Paneer Gajar Halwa Or Cottage Cheese Carrot Pudding

Gajar halwa or carrot pudding with paneer or cottage cheese.
In winter we make gajar halwa or carrot pudding frequently. For gajar halwa we simmer grated carrot with milk till milk thickened and dried up. At the end ghee, dry fruits, khoya will be added with sugar.
But now here is a gajar halwa with little change. I have added paneer or cottage cheese in the halwa with khoya or dried milk. And taste is much better. Try it for a change. I am sure you will love the taste.
I have already shared Sugar free low calorie gajar halwa or diet gajar halwa.

No its not sugar free. Dry fruits, sugar, cardamom, khoya or dried milk and paneer made this halwa mouthwatering.

Recipe

Carrot – 500 gram

Milk – 5 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/2 cup, grated or crumbled

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, crumbled

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Soaked and peeled almond and pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Peel and rinse the carrot. Cut the both ends.

2. Grate in a food processor or manual grater.

3. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan or wok.

4. When milk starts to boil add the grated carrot. Stir well.

5. Cook on simmer and stir constantly to avoid burning at the bottom.

6. When the milk about to dried up add sugar.
Mix and cook on simmer till the milk evaporated.

7. Now add ghee/clarified butter, khoya or dried milk/milk solid, paneer or cottage cheese, cardamom powder, raisins, sliced almond and sliced cashew nuts. I have used homemade khoya and paneer. Get the recipe here.

8. Mix and cook till the mixture dried up completely. Stir constantly.

9. Your halwa is ready. Garnish with pistachio and peeled almond. You can also garnish with fried cashew nuts and raisins.

10. Serve warm or in room temperature. Or you can serve it with vanilla ice cream.
You can keep it in refrigerator for 7 – 8 days. Microwave before serving.
Happy cooking.

Notes

1. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon more ghee if you want.

2. Add any dry fruits of your choice.

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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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Komola Bhog Or Orange Flavoured Rasgulla

Komola bhog or orange flavoured rasgulla.
Komola bhog is a popular sweet of Bengal. Just like rasgulla but slightly larger in size and flavoured with orange. These rasgulla are stuffed with pistachio and orange segment. Stuffing and flavour made these rasgulla super yummy.

I have already shared two different flavoured rasgulla here.

Mango rasgulla

Watermelon rasgulla

You may like some more orange recipes here.

1. Kheer komola or orange kheer

2. Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

3. Orange crinkle cookies or nankhatai

4. Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

5. Sugar free choco orange mousse with malai or milk topping

Sending this post to 178 #Foodiemonday bloghop harvest harmony theme. My contribution is orange flavoured delicious spongy rasgulla or komola bhog for this festive theme.

Recipe is same as white rasgulla but flavoured with orange and slightly larger in size. I have stuffed this rasgulla with pistachio and little orange segment and added saffron and orange juice in the sugar syrup.

Always use large pan to make rasgulla. Because rasgulla expand in the sugar syrup. If you use less sugar syrup or overcrowded in the pan rasgulla will become flat. Rasgulla need space to retain it’s shape. Here is a picture of flat komola bhog because of wrong size pan.

You can skip orange segment stuffing if you want. Stuff only pistachio or you can stuff the cottage cheese or paneer/chhena balls with small misri/rock candy or ilaichi dana/nakul dana. Or you can make it without stuffing too. I sometimes make it just like white rasgulla with orange flavour and colour.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup

Water – 3 cup

Orange juice – 1 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Orange food colour – 1 – 2 drop, optional

Orange essence – 2 – 3 drop + 2 drops for syrup

Orange segment and chopped pistachio for stuffing

Method

Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here to make perfect orange flavoured rasgulla or komola bhog.

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil remove from heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

3. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer. If you boil further after curdling your cottage cheese and rasgulla will be hard.

4. Wash the paneer under running water or dip the cheesecloth in a bowl filled with cold water. Wash the cottage cheese well to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon.

5. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.

6. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

7. Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate. Add food colour if using.

8. Mash with your finger tips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy.

9. Make 5 – 6 small balls. These will become double. If you want large sized komola bhog make 5 balls.

10. Flatten the balls and place little orange segment and pistachio slivers in the middle.
You can omit orange segment if you want.

11. Close the edges and make smooth ball again.

12. There shouldn’t be any crack on the balls.
Press the balls between your fingers and palm tightly to make crack free balls.

13. Make round ball using your both palm. Make all the balls this way.

14. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar, 3 cup water, saffron and 1 cup orange juice. Pan should be large. In small pan balls may be disfigured.

15. When sugar dissolved and it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame from 2 – 3 minutes.

16. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

17. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 2 hours or until completely cool down.

18. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.
Serve chilled or at room temperature. Try out this komola bhog and enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Kheer Komola Or Orange Kheer / Pudding

Kheer komola or orange kheer or pudding.
Kheer komola is a famous dessert of Bengal. Made with thickened milk and orange segment.
But I have made some changes and very happy with the taste. Mixed cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or dried milk in thickened milk before adding orange segment. Khoya and paneer enhance the taste. Try out this heavenly dessert on this orange season.

