Fennel Oats Millet Cookies / Gluten Free Cookies

Fennel oats pearl millet cookies.
Gluten free crispy aromatic cookies with all the goodness of pearl millet or bajra, oats and jaggery. Used very little ghee or clarified butter. Perfect treat for your kiddos and you.

We have discussed a lot about millet flour and oats on my earlier posts so no more words about the health benefits of these ingredients. This time have a look at the benefits of jaggery.
Manoj K. Ahuja, Sukhda Hospital, says “It is best consumed during the winter months because winter is the season of fresh jaggery. Since it is rich in many vital vitamins and minerals, jaggery boosts immunity, keeps the body warm, helps treat cold and cough and controls the temperature of the body. This natural sweetener has been a great go-to ingredient in India since time immemorial.”
Here are 15 jaggery benefits
1. Prevents constipation
2. Detoxes the liver
3. Treats flu-like symptoms
4. Blood purifier
5. Boosts immunity
6. Cleanses the body
7. Eases menstrual pain
8. Prevents anaemia
9. Boosts intestinal health
10. Cools the stomach
11. Controls blood pressure
12. Prevents respiratory problems
13. Relieves joint pain
14. Weight loss
15. Good source of energy

Read more about jaggery benefits here.
Source – NDTV Food

These cookies are delicious with crispy crunchy texture. But if you want Mouth melting cookies just increase the amount of ghee or butter. Use 1/2 to 3/4 cup and don’t use milk. Use ghee or butter only to make smooth and soft dough. I have used little sugar but if you want you can make it with only jaggery powder. On my first try I have used 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup ghee. Taste is too good but cookies lose it’s shape and becomes flat. See the picture below. So tried again and very happy with the result. Reduced the amount of ghee and used 1 cup oats. Taste and shape both are excellent.

Sending this post to A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly
and Vidya.
Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is letter F. I have chosen fennel seeds for this month.

Lightly dry roasted fennel seeds and cardamom made these cookies aromatic. Not only healthy and aromatic but the cookies are yummy because of dessicated coconut, fennel, cardamom and jaggery mixed taste.

Recipe

Oats – 1 cup

Fennel seeds or sounf – 1 tablespoon

Pearl millet or Bajra flour – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon

Jaggery powder – 1/2 cup

Ghee/clarified butter or unsalted butter – 1/4 cup

Milk – 3 tablespoon or as require

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper.

4. Lightly dry roast fennel seeds or sounf in a pan. Remove from heat and keep aside.

5. Sieve the pear millet or Bajra flour in a bowl.

6. Grind the fennel seeds and oats altogether. Make fine powder.

7. Add dessicated coconut in the grinder and grind again.

8. Mix ground fennel seeds, oats dessicated coconut, pearl millet or Bajra flour, cardamom powder, baking powder and soda.

9. In a large bowl mix ghee or unsalted butter, powdered sugar and gur or jaggery powder. Mix well.

10. Add all the dry ingredients and 3 tablespoon milk. . Make a smooth dough. Add little more milk if require to make smooth dough.

11. Make small balls. I have made 26 cookies with this dough.
Place the balls on baking 1 inch apart.

12. Press the balls with a fork two times to make zigzag.

13. You can simply flatten the balls with your palm if you want. Or you can roll the ball with rolling pin and cut with your favourite cook cutter. You can make thin cookies if you like. But don’t make too thin.

14. Bake in the preheated oven at 180° on middle rack for 12 – 15 minutes or till the edges becomes brown.

15. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving. Cookies will soft when hot and become crisp after cooling. Store in a airtight container for later use.

Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. Whole wheat refined or any flour can be used instead of pear millet and oats.
2. You can make these cookies with only jaggery. Omit powdered sugar and increase the amount of jaggery powder.
3. If you want Mouth melting cookies skip milk and use only ghee or butter to make the dough.
4. You can add tutti fruity dry fruits or choco chips in the dough if you want.

