Mango Litchi Fudge Or Burfi 


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. 

I was born and raised in Bihar. And always tasted the best litchis of the country. Yes I am taking about litchis from Muzaffarpur. Large size juicy litchis with small seed. 

Muzaffarpur is famous for Shahi litchis and is known as the Litchi Kingdom.

There are numerous beauty and health benefits of litchi fruit, from aiding weight loss and digestion to treating influenza and reducing the signs of aging. 

It is highly rich in nutrients and offers numerous benefits for your skin, hair, and health that make it all the more irresistible.

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And mango is the most popular fruit in the world. We all know it as king of fruits. 

Now taste both of these delicious juicy fruits in this mango litchi fudge or burfi.

Recipe 


Mango – 1 cup chopped 

Litchi – 10 – 12

Khoya/mawa or reduced milk – 1 cup 

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Sugar – 4 tablespoon or to taste

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon 

Method 


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

Peel and remove the seeds of litchis. 

Grind the litchis with chopped mango. 

Cook the mixture on low flame. Add sugar. 

Stir continuously. 
At first add 2 tablespoon sugar. It depends on the sweetness of mangoes. Mine was not very sweet so I have added 4 tablespoon. 

When the moisture evaporate add ghee or clarified butter and khoya/mawa or reduced milk. 

Cook everything on low flame. Stir continuously. When it about to dried up taste and add more sugar if require. 

Cook until it becomes like a soft dough and leaves the sides. Switch off the flame. 

Add cardamom powder and MIx well. 

Pour the mixture in the greased plate. Spread and level the top with a spoon. You can sprinkle some shredded pistachio or almond over it. 

Keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Cut into equal shape.
Enjoy mango litchi mixed flavour in one fudge 😊

Moong Dal Burfi Or Yellow Lentil Fudge (Basant Panchami Special) 

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सरस्वति महाभागे विद्ये कमललोचने ।

विद्यारूपे विशालाक्षि विद्यां देहि नमोस्तुते ॥

Sarasvati Mahaa Bhaage Vidye Kamala Locane |

Vidyaa Ruupe Vishaal Aakssi Vidyaam Dehi Namostute ||
Meaning –

O Devi Saraswati, the most Auspicious Goddess of Knowledge with Lotus like Eyes,

An Embodiment of Knowledge with Large Eyes, Kindly Bless me with Knowledge. I Salute you.

Vasant Panchami is an important Indian festival celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar. Celebrated on the fifth day of Magh, the day falls somewhere in the months of February or March according to the Gregorian calendar. The significance of the day lies in the worship of Goddess Saraswati, symbol of wisdom and also the onset of spring season.

According to the popular belief, the origins of this festival lie in Aryan period. Aryans came and settled in India through Khyber Pass, crossing the Saraswati River among many others. Being a primitive civilization, most of their development took place along the banks of the River Saraswati. Thus, River Saraswati began to be associated with fertility and knowledge. It is then that the day began to be celebrated.

According to mythology, a popular associated with this day is connected with poet Kalidasa. After he was married off to a beautiful princess through trickery, the princess kicked him out of her bed as she learned that he was foolish. Following this, Kalidasa went to commit suicide, upon which Saraswati emerged from the waters and asked him to take a dip there. After taking a dip in the holy waters, Kalidasa became knowledgeable and began writing poetry. Thus, Vasant Panchami is celebrated to venerate Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of education and learning.

The color yellow is the predominant color associated with the festival, the origins of which are supposed to be the fields of mustard which can be seen in Punjab and Haryana during this period. Kite flying is also commonly associated with this festival. Children as well as adults fly kites on this day to celebrate freedom and enjoyment.

Another tradition associated with this day is that of initiating studies in the young. Young children often begin learning on this day, which is believed to be the reason why the school sessions start in the month of March. Sweets with a yellow hue are also distributed on this day and people can also be seen donating books and other literary material to the poor.

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And the day after Saraswati Puja or Basant Panchami in west Bengal Sheetal Shashti is observed. Sheetal means cool and shashti means sixth day. It is customary for west Bengal people to eat a special dish called gota seddho. It literally means whole boiled. Because its made of whole lentils with 5 type of whole vegetables. None of the vegetables are cut. And its cooked on the day of Saraswati Puja or basant panchami but served on the next day.

This sheetal shashti is mainly observed by the Bengali mothers praying long healthy life of their children.