You may like some more orange recipes on my blog.

Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

Orange crinkle cookies

Orange muffins with chocolate inside

Orange mousse with malai or milk topping

Frozen cooler

Iced green tea with orange

Papaya orange smoothie

Beetroot orange apple smoothie

Muskmelon orange coconut smoothie

Mixed fruit smoothie

Green smoothie

Sending this post to 176 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is fruits and flowers. This week Priya Iyer who blog at The word through my eyes suggested this theme. Check out her blog for the mouthwatering recipes.

We have to use any fruit or edible flower in our recipe. Interesting isn’t it? Thanks Priya, loved the theme. I am sharing this delicious kheer komola or orange kheer with orange and saffron.

Usually kheer komola made with thickened milk but I have used cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or dried milk in it. Few days ago saw a post from Rita Ghosh. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you can remember her. Rita gave two awesome recipes as guest post on this blog.
Kasundi

Kheer kadam.

In a phone call she mentioned that she used khoya, paneer and milk powder in kheer komola. And for more orange flavour added thickened orange juice at the end. Loved her idea and tried. Taste is really amazing. I have skipped milk powder and orange juice. But used khoya paneer both. But if you want you can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk powder. In that case reduce the amount of sugar. Now I will always add these two ingredients in kheer komola or orange pudding. Thanks Rita Ghosh for the recipe idea.

Recipe

Milk – 7 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Orange – 3

Saffron – a pinch

Khoya or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Chopped pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil, add saffron and reduce the heat.

2. Simmer till the milk changes it’s colour and becomes thick. Stir occasionally.

3. Add sugar and mix well.
Now add mashed khoya or dried milk and mix. Mixture will become thick.

4. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth. Get the khoya and paneer recipes here.

5. Switch off the heat and let the milk cool down.

6. Add mashed paneer or cottage cheese and mix well.

7. Again cook on low heat. Don’t increase the heat. When milk starts to boil remove from heat and keep aside.

8. Peel the oranges. Take out the orange segment by removing outer transparent skin. Remove the seeds.

9. When the milk completely cool down add the orange segments. If you want you can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or orange essence or thickened orange juice. See notes for how to add orange juice.

10. Garnish with chopped pistachio. Serve room temperature or keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes and serve chilled.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts, raisins, almond or any dry fruits can be added in it.
2. After adding cottage cheese or paneer don’t increase the heat. Cook on low flame.
3. You can use one more orange if you want.
4. If you want to add orange juice as Rita Ghosh mentioned, cook the orange juice to thickened and add at the end.

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Sugar Free Low Calorie Gajar Halwa / Diet Gajar Halwa

Sugar free gajar halwa or diet gajar halwa or low calorie halwa.
Winter means season of gajar ka halwa or carrot pudding. In India gajar ka halwa is a famous and most popular dessert during winter.

Normally gajar ka halwa made with full cream milk, lots of ghee or clarified butter, khoya or dried milk and fry fruits. Grated carrots cooked with full cream milk till dried up. Then cooked again with lots of ghee and khoya. Yes this halwa must be mouthwatering. But what about diabetic and diet conscious people?
So here is a gajar halwa recipe for diet conscious people.

Its made with toned milk and sweetened with dates and raisins. I have added khoya or dried milk in it which is also made of toned milk. Get the homemade khoya recipe here.

I have used only 1/2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter for flavour. You can omit it or add more ghee for taste. Choice is yours.

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.
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
Source

Enjoy this winter delicacy but diabetic patients should eat once in a day. Its necessary to eat a balanced diet and just moderate your intake.
You have to make it in a similar way of normal gajar halwa. Just replace sugar with dates and raisins. And use low fat or toned milk to make it. Believe me taste is too good just like with sugar gajar halwa. And its low calorie. So enjoy this gajar halwa without any guilt.

Recipe

Gajar or carrot – 1/2 kg

Toned milk – 3 cup

Dates – 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoon, finely chopped

Raisins – 3 tablespoon

Dry roasted almonds – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Khoya or dried milk – 1/3 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, optional

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Fried cashews and sliced almonds to garnish

Method

1. Wash, peel and grate the carrots. Clean and soak the raisins in little water.

2. Mix milk, chopped dates and grated carrots in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan or wok.

3. Cook till milk reduces to half. Stir occasionally.

4. Add raisins and cook till the halwa dried up.

5. Now add ghee, khoya or dried milk, and dry roasted and sliced almonds. Get the recipe of khoya here.
You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon or more ghee if you want. I have added only half teaspoon for flavour. Or you can skip ghee of you are on a restricted diet.

6. Fry the mixture well till dried up completely and colour changed. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

7. Garnish with almond slices and fried cashew nuts.

8. Serve hot or cold. Or keep in refrigerator for later. You can refrigerate it for 8 – 10 days.

Happy cooking. Be healthy be happy 😊

Notes

1. You can use full cream milk if you like.

2. Add any dry fruits of your choice.

3. If you don’t have khoya or dried milk, skip it and increase the amount of milk.

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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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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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