Saffron Pistachio Sandesh Panna Cotta / Guest Post By Bejaya Sinha 


Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta.

Its a guest post and 200th post on my blog. My recipe sharing journey started with food group ‘Chef At Large’. And I am very happy to share this recipe of a very talented member of this group.

 

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin or agar agar and moulded. Literally meaning of panna cotta is cooked or thickened cream. And this Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta is a fusion recipe. You can taste panna cotta in Bengali sandesh.

 

This is a guest post by Bejaya Sinha. We met each other in a food group Chef At Large.  She always amazed me with her delicious recipes and excellent photographs. She is an awesome home cook. Bejaya has shared many of her innovative recipes in food group.

Impressed by her photography skill and innovative recipes I have requested her to make a guest post for my readers.

So here is a delicious dessert for you. Thank you so much Bejaya for this awesome recipe.

 

Now lets see what Bejaya said about this recipe.

“Kesar Pista Sandesh Panna cotta.

An innovative fusion of Sandesh &Panna cotta.

Absolutely creamy & delicious sweet made with agar agar.

Dedicated to my mother who was an excellent cook..

I have learnt cooking from her specially sandesh.. She used to pack homemade sandesh in our tiffin box and all my friends were crazy about that sandesh..

Now my kids also love sandesh.”

Its a single serving recipe you can make double or more.

 

Recipe 


Soft paneer or cottage cheese – 1 tablespoon

Milk powder 1 teaspoon

Sugar – teaspoon

Milk – 2 tablespoon

Cream – 1 tablespoon

Saffron – a pinch

Agar agar powder – a big pinch

Pistachio – 1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – a pinch

Method 


Its a single serving recipe. You can make it double or more.
Mash 1 tablespoon sotf paneer or cottage cheese, 1 teaspoon milk powder, 2 teaspoon sugar till smooth.

Boil 2 tablespoon milk &1 tablespoon cream and a pinch of Saffron together. Add a big pinch of agag agar powder.

Whisk till smooth.. Add paneer mix, cardamom powder and, 1/2 teaspoon chopped pistachio. Mix well.

In a greased mould add 1/4 teaspoon chopped pistachio. Pour panna cotta mix.

Chill for 2 hours in refrigerator.

Unmould and serve.

Add some cream mixed with kesar on top.

You can adjust sugar as per taste.

Enjoy………

Misti Doi 


Misti doi or caramel flavoured sweet yogurt.

Misti doi is very common dessert in Bengal.

Authentically its made of thickened sweet milk and caramel. And allowing the milk to ferment overnight. Earthen post is best for making this Misti doi because water evaporate through its porous walls and produces the right temperature for the growth of the culture.

Nowadays you can get lots of flavours in misti doi. Such as aam doi or mango flavoured yoghurt, khajur gur or date palm jaggery yoghurt etc.

Many of my readers asked for the recipe of misti doi when I posted Misti doi parfait

This yogurt is my all time favourite.

We can get it at Kolkata or Delhi sweet shops. First time tasted homemade when spending my summer vacation at my Sejomashi ( maternal aunt’s) home at Delhi. She was an amazing cook. She and my mom is no more with us but still remember the taste of the dishes made by my mom and aunt.

I have got this recipe from my Sejomashi Gargi Gupta. I always followed her recipe without adding any flavour. But in my last Kolkata visit noticed in sweet shops they used whole cardamom in misti doi. So I have added few cardamom. But next time again I will make without cardamom. If you like you can add or add a pinch of cardamom powder.

I remember when my father in law asked after tasted my homemade doi “from where you bought this doi? Its much better than I tasted before. More delicious.”  And that was my best reward I have ever get.

 

Happy Father’s Day in advance. Jagruti Cooking Odyssey   requested some blogger friends to link up with her to celebrate Father’s Day. This misti doi was most favourite dessert of my late father and father-in-law. So I am dedicating this post for Father’s Day.

This yogurt takes more time to set than normal plain yogurt. And we set our homemade curd or yogurt with only 1 or 1/2 teaspoon curd. But this yogurt need more curd to ferment.  I have added 1/2 cup curd in it. Because I have used fresh homemade curd which is not tangy at all. I am sharing some tricks to set the yogurt easily.

Recipe 


Milk – 1 litter

Sugar – 1 cup ( 3/4 + 1/4 )

Curd – 1/2 cup

Cardamom – 3 – 4 optional
Or
Cardamom powder – a pinch, optional

Sliced pistachio for garnishing, optional

Method
Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan. Add 3/4 cup sugar and reduce the heat. Cook on low flame until milk becomes almost half. Stir occasionally.

In a separate non stick pan or heavy bottom pan mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon water. Keep it on low flame until it becomes golden brown.

Immediately add in hot reduced milk. Mix well. Add the cardamom if you want. When it starts to boil stir and switch off the flame.

