Easy three-ingredient Indian Rice Pudding – yes, that’s what ‘Paayesh’ really is. Continue reading “Noler Gur Series : Part III ~ Paayesh (Rice Pudding)”
Naarkel Naru or Sweet Coconut Balls, a sweet treat made with just 3 ingredients, makes an appearance as the second part of my Nolen Gur Series. It’s a very versatile recipe and I say so because you can actually use this even as filling for other Indian desserts such as Patishapta, Pithe, etc. For my Patishapta (Indian crepe) recipe, click here. Continue reading “The Nolen Gur Series : Part II ~ Naarkel Naru”
Patishapta is the Bengali answer to a French Crepe. Unlike savory crepes, Patishapta is always sweet and is smaller in diameter. It has a sweetened coconut or a fudgy sweet cheese filling. So I can rightfully call this recipe ‘Crepes with Coconut and Jaggery’.
Continue reading “The Nolen Gur Series : Part I ~ Patishapta”
What is ‘Nolen Gur’? Why is it so unique?
‘Nolen Gur’, ‘Notun Gur’ or ‘Khejur Gur’ is Date Palm Jaggery that is unique to Bengal. With the onset of a nip in the air, the local sweet (dessert) shops, in my hometown of Kolkata, are buzzing with eager customers buying the dairy-based sweets made with the ‘New Jaggery’. ‘Nolen’ stands for new, and ‘gur’ stands for jaggery.
Continue reading “Nolen Gur ~ Uniquely Bengal”
Coming from the tropics myself, papaya was readily available everywhere. Typically a ripened papaya is consumed as it is, like a fruit. But a green or unripened one was usually used for savory dishes.
Continue reading “Green Papaya Relish with Cranberries”
Let’s not do the math and see for how long I have gone amiss from the blogosphere. But some of you have asked me with a bewildered expression, “You’ve stopped blogging. WHY?!” Continue reading “Chocolate Bundt Cake”
Shubho Bijoya and Happy Dussehra! The festive season is very much on. So here is an Indian dessert, the easiest to make, with just two main ingredients. Continue reading “Kalakand ~ Indian dairy-based dessert (and my 50th blog post!)”
The festive season is here. I started off by celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi here in the Bay Area for the first time ever. Next comes the biggest festival for Bengalis, all over the world ~ Durga Puja. But one thing is common with all Indian festivals, that is indulging in sweets! Continue reading “Suji Halwa or Sweet Semolina Pudding”
Fall is here now but till a few days back, at the tail end of summer, I could still spot some pineapples at my local grocery store. I got one home. Soon after that it so happened that we were to have dinner with some close friends and I decided to take dessert. I had my tropical fruit sitting right there so I thought, “How about baking the Pineapple Upside Down Cake for dessert?!’ A perfect dessert for Fall-Winter too, have it warm with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Continue reading “Dark Caramel Pineapple Upside Down Cake”
Simple baking is joyous. And when you bring chocolate and vanilla together in a no-frosting, soft, buttery cake, you can never go wrong.
Continue reading “Chocolate-Island Vanilla Cake”