Coconut Pomegranate Sandesh Or Narkol Bedana Sondesh 


सर्वमंगलमांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके।

शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥

Meaning – 

Oh Goddess, who is the giver of all good things, who is peaceful, who is the giver of all wealth, who is the giver of refuge, who has three eyes and who is the Shining One. Salutations to You, Narayani!

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Wishing you all happy Durga Puja. May Goddess Durga bless you with happiness all the year through.

Today is Maha Ashtami.

Maha Ashtami or Durga Ashtami is one of the most auspicious days of Durga Puja. Ashtami is known as Durgotsava marks the victory of good over evil. According to Hindu mythology Goddess Durga defeated evil demon Mahishasura and since then this festival is celebrated. And this day is also known for Astra Puja or worshiping weapons. In Bengal Durga Puja is celebrated from sixth day to tenth day of Navratri.

I have promised to share some sweets for this festive season. Today sharing coconut pomegranate sandesh. A delicious and soft dessert to celebrate this festival. I am sure even you don’t get this sandesh flavour in Kolkata sweet shops. If you find this flavour please let me know the name of the shop, I would love to try in my next Kolkata visit. 

You can get some more sandesh recipes here

Recipe 

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Pomegranate seeds 1/4 cup

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Sugar – 3 tablespoon

Milk powder – 1/4 cup 

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose water – 1/4 teaspoon 

Red food colour – little, optional

Method 



Clean and wash the mould, pat dry and grease with little ghee or butter. 

Blend or grind the pomegranate for two pulse and strain the juice. You can use your juicer but its the easiest way. 

Blend the pomegranate juice and coconut till smooth.

Now add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese, sugar, milk powder, cardamom powder and rose water or essence. Blend till smooth. 

Take out the mixture in a nonstick pan and cook on low heat. Stir continuously. Cook until the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. Remove from heat.

Let it cool down.

Add colour. 

Knead the dough to make it smooth. I have blend it again to make it quickly. Blend or grind it again till smooth.

Make small balls and shape them with a mould. Or if you don’t have moulds make small round balls. If you feel it sticky grease your palm with little ghee or clarified butter. 

Serve or keep in refrigerator for later.

You can store these sandesh in refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Enjoy chilled delicious coconut pomegranate sandesh 😊

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Pantua 

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May Maa Durga empower you and your family with her nine swaroopa of Name, Fame, Health, Wealth, Happiness, Humanity, Education, Bhakti & Shakti. Happy Navratras. And have a blessed Durga Puja.

Durga Puja is starting from tomorrow. A auspicious occasion of Bengal.

Sharadotsav or Durga puja is an annual Hindu festival in Bengal that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami.

We prepare different types of sweets for this occasion. 

Sharing one more sweet for this festive season.

Pantua.  A delicious melt in mouth dessert. In North India gulab jamun is very famous and its looks like gulab jamun right?  But its not gulab jamun. Gulab jamun is made of khoya or milk solid and pantua is made of paneer or cottage cheese.

You can find this sweet in different names and shapes in Bengal.

Pantua can be made round or oval shaped both. There are two more varieties of this dessert. You can call them close cousins of pantua. They are ledikeni and langcha.

Langcha is cylindrical shaped sugar syrup dipped sweet made of the same ingredients of pantua. But darker in colour. In West Bengal Shaktigarh is famous for its langcha. Whenever we travel from Kolkata to Patna by road my brother always stop at Shaktigarh to enjoy this yummy sweet. And we also pack some of these delicious stuff. Here is a picture I have taken in a sweet shop at Shaktigarh.

Ledikeni is also made with same ingredients. Here is an old story about this sweet.

Bhim Chandra Nag a confectioner of Kolkata renamed his pantua ‘ledikeni’. At that time he prepared this specially on the occasion of the birthday of Lady Canning, wife of Governor-General Charles Canning. And she loved these sweets and asked for more. Thus pantua is also called ledikeni 😀

Sending this post to 110th #Foodiemondaybloghop Durga Puja theme. 

