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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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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Chocolate Cardamom Fudge Or Barfi

Wishing everyone a very happy new year. Have a great year ahead.
357th post and my first post of the year.
Thanks a lot to all my readers for your  encouragement, love and support.
First day of the year so sharing a mouthwatering sweet recipe. Chocolate cardamom fudge or barfi.
One sweet with two different flavour and taste. One half is rose and cardamom and other half is full of chocolate flavour. Interesting isn’t it 😊

You may like some more fudge or barfi recipes on this blog.

Chocolate burfi or fudge

Apple coconut fudge

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge

Date walnut fudge

This chocolate cardamom fudge is very easy to make and perfect for your parties or get together. Or make it to satisfy your sweet carving. Homemade is always best.
I have used homemade khoya and paneer. You can use store bought. Just grate before using.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 cup, crumbled

Khoya or dried milk – 1 cup

Sugar – 3/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose essence or rose water – 2 drop

Cocoa powder – 1 tablespoon

Pistachios to garnish

Ghee to greasing the plate

Method

1. Grease a plate with ghee or butter and keep aside.

2. Blend khoya and paneer in a blender. Get the khoya paneer recipe here.

3. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan and add khoya paneer mixture and sugar.

4. Mix well and cook on low medium flame. Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

5. When the mixture comes together and becomes like a dough remove from heat. Don’t make it too dry.

6. Let the mixture cool down.
Mix well and Knead with hand to make smooth.

7. Make two part of the mixture.
Add cardamom powder and rose essence or rose water onto the half portion. Mix well.

8. Add Cocoa powder into the other half portion and mix well.

9. On the greased plate spread cardamom and rose essence mixed mixture. Make a layer with a spatula or your hand.

10. Now spread Cocoa powder mixed mixture over it. Press gently with a spatula or your hand.

11. Sprinkle sliced pistachio over it.
Keep the plate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

12. Cut into your desired shape and serve.
Or store in refrigerator for later use.

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Eggless Gluten Free Fruit Cake / Dairy Free Cake

Merry Christmas to all my readers in advance. May your Christmas season be filled with joy and light!

Eggless gluten free fruit cake.
Here is a fruit cake for vegan people. Its also gluten free. Made of Soyabean flour and oats and loaded with dry fruits. Dry fruits are not rum soaked. You don’t need to soak the dry fruits for long periods. Just soak in orange juice for overnight. The cake is spiced with star anise, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Cake is not dense due to Soyabean flour its super soft and moist.

Thanks to Paromita Nath for the spices and orange juice soaked dry fruits idea. Cake taste awesome. Every bite loaded with dry fruits and spices makes the cake aromatic.

I have already shared some more fruit cake recipes on my blog.

Eggless Christmas cake

Diet cake or fruit cake

Sugar free fruit cake with oats

Eggless fruit cake

I have used olive oil in it but you can use butter or any flavourless oil. You can use any flour like APF/maida or whole wheat flour/atta.

Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1 cup + 3 tablespoon

Oats – 1/2 cup

Oil or butter – 1/2 cup

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup ( room temperature)

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Orange juice – 3/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar- 1 cup ( powdered)

Sugar- 3 teaspoon

Water – 1/4 cup

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

Pistachios – 1/4 cup, chopped

Walnut – 1/4 cup, chopped

Dates – 1/4 cup, chopped

Star anise – 1

Green cardamom – 2

Cloves – 2

Cinnamon – a small piece

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Some chopped cherry, sliced almonds, pistachio, cashew nuts and walnut for garnishing

Method

1. Chop the dry fruits into small pieces.
And soak in orange juice for 6 – 8 hours or overnight.

2. Preheat the oven at 180°.

3. Grease a cake pan with oil or butter. Dust with little Soyabean flour and keep aside.

4. Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice with coconut milk and keep aside. Milk should be at room temperature.

5. Take a pan and heat it, spread 3 teaspoon sugar in the center, reduce flame to low. Don’t touch the pan or stir sugar.

6. When all the sugar has completely melted and become brown remove from flame.

7. Add 1/4 cup water and let it boil again. When it starts to boil immediately pour it into the soaked dry fruits. Mix well.

8. Dry roast star anise, cardamom and cloves. Let them cool down.

9. Grind altogether. Add oats and grind again. Make fine powder.

10. Sieve Soyabean flour, baking powder and soda. See notes for more flour options.

11. Drain out the orange juice from soaked dry fruits in a large bowl.

12. Mix 3 tablespoon flour in the dry fruits to avoid sinking at the bottom.

13. Mix lemon juice mixed coconut milk, oil or butter and powdered sugar with drained orange juice from dry fruits. Whisk well.