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Semolina Cake / Suji Cake / Rawa Cake

Suji/rawa or semolina cake.
A cake with all the ingredients we use on sankranti. Loaded with dry fruits, mawa, til or sesame seeds, coconut and flavoured with cardamom and caramel. In Bengal we use khoya/mawa or dried milk, sesame seeds, coconut and dry fruits to make sankranti delicacies. Usually we make a stuffing for our puli pithe with these ingredients. And we use khajur gur or date palm jaggery in this stuffing. I have very little date palm jaggery in my pantry this time so didn’t use jaggery in the cake but drizzled little jaggery syrup on the cake. And it enhanced the flavour and taste. But if you don’t have date palm jaggery then you can skip it.
I have made it with suji or semolina but you can use any flour of your choice.

In dry fruits I have used 2 heaped tablespoon each chopped cashew, raisins, almond, walnut, tutti fruity, candied cherry, you can use any dry fruits of your choice. Make small pieces and use 3/4 – 1 cup mixed dry fruits. I have used my blender to mix sugar with all the other ingredients. So normal granulated sugar is perfectly fine, no need of powdered sugar.

I have made it two times. First one in round cake pan. Used refined flour or maida with semolina. Sprinkle til/sesame seeds and tutti fruity over the cake. Look at the crumb. Cake taste amazing.

And second time used my bundt pan. Used whole wheat flour or atta instead of refined flour. Sprinkled sesame seeds and tutti fruity in the greased and flour dusted bundt pan and poured the batter over it. You can also make upside down cake in a round cake pan this way.

Last week in our bloghop group we were discussing about festival recipes. Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes asked why not cake? So here is super yummy cake for festive season. Thanks Priya for the suggestion.

Sending this post to 179 #Foodiemonday bloghop #foodmagbest theme. This week Seema Doraiswamy Sriram who blog at Mildly Indian suggested the theme.

Do visit her blog for the amazing recipes she shared.

I have decided to skip this week because Seema suggested that post a recipe which we will love to see on food magazine cover. My all the pictures are clicked by phone. The pictures are simple and mostly unedited. And which is my best recipe? Let’s decide it my readers. But my fellow bloggers and bloghop members said don’t skip and don’t think about cover, just post your recipe. Thanks friends. So here is a delicious and festive cake recipe for my readers with the pictures without any editing. Pictures are simple but taste of this cake is awesome. I am sure you will love the taste.

Recipe

Suji or semolina – 1 cup

Flour – 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 1/4 cup

Granulated sugar – 1 cup

Caramel essence – 1 teaspoon, optional

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Raisin – 2 tablespoon

Walnut – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Almond – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Tutti fruity – 2 tablespoon

Candied cherry – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Or

Chopped mixed dry fruits – 3/4 – 1 cup

Sesame seeds and tutti fruity to sprinkle

For jaggery syrup

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/4 cup, grated

Water – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Grease a cake pan with oil and dust with flour or line with parchment paper.

2. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

3. Chop the raisins into half and mix with all the chopped dry fruits and 1 tablespoon flour.

4. In a blender blend mawa or dried milk, yoghurt, sugar, suji or semolina, milk, cardamom powder, dessicated coconut and oil. You can use your hand blender to blend. I have used soft homemade mawa. Get the mawa or dried milk recipe here.

5. Blend everything well.

Take out the mixture in a large bowl. Add flour and mix well. Make a lump free batter and keep aside for 30 minutes.

6. Now add baking powder and soda. Mix well.
Fold in the dry fruits.

7. If you are using a round cake pan pour the mixture into the pan. Tap the pan gently to remove air bubbles.

8. Sprinkle some sesame seeds or til. But this step is optional, you can skip it if you like.
Sprinkle tutti fruity over it.

9. Or you can make upside down cake. And if you are using bundt pan sprinkle sesame seeds and tutti fruity in greased and flour dusted bundt pan.

10. Pour the batter over it. Tap the pan 3-4 times.

11. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean.
Let it cool down.