Raw mustard oil is drizzled over this gota seddho with salt. Each family has their own version to make it. With this dish six type of fried veggies, some no onion garlic vegetables, kheer or pudding with date palm jaggery or khajur/nolen gur, steamed rice, ber or Indian plum chutney and puri/luchi or kachauri are cooked on this day to be eaten next day.

 

In fact sheetal shashti is generally marked as a no cooking day. This observed by mothers but everyone in the family enjoy this special food.
Now coming to the today’s Basant Panchami special recipe.

Moong dal burfi or split green gram fudge.

A very delicious and easy to make sweet for this special accession.

You can make these with very simple and easily available ingredients. Need only moong dal or split green gram or yellow lentils, sugar, water, khoya/mawa or dried milk with ghee or clarified butter, little cardamom powder and saffron. A delicious burfi or fudge for this special accession.

 

Recipe 


Yellow lentil or moong dal or split green gram – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch
Chopped pistachios to garnish

Method 


Wash and soak the lentils in enough water for 2 – 3 hours.

Wash again and drain the lentils.

Grind into a smooth paste.

Heat water and sugar in a pan. When it starts to boil reduce the flame and add cardamom powder and saffron. Stir well and let it boil for 6 – 7 minutes on low flame. Or until the syrup becomes one thread consistency.

Remove from heat and let it cool down.

Heat ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add ground lentils and stir continuously. Cook on low flame until it changes it’s colour into golden brown and becomes like a dough.
This step need patience. You can feel the aroma of fried lentils. Don’t make it in a hurry. Raw smell should goes out.

After frying take out the lentils in a bowl.

In the same pan cook the khoya/mawa or dried milk stirring constantly on low flame. Cook till it slightly change colour and becomes dough like consistency.

Add fried lentils in it. Mix well.

Now add the sugar syrup.

Cook till the mixture dried up completely and leaves the sides.

It will becomes a dough like consistency.

Grease a plate with little ghee or clarified butter.

Spread the mixture over it. Flatten the top with a spoon or your palm. Sprinkle chopped pistachios over it.

Keep in refrigerator for 1/2 an hour to set it.
Cut in your desired shape and size.

Serve and enjoy the heavenly taste of these fudge or burfi.

Mango Kalakand 

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 .

 

Mangoes are well known as the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack.

 

Kalakand is very popular, traditional and delicious sweet made out of solidified milk, paneer/cottage cheese and sugar. Just like barfi but soft and grainy in texture.

 

This week we are celebrating 50th anniversary of #Foodiemonday #bloghop. So my bloggers friends decided to make some traditional sweet this time.

My contribution is this super easy and delicious mango kalakand.

You need only few ingredients to make it.


 

Recipe 


Paneer/cottage cheese – 1 cup crumbled

 

Khoya or reduced milk – 1/2 cup

 

Mango – 1

 

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

 

Sugar – 1/3 cup or to taste

 

Pistachios for garnishing

 
Ghee or clarified butter to grease the plate

 
Method 


Peel and remove the seed of the mango. Chop and grind to a smooth paste.

 

 

Heat a pan and add the mango paste. When it starts to boil add the sugar. Stir continuously.

 

 

When the mango sugar mixture becomes thick add the fresh crumbled paneer/cottage cheese and reduced milk or khoya. Stir and cook until the mixture thickened and leaves the sides. Texture should be grainy.

 

 

Taste and adjust the sugar if require. Add cardamom powder. I love the aroma of cardamom with mango. So I have used 1 teaspoon. You can use 1/2 teaspoon, taste and add more if require.

 

 

Mix well and switch off the flame.

Grease a plate with little ghee or clarified butter. Pour the mixture over it. Spread and level the mixture with a spoon or your palm.

Garnish with chopped pistachios. Let it cool down.

Cut in square and serve.

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.

Choco Coco Delight

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Happy Diwali to everyone.
Have a blessed and blissful Diwali.

May God fulfill all your wishes in wealth, health & happiness in your life.

Diwali/ Deepawali or the  festival of light is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. Diwali is the biggest and the brightest festival in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness.

This post is going to be a part of #FoodieMonday #Bloghop #Theme diwali sweets.

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Planned to make something new. And the result of my experiment is here.

I had some grated, khoya/mawa/ reduced or dried milk, paneer/cottage cheese and a jar of chocolate fudge spread in my pantry.

Used them and got a heavenly taste. Mixed flavour of chocolate, cardamom and coconut, wow a really delightful taste.

If you don’t have chocolate fudge spread you can use chocolate sauce or melted chocolate too.

I used khoya or mawa in it. Its dried whole milk which I made in home by thickened the milk in an open pan on low flame and stirred occasionally.