Pantua is easily available in Bengal and Odisha but not in North India. This melt in mouth delicious dessert is very easy to make. Make it at home and make your festival special.

 Recipe 


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Khoya or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Refined flour or maida – 3 tablespoon

Suji or semolina – 1 tablespoon

Soda – a pinch

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Sugar – 1 cup + 1 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Raisins – as require 

Oil for frying 

Method 


Knead paneer or cottage cheese, khoya/mawa or dried milk, refined flour or maida, soda, sugar and ghee for 10 – 15 minutes.

You have to knead it well to get a smooth and soft dough.

I have blend the cottage cheese and dried milk in mixer grinder to make it smooth.

Then kneaded with sugar, ghee, soda and refined flour for 7 – 8 minutes.

Make small equal size balls out of the dough. I have made 16 balls. Flatten the ball with your palm. Place a raisin in the middle and close the edges. Make a smooth ball again. Make the balls carefully ensuring no cracks on the balls. 

Mix sugar and water in a large pan. Let it boil.

Add cardamom powder and saffron.

When sugar dissolved simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and keep aside. 

Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Simmer the heat.

Fry the balls on low heat. Be patience. Don’t increase the flame.

Fry all the balls evenly. Place on a paper towel.

Soak the fried balls in sugar syrup for 1 hour.

Or heat over high flame just to one boil. Remove from heat.

Serve immediately. Or let it cool down at room temperature and keep in refrigerator for later use.

You can serve it chilled but I like it hot. Just heat or microwave for few seconds before serving.

Enjoy the soft delicious melt in mouth pantua.

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Kheer Kadam Or Kheer Kodombo 

Happy Navratri.

Its festival time in India. We need some homemade sweets to serve our guests on these auspicious occasions. So trying to share some sweet recipes for this festive season. Stay tuned for more 😊
Kheer Kadam or Kheer kodombo or Kheerkodom is an exotic sweet of Bengal made of mini rasgullas, mashed sweetened and flavoured khoya and roasted poppy seeds.

This sweet is looks like a ball shaped flower Kadam flower or kodombo flower. So it called kheer Kadam or Kheer kodombo. Kheer is a Bengali word for khoya/mawa or dried milk.

 

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Kheerkodom is my most favourite sweet. Earlier my friend Rita Ghosh  has made a guest post for me. And she shared this kheer Kadam recipe for us.

Now I have made this sweet in a different way. I have made small sized Saffron rasgulla for it and used store bought khoya burfi for outer layer. But you can make it with homemade khoya or mawa/dried milk too.

Tasted this sweet in Kolkata and CR Park at Delhi. Loved them too much. Now enjoying my homemade kheer Kadam 😀

My fellow blogger Reena who blog at Cook with Reena encourage me a lot to make this delicious sweet. Thanks a lot Reena. So this post is for you dear.

Recipe is very simple. If you like you can make instant kheer Kadam. Use store bought small sized rasgulla, cover with mashed khoya burfi and roll on dry roasted poppy seeds or desiccated coconut. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe 


Milk – 1 litre

Curd – 1/2 cup

Saffron – a fat pinch

Sugar – 1 cup

Water – 3 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Khoya or mawa burfi – 8-10

Poppy seeds or khaskhas as require

Method 


Dry roast poppy seeds and keep aside.

Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil add curd. Stir the milk. It will be curdle. If require add little more Curd. You can use vinegar or lemon juice too. But you have to wash the cottage cheese properly to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon juice.

When the greenish whey or water and paneer separated, strain the paneer or cottage cheese with a maslin cloth.

Hang for an hour. When the water strain out completely take out the paneer on a plate. Mix saffron with it. You can use little yellow food colour instead of saffron.

Mash the paneer and saffron mixture with the heel of your palm. Knead it at least for 10 minutes or until the paneer becomes smooth and little greasy. Make small balls with it. Balls should be smooth and without any crack.

In a wide pan heat 3 cup water and 1 cup sugar. When the sugar dissolve completely slide the balls into the sugar syrup. Balls will be double so take a large pan.