12. In a pan heat date palm jaggery and +1 tablespoon water. Boil till jaggery dissolve completely. Let it cool down.

13. Turn out the cake into a plate.

14. Drizzle with date palm jaggery syrup.
Slice and enjoy the heavenly taste.
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. Jaggery syrup is optional. Cake also taste great without it.
2. You can use any flour of your choice with suji or semolina. Like whole wheat flour or atta, refined flour or maida or you can also use any gluten free flour.
3. Cake can be made with any flour instead of suji or semolina.
4. Sugar will be mixed with other ingredients in blender so normal granulated sugar can be used.

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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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Parippu Vada Or Lentil fritters

Parippu vada or dal vada/lentil fritters.
Crispy, crunchy, spicy, flavourful and delicious snack from Kerala cuisine.
Very easy yet super yummy fried snack. Serve it as a snack with evening tea or enjoy as a side dish with dal chawal or lentil curry and steamed rice.
You can make delicious curry with this vada if you want.

This week our 157 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #OnamRecipes.
I was about to skip this week’s bloghop due to renovation of my house. I don’t like to miss these weekly bloghop. So sharing one of my favourite snack from Kerala cuisine. Easy and quick to make and delicious. You need only chana dal or split chickpeas/Bengal gram and some aromatic spices. A best accompany with dal chawal or lentil curry and steamed rice. You can use chilli according to your taste. If you want your vada more spicy, you can add 3 – 4 dry red chilli or green chilli or both. I have used both. I like my vada mildly spicy so used 1 green chilli and 1 red chilli.

Recipe

Chana dal or Bengal gram/split chickpea – 1 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1-2 finely chopped

Dry red chilli – 1 chopped

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Asafoetida or hing – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying

Method

1. Soak the Bengal gram or chana dal for 2 – 3 hours.

2. Chop cilantro or coriander leaves and curry leaves.

3. Grind soaked dal into a coarse paste. Don’t add water and don’t make it smooth.

4. Take out the ground dal in a bowl.
Add chopped curry leaves, cilantro or coriander leaves, salt, grated ginger, chopped green and red chillies, Asafoetida or hing and cumin powder.

5. Mix well. Make small balls and flatten them with your palm. Make small thin patties for crispy vada.

6. Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Oil should be enough hot.

7. Slide the patties into the hot oil.

8. Fry on low medium heat until the vada becomes dark golden brown.

9. Flip and fry the other side.
Remove from oil.

10. Serve hot with any chutney or sauce. Or serve as a side dish with dal chawal or lentil curry and steamed rice. You can sprinkle little black salt or chaat masala before serving.
Enjoy….
Happy Onam.
Wishing everyone a blessed Onam in advance!

Notes

1. You can add finely chopped onion and minced garlic in the batter if you like.

2. Oil should be sufficient hot.

3. You can add little green peas in the batter.

4. If you like you can make curry with these vada. Make a gravy with onion garlic tomato or only ginger tomato whole spices gravy and dip the vadas in it.

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Kashmiri Dum Aloo

Kashmiri dum aloo.
A very flavourful and lip-smacking no onion garlic potato curry from Kashmiri cuisine.
After Himachal Pradesh cuisine this month’s theme of the wonderful group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge is Kashmiri cuisine. So this month all the members of this group are sharing different dishes from beautiful state Kashmir.
This month my partner is very talented blogger Mayuri Patel who blog at
https://mayuris-jikoni.com

Mayuri gave me cinnamon and cashew as secret ingredients. I made this delicious Kashmiri dum aloo. And I gave her cinnamon and cardamom. Do check her blog for delicious Kashmiri beverage she made of these two ingredients.

This aromatic dum aloo is one of my favourite potato dish. I made it often now sharing the recipe here. Thanks to the group Shhhh Cooking Secretly challenge.

