Desiccated Coconut and Mango Ladoo

A beautiful ladoo, that’s loaded with the fresh flavor of desiccated coconut and mango. The two flavor come together so well , that I bet no one can resist having more than one ! They are loved by kids and adults alike. The grand fiesta of the 10 day long Ganesh festival is going to end today , with Ganesh Visarjan. There will be lots of processions , dancing , music and the quintessential Dhol Tashe with it. The celebrations today won’t be complete without some sweets. So today made these soft , fudgy and full of flavor, Desiccated coconut…

Shankarpale – Sweet Snack

Shankarpale is a traditional Maharashtrian snack that has a perfect hint of sweetness to it . It is generally prepared on the festival of Diwali . But a snack like this, doesn’t really need a festival to be around . Shankarpale are an absolute hit with the kids ! Shankarpale are mildly sweet snack , perfectly crisp with melt-in-the-mouth texture. In Marathi this texture is called “khuskhusheet “. No wonder kids love it! With the festival of Ganapati in full swing , the festive food just keeps coming , with the Modaks being the star of the festival. We do…

Chawal ki Kheer – Indian Rice Pudding

Chawal ki kheer is an Indian Dessert preparation made with Rice cooked in milk .This is a mildly sweet dish , flavored with green cardamom . It is a very common preparation made in all Indian households , with slight variations ,of course. An easy to prepare one-pot dessert , that is a must try for everyone. We Indians love our festivals , and we do know how to celebrate each and every one differently , but in style. Once again , its that time of the year. The festivities are just about to begin. A lot of sweets and…

Paan Shots

The traditional Indian aftermint made with betel leaves , gulkand ( rose petal jam ) and fennel seeds , just got a makeover ! These Paan shots have the same all-time-favorite Paan flavor ,paired with the richness of ice cream. They are just delish. There are always certain tradition in every family , mine was no different. After a heavy meal on occasions like Ganesh Chaturthi , Mahalaxmi puja , Diwali or Dashehra , my Dad used to get sweet Paan for everyone present. And we kids used to get a teeny – tiny part of it to taste. Even…

Soya Chunks Veggie Pulav

A fragrant rice preparation , loaded with Soya chunks and veggies ! Perfect for weeknight dinners or a quick lunch. Just team it up with some curd , raita and some chutney or mango pickle . It is one healthy , nutritious , filling and tasty bowl of rice. For most of us living a modern Indian lifestyle , weekdays are the most difficult. Its easy to give in to packaged ready-to-eat stuff , just to reduce the stress of weeknight dinners. Recipes like pulav and khichdi are on the top of our weeknight chartbusters , right? Moreover if you…

Dry fruits and Kesar Srikhand

Srikhand is a traditional Indian dessert recipe . Its a perfect amalgamation of yogurt and sugar , lightly flavored with nutmeg and topped with kesar and dry fruits. Srikhand can be served with hot poori or as a stand alone dessert. It’s a treat , not to be missed! At this time of the year , when everyone is going gaga about the soaring temperatures and the heat , we tend to crave these cold modern desserts like icecream , smoothies, jellies and so on . The age old Indian desserts don’t even come to our mind. But today ,suddenly…

Mango Soft Serve

My family ( hubby’s side) is one of the biggest mango lovers I’ve ever known. They enjoy , every mango out there, be it any type, to the same extent. AAMRAS is a permanent accompaniment with every meal that we have throughout the mango season. Even people visiting us during summer vacations, go through all the trouble to get Mango Petis( Wooden boxes having anywhere around 4 to 6 dozen mangoes) for us. And we do the same , ofcourse if we visit them! So every year we get to taste the finest mangoes of almost every variety . From…

Cold Coffee

With the sun shining ever-so_bright and the temperatures soaring high ……. I end up going to the fridge and searching for some chilled treats all the time. Today , when I was scanning my fridge, I found just the exact ingredients to make this beautiful chilled mug of cold coffee. An all-time-favorite of mine , ready in just a few minutes. It’s all that I needed today , just to chill and forget about the summer heat. A great cooler for this season , that can be put together in a jiffy. Do give it a try if you are…

Eggless Vanilla Cake

EGGLESS VANILLA CAKE This is one of the classic eggless recipes ever. I am sure you will find thousands of recipes for this one on the net. Sharing this recipe , as this one marked the beginning of my baking story! Last week I happened to recreate this magic , and the story went like this …… Everyday I have to pack a small snack box for kids to carry . More often than not I find myself looking for quick fixes, and end up sending them a few biscuits or cake packs that are easily available in the super…

Masala Doodh – Kojagiri special

Masala Doodh/Spiced milk – kojagiri special! And I am back after the break ! And that too with a great recipe, specially made on Kojagiri Pornima ! Generally I celebrate this festival just because it’s a tradition , but this year I got to know some more facts about it, which I found quite interesting ! Thanks to my in-laws who were visiting us during this time and my kids , who were after me with innumerable questions . That’s when Wikipedia came to my rescue! So what is Kojagiri Pornima ?