Sugar Free Date Sandesh

Sugar free date sandesh.
A delicious sweet sweetened with dates. No sugar or artificial sweetener added.
But I repeat diabetic people should take only one piece in a day not too much. Its necessary to eat a balanced diet and just moderate your intake.

Diabetes usually means a big “NO” to sugar intake. But how far is this true?

Most studies show that it is not.

Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the recent times. Although diabetics are not required to abstain from sugar entirely, they are advised to limit its intake.
So, what do you do when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Eat dates, of course!
Dates are small and sweet fruits and have a surprisingly low glycemic index. Studies have been done to determine the effects of consuming dates on blood sugar levels. They concluded that eating dates does not cause a spike in the blood glucose levels.
In fact, they are extremely healthy – packed with an array of vital nutrients.
Source

You can get some more sugar free sweet recipe here.

Sheer khurma or vermicelli pudding

Coconut raisins almond laddu

Sugar free mawa nariyal peda or dried milk date and coconut peda

Sugar free pineapple sandesh

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

Sugar free carrot cake

Recipe is very easy. You need only few ingredients to make it. Just blend everything and cook. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese and khoya or milk solid. You can also use store bought.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 3/4 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Dates – 1/2 cup, chopped

Cardamom powder – 1 /2 teaspoon

Hot water – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Soak chopped dates in 1/4 cup hot water.

2. When it cool down, blend with the water used to soak. Make a smooth paste.

3. Add Crumbled cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or milk solid in the blender. Blend again.

4. Heat a non stick or heavy bottom pan. Add date, cottage cheese and khoya or milk solid mixture in it.

5. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

6. When the mixture dried up and becomes like a dough, remove from heat.

7. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

8. Let the mixture cool down.
Make small balls and shape with a mould. If you don’t have mould then you can make ball shaped laddu with it.

Serve or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled.
You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.

Enjoy the delicious guilt free sandesh.

Notes –

1. You can make it with only cottage cheese or only khoya or milk solid if you want.

2. You can give any shape of your choice.

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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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Kasundi / Guest Post By Rita Ghosh

Kasundi
One more recipe from Bengal.
You can call it mustard sauce. I love it’s tangy zingy taste and lovely aroma of mustard.
You can serve it with any Bengali snack, cutlets, chop, fritters, croquettes or anything as a dip or sauce.

You can make fish or any vegetables with it. I often make eggs, ladyfingers, eggplant etc with kasundi. You have to add kasundi with salt, turmeric powder and chilli only. You don’t need much spices with it.

Kasundi is the Asian or Indian variety of mustard sauce. It is a pungent paste of fermented mustard seeds, spices and sometimes dried mangoes, dried Indian plum and olives, popular as a dipping sauce in Bengali cuisine.
Kasundi has always been a revered fixture of Bengali households, its making used to be almost a religious rite, with many restriction and rituals. With modern household appliances becoming commonplace, its making no more remains a complex ritual.
Wikipedia

Some of my readers requested for kasundi recipe. I never tried it. Always bought readymade bottles from Kolkata. So I have requested my friend Rita Ghosh for a guest post. Rita Ghosh is an avid cook and a very humble person. We never met physically but she is really a good friend. We met in a food group. Our interests are same. We chat every day and our topic is food. So when I requested her for kasundi post she gave me the recipe immediately. Thanks a lot dear for this awesome recipe.
Sharing her authentic method to make kasundi. Try it and please give your feedback 😊

Recipe

Black mustard seeds – 3 & 1/2 cup

Ginger paste – 2 tablespoon

Red chilli powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 2 teaspoon

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper – 8 – 10

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 2 sticks

Raw mango – 2 medium, chopped

Hot water – 1 litre

Method

1. Wash black mustard seeds and ginger and let them dry under sunlight.

2. When dried completely blend them well.

3. Dry roast black pepper, green cardamom and cinnamon. Grind them altogether. Make fine powder.

4. Take a deep bottom pan. Mix blended mustard seeds, turmeric powder, salt and water in it.

5. Add mango pieces and mix well.
Cover the pan and keep it overnight.

6. Next day, take out the mango pieces and blend. Now add blended mango pieces and all the spices in this fermented mixture.
Add more cold ( room temperature) water as require.

7. Keep under sunlight for 7 – 8 days.
Your kasundi is ready.
Relish throughout the year.

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Sugar Free Carrot Bottle Gourd Fudge Or Barfi

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi.
One more sugar free recipe for diet conscious people.
Why not serve some delicious sweets to diabetic people too? Diabetic people can also satisfy their sweet tooth. So make them happy with these guilt free sugar free barfi or fudge.

Contributing this post to 139 #Foodiemonday bloghop #healthydessert theme.

We all know that bottle gourd and carrot both have many health benefits. So today I am talking about only taste.
You don’t need to add any artificial sweetener in it.
Carrot and bottle gourd both have some sweetness. Dates and raisins are healthy option for natural sweetener.

So you can enjoy these delicious fudge without any guilt.
Diabetic people also have sweet tooth. They can also satisfy their sweet craving with these sugar free barfi.
Try and enjoy the delightful taste. You don’t need much ingredients to make it. Very easy to make yet delicious.

