Collection Of Sweets

Festival of light Diwali is around the corner.
On this auspicious occasion,
May joy, prosperity, and happiness
Illuminate your life and your home.
Wishing all my readers a very Happy Diwali in advance.

According to Wikipedia
Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”.

We serve different delicacies in this festive season to our guests. This Diwali you can serve your guests some delicious homemade sweet or desserts.
Here is a collection of sweets from my archive. Some different flavoured sandesh and rasgulla along with other delicacies. Hope you will like them.

1. Paneer stuffed parwal mithai

Cottage cheese or paneer stuffed parwal mithai or pointed gourd sweet. Sugar syrup soaked parwal or pointed gourd stuffed with cardamom flavored paneer/cottage cheese, almond and pistachio mixture. You can imagine the heavenly taste.

2. Watermelon rasgulla

Rasgulla is a dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup. And I have used watermelon juice instead of sugar syrup to make these rasgulla.

3. Coconut sweet

Sometimes we don’t want to eat or serve store bought sweets. Everyone prefer home made sweets. Because its more healthy and you make it with love so more yummy too.
Here is a delicious and easy to make coconut sweet.
Highly nutritious coconut is packed with vitamins and minerals.

4. Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak

A very delicious melt in mouth modak. Chocolate and Gulkand are a great combo. Two different taste and flavour made these modak superbly delicious.

5. Cherry pineapple kesari

A delicious aromatic pineapple and saffron flavoured halwa. Hint of cherry made this dessert more yummy.

6. Chana dal halwa

Hayagriva or Hayagreeva maddi or chana dal/Bengal gram halwa.
A very easy to make and delicious traditional sweet dish from Karnataka cuisine. No sugar added, its made of jaggery . Its usually made to offer to God as naivedya and served as prasad.

6. Gulab jamun

Gulab jamun is a most popular dessert of India. Its a deep fried milk solid dumpling soaked in rose, cardamom and saffron flavourd sugar syrup.

7. Aam or mango rasgulla

Rasgulla is a popular dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup. And I flavoured it with mango. Mango flavour made these rasgulla more delicious.

8. Rasgulla with tips and tricks

A popular dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup.

9. 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.

10. Chhanar jilipi or paneer jalebi

Chhanar jilipi or paneer/cottage cheese jalebi. A sweet made of cottage cheese/paneer or chhena. Taste is almost similar to gulab jamun or pantua.

11. Chhena poda or baked cottage cheese

Its a very delicious baked dessert, made of fresh cottage cheese or chhena/paneer sugar, cardamom, cashew nuts and raisins. Flavour of cardamom and caramelised sugar made this dessert heavenly.

12. 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.

13. Chocolate sandesh

A very simple recipe yet delicious. You will love the chocolaty taste. I have used choco chips over it, if you don’t have choco chips you can use pistachio to make your sandesh beautiful.

14. Coconut pomegranate sandesh

A delicious and soft dessert to celebrate this festival. Made with cottage cheese, coconut and pomegranate juice.

15. 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.

16. Kheer kadam

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.

17. Chocolate burfi or fudge

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 😊

18. Gulkand stuffed laddu

Gulkand stuffed khoya or mawa paneer laddu.
I have used homemade mawa or khoya and paneer in it. These delicious and melt in mouth laddus are very easy to make.

19. Paan sandesh

Paan sandesh or betel leaf flavoured sandesh.
A very delicious paan or betel leaf flavoured Bengali sweet made of cottage cheese or paneer.

20. Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta

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.

21. Mango litchi fudge or burfi

A delicious sweet with the flavour of both mango and litchi.
Its very easy to make. You need only khoya/mawa or reduced milk, sugar and cardamom powder with mango and litchi.

22. 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.

23. Watermelon sandesh

Sandesh is a most popular and delicious dessert of Bengal made with chhena or cottage cheese and sugar or date palm jaggery.
Sandesh can be made with different flavours. Here is a very easy recipe with watermelon.

24. Moong dal burfi or fudge

Moong dal burfi or split green gram fudge.
A very delicious and easy to make sweet for this special accession.

25. Chocolate vanilla fudge or burfi

This time try this easy and super delicious sweet for the festival. You don’t need any fancy ingredients for it. Only milk, little sugar, milk powder, vanilla essence and cocoa powder. Simple isn’t it? Surprise your guests with this super yummy homemade sweets.

26. Chocolate coconut sandesh

A sweet made of soft and smooth coconut mixture and crisp chocolate. Spread happiness with this delicious and easy to make sweet recipe.

