Homemade Mango Jam

Homemade Mango Jam – A simple but flavor packed recipe made with few basic ingredients and has no preservatives, additives, artificial sweetners or colors.

Can you believe summer is almost over? I had an amazing summer with a memorable trip to India and Italy. For the first time in 18 years, I got to feast on Alphonso mangoes that were in season. For me, Alphonso mango is THE symbol of an Indian summer. Continue reading “Homemade Mango Jam”

Ukadiche Modak {Steamed rice dumplings with coconut and jaggery stuffing}

Ukadiche Modak – an exquisite Maharashtrian delicacy made with steamed rice flour dough, stuffed with aromatic and sweet coconut, jaggery, nutmeg, cardamom and saffron filling. These Modaks are offered to Lord Ganesh and made especially during the ten-day celebration of the Ganesha festival which started this week. There are literally dozens of ways to make a modak, but of course my mom had to spoil us with these luscious, heavenly ‘ukadiche modak’.  Continue reading “Ukadiche Modak {Steamed rice dumplings with coconut and jaggery stuffing}”

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}”

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}”

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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