Gulkand Semiya Kheer {Rose flavored sweet vermicelli pudding}

A classic indian dessert with a twist! Gulkand semiya kheer: A pudding made with thin vermicelli, milk and sugar that is topped with saffron, golden fried cashews, raisins with an added hint of rose flavor from rose petal preserves.  A refreshing new take on the oh so divine vermicelli pudding!   Continue reading “Gulkand Semiya Kheer {Rose flavored sweet vermicelli pudding}”

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Paakatali puri {fried flatbread glazed in lemon-saffron flavored syrup}

If there is one Indian dessert recipe you want to learn, ‘paakatali puri’ is the one i would recommend. It is the yummiest recipe which uses few basic ingredients and is also nut free. It is easy to make and tastes heavenly with its crispy and luscious texture!

Last Sunday, we celebrated a traditional hindu festival called Naagpanchami. The festival is to worship snakes and there are many legends in hindu mythology narrated to the importance of this day. For me, this festival brings back the memories of my mom making the scrumptious ‘paakatali puri’ – Fried dough flatbreads drenched in sugar syrup infused with saffron and a hint of lemon! Continue reading “Paakatali puri {fried flatbread glazed in lemon-saffron flavored syrup}”

Rose Falooda {Rose flavored ice cream sundae float}

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An ice cream float with aromatic rose syrup, cool sweet basil seeds, thin noodles, and cold milk topped with creamy vanilla ice-cream and nuts of your choice!!

Summer to us means lots of watermelon, mangoes, lemonade and of course ‘rose falooda’ enjoyed with the company of family and friends. Rose falooda is one my favorite dishes to take along for summer barbecue parties. With so much focus on there grill people seem to forget about unique drinks! This super easy recipe is a sure crowd pleaser with it’s refreshing flavors.  It does not require any cooking once you have few ingredients on hand – Rose syrup, sweet basil seeds, low fat milk, cooked thin noodles (ok one quick thing to cook) and some vanilla ice cream. Continue reading “Rose Falooda {Rose flavored ice cream sundae float}”

Mango Shrikhand – A Cool and Creamy Mango Yogurt dessert

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Happy April, new month and new festival to celebrate! Today we are celebrating Gudi Padwa, first day of the month “Chaitra” in hindu calendar, start of spring and beginning of a new year for the people of Maharashtra. Early morning we hang a ‘Gudi’ outside our homes which is a brass pot upside down on a long bamboo stick, adorned with a bright silk cloth, flower garland and a twig of mango leaves. It is a sign of prosperity and good things to come. Gudi Padwa is one of the four most auspicious days in the year. It is beginning of new harvest season and the air is filled with the aroma of ripe mangoes. To celebrate this auspicious day, we are making the authentic Mango Shrikhand (smooth, creamy, strained yogurt sweetened with mango pulp). It is one of our family favorite dessert and we always find reasons to make it through out the year. This probably is the easiest Indian dessert recipe that requires a few basic ingredients. The best part is that it can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to a month.

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