Recipe

Grated carrot – 1 cup

Grated bottle gourd or lauki – 1 cup

Milk – 4 cup

Chopped Dates – 1/2 cup

Raisins – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak date and raisins in hot water.
Grind to make a smooth paste.

2. Grease a plate with oil or ghee.

3. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. Add grated carrot and grated bottle gourd. Mix and cook on low flame. Stir occasionally.

4. Cook till all the moisture evaporate.
Add dates and raisins paste. Mix well.
Stir continuously and cook till the mixture dried up completely.

5. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

6. Pour the mixture into greased plate.
Level with a spoon or your fingers.

7. Sprinkle chopped pistachio over it.
Keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

8. Cut in your desired shape and serve. You can keep it in refrigerator for 5-6 days.
Enjoy…..
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Notes

1. If you want to make your barfi more sweet you can add 1 – 2 tablespoon date or raisins more.

2. You can use vanilla or any flavour of your choice instead of cardamom powder.

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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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Roasted Mixed Spice Powder Or Bhaja Moshla

Roasted mixed spice powder.
An aromatic mixture of roasted green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, bay leaf, cumin, coriander and red chilli.
It will enhance the flavour of your savoury dishes. Add a spoon full to your chop or cutlet mixture, potato stuffing for aloo paratha, aloo tikki or burger patties, sandwich stuffing, curries, dum aloo or anything you want to make aromatic and spicy.

Sending this post to 136th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #MasalaPowder.

When Preethi decided the theme I remember my mother’s bhaja moshla or dry roasted mixed spice powder recipe. She always used to store two type of dry roasted mixed spice powder.

One is dry roasted and ground panch phoran or a mixture of cumin seeds, coriander seeds, nigella or black cumin seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds. This mixture is for sukto, a delicious Bengali style mix vegetable. Just sprinkle this ground mixture on sukto or any chutney and enjoy the aroma.

I am sharing second dry roasted and ground spice mixture. You can use this aromatic mixture in any savoury dish to enhance the flavour and taste. Here is my mother’s recipe for aromatic bhaja moshla.

Recipe

Green cardamom – 8

Cloves – 6

Bay leaf – 1, small

Cinnamon – a small stick

Dry red chilli – 2

Cumin seeds – 2 tablespoon

Coriander seeds – 2 tablespoon

Method

Combine all the spices.
Lightly dry roast on low flame. Stir continuously.

Dry roast till the spices gives out roasted aroma.
Immediately transfer the spices on a plate and let it cool down.

Now grind all the spices. Make a fine powder.
Store in a airtight jar.

Notes

1. If you want your spice powder more hot use 3 – 4 dry red chilli.

2. If you don’t want to use red chilli you can use pepper corn.

3. Or if you like you can omit chilli and make it only aromatic not hot.

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Chhanar Jilipi Or Paneer/Cottage Cheese 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.
Get the pantua recipe here.

Posting after a long time. Last time participated in 124th Foodiemonday bloghop on 25th December. And now bloghop time again. This week’s 133rd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Holi on my platter.
Sharing a delicious sweet of Bengal, chhanar jilipi.

I never forget to taste this delicacy in my Kolkata visit. But now I don’t have to wait for Kolkata visit. Tried to make it at home. And believe me its very easy.

Now coming to the recipe. You need only few ingredients and homemade fresh paneer or cottage cheese made of full cream milk to make this delicious dish.

Recipe

Milk – 4 cup

Curd – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Refined flour or maida – 2 tablespoon

Semolina or suji – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 3 tablespoon

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Saffron or kesar – few strands

Sugar – 1 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Oil or ghee/clarified butter for deep frying

Chopped pistachio to garnish

 

Method

Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil add 4 tablespoon curd. Stir the milk. It will be curdle. If require add 1 tablespoon curd more.

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. I have got 1 cup cottage cheese. You can use store bought crumbled cottage cheese or malai paneer. But better to use home made fresh cottage cheese.

Soak 2 tablespoon suji or semolina and few strands of Saffron in 3 tablespoon warm milk.

For sugar syrup mix sugar, water, 1 teaspoon cardamom powder and few strands of saffron in a pan and boil on low flame for 5 – 8 minutes or until the syrup becomes 1 string consistency.

Knead the paneer and make a lump free dough.

Add milk powder, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, maida or refined flour and soaked suji or semolina and saffron.

Knead till it becomes a smooth dough.
Make small balls out of the dough. I have made 18 small balls. You can make 15 – 16 bigger size balls.

Take a ball and make a long rope.
Now wind it like a coil.
Make all the balls like this.

Heat sufficient oil or ghee/clarified butter in a pan. Fry the jalebis on medium heat.

And dip them in the sugar syrup immediately.
Soak them in sugar syrup for 2 hours.

After 2 hours boil it again and let it soak for 1 hour more.

Garnish with chopped pistachio. Serve hot or cold. It will be yummy in both ways.

Note

You can store these jalebi in refrigerator. Microwave before serving if you like hot paneer jalebi.

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