27. Dry fruit modak

You can make it in 5 minutes if you have the ingredients ready. Very easy, quick and yummy sweet. Try out this modak shaped delicious sweet for the festival.

28. Apple coconut fudge or burfi

A very delicious and flavourful sweet. On this auspicious occasion try out this easy to make and yummy fudge or barfi.

29. Malpua

Its basically a deep fried pancake. These are fried till the edges becomes crisp then soaked in sugar syrup and garnished with pistachios and served warm with rabri or thickened milk.

26. Kesar pista sandesh

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 🙂

27. Mango kalakand

Kalakand with the flavour of mango. A sweet flavoured juicy fruit. Mango not only loved for its taste it also has immense health benefits.

28. Mango sandesh

Very easy to make. Only few ingredients with mango makes a delicious sweet.
You need only cottage cheese, reduced milk, mango pulp, sugar and little cardamom powder.

29. Choco coco delight

Mixed flavour of chocolate, cardamom and coconut made this sweet delish. Try and enjoy the heavenly taste.

30. Sandesh

Sandesh is a Bengali dessert made of paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. You can make it in home by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it.

31. Steamed or bhapa sandesh

A delicious steamed sandesh made in microwave. I made it with date palm jaggery or khajur gur you can make it with sugar too.
If you don’t have date palm jaggery follow the recipe with sugar. You can find it at the end of jaggery recipe.

32. Coconut laddu or narkol nadu

A traditional and popular sweet of Bengal. The popularity of this laddu due to its very easy and quick preparation. It needs only 3 ingredients grated fresh coconut, sugar and milk.

33. Orange flavoured steamed or bhapa sandesh

Its an all time favourite traditional sweet dish of Bengal. Mouthwatering but very easy to make.

34. Cake sandesh

This sandesh is a very delicious soft sweet with the aroma of cardamom and chocolate.

35. Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

Chocolate flavoured Sandesh filled with chocolate sauce.

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Cherry Pineapple Kesari

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Cherry pineapple kesari.
A delicious aromatic pineapple and saffron flavoured halwa. Hint of cherry made this dessert more yummy.
Pineapple and cherry both are sweet so you don’t need much sugar to make it. I have used cherry, pineapple and dry fruits. You can add mango or any other fruit in it.
This beautiful and delicious kesari is a perfect dessert for festival. Saffron and little orange colour made this dish gorgeous. Isn’t it 😊

This easy to make yet delicious kesari is a famous dessert of South India.
Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner. So this week our #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Ganesh Chaturthi recipe. My humble contribution is this cherry pineapple kesari.
Ghee or clarified butter enhance the taste and flavour. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon more ghee if you like. I have used little orange colour to make the dish attractive. But its optional, you can also make it without colour. And you can use milk instead of water or use half water half milk to make it.

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/3 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon or 12 – 13

Raisins – 1 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Pineapple – 1/2 cup, small pieces

Cherry – 1/4 cup, chopped

Pineapple essence – 2 drop, optional

Orange food colour – little, optional

Method

1. Chop the pineapple and cherry in small pieces.

2. Heat water and sugar in a pan. Add saffron and stir. Let the sugar dissolve completely. Add little orange food colour and pineapple essence if you are using. Mix well.

3. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom pan.

4. Fry the cashew till light brown and keep aside.

5. Now fry the raisins. When the raisins puffed up immediately remove from ghee.

6. In the same pan add suji/rawa or semolina. Stir and fry on low flame.

7. Fry till the semolina becomes fragrant. Don’t make it brown.

8. Add chopped pineapple and cherry. Mix well.

9. Add hot saffron mixed sugar syrup. Stir continuously to avoid lump. Add the syrup slowly and carefully. It may splutter.

10. Cook on low flame till rawa/semolina or suji absorbed all the water.

11. Add fried cashew and raisins. Reserve some for garnishing. Remove from heat.

12. Add cardamom powder and mix well. You can add a dollop of ghee. See notes.
Garnish with cherry, fried cashew and raisins. Serve hot.

Notes

1. You can use mango or any other fruit to make your kesari.

2. Ghee or clarified butter enhance the taste and flavour so you can add 1 – 2 tablespoon ghee at the end if you like.

3. You can use milk instead of water or use half water and half milk.

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Hayagriva Or Hayagreeva Maddi Or Chana Dal Halwa

Hayagriva or Hayagreeva maddi or chana dal/Bengal gram halwa.
A very easy to make and delicious traditional sweet dish from Karnataka cuisine. No sugar added, its made of jaggery . Its usually made to offer to God as naivedya and served as prasad.

This delicious sweet dish from Karnataka cuisine is made of chana dal or Bengal gram, jaggery, ghee or clarified butter and dry fruits.