I used chocolate mould you can use any mould or simply roll them with chocolate stuffing and make laddu. Or give any shape.

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Recipe

Grated coconut- 1/2 cup

Mawa/ khoya or reduced milk – 3/4 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup
Milk 1/2  cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup or to taste

Cardamom powder  – 1 teaspoon

Chocolate fudge spread  – as required

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Method

Grind the grated coconut and keep aside.

Now grind the khoya/mawa or reduced or dried milk altogether to make a smooth paste.

Heat the milk in a pan. Add the coconut and cook on low flame stirring occasionally.

When the mixture dried up add khoya paneer paste and sugar. Add 1-2 teaspoon less taste after mixing add more if require.

Cook on low flame. Keep stirring till the mixture dried up.
Mixture shouldn’t be completely dried up. We need a smooth and soft texture.

Add cardamom powder and mix well.
Let it cool.

Knead with your finger tips to make it more smooth.

Take a chocolate mould. Fill the mould half with the mixture.
Put 1/4 teaspoon chocolate fudge spread on it.

Now fill the mould with coconut khoya paneer mixture. Press lightly.

Keep the mould in refrigerator for 1-2 hour.
Demould carefully.

Your choco coco delight is ready.
Enjoyyyy

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Sandesh

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Jaggery sandesh
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Sugar 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.

This Bengali delicacy sandesh is very easy to make.
You can make your occasion special with this delicious sweet.

I made these in two different flavours.
One with sugar and other with date palm jaggery or khajur gur. I have shared the pictures of two types of sandesh above.

It needs only two ingredients. Paneer/cottage cheese and sugar or jaggery.

In sugar version we need little cardamom powder for flavour.

You can add any essence or fruit purees of your choice. Or you can add melted chocolate or cocoa powder to make chocolate sandesh. I have already shared the recipe of chocolate sandesh.

Recipe of sugar sandesh and date palm jaggery or khajur gur sandesh is same. Its very easy to make.

I used mould to shape them. If you don’t have mould simply roll like a ball and press lightly with your palm.

You can decorate them with chopped pistachio, almonds or tutti fruity.

I made it with home made paneer/cottage cheese. Paneer should be soft. We have to knead it for more smooth and soft texture. You can use a grinder too for quick result.

We need cardamom powder for sugar sandesh only. Date palm jaggery is very flavourful so I didn’t used any flavour in it.

Add sugar according to your taste. First add less, taste after mixing then add more if require.

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Recipe

Paneer/cottage cheese out of 1 liter milk.

Date palm jaggery or sugar  – 1/4 cup or to taste

Cardamom powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

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Method

Take the paneer in a large plate. Knead with your palm for 4-5 minutes till the paneer/cottage cheese becomes smooth.

Add the sugar or jaggery knead for another 3-4 minutes.

Now cook the mixture on a nonstick or heavy bottom pan on low flame. Stirring continuously for 3-4 minutes.

Don’t overcook, mixture shouldn’t be dry.
Add cardamom powder if making sugar sandesh.

Let it cool. Need again to get a smooth texture. You can grind it too.

Shape them in a greased mould or make small balls and shape it as you like.

Enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Steamed/Bhapa Sandesh With Date Palm Jaggery

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October November is festival time in India. And we have to make some sweets to celebrate the joyous occasions.

Here is a very easy and quick recipe of 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.

Try it and enjoy the heavenly taste. We need only two ingredients and little cardamom powder.

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Recipe

Chhena/cottage cheese or paneer – 1 and 1/4 cup

Jaggery- less than 1/2 cup or to taste

Cardamom powder –  a pinch

Method

In a bowl take the paneer/cottage cheese (paneer shouldn’t too dry) and jaggery (add little less, after mixing taste it, add more if require). Mix it well.

Add cardamom powder and knead it nicely until you get soft and smooth texture. You can use a grinder too.

Now take a microwavable bowl grease it with little ghee/clarified butter and pour the mixture in it.

Microwave it in high for 5-8 minutes.

Its ready now let it cool down at room temperature then put the container in refrigerator for half an hour. Cut it and enjoy the heavenly taste.

Recipe with sugar

Paneer/cottage cheese of 2 liters milk

Sugar-7 tablespoon or as per taste

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

In a bowl put paneer ( it should be soft) add sugar and mix nicely.

When it gets soft and smooth add the cardamom powder. Knead it again with your palm or grind it

Now make it like jaggery sandesh. Follow the microwave method recipe.

Garnish with tutti fruity, cherry or dry fruits. Keep it in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Enjoyyyyyy