Cover and cook for 20 minutes. You can check after every 5 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add let it cool down.

Strain the sugar syrup from the rasgullas.

Mash the khoya burfi. If you don’t have burfi. You can use khoya/mawa or dried milk. You can get the khoya or dried milk recipe here.

Mash the khoya. Add powdered sugar to taste and little rose essence. You can add little milk if khoya is too dry.

I have used readymade khoya burfi.

Make small balls with khoya. Flatten with your hand. Place a rasgulla in the center. Close the edges and make a ball again.

Make all the balls like this. Roll the balls on dry roasted poppy seeds or khaskhas.

Kheer kodombo is ready to serve.

Enjoy…….

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Lemon Glazed Water Chestnut Gulkand Cake 


Dairy free gluten free eggless gulkand flavoured water chestnut flour or singhara atta cake.

Yes its gluten free and dairy free yet taste is heavenly. Topped with lemon glaze, desiccated coconut and sugar coated fennel seeds. Gulkand, water chestnut flour, coconut, cardamom and tutti frutti make this cake super yummy and soft.

Gulkand or rose petal jam is not only delicious but it has cooling properties so its treat all heat related problems.

Its rich in antioxidants, keeps our metabolism healthy, act as a energy booster and helps to reduce acidity and stomach heat.

Water chestnut flour or singhara flour/atta is normally consumed during fasting. It is a good source of energy. This flour/atta is gluten free and very good for overall health.
It is rich in protein, carbohydrate, fiber, vitamins and minerals. It provides many essential nutrients too.
According to Ayurveda it contains more mineral compared to buffalo milk. It is used in Ayurveda to cure various diseases.

Gulkand or rose petal jam, cardamom, lemon, coconut milk and tutti frutti made this cake divine.

Recipe 


Water chestnut flour or singhara atta – 1 & 1/2 cup +1 tablespoon

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Gulkand – 1/4 cup

Tutti frutti – 1/2 cup

Cardamom – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar coated fennel seeds – 2 tablespoon

For glaze 


Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar coated fennel seeds, desiccated coconut and cherry for topping

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

Grease a cake tin and dust with water chestnut flour.

Mix 1 tablespoon water chestnut flour and tutti frutti to avoid sinking in the bottom.

In a bowl mix water chestnut flour or singhara atta, desiccated coconut, cardamom powder, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar, coconut milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and oil. Beat till sugar dissolved.

Add all the dry ingredients gradually. Mix well to make a lump free batter.

Add gulkand or rose petal jam and mix.

Fold in flour mixed tutti frutti and sugar coated fennel seeds in the batter. But these are optional if you want you can omit these. Use dry fruits of your choice.

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

Bake in 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 done.

Let the cake cool down completely.

For glaze whisk lemon juice, powdered sugar and lemon zest. Whisk till smooth.

Spread lemon glaze all over the cake.

Spread desiccated coconut over it.

Top with sugar coated fennel seeds and cherry.

Slice and enjoy the lemon coconut mixed heavenly taste.

Happy baking!!

Note –

1. If you want you can add little food colour in the batter.

2. If you have problems with colour you can omit tutti frutti and sugar coated fennel seeds. Use dry fruits of your choice instead of these.

 

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Egg Dal Tadka 

Egg dal tadka.

Green mung beans or mung dal cooked with eggs and spices. A  delicious thick dal goes well with roti, paratha, naan, puri, pulao, jeera rice or any bread.

You can serve it to guests in lunch or dinner.

First time tasted this dal in Kolkata. Loved the taste. I don’t know how they make it. But homemade is equally delicious. I am sharing two methods of this delicious dish. 

You can also make it without eggs. Sharing both the recipes here.

I am sending this post to 110th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #lentils. 

The mung dal is not only delicious but nutritious too.

Mung beans are a high source of nutrients including: manganese, potassium, magnesium, folate, copper, zinc and various B vitamins.

They are also a very filling food, high in protein, resistant starch and dietary fiber.

Because of their high nutrient density, mung beans are considered useful in defending against several chronic, age-related diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

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Make it with eggs or without eggs. Superbly delicious in both ways.