 

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Karnataka is a tapestry of colours, cultures, flavours, landscapes, timelessness and heart stopping beauty. It’s a place where vibrant worlds seamlessly meld into one another every few hundred kilometers. Sedate plains suddenly rise to dizzying mist covered hilly heights, and then plunge with careless abandon in a white-watered freefall to become languid rivers that flow past cities where time has stopped altogether. And cities where time rushes a relentless rush to keep up with the world; cities that sometimes escape into the deep quietude of thick forests and sometimes, stretches their arms wide open to embrace the sea. Host to some of India’s largest and most powerful dynasties, the state has across the centuries, carried a legacy of art and culture.

Karnataka is a gracious host and offers a spread that appeals to every palate. Traditional Kannadiga cuisine is typically South Indian with a little bit of sweetness for added measure. But that doesn’t begin to sum it all. The feast of the land includes Udupi, Mangalorean, Kodava and yes, Kannadiga, which again is a journey in itself – it varies with the geographical features. Even cereals vary and consumed in every imaginable and unimaginable form. To the uninitiated, some of the preparations might come across as bewildering, but no less delicious. Add to this, a highly evolved sweet tooth, and you get the deliriously wonderful concoctions, which are like nothing else in the world. With Karnataka, the pudding is the proof itself, and you see where the state gets its signature gusto from.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Karnataka cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Anu Kollon Who blog at http://entethattukada.blogspot.com
Anu gave me two interesting ingredients chana dal or Bengal gram and jaggery. And I gave her rice and coconut. Check out her Vegetable palav recipe she shared with these ingredients.

We loved its taste and now its a regular sweet dish for us. Usually it shouldn’t be dried up. But sometimes I have made laddu with leftover chana dal halwa and its also taste great. If you have some leftover you can try this. Make laddu and keep in refrigerator for later use.

Recipe

Chana dal – 1 cup

Jaggery powder – 3/4 cup

Ghee – 2 – 4 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Almond – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisin – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash and cook the chana dal or Bengal gram for 4 – 5 whistle or till dal becomes soft. Check by pressing between your two fingers.

2. Let the dal cool down. Drain the water and mash roughly with a spoon or masher.

3. Heat 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. Fry cashew nuts till light brown and transfer them on a plate.

4. Then fry the the raisins. When raisins puffed up immediately remove from ghee and place on a plate.

5. Now fry the sliced almond, keep stirring and fry until light brown. Place the almonds with cashew and raisins.

6. In the same pan add jaggery powder and 4 tablespoon water.
Stir occasionally to melt the jaggery.

7. Add mashed dal and desiccated coconut.
Mix well.

8. Cook on low flame till the mixture becomes thick and creamy. Don’t let it dried up completely.

9. Add cardamom powder and fried dry fruits and 2 tablespoon ghee.

10. Mix well and remove from heat. Adding ghee is optional but it will enhance the taste and flavour.

11. Garnish with fried dry fruits and serve hot or cold.

Notes

1. You can use more ghee if you like. Ghee enhance the taste and flavour.

2. You can add very little clove and nutmeg powder in it for flavour.

3. Dal must be cooked properly.

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Watermelon Rasgulla / Diabetic Friendly Sweet

Watermelon rasgulla.
Another sugar free treat for you.
Rasgulla is a dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup. And I have used watermelon juice instead of sugar syrup to make these rasgulla.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know I love to share desserts for diet conscious and diabetic people. Because every one has sweet tooth. And we have to make something to satisfy their sweet craving.
So here is a rasgulla recipe without sugar.
Already shared watermelon sandesh and muffins.
And now one more dessert with watermelon.

Despite the popular belief that watermelon is just water and sugar, watermelon is actually a nutrient dense food. It provides high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and just a small number of calories.
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So enjoy this healthy and delicious rasgulla without any guilt.
I have made these rasgulla with watermelon juice. I am lucky that I have got the sweetest variety watermelon. If your watermelon is not so sweet and you are not on a restricted diet then you can add 1/2 cup sugar for better taste.
Get all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here.

First time tried it without adding any colour but not satisfied with the look. Taste is good but not picture perfect 😀

So made again with little colour in chhena or cottage cheese balls.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Watermelon juice – 4 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Red food colour – a pinch or 1 – 2 drop if you are using gel colour, optional

Method

1. Make cottage cheese or paneer and make balls with it. Get the method of making cottage cheese and balls here.

2. Add colour if you are using. Mix well. Make smooth balls without any crack. If you feel difficulty to bind then you can add 1 tablespoon maida/all purpose flour or semolina. I didn’t. I have made these with only cottage cheese. Please follow the method of draining the cottage cheese I have mentioned in above link of tips and tricks of rasgulla.