14. Add vanilla essence, lemon zest and orange zest. Whisk again.

15. Now add star anise, cardamom and cinnamon mixed oats powder mix and add Soyabean flour, baking powder and soda. Milk well.

16. Fold in the dry fruits.

17. If you are using bundit pan spread chopped dry fruits and cherry in bottom and pour the batter over it. Or if using loaf or any other pan first pour the batter in greased and flour dusted pan then spread the dry fruits over it.

18. Tap the pan gently to remove air bubbles.

19. bake in the preheated oven at 170° for 35 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle to check.

20. let the cake cool down completely before slicing. Cake will be super soft and moist so slice carefully.

Notes

1. You can use APF/ maida or whole wheat flour/atta instead of Soyabean flour and oats. Specially if you want your cake dense. Or make a combination of flour of your choice.
2. You can use apricot, figs or any dry fruits you have in your pantry.

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Gluten Free Rose Flavoured Nankhatai Or Shortbread Cookies

Gluten free rose flavoured nankhatai or shortbread cookies.
Mouth melting delicious cookies with Pearl millet or Bajra flour, almond, pistachio and chickpea flour or besan and flavoured with cardamom and rose water.

Nankhatai are shortbread biscuits popular in India and Pakistan. The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and Khatai from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit.

You may like some more nankhatai recipes here.
1. Orange crinkle cookies or nankhatai

2. Nankhatai

And bajra or pearl millet cookies recipes

1. Cashew almond honey cookies

2. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

This week’s our 175 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Christmas special. And my humble contribution is this easy to make, delicious, mouth melting and healthy nankhatai.

Nankhatai is all time favourite among kids and adults both. I have added little food colour to make it attractive for festive season. But its completely optional. You can skip it. Ground almond and pistachio will enhance the taste of your nankhatai. Serve it on Christmas eve or make it to gift your friends. You can use refined flour or maida instead of pearl millet if you want.

Recipe

Pearl millet or Bajra flour -1 cup

Gram flour/chickpea flour or besan – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Clarified butter or ghee – 3/4 + 2 tablespoon, melted

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Pistachios – 2 tablespoon

Red food colour – a pinch, optional

Shredded pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease or line a baking tray.

3. Grind the almonds and pistachio.

4. In a bowl sieve pearl millet or bajra flour, besan or chickpea flour, baking powder and soda.

5. Cream ghee or clarified butter and powdered sugar. Add rose water and whisk well.

6. Now add flour mixture, ground almond and pistachio and cardamom powder. Make a smooth dough.

7. Make small balls and arrange on baking tray. Place the balls 1 inch apart.

8. Place one pistachio piece on every balls. Press gently with your finger. You can place almond or cashew instead of pistachio.

9. Bake in preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until the edges becomes light brown and cracks appear on the cookies.

10. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.
Cookies will soft when hot and become crisp after cooling.

Serve with tea, coffee, milk or store in airtight container for later use.

Stay tuned for one more gluten free treat.

Notes
1. You can use refined or whole wheat flour instead of pearl millet.
2. If you like crisp cookies use 3/4 cup ghee and 2 tablespoon milk in the dough. Ghee or clarified butter will make your cookies mouth melting.

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Gulab Jamun

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.

No idea about why it called gulab jamun. Perhaps for rose flavour sugar syrup. Gulab is rose and jamun is round shaped Asian fruit black plum. What’s in a name. It tastes heavenly.

According to Wikipedia Gulab jamun are a milk-solid-based South Asian sweet, originating in the Indian subcontinent, notably popular in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as Myanmar.

Making of gulab jamun is so easy. Just mix milk solid and little cottage cheese with refined flour or semolina make small balls and deep fry. Then soak in flavoured sugar syrup. Refined flour or maida and semolina is used for binding. Sometimes it can be made without cottage cheese or with milk powder.

I am sharing the recipe of my mother. She was an excellent cook and loved to make different types of sweets. I remember those days when we kids entered the kitchen at afternoon attracted by the sweet aroma. Our house smell delicious.

Here is a very simple and easy recipe of our all time favourite gulab jamun.
Our this week’s 154 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #filmyFoodies.
Sharing this recipe inspired by the movie ‘Gulab Jamun’.
Read a news that entire Bachchan family to star in Anurag Kashyap’s film Gulab Jamun. But Abhishek Bachchan said that they are still in early talks regarding filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming production. Let’s wait.
Till then enjoy the Marathi movie gulab jamun and this delicious gulab jamun 😀

I have shared some more fried dessert here. Click on the name below to get the recipe

Pantua

Malpua

Gokul pithe

Its very easy to make. I have used homemade khoya and paneer in it. You can use store bought. If you are using store bought, grate before mixing. But homemade is always best.