Let the milk become lukewarm. Stir continuously. Don’t let the milk topping set over the milk. Don’t make it completely cool. Milk should be warm and touch it to check. If you can tolerate the heat then its perfect to set.

Remember milk should be lukewarm not hot. If you add curd in hot milk it will curdle.

Whisk the curd well. Mix with reduced milk and whisk again.

Now time to set. You can set it in glass or ceramic pot too. But better try to set in earthen pot for better result.

Because it’s porous walls evaporate​ the moisture. And you will get perfectly set misti doi.

Pour the milk in the earthenware. Cover and keep it undisturbed in a warm place for overnight or 8 – 10 hours.

If the weather is cold then its difficult to set this yogurt. In that case keep the earthen pot in microwave and set the minimum temperature of your microwave. 180 or 200. In my microwave lowest is 180. Just press the power button 👆 few times to get desired temperature. Keep the yogurt filled earthen pot in it. start the oven for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes cover and keep it undisturbed in the oven for overnight or 7 – 8 hours.

You will get perfectly set misti doi.

After setting keep it in refrigerator.

Serve chilled. You can garnish with chopped pistachio.

Enjoy the chilled misti doi as a dessert.
Notes –

Don’t make the milk too thick  just reduce to almost half.

Whisk well before setting to make it smooth.

If you don’t have microwave keep it in a casserole and close the lid. Or cover the pot with a warm cloth.

Milk should be lukewarm not hot. If you add curd in hot milk it will curdle.

 

Some more recipes of other talented bloggers for Father’s Day celebration.

Sugar free mango basil and cashew

 

Ghari rotli or puran poli

 

Baigan ka bharta

 

Meat masala bharwa baigan

 

Masala upma

 

Sweet vermicelli with jaggery

Cake Sandesh

 


I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa

Happy Women’s Day.

Starting this post with the words of Mother Teresa. Her selfless work among the poverty-stricken people is an inspiration for us.

“for we women are not only the deities of the household fire, but the flame of the soul itself.”
Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World

And Gandhiji said, ‘Intellectually, mentally, and spiritually, woman is equivalent to a male and she can participate in every activity.”

From Sita in Ramayana to Kannagi in Silapathikaram to Rani Jhansi are not only celebrated women but also their contribution to social change and awareness had been immense.

India is the original home of the Mother Goddess. women in India have always been honored and respected.

Source

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. And calling for gender equality.

Our this week’s 82nd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Women’s Day treat. I am sharing cake sandesh or pinwheel sandesh.

This sandesh is a very delicious soft sweet with the aroma of cardamom and chocolate. I am giving both the method of making it. I am out of town this time. Whenever I will reach home, I will make it again and add some pictures of pinwheel shaped sandesh too.

Recipe 



Chhena/paneer or cottage cheese – 3/4 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Vanilla  – 1/2 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 1 tablespoon
Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Method 



Mix paneer/cottage cheese or chhena and khoya/mawa in a plate. Mash well with your palm. Or grind into a smooth paste.

Heat one tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. Add paneer/cottage cheese, khoya/mawa and sugar in it. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture becomes a dough like consistency and leaves the sides.

Let it cool down. Knead it again to make it smooth. You can grind it too.

You can make it in two ways.

1. Separate 1/3rd mixture and add cocoa powder and vanilla essence in it. Mix well.

Flatten it on a aluminum foil.

Mix cardamom powder in remaining mixture. Mix well and make a log with it. Place the log on cocoa powder mixed flatten mixture. Roll it and wrap with aluminum foil. Keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Cut into desired pieces and serve.
Or
Divide the mixture into two equal parts. Blend cocoa powder and vanilla essence in one and cardamom powder in another part.

Thinly roll out both the halves into equal sized pieces.

Place the chocolate piece on top of the white one. Roll the two tightly together as for Swiss rolls. Wrap with aluminum foil. And keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Cut into desired pieces. And serve as pinwheel sandesh.

Enjoy…….

Baked Dudh Puli (Guest Post For Pushpita Aheibam)

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Baked dudh puli.

Puli is another name of pithe and dudh means milk in Bengali. Its very famous in Bengal. Different types of pithe are used to make in every Bengali homes on Makar Sankranti.

Its my first guest post and I am very happy because I am sharing this post with my loving sister, friend and very talented blogger Pushpita. Visit her blog Ei Gi Chakhum for different types of recipes, specially Manipuri cuisine along with fusion and regional culinary delights.

Pushpita is an Economist, a freelance writer, a doting mother, a homemaker, a very helpful person and a food enthusiast. Thanks a lot Pushpita for inviting me to write a guest post for Makar Sankranti. Wishing you a blessed year ahead.