3. In a large and broad pan heat watermelon juice and water. You can add 1/2 cup sugar in it if you like for better taste . You can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or rose water or essence if you want. I didn’t because I have wanted to retain the natural flavour of watermelon.

4. When it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame for 2 – 3 minutes. Don’t overcrowd.

5. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

6. Keep 1/2 cup hot watermelon juice handy. After 10 minutes add the hot water. Cover again. Don’t stir just shake the pan gently in between.

7. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 3 – 4 hours or until completely cool down.

8. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.

Enjoy the delicious and healthy watermelon rasgulla chilled or warm.
Better serve it chilled with some watermelon juice of rasgulla.

Notes

1. Use cow milk to make paneer or cottage cheese.

2. Mash the cottage cheese well with your heel of the palm and fingers at least for 4-5 minutes or until you feel your palm little greasy.

3. Sweetness depends on the watermelon. You can add 1/2 cup sugar with watermelon juice if you are not on a restricted diet.

4. Don’t overcrowd the rasgulla while cooking in watermelon juice. You don’t get round shape rasgulla if overcrowded.

4. Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla before trying to get perfect rasgulla. Click here
to get the detailed method.

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Sugar Free Sheer Khurma Or Vermicelli Pudding

Sugar free sheer khurma or vermicelli pudding.
Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim friends and readers.
May this Ramadan bring joy, health and wealth to you. May this festival brighten up you and your near and dear one’s lives.

Sheer khurma is a rich, creamy and aromatic dessert made of milk, fine vermicelli, dates, sugar and lots of dry fruits and flavoured with cardamom, rose water or essence and saffron.

Sheer stands for milk and khurma stands for dates in Persian language.
According to Wikipedia
Sheer khurma or Sheer khorma literally “milk with dates” in Persian, is a festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha in Afghanistan, Indian subcontinent and parts of Central Asia. It is a traditional Muslim festive breakfast and a 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 as breakfast, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests. It is very popular throughout the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia.

You can get some more pudding or Kheer recipe here

Rasgulla kheer

Khajur gur kheer or date palm jaggery pudding

Chhena/paneer kheer or cottage cheese pudding

Rice kheer or pudding

Chakhao kheer

Our this week’s 148th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Eid special recipe.

My humble contribution is this sugar free sheer khurma.
I have made it without sugar or any artificial sweetener. Its naturally sweetened with dates and raisins. You can call it a guilt free treat. You will love it’s divine taste and aroma.
You can serve it hot or warm but I love it chilled. You can make it thick or thin as per your taste. I like it thick but if you want to make it thin just add little more milk to get your desired consistency.

Recipe

Milk – 4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Fine vermicelli – 1/2 cup, broken

Khoya or dried milk – 1/4 cup, optional

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Chopped Dates – 1/2 cup, tightly packed

Cashew nuts – 2 teaspoon, sliced

Almond – 2 tablespoon sliced

Pistachio – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Chironji or charoli – 1 tablespoon

Saffron – a pinch

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak Saffron in 1 tablespoon hot milk.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Fry the raisins till puffed up and keep aside.

3. Now fry sliced cashew nuts, almond, pistachio and chironji or charoli. Fry till the dry fruits become light brown and keep aside. You can saute chopped dates too, I didn’t.

4. Add 1 tablespoon ghee in the same pan and fry the vermicelli on low heat. Stir continuously and fry till it becomes golden brown.
If you are using roasted vermicelli like me still fry them in ghee for a minute to get the flavour.

5. Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil simmer the flame. Simmer for 15 minutes.

6. Now add Crumbled khoya or dried milk and mix well. Add chopped dates, fried dry fruits, soaked Saffron and vermicelli.

7. Stir and cook until vermicelli becomes soft.

8. Switch off the heat. It will become thick when cool.

9. Add cardamom powder and rose water or essence. Mix well.

10. Garnish with fried cashews, pistachio, Saffron strands and date.
Serve warm or chilled.

Enjoy the delicious rich, creamy and aromatic sheer khurma or korma.

Notes

1. Sweetness is perfect for me but if you like more sweet you can add 1 – 2 tablespoon sugar in it.

2. If you like the consistency thin add some more milk at the end.

3. If you are using dried dates soak the dates overnight. Or boil with milk.

4. If you are on a restricted diet and don’t want to use ghee or clarified butter then you can fry the dry fruits in oil and add only one teaspoon ghee to fry the vermicelli for flavour and taste.

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