Collection Of Sweets

Festival of light Diwali is around the corner.
On this auspicious occasion,
May joy, prosperity, and happiness
Illuminate your life and your home.
Wishing all my readers a very Happy Diwali in advance.

According to Wikipedia
Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”.

We serve different delicacies in this festive season to our guests. This Diwali you can serve your guests some delicious homemade sweet or desserts.
Here is a collection of sweets from my archive. Some different flavoured sandesh and rasgulla along with other delicacies. Hope you will like them.

1. Paneer stuffed parwal mithai

Cottage cheese or paneer stuffed parwal mithai or pointed gourd sweet. Sugar syrup soaked parwal or pointed gourd stuffed with cardamom flavored paneer/cottage cheese, almond and pistachio mixture. You can imagine the heavenly taste.

2. Watermelon rasgulla

Rasgulla is a dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup. And I have used watermelon juice instead of sugar syrup to make these rasgulla.

3. Coconut sweet

Sometimes we don’t want to eat or serve store bought sweets. Everyone prefer home made sweets. Because its more healthy and you make it with love so more yummy too.
Here is a delicious and easy to make coconut sweet.
Highly nutritious coconut is packed with vitamins and minerals.

4. Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak

A very delicious melt in mouth modak. Chocolate and Gulkand are a great combo. Two different taste and flavour made these modak superbly delicious.

5. Cherry pineapple kesari

A delicious aromatic pineapple and saffron flavoured halwa. Hint of cherry made this dessert more yummy.

6. 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.

6. Gulab jamun

Gulab jamun is a most popular dessert of India. Its a deep fried milk solid dumpling soaked in rose, cardamom and saffron flavourd sugar syrup.

7. Aam or mango rasgulla

Rasgulla is a popular dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup. And I flavoured it with mango. Mango flavour made these rasgulla more delicious.

8. Rasgulla with tips and tricks

A popular dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup.

9. 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.

10. Chhanar jilipi or paneer 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.

11. Chhena poda or baked cottage cheese

Its a very delicious baked dessert, made of fresh cottage cheese or chhena/paneer sugar, cardamom, cashew nuts and raisins. Flavour of cardamom and caramelised sugar made this dessert heavenly.

12. Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur /nolen gur/patali gur is a winter delicacy and mainly produced in Bengal.

13. Chocolate sandesh

A very simple recipe yet delicious. You will love the chocolaty taste. I have used choco chips over it, if you don’t have choco chips you can use pistachio to make your sandesh beautiful.

14. Coconut pomegranate sandesh

A delicious and soft dessert to celebrate this festival. Made with cottage cheese, coconut and pomegranate juice.

15. Pantua

A delicious melt in mouth dessert. In North India gulab jamun is very famous and its looks like gulab jamun right? But its not gulab jamun. Gulab jamun is made of khoya or milk solid and pantua is made of paneer or cottage cheese.

16. Kheer kadam

Kheer Kadam or Kheer kodombo or Kheerkodom is an exotic sweet of Bengal made of mini rasgullas, mashed sweetened and flavoured khoya and roasted poppy seeds.

17. Chocolate burfi or fudge

You don’t need much ingredients to make it. You need only khoya/mawa or dried milk, milk powder, sugar, vanilla essence and dark chocolate. Easy isn’t it 😊

18. Gulkand stuffed laddu

Gulkand stuffed khoya or mawa paneer laddu.
I have used homemade mawa or khoya and paneer in it. These delicious and melt in mouth laddus are very easy to make.

19. Paan sandesh

Paan sandesh or betel leaf flavoured sandesh.
A very delicious paan or betel leaf flavoured Bengali sweet made of cottage cheese or paneer.

20. Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin or agar agar and moulded. Literally meaning of panna cotta is cooked or thickened cream. And this Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta is a fusion recipe. You can taste panna cotta in Bengali sandesh.

21. 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.

