If the lack of a sweet-sweet climax of our daily dining experience at home is also digging a black hole in your already dull life, you are not alone. Other than being cooped up in our homes, missing out on scrummy desserts after every meal has become the bane of our existence and I would like to offer my assistance in fixing up this problem a bit. Since stepping out won't be an option for a while now, let me make an easy work by fixing up desserts, that too traditional in your own kitchen.
Chefs! Put on your aprons and let's get to work...
All the way from Bengal, this sweet dish is the fairy white princess of Indian desserts. One bite and you are on the highway to heaven. The recipe is as quick as the speed at which you are going to devour this sweetmeat.
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150g Cottage Cheese (Paneer)
1/2 cup Khoya (Grated)
4 Green Cardamom (Crushed)
A Pinch of Saffron
6 tablespoons of Sugar
6 Almonds (Crushed)
How To Make Sandesh At Home?
1. Collect the paneer, khoya and sugar in the amount and put it in a blender.
2. Blend the ingredients until you get a thick smooth mixture and add cardamom.
3. Take a baking dish and set the mixture by keeping the layer half an inch thick.
4. Refrigerate until set. Cut into pieces and garnish the toothsome Bengali delicacy with saffron and crushed almonds.
5. Serve cold and fresh.
2. Besan Ladoo
If you are the kind of sweet-toothed human who takes their Meetha very seriously, this inevitable craving for a heartfelt Besan Ka Ladoo is totally justified. With a pinch of precision and a handful of love, you can finally have the luxury of this Indian dessert even at home.
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1 cup Besan
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoon of Sugar
1/4 cup Ghee
How To Make Besan Ladoo At Home?
1. Blend 1/2 cup sugar and cardamom together and keep it aside.
2. Heat the ghee in a heavy bottom pan. Once melted take out 2 1/2 tablespoon of it and keep it aside for upcoming use.
3. Add besan in the pan with whatever ghee is left. Keep the flame to medium and stir until both the ingredients are well mixed and roasted.
4. Wait until your kitchen is filled with a hoppy aroma and the colour of the mixture turns deep because this is when you keep the flame at low.
5. Add the 2 1/2 tablespoon of ghee that was kept aside to the mixture and stir. Don't take a break from stirring even for a second.
6. Once the aroma is strong enough and the colour of the mixture has further changed into the deep golden turn off the flame. But don't stop stirring until the mixture completely cools down.
7. Now add the mixture of sugar and cardamom from step 1 into this newly formed roasted besan and mix well. Keep kneading and mixing until it gets greasy.
8. Pick small portions of the mixture and with cupping motion of your hands turn them into little balls of love. Serve instantly or wait.
Why knock on someone else's door when you have everything at home? Since Malpua's are basically a more scrumptious version of pancakes found in every household of India, reaching out for desserts from far-away lands is a pointless cause.
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1 1/4 cup Maida
1/2 teaspoon Cardamom
1 teaspoon Fennel
1 1/2 cup Milk
3-4 tablespoon Ghee for frying
3 tablespoon Milk Powder/Mawa/Khoya
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Water
2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
How To Make Malpua At Home?
1. Take a bowl, add milk, milk powder/mawa/khoya and mix it well.
2. Add maida, fennel seeds, cardamom powder into the above mixture and prepare a batter out of it.
3. Make sure the batter is neither too thick nor too runny.
4. Leave the batter for few hours to give it a fluff we all love in Malpua.
5. While the batter sets aside prepare sugar syrup by adding sugar and water in the said quantity in a pan over medium flame. Boil the sugar syrup until sticky and add lemon juice to prevent crystallization.
6. Now it's time for the batter to turn into an amazing delicacy. For this, heat the ghee in a hot pan and spread the batter in a small circle, the way you'd do a pancake.
7. Wait till it cooks and gently flip the batter for the other side. Keep it on the pan until it is a pretty golden colour on both the side.
8. Once done add the resultant into sugar syrup directly. Let it soak the sugary goodness for 10 mins.
9. Repeat the steps to make more and garnish with saffron or crushed almonds. Serve hot.
4. Gulab Jamun
This desi delicacy might be the only reason why people in India attend each other's wedding. Gulab Jamun has been a sweet staple of every Indian event for generations now and you wouldn't believe how easy it is to whip up at home.
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3 tablespoon Flour
200g Refined Oil
3 tablespoon Sugar
1/2 litre Water
How To Make Gulab Jamun At Home?
1. Take a bowl and add khoya and flour. Mix well.
2. Make round gulab jamun balls and keep aside.
3. Prepare sugar syrup by boiling sugar and water over medium flame. Add saffron here for flavour. Heat until the syrup gets sticky.
4. Now heat the oil in a heavy bottom pan and deep fry those gulab jamun balls made in step 2.
5. Once golden, take them out of the pan and let it soak in sugar syrup for a while.
6. Serve hot!
5. Coconut Barfi
Just when you thought there is nothing new to a Barfi, Coconut Barfi made its grand entrance sweeping every sweetmeat lover, like you off its feet. A 10-minute recipe that'll keep you sugar-positive all through the lockdown.
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3 cups Dry Coconut Powder
1 1/2 cup Sweet Condensed Milk
How To Make Coconut Barfi At Home?
1. Heat the condensed milk until warm and runny.
2. Add coconut powder to the warm milk and mix until you have a tough paste.
3. Transfer the mixture on a flat plate or baking dish and press it down to cover the entire surface. Don't forget to smooth the top.
4. Let it rest for 30 mins or so and then cut them into squares or diamonds with the help of a knife.
5. Serve fresh and yummy.
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