You can get some more potato recipes here

Luchi dum aloo

Radhaballavi with spicy potato

Aloo kofta curry

Batata bhaji

Peanut potatoes

Potato pie

Potatoes with nigella poppy seeds and tomato

Savoury potato cake

Stuffed potatoes

Masala aloo or spicy potato

No onion garlic spicy potatoes

In this recipe deep fried potatoes are cooked in aromatic gravy. You can make it dry or with thick gravy. Best accompany for steamed rice or any bread. You can serve it as a party side dish.

Recipe

Small potato – 12 – 14

Hung curd – 1/2 cup

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Fennel seed powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Tomato – 1 medium

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Bay leaf – 1

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Fennel seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Cloves – 3 – 4

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Mustard oil – 1/4 cup

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Hot water – 1 cup +1/4 cup

Chopped cilantro – 1 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cashews and cilantro to garnish

Method

1. Peel and wash the potatoes. Pat dry and prick with a fork.

2. Crush the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.

3. Soak almond and cashew nuts in 1/4 cup hot water or microwave on high power for 1 minute.

4. Let it cool down. Peel the almonds.
Grind peeled almond and cashew nuts with tomato. Make a smooth paste.

5. Whisk hung curd with salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, ginger powder, fennel seed powder and sugar.

6. For hung curd strain 1 cup curd with a muslin cloth. Tie and hang it for 1 hour. Place a bowl under it to collect the water. Don’t discard the water. You can use it to knead bread dough or make chhach or salted lassi with it.

7. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes till light brown. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

8. In the same oil add bay leaf, fennel seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and tomato, cashew and almond paste.

9. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Remove the pan from heat and add whisked spices mixed hung curd and potatoes. Mix well.

10. Again cook till it dried up completely and potatoes coated with spices. Stir continuously to avoid curdling the curd.

11. Add 1 cup hot water and chopped cilantro. Mix well and let it boil.
Cover and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until the potatoes become tender.

12. Check after 15 minutes, if the curry dried up add 1/4 cup water more.

13. Sprinkle garam masala powder, mix and remove from heat. You can add 1 spoon ghee or clarified butter if you like.

14. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha, naan, puri or luchi.

Notes

1. If you don’t have ginger powder then you can add 1 teaspoon grated ginger with tomato while grinding.

2. For fennel powder you can dry roast the fennel seeds and grind in a coffee grinder or mortar pestle. Or grind with tomato, cashew and almond.

3. I made it dry but you can make thick gravy. But don’t make it runny. Too much water will ruin the taste.

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Sugar Free Mawa Nariyal Peda Or Milk Solid Date And Coconut Peda / Diabetic Friendly Sweet

Sugar free mawa/khoya nariyal khajur peda or milk solid/dried milk date and coconut peda.
No sugar added sweetened with dates and coconut and flavoured with cardamom and rose. Sounds healthy and yummy isn’t it 😊
I have made 13 small sized peda and used 1/2 cup of chopped dates to sweetened it.

Dates are one of the most commonly eaten foods in the Middle East. Their amazing nutritional qualities and health benefits are well known to people across the globe. The date palm is called “The Tree of Life” because of the long shelf life and rich nutritional profile of its fruits.
Apart from containing a high amount of fructose, they also contain an opulence of fiber and nutrients like vitamins A, K, and B-complex, iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. The presence of these nutrients in dates helps prevent constipation, heart diseases, intestinal problems, anemia, and diarrhea, among other conditions.
A study done in 2011, published in the Nutrition Journal, was carried out to find the glycemic indices of five varieties of dates. It showed that when diabetics consumed dates, their postprandial glucose levels did not skyrocket. It also showed that dates could offer potential benefits for diabetic patients when consumed in moderation along with a healthy balanced diet.

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Sugar free pineapple sandesh

One small piece is sufficient to satisfy your sweet tooth. I have used homemade khoya or milk solid in it. You can use store bought. But homemade is always better.

Get the recipe of milk solid or mawa/khoya here.

