 1 tbsp

Shimui er Payesh

Procedure

• Heat ghee in a kadhai at medium low flames. Once heated, add the vermicelli and roast it until it turns dark golden in colour
• Once roasted, transfer the vermicelli to a plate or tray
• Add milk to the kadhai and bring it to a boil at medium high flames.
• Once the milk starts boiling, reduce the flames to medium low and add bay leaf and cardamom. Stir well
• Keep on boiling the milk until it gets reduced to ½ of its original volume with occasional stirring.
• Once the milk has reduced, add the roasted vermicelli and stir and mix well with the milk. Cook it for about 5 minutes or until the vermicelli gets cooked
• After 5 minutes add sugar and stir and mix well. Cook for another 2 minutes or until the sugar melts.
• After 2 minutes switch off the flames. Vermicelli pudding or Shimui er payesh is ready to be served. Serve it warm and enjoy.

Carrot Patishapta

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In my early post I have shared the recipe for making Patishapta Pithe with Kheer. Today I am sharing the recipe for making Carrot Patishapta i.e Patishapta Pithe with carrot filling. These bengali desserts were originally made with the coconut filling but later on people started making it with kheer fillings. Nowadays, Patishaptas are made with variety of fillings as per their choices.
So, today I chose carrots for making the filling for these wonderful bengali dessert Patishapta. Try it out at your kitchen and I can say that you will love these.
Let’s take a look at the recipe for making Carrot Patishapta.

Ingredients

For making the crepe batter:

All purpose flour or Maida 2 and 3/4th of a cup
Semolina or sooji or rava 1/4th of a cup
Rice flour 1/4th of a cup
Dates palm jaggery or sugar as per taste ( I have used dates palm jaggery)
Salt about 1 pinch
Milk 350 to 400 ml

For making the filling mixture:

Carrot 400 gm grated
Khoya or milk solids 200 gm grated
Sugar as per taste
Cardamom 3 or 4 crushed or ½ tsp powdered
Milk ½ cup
Ghee 2 tbsp

( here 1 cup = 120 ml )

Procedure

• In a large mixing bowl, take all purpose flour, semolina, rice flower, salt and mix well
• Then add milk little by little along with constant mixing until the batter consistency is such that it is neither to thin nor too thick, somewhat like a pancake batter
• Add jaggery and again mix well until the jaggery melts and evenly mixes with the batter. Now cover the batter and rest it for about an hour
• Heat a non stick pan at medium flames. Once heated, add ghee and let it heat
• Then, add the grated carrots and stir and cook for a minute and then cover and cook for 1 or 2 minutes
• Remove cover, add the sugar and mix well. On adding sugar the carrots will release lots of juices
• Now increase the flames to medium high and cook the carrots uncovered with occasional stirring, until most of the juices evaporates
• Once most of the juices of the carrots have evaporated, add milk and mix well. Reduce the flames to medium low and cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes
• Then open cover, stir well and then add the grated khoya. Stir and mix well
• Keep on stirring and mixing the mixture until the khoya melts and evenly mixes with the carrots and it stops sticking to the pan. Do not make the mixture too dry
• At this stage switch of the flames and transfer the mixture into a bowl or plate
• Now check the consistency of the batter if its too thick add a little more milk to bring to the right consistency like that of a pancake batter
• Place a nonstick pan or tawa on medium flames and let heat. Once it is heated, brush a thin layer of oil on it and drop in a small ladle full of the batter at a centre of the pan
• With the back of the ladle spread the batter to make a small thin circular disc shape. Wait for few seconds or until the crepe is 70% cooked, and then place the carrot mixture on on side of the crepe
• Start folding the crepe from the side containing the carrot mixture to make a roll. Once rolled, transfer the roll to a tray or plate
• One Carrot Patishapta is done. Follow the same process to make all the patishaptas
• Let these cool down completely and the enjoy Carrot Patishapta with your family.

Mixed Fruit Custard

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Today I am sharing the recipe for making Mixed Fruit Custard. Sometimes children are reluctant to take fruits, which are very much essential for their total nourishment, as fruits are the storehouse of vitamins and minerals. So, a chilled Mixed Fruit custard is an amazing idea to make children eat fruits and enjoy the taste of ice cream at the same time. However, not only for the children, but also for the grown ups, a Mixed fruit custard loaded with the seasonal fruits is a wonderful dessert idea where you can get the double dose of taste and health.
So, let’s take a look at the recipe for making Mixed Fruit Custard.


Ingredients

Milk 500 ml
Custard powder 2 tbsp
Honey 4 to 5 tbsp or as per taste
Green grapes 1 small bowl
Black grapes 1 small bowl
Muskmelon cut into small cubes, 1 small bowl
Banana cut into small pieces, 1 small bowl
Pomegranate pearls 1 small bowl
Chopped nuts and raisins 1 small bowl

You can use any fruit of your choice and discard any fruit that I have used, if you don’t like those.