First recipe is with eggs and second is a quick recipe. You can make it in a jiffy. 



Recipe 


Green gram or whole mung lentil – 1/2 cup
 

Split Bengal gram or chana dal – 2 tablespoon 

Salt to taste 

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Bay leaf – 1 

Green cardamom – 2 – 3 

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick 

Clove – 3 

Onion – 2 sliced 

Garlic – 3-4 cloves 

Ginger – 1 inch piece 

Green chilli – 1 – 2 

Tomato – 3 medium 

Oil or ghee – 2 – 3 tablespoon 

Egg – 2 – 3 

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon 

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon 

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon 

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon, optional 

Kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves – 1/2 teaspoon, crushed 

Chopped coriander leaves and hard boiled egg to garnish

Method 



Soak green mung and chana dal in water for 1 – 2 hours.

Now boil the lentils in a pressure cooker. After 1 whistle cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes or until done.

Crush the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortal pastel.

Grind ginger, garlic and green chilli into a smooth paste.

Beat the eggs in a bowl with salt.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add the eggs. Stir quickly and make scramble. Keep aside.

Heat remaining oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and crushed cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon. Let it splutter.

Add sliced onion. Fry till onion becomes brown.

Add tomato, ginger, garlic and green chilli paste.

Saute and add cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and red chilli powder. Mix well. Saute till oil levels the sides.

Add scramble eggs and mix well. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes more.

Now add the boiled lentils. Mix well. Add water as require to make a thick dal. You can add chicken or mutton stock or gravy instead of water to make it more tasty. 

Let it boil. Cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir in-between.

Taste and adjust salt if require. Add ghee or clarified butter. 

Crush the dried fenugreek leaves with your hand and add in the dal.

Remove from heat.

Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and hard boiled eggs. 

Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, puri, pulao or any bread.

Second recipe 




Green gram or whole moong lentil – 1/2 cup 

Onion – 2 cubed 

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated 

Garlic – 4-5 grated or crushed 

Green chilli – 1 – 2 chopped 

Salt to taste 

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom – 2 – 3 

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece 

Ghee or clarified butter 1 tablespoon 

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon 

Dry red chilli – 1 – 2 

Kasuri methi – 1/2 teaspoon, crushed

Method 

Boil the green mung lentil in pressure cooker with salt, turmeric powder, cubed onion, garlic, ginger, chopped green chilli and crushed cardamom, Cinnamon and cloves. 

Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds. Let it splutter and add dry red chilli.

Add boiled lentils. Let the lentils boil. Add water as require. Cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir in-between. Taste and adjust the salt.

Add crushed dried fenugreek leaves. Mix well and remove from heat.

Add a dollop of ghee or butter.

Serve hot.

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Chocolate Burfi Or Fudge 


Chocolate burfi or fudge.

Have you seen ‘Bareilly ki burfi’ movie? I didn’t. But read too much about it in local newspapers. All the famous sweet shops of Bareilly have some stories about their burfi. Some stories are about Priyanka Chopra, how she loves the particular burfi of a particular shop etc.

Read the story in short of this film in internet. Film is good but not burfi its all about a novel 😀

Copy pasting the story for you.

Amongst the cluster of homes in Bareilly, India resides the amusing Mishra family. The only ‘life loving’ daughter of theirs – Bitti Mishra (Kriti Sanon) works at the electricity board, is a casual smoker, watches English movies and loves breakdance. Bitti’s free spiritedness does not translate in finding a suitable groom and she resigns to being a misfit in this small-town – Bareilly. The complexities of getting married and feeling pressured, impulsive Bitty decides to run away from home. At the railway book stall, she stumbles upon a novel called ‘Bareily Ki Barfi’. Surprisingly the female protagonist of the novel reads exactly like her.