You need only milk solid or khoya, date and coconut with cardamom and rose water or essence to make these delicious sweets.

Recipe

Khoya – 1 heaped cup

Dates – 1 /2 cup, chopped

Chopped or grated coconut – 1 heaped cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak dates in hot water. Use water just to soak the dates, not use too much water.

2. Grind the dates. Use the water we used to soak date for easy grinding.
Make a paste and add coconut in the grinder.

3. Grind again and make a smooth paste.
Add khoya or milk solid in it. Blend to make a smooth mixture.

4. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Add the ground mixture.
Cook on low flame. Stir continuously.

5. When the mixture dried up and become a dough like consistency remove from heat.

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

7. Grease a mould with ghee/clarified butter or oil. And shape all the peda. If you don’t have mould shape them with your palm. Make small round ball and flatten with your palm. You can place an almond in the middle.

Enjoy the delicious lightly sweetened peda without any guilt.
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Baked Rasgulla

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.

Tasted this delicious baked rasgulla in kolkata. Attended a wedding reception event in my family. Lovely memorable days with family members. Missing those moments.
This baked rasgulla was one of the party dessert. Everyone loved it. Something different from regular baked rasgulla. Makha sandesh or gur sandesh was the key ingredient.
My brother in law Taposh Roy requested the caterer of that event for the recipe. And he happily share his recipe with us. Thanks to him and Taposh.

Earlier I made baked rasgulla with an easy method. Just layered a mixture of condensed milk, khoya or dried milk and little milk over the squeezed rasgulla and baked.

But this recipe is little different.
Tried the recipe after returning home. And enjoyed the heavenly taste again. Sharing is caring so sharing this awesome recipe with you all. Make it and enjoy the heavenly taste 😊

Recipe

Rasgulla – 8

Full cream milk – 4 cup

Sugar – 3 tablespoon

Homemade paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 heaped cup

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 2 tablespoon or to taste, grated

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Condensed milk – 1/4 cup

Chopped pistachio to garnish

Method

Boil 4 cup full cream milk in a heavy bottom pan. Let the milk thickened on low flame. Add 3 tablespoon sugar and mix.

Don’t stir the milk frequently. We want the milk topping so just bring the milk topping or malai towards the sides with a spoon gently.

Don’t make the rabdi or thickened milk grainy or dry.
When the milk change it’s colour and thickened remove from heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.
Keep this thickened milk in refrigerator or under fan for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes remove the milk topping or malai from it and keep aside.
My thickened milk or rabdi remains 1&1/4 cup after removing the milk topping. If your milk is too thick you can add little milk in it.

Squeeze rasgulla with your palm to remove the sugar syrup. Don’t worry it will swell again.

Heat the thickened milk or Rabdi.

Dip all the squeezed rasgulla in thickened milk or Rabdi. When it starts to boil switch off the flame. Soak them in thickened milk for 30 minutes. It will helps the rasgulla to soak thickened milk properly.

Now take the paneer or cottage cheese on a plate. Mash well with your palm.
I have made the paneer or cottage cheese out of 1/2 litter milk.
When the paneer becomes smooth add grated khajur gur or date palm jaggery. Mash again to make it smooth and little greasy.

Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook the paneer on low flame for 5 – 6 minutes. Stir continuously. Switch off the heat.
Let the mixture cool down.
Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and mash it again until it becomes smooth. Mix condensed milk with it and keep aside.

In a baking tray arrange all the thickened milk soaked rasgulla. Layer the paneer or cottage cheese mixture over it evenly.
Now layer the milk topping or malai we have collected from thickened milk.

Garnish with chopped pistachio.

Place on the higher rack of your oven.
Grill for 6 – 8 minutes or until the top becomes brown.
Enjoy the delicious baked rasgulla warm or chilled.

Notes

1. You add use few drops of rose water with cardamom powder in thickened milk.

2. You can decrease the amount of jaggery and sugar if you like less sweetness.

3. You can use shredded almond for garnishing.

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