Kalakand


During this Diwali festival I made Kalakand. This recipe is very quick and easy.Kalakand can be made in many flavors and ways. Using cottage cheese Homemade paneer to make this. it’s a traditional indian sweet dessert prepared from condensed milk and Paneer ,flavored with cardamom powder. 

traditionally it is prepared by evaporating and solidifying the milk. later this thick milk is curdled, to which sugar is added and then cut into desired shapes.

I am sharing this recipe is a quick and instant version prepared by soft and moist paneer with condensed milk. hence the evaporation and curdling process which takes significant time is totally skipped. moreover no extra sugar is required as condensed milk contains sufficient amount of sweetness.

do check my other indian sweets Recipes,kheer and if you love saffron flavor then check recipes kesar Kalakand

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MilkPowder Burfi

Ingredients

2 cup or 500gm Paneer/Cottage Cheese

1 tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 tbsp milk powder

1-2 drops of screw pine Essence (optional)

Almonds Slivered -6-8

Blanched and Silvered pistachios 8-10

1/2 tsp Cardamom powder

1 tsp clarified butter/ghee to greased

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Method

Heat a nonstick pan and add crumbled paneer always use fresh homemade paneer as they will be more moist and fresh.further add condensed milk and milk powder.mix well making sure the condensed milk and paneer are mixed well.

mix and mash continuously till the mixture thickens.keep the flame on medium and keep stirring.cook on medium flame till the condensed milk melts completely and the mixture starts to thicken.

add cardamom powder and saffron water mix well,keep stirring till the mixture starts to separate the pan and forms a like a dough,add screw pine essence and turn off flame transfer the mixture to the greased plate or square box or any dish ,level it up and set to a block making an inch thick.

add finely chopped pistachios and almonds or any nuts of your choice.press gently with the back of spoon so that the nuts stick to kalakand.

cool completely for 2-3 hours, or refrigerate for 30 minutes if you are in hurry,however, cooling naturally will make kalakand more moist and tasty so leave on kitchen counter.

cut the kalakand into square pieces or your choice either rectangle or diamond Shape.

finally serve or store instant kalakand for a week by refrigerating.

Notes

either use grated homemade paneer or crumble with hand.

use any dry fruits for garnishing of your own choice.

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No Bake Banoffee Pie


Anyone “ll love this gorgeous Pie. With a buttery cookie crust, dulce de leche (milk based Caramel ) , fresh bananas, whipped cream and a chocolate savings .it’s the ultimate dessert.

It is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee, combined either on a buttery biscuit base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Some versions of the recipe also include chocolate, coffee or both.

i am sharing my version of no bake banoffee pie recipe.

A biscuit layer followed by a layer of dulce de leche topped with bananas and finished off with a generous amount of whipped cream.

Ingredients

1 can Dulce de Leche or homemade caramel

2 Bananas

2 Cup Digestive Biscuits or graham crackers crumb

1/2 cup Melted butter

Whipped cream 

Chocolate shavings to garnish 

Method

Melt the butter. Crush the biscuits into crumbs using a food processor or put into a ziplock bag and crush using a rolling pin or palm . Pour over the melted butter and mix until well combined.

Spread mixture into a springform pan and flatten out over the bottom and sides and place in the fridge to cool and harden. The springform will help later in removing the pie

Keep pressing until you create an even base. Add biscuit crumbs along the cake tin sides and using a spoon, create a “wall”.Refrigerate for 30 minutes or till it set .

Spoon the dulce de leche over the biscuit base, Spread it over the chilled biscuit base. Cover with banana slices.

Spread whipped cream over the banana layer and place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes or overnight .

Finish it off with some chocolate shavings.

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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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Seviyan kheer


Yesterday on eve of my birthday prepared this yummy Indian dessert. Seviyan or vermicelli kheer, is a traditional popular dessert. In India and other countries of the Indian Subcontinent, vermicelli is known by various local names such as seviyan or semiyan in Hindi. it is used to prepare different flavor  of dishes including a variation of kheer, a sweet dessert similar to Kheer (rice pudding)Vermicelli are also used in many parts of India to make a popular dish called  Vermicelli Upma it’s a savoury  dish.

