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 😊

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.

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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…….

Matar Kofta Or Green Peas Dumplings In Gravy 


Matar kofta.

Green peas dumplings in rich tomato based gravy. One more no onion garlic recipe.

Matar or green peas are easily available in this season. And nutritious low calorie green peas are rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant and folic acid.

We use this to make different dishes like nimona etc. And it mix well with all the other vegetables.

You can make delicious stuffing with it for kachodi, paratha etc. Mix it with potato, cauliflower or any other vegetables it makes the taste better.

This post is going to be a part of 74th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme #Peas.

My contribution is this peas or matar kofta. Delicious spicy peas dumplings in rich tangy tomato based gravy. I have made it without onion garlic but you can use onion garlic if you like. I have already shared some no onion garlic recipe earlier.

These peas dumplings with gravy goes well with pulao, paratha, roti or Indian flat bread. Tomato based gravy is flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and mace. And almonds gives the gravy a creamy texture. I didn’t use cream in it but you can use If you like.

Recipe 


For kofta or dumplings 


Grean peas – 1 & 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Cumin – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Hing or asafetida – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon optional

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil for shallow fry or deep fry

Rice flour – 2 tablespoon for binding

For gravy 


Tomato – 3 medium

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2
Almonds – 12

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – a Small stick

Cloves – 3

Mace or javitri – 1 string

salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

 

Method 



Grind the green peas with green chilli and ginger.

Heat 2 tablespoon mustard oil in a nonstick pan. Add cumin seeds and let it crackle, add the hing or asafetida. Now add the ground mixture with salt, sugar and dry spices. Mix and saute till the mixture dried up completely and raw smell goes away.

You can add 1 chopped dry red chilli if you like it hot. I usually add red chilli when I make it for kachodi stuffing. Yes you can use this mixture as a stuffing for kachodi or paratha too.

 

 

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Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Let the mixture cool down. Add 2 tablespoon rice flour and mix well. You can use besan/chickpea flour or corn flour or refined flour/maida too  instead of rice flour. Make small balls out of it.

Fry the balls. I have shallow fried but you can deep fry too. Or use your appe pan to fry it in very little oil.

We don’t have to make them brown just fry them lightly.

Keep the fried balls aside.

For gravy soak the almonds in hot water or microwave with little water for 2 minutes. You can use cashew nuts if you like. Peel and grind with tomatoes, green chilli, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and mace or javitri. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the ground paste. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Add salt and all the dry spices. Mix well. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
If you are using onion and garlic boil 1 chopped onion and 3 – 4 garlic. Grind to make a smooth paste. And fry in oil before adding tomato paste.

Add water to make a thick gravy. When it starts to boil reduce the flame. Cook on low flame for 7 – 8 minutes. Stir occasionally.

You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream at this stage. I didn’t.

Arrange the balls on a serving bowl. Pour the hot gravy over it.

Serve hot with pulao, puri, paratha or roti or Indian flat bread.

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 🙂

Khajur Gur Or Date Palm Jaggery Oats Dry Fruits Cookies 


Khajur gur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies.

A totally guilt free healthy cookie for you and your kids to munch and enjoy the delightful taste. Taste of dry fruits and aroma of date palm jaggery or khajur gur/nolen gur makes the cookies heavenly.

Khajur/Khejur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery derived  from the sap of date palm tree. Which is collected and cooked for long time and then cool to solidify.

Its famous in Bengal. Well known as patali gur used in many desserts in winter like nolen gur rasgulla, sandesh, paesh or kheer and many more. All are lip-smacking dishes.These delicacies makes my Kolkata visit in winter more enjoyable 🙂

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is dried fruits.

I have made many desserts with date palm jaggery but never used it in cookies. Poush Sankranti or Makar Sankranti is around the corner. And we use this Jaggery in all the special delicacies on this auspicious occasion. Every year we make gokul pithe, paesh, patisapta, ranga aloor pithe, muger pithe etc on Maker Sankranti or Poush Parbon. I remember my mom spent whole day to make these delicacies. And for us it was a feasting day.

This time I have used this date palm jaggery in cookies for a change. And loved the aroma and taste. I have used homemade fresh butter in it. Wholewheat flour, oats, dry fruits and jaggery makes the cookies healthy too.

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur is the most nutrient rich variety of raw jaggery. Its loaded with vitamins and minerals and an excellent substitute for sugar. Sugar gives you only sweetness and contains no  nutrients.

Whereas jaggery is healthy and natural sweetener because its processed without any artificial or chemical ingredient. Iron rich jaggery increases hemoglobin level and treats anemia.

Recipe 


Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 & 1/2 cup

Butter – 1/2 cup

Jaggery or gur – 1/3 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Raisins – 1 tablespoon chopped

Cashew nuts – 3 tablespoon broken or chopped in small pieces

Almond – 2 tablespoon broken or chopped in small pieces.

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180°.

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

Sift flour, baking powder, soda and cardamom powder. If you want you can use all purpose flour/maida instead of wholewheat flour/atta.

Mix butter, grated jaggery and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Beat well. If you don’t have date palm jaggery, you can use traditional cane jaggery too.

Add dry ingredients and chopped dry fruits. You can use any dry fruits of your choice. My son love cashew nuts and don’t like raisins much. So I have used less raisins. Add as per your choice.
Make a semi stiff dough. If your dough is not stiff enough to roll keep the dough in refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes covered. Or if you feel its not smooth sprinkle little milk.

Roll It with the help of a rolling pin. Roll out into 1/4″ thick.  Cut with a cookie cutter. Use any shape of cookie cutter of your choice.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 7 – 8 minutes or until the edges becomes light brown. It will be soft in the middle and becomes crisp when cool.

I have turned upside down and bake for 2 – 3 minutes more to bring some colour on other side too.

Let the cookies cool down before serving.

Enjoy the crispy crunchy delicious khajur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery cookies.