Coconut Barfi Or Fudge

Happy Diwali everyone . May happiness and prosperity fill your life. Have a joyous and bright Diwali.

I am back after a short break. Sharing a delicious and easy to make sweet to brighten your festival. Make it to serve your guests and enjoy the heavenly taste.

Barfi made with fresh coconut, thickened milk, milk powder, little sugar, milk and cardamom. You can also use rose essence or rose water if you like the flavour.

You can use khoya or mawa but this time I didn’t dried up the milk completely. Boiled the milk on simmer till milk becomes thickened but pouring consistency, just like rabdi.

Fresh coconut is best for this barfi. Grate the coconut or simply cut the peeled coconut in small pieces and grind.

You may like some more festive dessert recipes on this blog.

Collection of sweets

Recipe

Coconut – 1

Thickened milk- 3/4 cup

Milk powder- 1/2 cup

Sugar- 3 tablespoon

Milk- 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder- 1 teaspoon

Pistachios to sprinkle

Ghee or clarified butter for greasing the plate.

Method

1. Peel and grate the coconut or cut into small pieces.

2. Grind the coconut with thickened milk and sugar. Add 1/4 cup milk for easy grinding. Make a smooth paste.

3. Grease a plate with ghee or clarified butter and keep aside.

4. Heat a pan or wok. Add the ground mixture.

5. Cook on low heat. Stir constantly to avoid sticking to the bottom.

6. When the mixture about to dried up add milk powder and mix well.

7. When the mixture leaves the sides remove from heat.

8. Add cardamom powder and mix well. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon rose essence or rose water if you like the flavour .

9. Pour the mixture on greased plate. Press with a spatula and sprinkle chopped pistachios.

10. Cut with a knife into your desired shape when still warm.

11. Keep in cool place for an hour to set.
Your barfi is ready. Enjoy the divine taste.
Have a safe and prosperous Diwali.

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Dundee Cake / Eggless Cake

Dundee cake.
My first cake of the year. No not gluten free or dairy free its only egg free.
Mixed taste of almond, lemon, orange, blackberry preserve, cardamom and cinnamon made this cake super yummy and aromatic.

The cake is often made with currants, sultanas and almonds; sometimes, fruit peel may be added to it. The cake originated in nineteenth-century Scotland, and was originally made as a mass-produced cake by the marmalade company called Keiller’s. Keiller’s marmalade company first mass-produced the cake commercially and have been claimed to be the originators of the term “Dundee cake”. However, similar fruit cakes were produced across Scotland. A popular story is that Mary Queen of Scots did not like glace cherries in her cakes, so the cake was first made for her, as a fruit cake that used blanched almonds and not cherries. The top of the cake is typically decorated with concentric circles of almonds. Today, the cakes are often sold in supermarkets throughout the United Kingdom.
The cake was also made and marketed in British India, and in independent India after 1947, by Britannia Industries and its successor firms. However, after 1980 the cake was withdrawn from the market though it continued to be supplied privately as a corporate Christmas gift by the maker. Queen Elizabeth is reported to favour Dundee cake at tea-time.
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I have made it with refined flour or maida but you can use whole wheat flour or atta or any flour of your choice. Or use gluten free flour if you want. If you want to make it vegan then you can use almond milk or coconut milk.
I have used candied cherries, almond and raisins. If you have sultana you can also use it.
Usually we add orange marmalade or apricot jam in this cake. But this time I have got a bottle of English blackberry preserve from Bhuira jam as a gift hamper. So I used it and loved the taste. You can use orange marmalade or apricot jam if you want.

Recipe

Refined flour or maida – 1 & 1/2 cup + 2 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Butter – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Candied cherry – 1/4 cup, chopped

Raisins – 1/4 cup

Blackberry jam or preserve – 3 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Orange zest – 1 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Almond – 25, blanched

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease a round cake pan with oil or butter and dust with little flour.

3. Grind the almonds and keep aside.

4. Mix lemon juice in lukewarm or room temperature milk. It will start to curdle.

5. Mix 2 teaspoon refined flour with chopped candied cherries and raisins to avoid sinking at the bottom. You can also add 1/4 cup sultana if you have.

