Rasmalai

(Cheese Balls In Milk Syrup)

Rasmalai is a famous Indian and Pakistani dessert and found in the Indian subcontinent consisting of sugary, cream to yellow-colored balls . This popular sweet is made of home-made fresh cottage or ricotta cheese soaked in sweetened, thickened creamy milk and garnished with pistachios, almonds and rosewater.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ½ lb. ricotta cheese
  • 2 quarts half and half
  • 2 cups sugar (or acc. to taste)
  • 2 tbsp. rose water
  • 2 tbsp. chopped pistachios
  • 2 tbsp. chopped almonds

Method: 

  • Place the ricotta cheese into a strainer until all the water is gone.
  • Then, put the cheese into a bowl and knead very well.
  • Make about 40 small round balls.
  • Put the balls on paper towel. Set aside.
  • Combine half and half and sugar in a sauce pan, and heat for it to boil.
  • After the first boil, put the balls into the pan very gently.
  • Heat over a medium flame until another boil comes.
  • During this time do not touch the balls.
  • It will take about 40-45 minutes to boil.
  • When it comes to boil remove the pan from heat and let it cool.
  • Add rose water.
  • Put the balls carefully into a serving bowl and pour liquid over it.
  • Garnish with pistachios and almonds.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours and then serve.
Carrot Halwa

(Gajar Ka Halwa) 

 Carrot Halwa is a traditionally a Punjabi dish made with purple carrots. Purple carrots have almost disappeared from India, so we use regular carrots (orange one) to replace purple carrots.

Orange is not the original color of carrots – purple is! Dutch farmers harvested an orange carrot to match their country’s color. The “traditional” purple variety tastes sweeter, and is especially rich in anthocyanins, which also act as antioxidants. Carrot Halwa is very popular among Indian sweets and it has rich in vitamin A due to the carrot as main ingredient. 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups grated carrots
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (or according to taste)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped almonds or cashews
  • 2 crushed cardamom

Method: 

  • In a sauce pan, combine carrots, milk and melted butter and cook until very soft.
  • Then add sugar, and cardamom.
  • Let simmer until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens.
  • Pour into serving dish.
  • Garnish with almonds or cashews.
  • Serve hot or cold as desired.

(Keywords: Gajar Halwa,Gajar Halva)

Besan Halwa

(Besan Halwa)

Besan Halwa is one of the authentic Indian sweets, it is usually served with main dishes, in an important occasion. Its main ingredients are gram flour, milk, sugar and ghee. Kids love this sweet.

Ingredients:

  •         1 cup besan (gram flour)
  •         1 cup milk
  •         ¾ cup sugar
  •         ½ cup pure ghee
  •         1 tsp. cardamom powder
  •         2 tbsp. finely sliced almonds
  •         2 tbsp. finely sliced pistachios 

Method: 

  • In a sauce pan, heat the ghee and add gram flour to sauté until it turns  golden color and an aroma emanates from it.
  • Then add milk, sugar and cardamom.
  • Keep stirring until the mixture turns thick.
  • Then place it on a serving dish.
  • Garnish with almonds and pistachios.
  • Serve hot.

 (Keywords: bean halwa,gram halwa)

Sooji Halwa

(Semolina Halwa or Suji Ka Halwa) 

This Universal sweet has different names. It is called as Sooji Halwa, Suji Ka Halwa, Semolina Pudding, Semolina Dessert, Rava Kesari and also it is called Sheera in Konkani, Sanja in Marathi and Kesari Bhath in Kannada. Actually the name ‘Halwa’ is an Arabic word, but the art of making it has spread all the way from the Mediterranean Sea to the Bay of Bengal. This dessert is popular in all parts of India, this is sweet is served along with the main meal or serving as a dessert. It can be served either warm or cold.

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup cream of wheat (sooji)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar (or according to taste)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp. crushed cardamom
  • pinch of saffron

 Method: 

  • In a sauce pan combine milk, sugar, water and saffron and mix well.
  • Boil this mixture for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid stick it at the bottom of the pan.
  • Then pour into a bowl and let it stand for several minutes.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter and sauté the cream of wheat over low heat for about 10 minutes or until it became golden brown.
  • Add sugar syrup and cardamom and mix well.
  • Then cook for about 10 minutes or until liquid evaporates and remove from the stove.
  • Pour into a serving dish.
  • Garnish with almonds and saffron.
  • Serve warm or cold.