Seviyan is a delicious and an easy recipe to make.It is made with milk,sugar, and then flavored with green cardamom powder. Garnish with Nuts as my daughter didn’t like I always add for me & my husband at a time of serving.

Ingredients

Vermicelli 2 cup

Whole Milk 8 Cup

Ghee or Unsalted Butter 4 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1 cup or to taste

Green Cardamom powder  1 /2 tsp

Method

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add assorted nuts and saute till nuts are brown. Remove from heat, drain on absorbent paper and set aside.In the same pan, add vermicelli and saute till light golden. Remove from heat and set aside.Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan. Add fried vermicelli, mix well and cook on medium heat for five to seven minutes.Add sugar then mix well and cook on low heat for five minutes.Remove from heat and add cardamom powder & assorted Nuts. Mix well and serve hot or chilled .My family preferred chilled desserts.

Tips

1 )Use a nonstick or heavy bottom utensil to make a seviyan kheer. Add the seviyan and roast them for about two minutes on medium low heat or one can buy Roasted sevaiyan from Indian Grocery store.if using pre-roasted then no need to use ghee or unsalted butter.

2)Sauteed nuts in a ghee or unsalted butter is an individual choice one can add plain nuts or skip nuts completely.

3)when cooled the seviyan kheer tends to be thick. so if you don’t like thick seviyan kheer then don’t thicken the milk.check a consistency of milk as per own taste buds.

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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.

Kheer


Kheer is a rice pudding from the cuisine of the Indian Subcontinent, made by boiling rice, with milk and sugar on a slow fire ; it is flavoured with cardamom & nut.Served Hot or Chilled

Ingredients

1/4th Cup or 100 g Basmati rice
1 can condensed milk  or sugar to taste
1-liter fresh milk
Cardamom powder, to taste
Dry fruits for garnish
Method
Boil fresh milk in a heavy bottomed pan.Add rice to the milk and mix.Cook on low flame till the rice grains turn soft and begin to break.Now add cardamom powder to the rice-milk mixture and stir well.If you are using condensed milk, Keeping on a slow flame, mix in the sweetened condensed milk into this pan and stir thoroughly.
Simmer for another  4-7 minute . Remove from fire and pour kheer into a serving bowl.Garnish with dry fruits.Your delicious kheer recipe is ready to be served hot/cold

Cashewnut laddu


Cashewnut powder cooked in sugar syrup to make a ball.its like a fudge.

ingredient
Cashewnut powder :-200 grams
Sugar:- 3 &1/2 tablespoons
Lukewarm milk:-3 teaspoon
Ghee:-1/4 cup + for greasing
Green cardamom powder 1 teaspoons
method
Heat sugar and 50 ml water in a non-stick pan. Cook till one-string consistency is reached. Add cashew nut powder to sugar syrup. Mix well and switch off heat. keep checking there are no lumps.Add 3 teaspoons milk and mix well. Switch on heat, add ghee and cardamom powder. Mix well and make sure that there are no lumps.Cook till the ghee melts and switch off heat. Set aside for 20 minutes or cool to room temperature. Grease your hands with ghee. Divide mixture into equal portions and shape them into laddoos or any shape as u desired.decorate with any dryfruits(optional)

Sabudana Kheer


Sabudana Kheer is a delicious festive dessert made with sabudana (tapioca pearls) flavored with cardamom and saffron.

Ingredients

Sabudana 1 cup
Milk 4 cup
Sugar 3/4 cup or to taste
Assorted nuts 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
Saffron soaked few strands
Water 1/4 cup

Method
Wash & soak Sabudana at least 30 minutes or become double in size.
In a pan add water then add milk.once it gives a boil add Sabudana & cook on med-hi flame till pearls become translucent.add sugar & stir continuously.
cook till desired consistency.add saffron & cardamom powder.turn off heat.
garnish with nuts.serve Hot/cold
Tip: crush saffron & soaked in warm milk.
if one doesn’t like saffron/Nuts omit both & make plain kheer