6. Sieve refined flour or maida, baking powder, soda, cardamom powder and cinnamon powder. Add ground almond in the flour mixture.

7. In a large bowl mix butter, oil and powdered sugar. Whisk well.

8. Add lemon juice mixed milk and whisk again.

9. Add jam or preserve, orange zest, lemon zest and vanilla essence. Mix well.

10. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually. First add half of the flour mixture, mix well and then add remaining flour mixture.

11. Make a lump free batter. Don’t over beat.

12. Fold in raisins and chopped candied cherries.

13. Pour the batter into the greased and flour dusted cake pan. Level the top with a spoon.

14. Tap the cake pan 3 – 4 times to remove air bubbles.

15. Peel the blanched almonds and decorate over the cake.

16. Bake at 170° for 30 – 40 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean. Check after 30 – 35 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle it should comes out clean.
Every oven takes different time. Mine takes 45 minutes. Keep an eye after 30 minutes. Don’t over bake.

17. Let the cake completely cool down before slicing.
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. You can use gluten free flour if you want.
2. For dairy free version use almond milk or coconut milk.
3. You can add sultana or any dry fruits of your choice.

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Khajur Or Fried Biscuits

Khajur or khajuria from Bihar.

A quick and easy to make delicious sweet deep fried cookie type snack. You can serve it with milk tea coffee or enjoy on your munching time.

This post is going to be a part of 169 #Foodiemonday bloghop #beginnersrecipe theme.

In this theme we have to share our first recipe we cooked. Thanks Amrita for the suggestion. This theme reminds me of my childhood days. A little girl of class 5th as I remember who didn’t know anything about cooking her naughty younger brother Maa Baba. Missing badly those days. Maa baba brother all left me. Its so painful but your memories are a treasure for me.

In school I remember there was a test of cooking. Every student got some ingredients and a dish name to cook. Everyone had to make different dishes. Teacher asked me to make khajur. And I was shocked, my reaction was ‘what’s that’? That time in my knowledge khajur is a Hindi or Urdu word for date. So how could I cook it? One of my friend came to rescue. She said “don’t worry let me make my dish then I will make your too”. And she made both our dishes. Don’t know where is she now. God bless her. That day I learned my first dish and after returning home made it under my mother’s supervision. And I still remember their surprised faces after tasting it. This week our bloghop group made me really nostalgic.

Now coming to the recipe. You need very few ingredients and quick process to make this delicious crispy sweet snack. Just mix everything and Knead a dough. Shape them and fry. Isn’t easy? 😊

I have used refined flour or maida but you can use whole wheat flour or atta if you want.

Recipe

Refined flour or maida – 1 cup

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 3 tablespoon, melted

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/3 cup or as require to make a stiff dough

Oil for deep frying

Method

1. In a large bowl mix refined flour, semolina or suji, sugar, cardamom powder, desiccated coconut and melted ghee or clarified butter.

2. Mix everything well with your palm and finger tips.

3. Add milk slowly and Knead a stiff dough. Don’t add much or the dough will be sticky. But in case your dough becomes sticky, you can add little more flour and semolina.

4. Make small balls. Shape them with your hands or mould. I have used my sandesh mould. Or you can roll with a rolling pin and cut with your favourite cookie cutter.

5. Heat sufficient oil in a pan. When heated lower the flame.

6. Slide 4 – 5 khajur in the hot oil. Don’t over crowded. Fry the khajur on low heat till golden brown.

7. Flip and fry the other side too. Keep the flame low.

8. Remove from oil and let them cool down completely. After cooling khajur becomes crisp.

9. Keep the khajur in airtight container. You can keep them in room temperature for 10 – 12 days.

10. Serve with milk, tea or coffee.

Notes

1. You can fry the khajur in ghee or clarified butter if you want.

2. If you like less sugar add 3/4 cup powdered sugar.

4. You can add powdered almond or cashew in the dough if you like.

5. You can use whole wheat flour instead of refined flour.

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Baked Rasgulla

Baked rasgulla.
Rabdi soaked rasgulla covered with makha sandesh or date palm jaggery or khajur gur sandesh, condensed milk and malai or milk topping. These ingredients made this dessert heavenly.

