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 😊

Watermelon Muffins 


Eggless watermelon muffins 

These days unable to post any baking recipes. I was out of town for a long time. Now at home but I have to go again for a family function. Before that I want to experiment with watermelon. A juicy delicious fruit of summer. Don’t you love it? Already posted many recipes with watermelon and I have one more to share 😀

Baking is my stress buster. I always bake to refresh my mood. Love the aroma of baking. 

So here is the soft and yummy watermelon muffins. 

I love lemon flavour with watermelon. I have used 1/4 teaspoon Lemon zest but if you like strong flavour add 1/2 teaspoon zest. 
I have used rice barn oil, you can use olive oil or any flavourless white oil or butter. If you don’t have muffins moulds you can make it in any cake tin. 

Recipe 


Refined flour or maida – 1 cup 

Milk powder – 1/4 cup 

Powered sugar – 1/2 cup 

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon 

Watermelon juice – 1/2 cup 

Vanilla – 1/2 teaspoon 

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon 

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon 

Oil – 1/4 cup 

Choco chips – 1/4 cup
Red food colour – as require, optional 

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180°.

Grease the muffins tray or cupcake moulds. 

Sieve refined flour, baking powder, soda and milk powder. Mix well and keep aside. 

In a large bowl add powered sugar, oil, watermelon juice and lemon juice. Beat until sugar dissolve completely. 

Add vanilla and lemon zest. You can add 1/2  teaspoon lemon zest if you like strong flavour of lemon. Mix well. 

Now add all the dry ingredients. Mix well to make a lump free smooth batter. Add colour and mix well. 

Fold the choco chips in the batter. 

Fill the moulds 3/4 with the batter. If you don’t have muffins moulds you can make it in any cake tin.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 20 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. 

Let it cool down. 

Serve with tea, coffee or juice. Or satisfy your sudden hunger pangs. 

Enjoy……..

I would love to hear from you. Please leave some words if you like the recipe 😊

Orange Grapes Frozen Cooler With Lemon And Mint 

Orange grapes frozen cooler with lemon and mint.

A very refreshing and delicious cooler to beat the heat. You can serve it as a dessert too. 

I have used fresh orange juice  grapes, lemon and fresh mint in it. 

A drink or dessert for this scorching hot weather. Serve it to your kids instead of fruits. I am sure they will love it.

Oranges are easily available and one of the most popular fruits in the world. Oranges are excellent source of nutrients but low in calories. And oranges are well known for vitamin C and significant antioxidant properties.

They not only promote healthy skin, also can help to prevent from many diseases.

And the queen of fruits grapes are known for numerous health benefits. Many studies proved that grapes can protect us from heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

You can get some more cooler or mocktail recipes here. 
Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloevera 
Kiwi ginger lime cooler 
 Thandai flavoured fruit punch or mocktail 
Virgin mojito 

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is frozen cooler. And my contribution is this fruity frozen cooler.

A chilled drink with all the goodness of fruits. You don’t need to add sugar in it. Just enjoy the natural sweetness of fruits. A dash of pink or black salt and lemon juice makes the drink super delicious.

I have used fresh orange juice but you can make it with canned juice too. 

Recipe 


Orange juice – 2 cup frozen 

Grapes – 1 cup 

Lemon juice – 4 teaspoon 

Pink salt or black salt – 1/2 teaspoon 

Mint – few leaves 

Lemon wedge and mint leaves for garnishing 

Method 


I have frozen fresh orange juice but you can use canned juice too. Keep the juice in freezer till set. 

Combine frozen orange juice, grapes, salt, mint leaves and lemon juice in a blender. 

Blend until smooth. 

Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice according to your taste. I have used 1 lemon and 6 – 7 mint leaves. You can reduce or increase as per your taste. 

You can use any fruits of your choice instead of grapes. 

Pour the mixture into a glass. 

Garnish with lemon wedges and mint leaves. 
Serve chilled. 

Enjoy the healthy and super yummy fruity frozen cooler as a drink or dessert 😊

Misti Doi Parfait 

Happy holi to everyone. May the colours of happiness fulfill your life.