In west Bengal its known as Poush Sankranti/Poush Parbon or Makar Sankranti. We celebrate it in the last day of Bengali month Poush.

Making of pithe or puli is must in every Bengali home to celebrate this harvest festival. Rice flour, coconut or date palm jaggery or khajur gur are mainly used in these special kind of sweets.

Dudh puli is basically rice flour dumplings stuffed with coconut, date palm jaggery or khajur/nolen gur, khoya/mawa or dried milk and dry fruits and cooked in date palm jaggery or khajur/nolen gur and cardamom infused milk.

The stuffing is same as Gokul Pithe.

Puli or pithe in cardamom and Jaggery infused thick milk taste heavenly.

Now coming to the recipe.

We make this puli or pithe every year but never baked it. But Pushpita want the puli baked. So Pushpita here is a baked version of dudh puli for you 🙂

Recipe 



For rice dumplings 

Rice flour – 1 cup

Hot water – 1/2 cup

Salt – a small pinch

For stuffing 
Khoya or dried milk  – 2 cup grated or mashed

Coconut  – 1 cup grated

Date palm jaggery/khajur gur  – 1 cup grated

Dry fruits of your choice

For thick milk 


Milk – 6 cup

Date palm jaggery – 1/3 cup grated or broken into small pieces

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Shredded almonds and dry fruits to sprinkle

Method 

Heat a pan and add khoya or dried milk. Saute for some time. Stir continuously. Add the grated coconut and date palm jaggery.

If you don’t have this jaggery use sugar. Add 3/4 cup and mix well. Keep stirring. When the jaggery or sugar melted taste it then add more if require.
Add dry fruits. I usually use cashew nuts and raisins. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.
Saute till the mixture dried up completely.

Switch off the flame and let the mixture cool.

In a bowl mix rice flour and hot water. Mix with a spoon. Then knead well with hand quickly. Make a smooth dough.

Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to boil reduce the flame. Let it boil on simmer 30 minutes.

Take small balls out of the dough and make it flat with your palm. Stuff little khoya/mawa or dried milk, coconut and jaggery mixture in the middle. Seal the edges to make it semi circle or a cylindrical shape. My mom used to make it small cylindrical shape so I like to make it in that way.

Stuff all the dumplings.

Now add cardamom powder to the milk. Mix and add the dumplings one by one in the boiling milk. Stir gently to avoid breaking the dumplings. Let it cook for 30 minutes more  on simmer or until you get your desired consistency.

Add the jaggery and mix well. Its ready.

Place the dumplings on a ovenproof tray. Pour the thick reduced milk on it. Sprinkle shredded almonds on it. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° on upper rack for 15 – 20 minutes or until the colour becomes light brown.

Serve hot. It will be soft before baking but becomes little hard when cool after baking. Reheat it to make soft again whenever you want to serve.
You can store it in refrigerator for 3 – 4 days. Just microwave for 30 – 40 second before serving.

You can skip the baking if you like. Serve stuffed rice dumplings in flavoured thick milk. It will be delicious without baking too.

Happy Makar Sankranti in advance to everyone 🙂

Kesar Pista Sandesh 

Kesar pista sandesh. 

A very quick, easy and yummy sweet for the festival.

Wishing a very happy Independence day to every Indian. 

15th August is the day of rebirth for India. India gain it’s Independence from the rule of the British on 15th August 1947. So this date is celebrated as the Independence Day in India.

 This day is observed as a national holiday. Every year the celebration starts with the unfurling of the tricolour National flag by the Prime Minister of the nation. 

This week’s #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #tricolour dish.


We are 10 food bloggers in our Foodiemonday bloghop team. This time my fellow bloggers decided to select one colour each from the tricolour. And I have chosen the colour white.

White colour signifies purity, spiritual, innocence, good, wholeness, fresh and completion. White is the colour of new beginnings.

Kesar/saffron pista/pistachio sandesh is very easy and quick to make. You don’t need long hours to prepare it. Very few ingredients and only 2 minutes. Interesting isn’t it 🙂

Its a type of bhapa/steamed sandesh. But I have made it in microwave. I have already shared two types of bhapa/steamed sandesh. Now one more Bengali delicacy for this special day.


Recipe 

Paneer/cottage cheese  – 1 cup crumbled 
Reduced milk  – 1/2 cup 
Sugar  – 1/2 cup or to taste 
Cardamom powder  – 1/2 teaspoon 
Cashew nuts  – 2 tablespoon blanched 
Pista/pistachios  – 2 teaspoon blanched 
Kesar/saffron  – a pinch 
Hot milk  – 1 tablespoon 

Method 
Soak the Kesar/saffron in hot water. 

Take fresh paneer/cottage cheese in a bowl. Crumble it with hand. Mix reduced milk and sugar in it. Add sugar according to your taste. Add less sugar, taste after mixing and add more if require. 