Tasted this delicious baked rasgulla in kolkata. Attended a wedding reception event in my family. Lovely memorable days with family members. Missing those moments.
This baked rasgulla was one of the party dessert. Everyone loved it. Something different from regular baked rasgulla. Makha sandesh or gur sandesh was the key ingredient.
My brother in law Taposh Roy requested the caterer of that event for the recipe. And he happily share his recipe with us. Thanks to him and Taposh.

Earlier I made baked rasgulla with an easy method. Just layered a mixture of condensed milk, khoya or dried milk and little milk over the squeezed rasgulla and baked.

But this recipe is little different.
Tried the recipe after returning home. And enjoyed the heavenly taste again. Sharing is caring so sharing this awesome recipe with you all. Make it and enjoy the heavenly taste 😊

Recipe

Rasgulla – 8

Full cream milk – 4 cup

Sugar – 3 tablespoon

Homemade paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 heaped cup

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 2 tablespoon or to taste, grated

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Condensed milk – 1/4 cup

Chopped pistachio to garnish

Method

Boil 4 cup full cream milk in a heavy bottom pan. Let the milk thickened on low flame. Add 3 tablespoon sugar and mix.

Don’t stir the milk frequently. We want the milk topping so just bring the milk topping or malai towards the sides with a spoon gently.

Don’t make the rabdi or thickened milk grainy or dry.
When the milk change it’s colour and thickened remove from heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.
Keep this thickened milk in refrigerator or under fan for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes remove the milk topping or malai from it and keep aside.
My thickened milk or rabdi remains 1&1/4 cup after removing the milk topping. If your milk is too thick you can add little milk in it.

Squeeze rasgulla with your palm to remove the sugar syrup. Don’t worry it will swell again.

Heat the thickened milk or Rabdi.

Dip all the squeezed rasgulla in thickened milk or Rabdi. When it starts to boil switch off the flame. Soak them in thickened milk for 30 minutes. It will helps the rasgulla to soak thickened milk properly.

Now take the paneer or cottage cheese on a plate. Mash well with your palm.
I have made the paneer or cottage cheese out of 1/2 litter milk.
When the paneer becomes smooth add grated khajur gur or date palm jaggery. Mash again to make it smooth and little greasy.

Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook the paneer on low flame for 5 – 6 minutes. Stir continuously. Switch off the heat.
Let the mixture cool down.
Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and mash it again until it becomes smooth. Mix condensed milk with it and keep aside.

In a baking tray arrange all the thickened milk soaked rasgulla. Layer the paneer or cottage cheese mixture over it evenly.
Now layer the milk topping or malai we have collected from thickened milk.

Garnish with chopped pistachio.

Place on the higher rack of your oven.
Grill for 6 – 8 minutes or until the top becomes brown.
Enjoy the delicious baked rasgulla warm or chilled.

Notes

1. You add use few drops of rose water with cardamom powder in thickened milk.

2. You can decrease the amount of jaggery and sugar if you like less sweetness.

3. You can use shredded almond for garnishing.

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Dhania Or Cilantro/Coriander Mushroom

Dhania or cilantro/coriander mushroom.
Easy to make and delicious dry mushroom curry. You can serve it as a party side dish too.

Protein rich mushrooms are a great source of vitamins and powerful antioxidants.
And a great source of protein for vegetarian people.

You can get two more mushroom recipes here

Mushroom dopeaja

And

Microwave mushroom

Here is the recipe of delicious coriander mushroom. Just make a paste of cilantro, green chilli, garlic, ginger, green peas and tomato. And cook with mushrooms, onion and some spices. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe

Mashroom – 250 gram

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Garlic – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Chopped coriander or cilantro leaves – 1 cup

Green chilli – 2

Green peas – 1/4 cup

Tomato – 1 large

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Method

Wash and clean the mushrooms and chop them.
If you have small mushrooms make them half and if you have larger size mushrooms cut into 4 pieces.

Grind garlic, ginger, cilantro leaves, green chilli, green peas and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds start to splutter add finely chopped onion. Fry till onion becomes light brown.

Now add the ground cilantro, ginger, garlic, chilli, peas and tomato paste.
Saute and add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and garam masala powder.

Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add chopped mushrooms and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook on medium low heat. Mushrooms leaves water.
Stir occasionally. You can add little water if require.

Cook till the mushrooms dried up and cooked.
Switch off the heat.

Add lemon juice and mix well. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice if require.
Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan or any bread.

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Coconut Sandesh With Date Palm Jaggery Or Narkol Sondesh 

Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery.

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur /nolen gur/patali gur is a winter delicacy and mainly produced in Bengal. But in UP we get it from Kashipur only.  Its made from the sap of the date palm. This date palm jaggery produce only in winter. So its much awaited by all of us. This jaggery is used in many traditional bengali sweets.  I love the flavour of this jaggery.

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery is a healthy and natural sweetener. Palm jaggery is the most beneficial and nutrient-rich variety of raw jaggery. It is prepared from palm tree extract and is loaded with minerals and vitamins.

Source

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Winter recipes.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”  

Edith Sitwell
Winter is the best season to enjoy food. Not only sweets you can get many seasonal vegetables and fruits in winter. My vegetable vendor brings lots of fresh and colourful vegetables these days.

 

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Different vegetables and some spices makes our food delicious and flavourful.

Now coming to the recipe. This coconut sandesh is very easy to make. I have used date palm jaggery or khajur gur instead of sugar in it.

Get some more sandesh recipes here.

Recipe 
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Khoya or mawa – 3/4 cup

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon or to taste

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method


Grate the jaggery.

Blend or grind the grated fresh coconut.

Add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese and khoya. Blend it again. Make a smooth mixture.

Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add paneer, khoya mixture and date palm jaggery.

Cook on low flame, stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. Taste and add more jaggery if require.

Don’t make it too dry.

Add cardamom powder.

Let the mixture cool down.

Mash it with your hand or grind it again to make it smooth.

Make small balls. Shape these with a mould.

If you don’t have mould shape with your palm or make round balls or laddu.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

Enjoy the heavenly taste of this delicious coconut and date palm jaggery flavoured sandesh.

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Eggless Oats Wholewheat Flour Mawa Paneer Malai Cake 

Eggless oats whole wheat flour mawa/milk solid paneer/cottage cheese malai/milk topping cake.
What are you planning to make this Diwali? Some mawa or khoya paneer sweets? We make these in every festival. Why not make a cake with these ingredients. A very delicious soft tea cake.

You can serve it with tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

Cake is made of whole wheat flour and oats. Better than refined flour cake. A very healthy, delicious and soft cake. You can give it in your kid’s tiffin.
Our this week’s 114th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Diwali.

Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous Diwali in advance.

This cake is made of paneer or cottage cheese, mawa or milk solid, oats and whole wheat flour and its cardamom and cinnamon flavoured. You can use any flavour of your choice like vanilla or any fruit flavour. I have used malai or milk topping in it but if you like you can also use ghee/clarified butter or butter or olive oil or any flavourless oil.

I have used tutti frutti and shredded almond and pistachio. You can use any dry fruits or choco chips if you like.

Recipe 

Whole Wheat flour – 1 cup

Ground oats – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Milk topping or malai – 1/2 cup

Mawa/khoya or milk solid  – 1/2 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Tutti frutti or dry fruits or choco chips – 1/2 cup

Shredded almond and pistachio to garnish

Method

Preheat the oven at 180°.

Grease a cake tin with oil or butter. Dust with flour. And keep aside.

Grind the oats into fine powder.

Mix vinegar and milk. Stir well and keep aside.

Blend paneer or cottage cheese and khoya or milk solid. Make a smooth mixture.

In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, ground oats, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl mix powdered sugar and vinegar mixed milk. Whisk well.

Add paneer and mawa mixture. Whisk again.

Now add the milk topping or malai. Mix well. Don’t over beat.

Add dry ingredients gradually. Mix well. Make a lump free smooth batter.

Mix the tutti frutti in it. You can also use choco chips or any dry fruits of your choice.

Pour the mixture into greased and flour dusted cake tin. Tap the cake tin gently.

Sprinkle shredded almond and pistachio. Place cherry over it.

Bake in the preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes. Or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven takes different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean. Your cake is ready.

Let it cool down completely.

Slice and serve with tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

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