22. Misti doi

Misti doi or caramel flavoured sweet yogurt.
Misti doi is very common dessert in Bengal.
Authentically its made of thickened sweet milk and caramel. And allowing the milk to ferment overnight.

23. Watermelon sandesh

Sandesh is a most popular and delicious dessert of Bengal made with chhena or cottage cheese and sugar or date palm jaggery.
Sandesh can be made with different flavours. Here is a very easy recipe with watermelon.

24. Moong dal burfi or fudge

Moong dal burfi or split green gram fudge.
A very delicious and easy to make sweet for this special accession.

25. Chocolate vanilla fudge or burfi

This time try this easy and super delicious sweet for the festival. You don’t need any fancy ingredients for it. Only milk, little sugar, milk powder, vanilla essence and cocoa powder. Simple isn’t it? Surprise your guests with this super yummy homemade sweets.

26. Chocolate coconut sandesh

A sweet made of soft and smooth coconut mixture and crisp chocolate. Spread happiness with this delicious and easy to make sweet recipe.

27. Dry fruit modak

You can make it in 5 minutes if you have the ingredients ready. Very easy, quick and yummy sweet. Try out this modak shaped delicious sweet for the festival.

28. Apple coconut fudge or burfi

A very delicious and flavourful sweet. On this auspicious occasion try out this easy to make and yummy fudge or barfi.

29. Malpua

Its basically a deep fried pancake. These are fried till the edges becomes crisp then soaked in sugar syrup and garnished with pistachios and served warm with rabri or thickened milk.

26. Kesar pista sandesh

Kesar/saffron pista/pistachio sandesh is very easy and quick to make. You don’t need long hours to prepare it. Very few ingredients and only 2 minutes. Interesting isn’t it 🙂

27. 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.

28. Mango sandesh

Very easy to make. Only few ingredients with mango makes a delicious sweet.
You need only cottage cheese, reduced milk, mango pulp, sugar and little cardamom powder.

29. Choco coco delight

Mixed flavour of chocolate, cardamom and coconut made this sweet delish. Try and enjoy the heavenly taste.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. Coconut laddu or narkol nadu

A traditional and popular sweet of Bengal. The popularity of this laddu due to its very easy and quick preparation. It needs only 3 ingredients grated fresh coconut, sugar and milk.

33. Orange flavoured steamed or bhapa sandesh

Its an all time favourite traditional sweet dish of Bengal. Mouthwatering but very easy to make.

34. Cake sandesh

This sandesh is a very delicious soft sweet with the aroma of cardamom and chocolate.

35. Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

Chocolate flavoured Sandesh filled with chocolate sauce.

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Cherry Pineapple Kesari

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Cherry pineapple kesari.
A delicious aromatic pineapple and saffron flavoured halwa. Hint of cherry made this dessert more yummy.
Pineapple and cherry both are sweet so you don’t need much sugar to make it. I have used cherry, pineapple and dry fruits. You can add mango or any other fruit in it.
This beautiful and delicious kesari is a perfect dessert for festival. Saffron and little orange colour made this dish gorgeous. Isn’t it 😊

This easy to make yet delicious kesari is a famous dessert of South India.
Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner. So this week our #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Ganesh Chaturthi recipe. My humble contribution is this cherry pineapple kesari.
Ghee or clarified butter enhance the taste and flavour. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon more ghee if you like. I have used little orange colour to make the dish attractive. But its optional, you can also make it without colour. And you can use milk instead of water or use half water half milk to make it.

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/3 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon or 12 – 13

Raisins – 1 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Pineapple – 1/2 cup, small pieces

Cherry – 1/4 cup, chopped

Pineapple essence – 2 drop, optional

Orange food colour – little, optional

Method

1. Chop the pineapple and cherry in small pieces.

2. Heat water and sugar in a pan. Add saffron and stir. Let the sugar dissolve completely. Add little orange food colour and pineapple essence if you are using. Mix well.

3. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom pan.