Colourful parfait for the festival of colours.
Holi is a spring festival. Also called festival of colours or festival of love. This festival signifies the end of winter and the arrival of spring.

Its a day to meet others. A festival to forget and forgive, play with colours and enjoy. Holi is also celebrated as Thanksgiving for a good harvest.

Yes its a day all about colours and to enjoy delicious snacks and drinks.

So our this week’s 83rd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Holi. And I am sharing this delicious and colorful parfait.

I have this misti doi or caramel flavoured yoghurt. Which is very common in west Bengal. If you don’t have it use powered sugar mixed yogurt with any flavour of your choice. You can use any fruits in it. I have used mixed fruit jam but you can use strawberry crush or any other jam of your choice.


Recipe 


Misti doi or caramel flavored yogurt

Pomegranate seeds

Oreo or any chocolate cookies – 8

Jam or strawberry crush


Method 


Grind 7 cookies into a coarse powder.

Take a glass. You can use any short or long glass or wine glasses.

You don’t need to exact measure. I love the taste of misti doi or caramel flavoured yogurt so I have made a thick layer of it.

Spread 1-2 tablespoon pomegranate seeds in the bottom. Make a layer of crushed cookies on it. Press with spoon.

Place 2-3 tablespoon misti doi or caramel flavoured yogurt over it. If you don’t have misti doi mix powered sugar and any flavour in yogurt.

Then spread a layer of jam or strawberry crush.

Spread another layer of crushed cookies and at last spread pomegranate seeds.

Place a cookie in the middle.

Serve chilled.

Enjoy the colourful parfait on this festival of colours 🙂

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…….

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 🙂

Eggless Fruit Cake Or Christmas Cake 

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your life be filled with joy and happiness!

Egg less fruit cake. Super soft, moist, flavourful and  loaded with dry fruits. No, not rum soaked its caramel soaked dry fruits cake or Christmas cake. 

Very easy to make, no fuss and aromatic cake for this special accession. 

And a delicious cake for vegetarian people.

I have already shared wholewheat flour eggless fruit cake.

 The recipe is same with little changes. 

You will love the texture, taste and aroma of this cake.

Recipe 


All purpose flour/maida – 1 & 1/4 cup 

Oil or butter  – 1/2 cup 

Curd – 1/2 cup 

Milk- 1/4 cup ( room temperature)
Vinegar –  1 tablespoon 

Flax seed- 2 tablespoon ( dry roasted and powdered) 

Orange zest- 1 teaspoon 

Baking powder- 1/2 teaspoon 

Baking soda- 1/2 teaspoon 

Sugar- 1 cup ( powdered) 

Sugar- 3 teaspoon 

Cashew nuts – 1/4 heaped cup, chopped or broken into small pieces 

Almond – 1/4 cup chopped or broken into small pieces 

Raisins – 1/4 cup chopped 

Tutti fruity – 1/4 cup

Candied cherry – 1/4 cup chopped 

Garam masala powder- 1/2 teaspoon (optional) 

Cumin powder- a pinch 

Nutmeg powder- a pinch 

Vanilla essence- 1 teaspoon 

Boiling water- 1/2 cup

Some cherry and sliced almonds for spreading over the cake. 

Method 


Take a pan and heat it, put 3 tsp sugar in the center, reduce flame to low. Don’t touch the pan or stir sugar. When all the sugar has completely melted pour the boiling water into it and switch off the flame. Mix the sugar and water well bring it back to boil and put all the dry fruits in it. Boil it for 5 – 6 minutes. Let it cool down. 

Keep 3 tablespoon flour aside and in the rest of the flour add baking powder, soda, spice powder and flax seed powder. 

Mix vinegar to the milk and keep aside. 

Beat the oil and sugar, add vanilla. Add curd, vinegar mixed milk. Fold in the flour mixture to it.

Add 3 tbsp flour to the soaked dry fruits.

Mix orange zest. Add the dry fruits in the batter and fold gently. Add remaining caramelized sugar water in it. 

Pour the batter into the greased baking pan and level the top. Tap the pan gently. Spread some sliced almonds and candied cherry. 

Bake in a preheated oven at 180° for 40-50 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean. 

Slice it when completely cool.