Procedure

• Keeping ½ a cup of milk separately in a small bowl, add the remaining milk in a pan and place the pan over medium high flames. Stir the milk occasionally and wait until it starts boiling
• Simultaneous, add the custard powder in the ½ cup of milk and stir and mix to form a smooth mixture without any lumps
• Once the milk starts boiling, reduce the flames to minimum and add the custard powder mixture, with constant stirring so that it evenly mixes with the milk
• Then add honey and constantly stir and mix. Keep on stirring until the milk has thickened to the desired consistency and then switch off the flames
• Allow the milk to cool down completely and then transfer it to a mixing bowl
• To this add all the fruits one by one and mix well. Keep the mixed fruit custard in the refrigerator for about an hour or 2
• Serve chilled mixed fruit custard by adding some chopped nuts and raisins on top and enjoy the hot summers with a bowl full of Fruit Custard.

Chhanar payesh

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Today I am sharing the recipe of one of my favourite Bengali dessert, chhanar payesh. I have used date palm jaggery to make the payesh but generally those bought from shop, are made with sugar. Few shops sell chhanar payesh with gur but only during the winter season.

So, lets take a look at the recipe for chhanar payesh.

Ingredients

Full fat milk 2 lt
Date palm jaggery or khejur gur 4 tbsp or as per taste
Granulated sugar 1 tbsp
All purpose flour or maida ½ tbsp
Juice of 2 lemon

Procedure

• Take 1 lt milk in a saucepan and set it on medium high flames. Bring the milk to a boil.
• Once the milk starts boiling, reduce the flames to minimum and add the lemon juice little by little with stirring until the milk curdled
• Let it cool down a little and then strain out the curdled milk or chhana in a clean piece of cotton cloth
• Wash the chhana under running tap water and hang it for about 4 hours so that the excess water is removed
• Now take the chhana in a flat bottomed plate and crumble the lump
• Before you start making the chhana balls, take the remaining 1 lt milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan or kadhai and set it on high flames and bring the milk to a boil.
• Once the milk starts boiling, reduce the flames to medium low and keep boiling untill it has reduced to less than half of the original volume. It will take about 30 to 40 minutes.
• By the time the milk is getting ready, prepare to make the chhana balls.
• Smoothen the chhana by applying pressure with the lower part of the palm and moving forward to get smooth and fine texture of the chhana
• Add maida and sugar and mix well with the chhana following the same process as mentioned above untill the sugar granules melts
• Now keep 1/4th part of the chhana mix separately and make small balls with the remaining mixture by rolling small portions between your palms
• Once the milk has reduced to the required volume, gently drop in the chhana balls one by one into the milk. Do not stir at this stage. Let the balls cook for 15 minutes
• Now the balls will have increased in size. At this stage crumble and add the remaining chhana mixture and the jaggery or gur and wait for some time before stirring
• Now stir gently and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. By this time the milk will thicken and reduce to almost 1/3rd of the original volume
• Switch off the flames and transfer chhanar payesh to a serving bowl and allow it to cool down completely and then serve.

Payesh

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Payesh is a Bengali dessert made by boiling rice in milk. Bengalis make this dessert on occasion of a lots of cultural ceremonies such as puja, birthday, rice ceremony, rice harvest ceremony, and lots of other occasions. Payesh is made, either using sugar or date palm jaggery. We generally use a particular fragrant rice Gobindobhog, to make payesh. However, this rice is not easily available everywhere and so, payesh could also be made with Kalijira rice.
So, today I am sharing the recipe of the bengali delicacy Payesh. Let’s check out the recipe for making Payesh.

Ingredients

Full fat milk 1.5 lt
Gobindobhog rice ½ cup of cup size 120ml washed clean and soaked for 20 to 25 minutes
Date palm jaggery 5 tbsp or as per taste
Cashew nuts 12 or 15 halved
Raisins 2 tbsp

Procedure

• Take the milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan and place the pan at high flames. Bring the milk to a boil.
• Once the milk starts boiling, reduce the flames to medium high and keep boiling the milk for about 40 to 45 minutes with occasional stirring
• Strain out the water from the soaked rice and add the rice to the milk after the milk has boiled for 40 to 45 minutes. By this time the milk should have reduced to less than ½ of the original volume
• Cook the rice uncovered and with occasional stirring until the rice is 80% cooked.
• At this stage, add the date palm jaggery and do not stir.
• After about ½ a minute gently stir the payesh such that the jaggery gets well mixed with the payesh
• Then add the cashew and raisins and mix well. Check whether the rice has cooked well or not and then switch off the flames.
• Let the payesh cool down completely and then serve cold payesh after any meal or whenever you like and enjoy.

Some important tips

 If you are making payesh with sugar, all the steps for cooking remains same. Just add sugar as per taste in place of jaggery
 Add the sugar a little earlier than the time I have mentioned to add jaggery.
 If cooking with sugar, add 5 or 6 cardamom and a bay leaf to the milk when it comes to the first boil. It adds flavour to the payesh
 I do not add cardamom when I cook payesh with jaggery because I like the unique flavour of Gobindobhog riceand date palm jaggery in payesh, but if you like the additional flavour of cardamom, add 4 or 5 cardamom to the milk when it comes to the first boil.
 If you are making payesh with Kalijira rice, marinte the rice with a tsp of ghee after straining water from the soaked rice to add flavour to the rice which is not required for Gobindobhog rice.

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