4. Fry the cashew till light brown and keep aside.

5. Now fry the raisins. When the raisins puffed up immediately remove from ghee.

6. In the same pan add suji/rawa or semolina. Stir and fry on low flame.

7. Fry till the semolina becomes fragrant. Don’t make it brown.

8. Add chopped pineapple and cherry. Mix well.

9. Add hot saffron mixed sugar syrup. Stir continuously to avoid lump. Add the syrup slowly and carefully. It may splutter.

10. Cook on low flame till rawa/semolina or suji absorbed all the water.

11. Add fried cashew and raisins. Reserve some for garnishing. Remove from heat.

12. Add cardamom powder and mix well. You can add a dollop of ghee. See notes.
Garnish with cherry, fried cashew and raisins. Serve hot.

Notes

1. You can use mango or any other fruit to make your kesari.

2. Ghee or clarified butter enhance the taste and flavour so you can add 1 – 2 tablespoon ghee at the end if you like.

3. You can use milk instead of water or use half water and half milk.

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Eggless Coconut Mawa Cake 


Eggless coconut mawa/khoya cake. A colourful, delicious, rich and flavourful cake for the festival time. May your life becomes colourful with love, prosperity, happiness, joy and success. 

A cake made with shredded coconut and mawa/khoya or dried milk. 

Its festival time in India. We love to make different kinds of sweets in these days. Sweets with paneer/cottage cheese, mawa/khoya or dried milk, coconut, cream etc. We also use different flours to  make the sweets. Like atta/ wholewheat flour, besan/chickpea flour.

Today I am here with same ingredients but not laddu, peda, sandesh or barfi. Why not make a cake with the same ingredients we used to make sweets. Yes a cake with coconut, dried milk, milk topping or malai, flour and flavoured with cardamom and cinnamon. 

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #coconut. There were too many recipes in my mind with coconut. Sweet and savory. But wanted to make something different for this event so here is a delicious colourful cake. 

I have used some colour in the cake. Made a tie and dye cake.  But if you want to make this for kids you can omit the colours. Make a simple cake without using colours. You can use tutti fruity, chocochips or any dry fruits of your choice in the cake.
 You can use any flavour of your choice. Even chocolate too, to make it kid’s favourite. I have used atta or wholewheat flour but you can use all purpose flour/maida too. Or use 1 cup wholewheat flour and 1/2 cup all purpose flour/maida. Or use half flour half semolina or suji. There are lots of options to make this mawa/khoya coconut cake. 

Recipe 


Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 & 1/2 cup ( you can use all purpose flour/maida too) 

Shredded coconut – 3/4 cup tightly packed 

Mawa or khoya/reduced milk – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon 
Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon 

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon 

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Milk – 1/2 cup + 2 teaspoon 

Vinegar – 1 teaspoon 

Oil – 1/4 cup 

Malai/milk topping or cream – 1/4 cup

Food colours of your choice

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180°.

Sieve flour, baking powder, soda, cardamom powder and cinnamon powder. 

I have used wholewheat flour or atta but you can use all purpose flour/maida too. 

In a large bowl mix oil, powdered sugar, cream or malai/milk topping, milk and vinegar. Mix well. Beat till the sugar dissolves. Add mawa/khoya or dried milk. Mix well and add the dry ingredients gradually. Then add the shredded coconut. You can use little more milk if require. 

You can bake it now without adding colour if you want. If you are using colours divide the batter in different bowls. I have 4 colours so I have used 4 bowls. 

Add the colours in the bowls. Mix well. Take separate spoons for every bowl. Take a greased cake tin.

Place one spoonful batter of one colour in the middle. Use all the colours one by one. Until all the batter used. Tap the cake tin gently. Make Criss cross with a knife or fork to make design. 

You can make the cake without using colours. Add tutti fruity, chocochips or any dry fruits of your choice. 

Bake at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes. Or until the toothpick comes out clean. Every oven take different time. Check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean its ready. 

Let the cake cool down. Take a picture. Slice and enjoy with tea or coffee 🙂