Now tell me where is the burfi? 😂

Leave it. Here is a delicious burfi recipe for you direct from Bareilly 😊

You don’t need much ingredients to make it. You need only khoya/mawa or dried milk, milk powder,  sugar, vanilla essence and dark chocolate. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe 


Khoya or mawa – 1 cup tightly packed, crumbled

Grated dark chocolate – 1/3 cup

Milk powder – 1/4 cup

Sugar – 4 tablespoon or to taste

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Ghee/clarified butter or butter for greasing

Grated white chocolate and pistachio to garnish

Method 


Grease a plate with ghee or butter and keep aside.

I have used homemade khoya/mawa or dried milk. Get the recipe to make khoya or dried milk here.

Mix crumbled khoya/mawa or dried milk, milk powder and sugar.

Heat the mixture in a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook on low heat, stirring continuously.

Cook until the mixture leaves the sides and becomes a dough like consistency. Taste the sweetness and adjust if require.

Add grated dark chocolate and mix well. Remove from heat.

Add vanilla essence. Mix well.

Set the mixture on the greased plate.

Sprinkle grated white chocolate and pistachio over it. You can sprinkle any dry fruits of your choice if you don’t have white chocolate.

Let it cool down. Cut with a knife in your desired shape.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

You can keep it in refrigerator for 3 – 4 days.

Enjoy the delightful taste of this chocolate burfi or fudge.

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Mirchi Ka Salan Or Chilli Curry 

Mirchi ka salan or chilli curry.

A lip-smacking side dish from Andhra cuisine.

The Andhra cuisine comprises of both mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

This mirchi ka salan or chilli curry is made of big size less hot variety chillies in a spicy gravy. You can get one more chilli recipe here

Posting this recipe for a Facebook group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge.

In this group all the participating bloggers were challenged to make a dish with the use of two secret ingredients their partner assigns them with.

This month I have been paired with Shobha Keshwani for Andhra cuisine theme. And the two ingredients are mirchi/chilli and til/sesame.

Shobha is a very talented blogger who blog at http://www.shobhasfoodmazaa.com/?m=1

Check out delicious recipes on her blog. Thanks a lot Shobha for the advice and these wonderful ingredients.

I am very happy to share this because its first recipe from Andhra cuisine in my blog.
Mirchi ka salan generally served with Haydrabadi biryani. I have made veg pulao with this delicious curry. I will share this veg pulao recipe later.

I have made this mirchi ka salan according to my taste. Added little sugar and a small tomato in it. But you can omit sugar and tomato if you like. Tomato and red chilli powder gives a nice colour to the gravy.



Recipe 


Big size green chilli – 6-8

Onion – 1

Garlic – 3 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Peanut – 1/4 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Seasam seed – 1 heaped tablespoon

Tomato – 1 small, chopped

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Nigella seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Tamarind – 1 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon



Method 
Soak the tamarind in 1/4 cup hot water.

Wash the chillies. Pat dry and remove the stem. Slit vertically and remove the seeds. Chillies should be intact. Don’t cut fully. Keep aside.

Dry roast the peanut and let it cool. Peel and grind in a grinder.

Dry roast sesame seeds and dessicated coconut separately till becomes light brown.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Fry sliced onion. When the onion becomes translucent add chopped garlic. Fry till the onion becomes brown.

Add tomato and ginger. Saute till the tomato becomes mushy and oil leaves the sides.

Add ground peanut, sesame seeds and dessicated coconut. Saute for 1 minute.

Let the mixture cool down. Grind the mixture with turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder, its not hot but if you are using red chilli powder add as per your spice tolerance.

Make a smooth paste.

Heat remaining oil in a pan. Fry the chillies till light brown. Cover the pan while frying to avoid spluttering.

When the chillies changes it’s colour, remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

In the same oil add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and nigella seeds. Let them splutter. Add curry leaves. Now add the ground spices and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Add water, salt, sugar and tamarind pulp. Add water as require to make a thick curry.

When it starts to rolling boil add fried chillies. Stir and cover. Cook on low heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Check in between.

Remove the cover. Taste and adjust the salt. The gravy should be thick. If its runny boil for some more time or add more water if require.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and tomato.

Serve hot with biryani, pulao, jeera rice or any bread, paratha or naan.
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