Tag Archives: Sweets

Rasagolla

This recipe came to me from an old Bengali friend in college and I have always made it this way. Rasagolla is one of my favorite desserts.

 

Ingredients:
1 cup paneer
4.0 cups sugar
rose essence
1 tsp ground cardamom

To make fresh paneer, check here.

Knead the fresh homemade paneer (cheese) with a tsp of flour or maida. Divide into 15-20 parts and roll each portion into a ball. Meanwhile bring two cups of water to boil in a pressure cooker. Add 2-2.5 cups sugar (based on preference). Add a few drops of rose essence. Once the sugar melts and the syrup is boiling, add up to 10 of the paneer balls. Remove the safety belt, and weight from the cooker lid and close the lid. Cover the lid with a small cup. Reduce flame to low and cook for 12-15 minutes.

Remove from flame and transfer the rasagolla along with syrup to a separate bowl. Prepare fresh syrup for each batch of 10 rasagolla balls. Add fresh ground cardamom. Refrigerate and serve cold rasagolla with some syrup. Enjoy after dinner!

Banana Ice Cream

Saw this on Food Network and couldn’t resist trying out this really easy , healthy recipe and wasn’t disappointed. Here’s my tasty 2-ingredient version:

Ingredients:
2-3 bananas
1 tbsp orange marmalade

Slice the bananas into 1in even slices and lay them on a tray or plate. Refrigerate for an hour. When ready to eat take the frozen banana slices and toss in a food processor. Blending to form a smooth frozen ice cream. I added a table spoon of Cranberry Orange Marmalade and topped with some nuts and cranberries.

The original food network recipe used honey and peanut butter and you can find that here.

Refreshing on a hot summer day!

Enjoy!

Banana Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup of sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1 cup of mashed bananas (about 2 ½ large bananas)

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2 cups of flour

pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ground mace or nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves

1 cup of pecans or walnuts and/or chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

In a bowl, mix the mashed bananas and baking soda. Let sit for 2 minutes. The baking soda will react with the acid in the bananas which in turn will give the cookies their lift and rise.

Mix the banana mixture into the butter mixture. Mix together the flour, salt, and spices and sift into the butter and banana mixture and mix until just combined.

Fold into the batter the pecans or chocolate chips if using. Drop in dollops onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Let cool on wire racks.

Makes around 30 cookies.

Mango Pie or Mango Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients:

1 can mango pulp or 2 cups mango pulp (can be found in an India grocery store)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 box of jello (plain or mango flavor)
1 container of whipped cream
1 ready to eat graham cracker pie crust

Add the jello to hot water (follow directions on the box). Let sit for 2 minutes. Then mix mango pulp, jello, whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk thoroughly. Pour into the pie crust and refrigerate for 2 hours.

To make the Mango Ice Cream Pie, place it in the freezer for a couple of hours.

For lighter recipe use low-fat condensed milk and lite whipped cream.

Top with a slice of peeled fresh mango or a dollop of whipped cream.

Refreshing and delicious on a hot summer day!

(Original recipe courtesy Shahna)

Pistachio delight

Ingredients

1/2 pack of Pistachio powder
1 Heavy Whipped Cream
1 Tin Condensed milk or as needed
1 Cocktail Fruits Pack
1-3 Cups Milk
Marshmallows
Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts

In a tray add milk, pistachio powder, condensed milk and mix well without any lumps. Then add whipped cream. This thickens the mixture so you need to add milk. Then add the cocktail fruits (I usually use Apple, Orange, Grapes, Green Pear) and cashews, almonds, walnuts.

To garnish add Marshmallows and pecans on the top and refrigerate it and let it soak for 1 hour.

Yummy!
(Recipe contributed by Sahi)