Recipe

Khoya or dried milk/milk solid – 1 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Maida or refined flour – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Black Cardamom – 1

Mishri/rock sugar or pistachio – as require

Oil for deep frying

For sugar syrup

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. In a pan heat water and sugar. Add cardamom powder and saffron.

2. Let it boil. When sugar dissolved completely, simmer for 3 – 4 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Add rose water or essence. Mix and keep aside.

4. Take out the seeds of black cardamom. Keep aside.

5. Mix khoya or dried milk, paneer, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder and 2 tablespoon maida or refined flour. Mix well and make a smooth dough. If require add 1 tablespoon more refined flour.

6. Make small balls. Flatten the ball with your palm. Place one black cardamom seed and one mishri/rock sugar or pistachio in the middle. Bring the edges together and make a smooth ball again. There should not be any crack. Make all the balls this way.

7. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok. Fry the balls on low flame. Don’t overcrowd. Stir gently to fry all the sides.

8. Don’t increase the heat. Fry on low flame to fry well from inside.

9. When the balls become golden brown, remove from oil and place on paper towel.

10. Heat the sugar syrup again. Add the fried balls in sugar syrup. When it starts to boil switch off the flame.

11. Keep the balls in sugar syrup for 3 – 4 hours.

12. Serve hot. Before serving boil again or microwave on high power for 1 minute.
Garnish with pistachio.

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Cottage Cheese Or Paneer Stuffed Parwal Mithai Or Pointed Gourd Sweet

Cottage cheese or paneer stuffed parwal mithai or pointed gourd sweet.
Yes sweet again. My last post was a sugar free sweet.
But no its not sugar free. Sugar syrup soaked parwal or pointed gourd stuffed with cardamom flavored paneer/cottage cheese, almond and pistachio mixture. You can imagine the heavenly taste.
I have shared some savoury pointed gourd recipes in this blog.

Pointed gourd with poppy seeds

Stuffed pointed gourd or potol dolma

Pointed gourd with poppy seeds and coconut

And now a sweet one. Contributing this post to 154 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Stuffedveggies theme.

Normally this parwal mithai is stuffed with dried milk or khoya/mawa. But I have used paneer or cottage cheese for stuffing. And taste is better than khoya stuffed parwal mithai. Paneer is easy to digest than khoya.
And this high protein paneer or cottage cheese is a richest source of healthy nutrients.

This sweet is very easy to make. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese for stuffing. You can use store bought, just grate or crumble the paneer before cooking. Food colour is optional. I have used it to get bright green colour.

Recipe

Pointed gourd or parwal – 6

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, crumbled

Milk powder – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 1 cup + 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/4 teaspoon

Baking soda – a small pinch

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Pistachios – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Little green food colour, optional

Saffron and pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Wash the parwal or pointed gourd well. Peel and cut off the tips from both ends.

2. Cut lengthwise from one side. Parwal should be intact from other side.
Scoop out the pulp and seeds.

3. Grind the almonds into a coarse powder.

4. Heat a nonstick pan. Add Paneer or cottage cheese and 1/4 cup sugar.
Cook on low flame till it dried up.

5. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and remove it from heat.
Let it cool down.

6. Mash with hand or blend in mixer grinder to make smooth. I have use my grinder to make it smooth.

7. Add milk powder, ground almond and sliced pistachios. Mix well. Stuffing is ready. Keep it aside.

8. Heat sufficient water in a pan with a small pinch of soda. When it starts to rolling boil add peeled parwal or pointed gourd. Let it boil for 3 – 4 minutes.

9. Switch off the flame.
After 5 minutes drain the water.

10. Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a wok or pan. Add green food colour if using. I have used colour to get bright green colour but you can skip it.

11. Stir and when sugar dissolved add the parwal, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and rose water or essence. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until the parwal changes it’s colour and becomes soft.

12. Let it cool down completely.
If you want more sweet soak the parwal in sugar syrup for 1 hour.

13. Take out the parwal from sugar syrup and place on a plate.
Be careful, parwal shouldn’t be break.

14. Stuff cottage cheese mixture in the sugar syrup soaked parwal.

15. Garnish with saffron and sliced pistachio.

16. Keep in refrigerator to serve chilled. Or you can serve it immediately.
You can keep in refrigerator for 7 – 8 days.
Enjoy….

Note 

If you want you can make the stuffing with khoya/mawa or dried milk. Just replace khoya with paneer. And follow the same method.

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