You can use condensed milk too instead of reduced milk. I have used homemade reduced milk. If you want to use condensed milk omit the sugar. Condensed milk has enough sweetness. 

After mixing taste and adjust the sugar. Now blend the mixture with all the ingredients in blender. Mixture should be thick and creamy.

 I have used cashew nuts but you can use blanched almonds too. If you feel its too thick you can add little milk in it. 

I have made it in silicone moulds. Grease the moulds with little ghee/clarified butter. Fill the moulds 3/4 with the mixture. Don’t try to fill up to rim it can spill during cooking. 

Place the moulds on the turntable of your microwave. Cook at high for 2 minutes.

After 2 minutes switch off the microwave and let them cool. 

If you don’t have moulds you can make it in a large microwavable container too. Slice before serving. Or steam it in a steamer or pressure cooker.

When cooled down refrigerate for 1 hour. Garnish with saffron and pistachios and serve chilled. Or keep the moulds in freezer and serve as yummy chilled ice-cream sandesh. 

Celebrate your festivals with this easy quick and yummy sandesh. 

Enjoy the heavenly taste 🙂

Bhapa Doi Or Steamed Yogurt Pudding With Milk Powder

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Bhapa doi or steamed yogurt pudding.
Bhapa doi or steamed yogurt is a delicious sweet dish of Bengal. A cheesecake like dessert.

Normally Bhapa doi is made of milkmaid and hung curd.
A very quick and easy recipe. I love it’s cheesecake like taste.
But today I am sharing my easy to make recipe.

You don’t need milkmaid for it.
Need only milk powder, thick curd, powdered sugar and some flavour. I have used cardamom powder.
You can use any flavour of your choice. Or use mango, strawberry or any fruit puree.

Make it in microwave in muffins or cupcakes mould as I did. Or you can bake it in water bath. Or simply steam in a double boiler.

Instead of muffins or cupcakes mould you can make it in a one large bowl too. Make it whenever you don’t find any sweet in fridge and want a quick dessert.

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Recipe

Thick curd  – 1 cup

Milk powder  – 1 cup

Powered sugar to taste

Cardamom powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

Mix curd,  milk powder and cardamom powder. Beat well. Make a paste like mixture without any lumps.

Taste and add powdered sugar as require.
Mix well and pour in invidual mould or in a large bowl.

Microwave for 2 minutes on high power. If you find it little wobbly don’t worry it will set when you refrigerate.

Garnish with saffron strands. Let it cool in microwave.
Now keep in refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
Serve chilled.

Khejur/Khajur Gur Kheer/Nolen Gurer Payesh or Rice Pudding With Date Palm Jaggery

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Khejur/khajur gur Kheer/nolen gurer payesh or rice pudding with date palm jaggery.

#Foodiemonday #Bloghop #Theme. Its our 25th bloghop event. So we decided to make something sweet this week to celebrate silver jubilee event.

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Kheer or payesh is one of the most famous desserts in Bengal as well as India.
Serving Kheer or payesh is must in every Bengali home on birthdays or any auspicious occasion.

Its a signature dish of Makar Sankranti too. We use date palm jaggery or khajur/khejur gur instead of sugar on this day.
This jaggery is available only in winter. And taste and flavour is heavenly.

Palm jaggery is the most beneficial and nutrients rich variety of raw jaggery. It is prepared from palm tree extract and is loaded with minerals and vitamins.

This pudding/kheer or payesh is very easy to make. You need only 3 ingredients. Milk, rice and date palm jaggery or khajur/khejur gur.

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Recipe

Full cream milk  – 1 and 1/2 litter
Rice  – 5 teaspoon

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

Cardamom powder  – 1/4 teaspoon optional

Cashew nuts – 3-4 teaspoon or as much you like

Raisins – 3-4 teaspoon

Method

Wash the rice properly. Drain and keep aside.
Soak the raisins in water.

Heat milk in a large heavy bottom pan and let it boil.
Add the rice and let it cook on simmer. Stir in-between and scrape the sides of the pan.

Cook on low flame till the milk thicken. Keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom . If you do not stir, it might get burnt at the bottom.
Burning smell can spoil the kheer.

When the kheer get rich creamy texture and rice cooked add date palm jaggery, cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well and taste the sweetness. Add more if require.

Remember to add the jaggery at the end. Jaggery can curdled the milk if you add it at the beginning. Switch off the flame.

Add cardamom powder if you want. I love the jaggery flavour. Its pure bliss so I didn’t use cardamom or anything. Mix well.
Let it cool.

Garnish with sliced almonds and cashew nuts.
Enjoy the rich creamy rice pudding or khajur  gur kheer/khejur gurer payesh chilled or hot as you like.
I like it chilled.