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Sweet Treats- Fudges, Candy and More

Caramel Fudge Squares : No Bake Caramel and Dark Chocolate Squares

Caramel Fudge Squares : No Bake Caramel and Dark Chocolate Squares

Chewy Caramel Fudge Squares because nothing can ever go wrong if there is chocolate involved. Bite sized quick desserts are always fun to make and eat. I was making some caramel sauce but decided on turning that into these gorgeous fudge squares instead. It is […]

Gulab Jamun Linzers : Fried Cookies With Apple-Cranberry Filling

Gulab Jamun Linzers : Fried Cookies With Apple-Cranberry Filling

A beautiful union of jammy linzer cookies and our melt in the mouth gulab jamuns. Gulab Jamun Linzers! I am  sure you haven’t heard of these. But don’t these jammy treats look gorgeous? Linzer cookies are a must have during Christmas and I have been […]

Toffee Fudge: Christmas Treats

Toffee Fudge: Christmas Treats

Chewy caramel toffee fudge topped with dark chocolate and nuts. Holidays are a lot about eating yummy goodies. This toffee fudge is a perfect ‘quick’ treat to please kids and adults alike. My facebook page is more often than not filled with food related posts. I absolutely loved the […]

Champorado/ Tsampurado Tart

Champorado/ Tsampurado Tart

Chocolate and Rice sounds like a very unusual combination doesn’t it? When I heard about the traditional Filipino ‘champorado’ or tsampurado [chocolate rice pudding], I was really intrigued. The sticky chocolaty rice, sweetened with milk and sugar feels a lot like a rich chocolaty kheer. Recently I received a book called ‘ India On A Platter’ by Saransh Goila, having come across the chocolate kheer recipe in it made me even more optimistic that this would work. I decided to serve this in the form of a tart with a buttery, flaky pie crust to add to the crunch and…

Brown Rice Flakes Pudding/ Desi Poha Kheer/ Aval Payasam- Pressure Cooked

Brown Rice Flakes Pudding/ Desi Poha Kheer/ Aval Payasam- Pressure Cooked

South Indian feasts are never complete without a ‘Payasam’ . Payasam/ Kheer is a milk based pudding that is usually slow-cooked over low heat until the ingredients are well cooked and the milk turns thick and creamy. One of the reasons I love using poha in payasam is because it cooks faster and the result is no where less than a traditional ‘pal payasam/rice pudding’. Payasam/ Kheer often involves a lot of stirring and constant attention. My family loves kheer [of any kind] and there are times when my little ones end up asking for it at odd hours. I…

Almond And Coconut Pudding

Almond And Coconut Pudding

Pretty as a picture isn’t it? And a breeze to make too. The simpler a dish, the more I am drawn to it. This is the kind of dessert that you can whip up in no time for sudden visitors. Use some fancy ramkins or molds to make this humble pudding look elegant and attractive. A creamy dreamy dessert that is ready in a jiffy. Notes-

Coconut Jello [Vegetarian]

Coconut Jello [Vegetarian]

When you want to make something coconutty and your kids demand ‘something different’ and you want to keep it simple yet elegant – Here’s the answer! This wobbly coconutty jello makes a perfect quick fix dessert to please the ‘baccha party’. The fact that it looks like a dream is an added bonus. You won’t believe how easy this is ! Notes-

Thengai Poornam Kozhukattai / Steamed Sweet Dumplings – Ganesh Chaturthi Special

Thengai Poornam Kozhukattai / Steamed Sweet Dumplings – Ganesh Chaturthi Special

I remember the first time I prepared kozhukattai. It was our first ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ after marriage. Calling my mum and asking her recipes over the phone was a daily affair back then. Mum’s recipe worked like a charm and I made the perfect modakams. My mother-in-law was super impressed. According to her anyone who can make kozhukattai, can make anything ! Thinking about her reaction still brings a smile on my face. Her excitement and appreciation for every dish I prepared, played a huge role in my culinary journey. These sweet dumplings are made with a rice flour dough filled…

Raksha Bandhan Special- Kaju Barfi/ Kaju Katli/ Cashew Fudge

Raksha Bandhan Special- Kaju Barfi/ Kaju Katli/ Cashew Fudge

Indian festivals give us all the reason to treat our sweet tooth. My granny had told me how to make delicious kaju katli ages ago. Today seemed to be the perfect day to make these mouth watering fudgy bites. Raksha bandhan is all about celebrating the special bond between a brother and a sister. The sister ties a ‘rakhi’ [sacred thread] on her brother’s wrist showing her love and the brother in turn promises to stand by her through thick and thin. Besides Raksha bandhan we are also celebrating Avani avattam / Upakarma today. This religious ritual is conducted once…

Hokey Pokey/ Honeycomb Candy

Hokey Pokey/ Honeycomb Candy

Isn’t it fantastic if you can make a crunchy candy with just three ingredients and in no time at all? Hokey pokey is definitely the simplest and the tastiest candy to make. It reminds me of that crunchy wafer like stuff in certain chocolate bars. Dip it in some chocolate and you would know what I mean. You can also crumble this and top your ice cream with it or use it as a layer in a tart to give that crunchy bite or simply have it as it is. Notes-