Sweet Treats

Carrot Halwa/Gajar Ka Halwa

Carrot Halwa/Gajar Ka Halwa

Carrot Halwa is one of the most famous and delicious Indian sweet dishes. I have heard from one of my north Indian friend that It was first introducedcarrot halwa during the Mughal period and the name originates from an Arabic word “Halwa”, which means “sweet” and it is made from carrot so that it is known as Gajar ka Halwa (meaning pudding of carrot or Halwa of carrot). It is also a traditional indian dessert t…

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup will brighten any day! Moist and infused with a great citrus flavor, these pancakes make an amazing weekend treat. Ingredients: For the syrup: 3/4 cup pomegranate juice 3/4 cup water 1/2 cup sugar Zest from 1/2 lemon For the pancakes: 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs, separated 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/8 cup sugar 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 1/8…

Creamy Avocado Smoothie - Perfectly Paleo & Vegan

Creamy Avocado Smoothie – Perfectly Paleo & Vegan

I’ve never really been a big smoothie fan. It just seemed like a quick way to drink a whole bunch of calories, and i’m not really into sweet drinks. But I’m doing a Fall fitness challenge this month at FitWit, and I’m trying to eat healthy and get all my fruits and veggies in. So I figured why not come up with a good smoothie that gets your veggies in, with minimal fruit and extra sugar, a…

Low Fat Plum Brownies

Low Fat Plum Brownies

I searched for some low calorie recipe of brownie and end up with this Low Fat version, with some plums in hand and frozen cranberries I got excited about adding a splash of red with plums and cranberries in my brownie, with this Plum Brownie I think I should end my Plum experiments until next season of stone fruits, I don’t want my readers to come back and complain about my obsession with Plums. Ingredie…

Aunt Suzie's Muffins

Aunt Suzie’s Muffins

Our family has been making this recipe for decades. It always gets raves at every large gathering that includes breakfast. We have selfishly kept this recipe in the family and even now they are against me sharing it. I attempted to find a similar (identical) recipe online with no success. The world needs to have this recipe, and in spite of my family’s wishes, here it is! Ingredients: 5c. sifted unble…

Dorbesh

Dorbesh

Dorbesh is nothing but Boondi Laddu. But this Dorbesh is little different from the regular Non-bengali boondi laddu. Dorbesh is made with colorful boondies, and looks very tempting. Ingredients: For Boondi Or Bonde : Gram flour or Besan – 1 cup Water – 1/2 cup (adjust to make the smooth batter) Green cardamom pods (ilaichi) – 5 to 6, crashed Green , Yellow, Orange food color – 2 to…

Orange Iced Tea with Mint and Lime

Orange Iced Tea with Mint and Lime

Last year a friend of mine from Hong Kong got a packet of Chinese tea leaves called “Poli”, I am not a tea lover so never used it but few days while reshuffling all those kitchen cabinets I saw that tea leaves packet lying all alone in one dark corner, and so this how it came into use, I guess this the reason I love culinary souvenirs and never say “no” for them as they always add value to yo…

Thirunelvelli Halwa

Thirunelvelli Halwa

An authentic halwa from tamil nadu , nellai district which very popular for its delicious taste and made with wheat berries From the original site: Thirunelveli halwa is my all time fav , as a kid i used to love the jelly like transparent halwa which my friends used to share with me at school . Thirunelveli halwa is a famous halwa from thirunelveli, tamil nadu . The one shop which sells this famous halwa with per…

Orangish Chocolatish Cinnamon Rolls

Orangish Chocolatish Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls were in my baking list from a long time but don’t know why I never made them though I really really love them, in my opinion they are one of the perfect treats to enjoy with coffee and they fit in so well in the breakfast, brunch and tea time menu, they are soft, fluffy, buttery and full of cinnamon. Ingredients: For the rolls: 1 ¾ Cup all-purpose flour 1 Cup whole wheat flour 3 tbsp granulated…

Pastry Creme Layered Orange Marmalade Cake

Pastry Creme Layered Orange Marmalade Cake

With some Nagpur Oranges in hand and a bottle of orange marmalade lying in the fridge for a while the first and the obvious choice was an Orange Marmalade Cake, tanginess of orange, sweetness of pastry cream and bitterness of marmalade make this cake a perfect tea time treat. This Pastry Cream or you could say custard cream is quite a versatile cream, fold in some fresh seasonal fruits and berries and you have…

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