Dec 15, 2014

Gajar ka Halwa/ Carrot Halwa- the easy way


                      The temperature is climbing down very reluctantly. It's almost the end of December and still not so cold. I have never seen  December this pleasant and tolerable here before. It is the first time it seems, I don't have to pray for the month to end; dreading the knawing cold which freeze you to inaction. Well.. it's almost pleasant.( I can't believe it's really December) :)

                      So, making sweets in the kitchen is in vogue. Or, should I say the boys made it a vogue to pester me into making something sweet for them everyday; as they are still having the hunger pangs they usually get in the cold season, although it is not as cold as it used to be...?
              Well.. these growing kids!! They have the appetite to eat an army.LOL!! But the army must be sweet and junk. Nothing near to normal food. So, almost everyday; I find myself giving into their nagging and making something sweet in the kitchen. Poor me and my dieting plans!! These kids you know...Sigh!!

                        This time I decided to make Gajar ka Halwa. It somewhat looked like it would help me fight the guilt I felt for making the sweets somehow. After all it's carrots.Right? Loaded with vitamins and beta carotines. Let's forget about the loads of sugar in the condensed milk and tones of calories in the clarified butter, for the time being.The thought can wait, until the dessert is safe in your stomach... WOL!(Wheeping Out Loud)... ;)

                          This recipe using condensed milk is easier and faster than the traditional one where in you use whole milk and have to wait for ages to get the halwa thickened. Handy for superfast moms like me..

Off to the recipe..

Gajar ka Halwa/ Carrot Halwa -using Condensed Milk Recipe:

  • 1.5 kg carrots - approx 9 cups tightly packed grated carrots

  • 6 tbsp ghee/clarified butter

  • 8 to 9 cardamoms, powdered in a mortar-pestle

  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk

  • sugar as required and optional

  • ½ cup cashews

  • ⅓ to ½ cup golden raisins (optional)

  • Method:

    1. Heat ghee in a kadai or thick bottomed deep pan. add the grated carrots.
    2. Saute the carrots till they turn tender. Keep on stirring in intervals while sauting the carrots.
    3. Then add the condensed milk.
    4. Stir very well.
    5. Add the cardamom powder, cashews and raisins.
    6. Add sugar, if needed.
    7. Stir again and simmer the halwa on a low flame stirring often, till the mixture reduces and dries up.
    8. Serve gajar halwa hot or warm or chilled. You can also add the halwa in a tray or box and let it set. When cool, cut in squares and serve the halwa, topped with cashew nuts.

    Dec 11, 2014

    Varutharacha Beef Curry


                I had a super busy month with making little projects for the Kindergarten and dressing the son up for crazy events at school. I had thought that I had done with all such stuff back in my school days, only to discover that it is not over yet !! All is coming back again to daunt you with your kids going to school....

                   All those sweating on making the project perfect and beautiful; preparing all the accessories for a wacky tacky competition; walking up and down the stationary store to find the perfect things for the event... Everything comes back as if in old times. And to make your child confident and special, you need to be a kid again, working with them as serious as could be and bending over the project, like it is the only thing in the world.

                   But still... you feel that pure innocent joy, when your child comes back from school and babbles to you about how he performed and how 'Madam frown', patted him for doing well; just like you were that exuberant kid of the kindergarten decades back. 

                    So... there is no much time for all those photography sessions, bloghoppings and recipe researches.But still find some time to make something special for the kids and hubby. Only that I never get time to capture them in pictures. So, for now I am posting this Beef Curry  photographed ages back and an inevitable curry in the Malabar area. It goes well with Ghee rice and Thenga Choru, which I have already posted. 

                   I won't hold you back for long. Off to the recipe..

    Dec 2, 2014

    Something different

                These days I hardly get time to blog. Was busy with some sewing projects and other stuffs. It's already winter here and there are lots of winter dresses on the list. As the light is poor in winter I seldom get enough light to photograph the recipes I try out. So no new recipes to post. But still, I shall post the already photographed recipes in future, InshaAllah as time permits. As for now, let me show you a few of my finished sewing projects..

    Bubble pocket Romber for my little girl

    This was in my 'to do' list for so long and at last I accomplished the task. Forgot to take picture before washing.. and hence all those creases ;)

    Ruffle skirt for the li'le princess

                                                                                  Ain't it Cute?

     Pillow Case Dress

    This was one of the first dresses I made.. So EASY!! Cute to wear with little leggings or pants.

                  So that's it, for today. See you soon, InshaAllah. Bye :)

    Oct 20, 2014

    Chemmeen Mulakittathu/ Spicy Prawn Curry

                                  Hi everybody! Salam/ Peace greetings from me. I have been away from the blog for so long that many of my friends suspected that I quit blogging for good and hence had a lot of enquiries about my absence from the blogosphere. Actually, I haven't.(for the time being). I simply was busy, busy and more busy.

                             To settle back into normal pace of life,after coming back from India itself took a bit of time. To be precise,I belong to that category of living things which takes a long time to adapt to their new surroundings or habitats..

                    And then there is the new found infatuation of sewing dresses for my baby girl (the boys have started complaining that I never make clothes for them, but only for their sister.) But then, what's interesting about boys clothes... poor guys..All pomps n glitter goes to the girly things, right? ;) I shall soon post some pics of my new works, Insha Allah ; if I manage to take a few decent snaps.

                    So then, here is an old recipe of Prawn which is quite spicy n hot. The spice lovers' very thing. It's my mom's recipe and we used to love it as kids and still do.
    Off to the recipe..

    Jul 30, 2014

    Chocolate Mousse


                     In the month of Ramadan, I was busy like a bee. Of course I missed the blogosphere, entirely. Now, I have to begin from the beginning all over again. To add to the no blogging month, here comes the next. I am going to India for a month's vacation, and blogging rarely comes in the list of priorities during this time. So yes! you would probably see the space stagnant for another month. So, In between, I thought of posting this one dessert which is in fact enough for a months duration of devouring. Yep! You would most probably make it again n again, even if your are not much of a chocolate lover.

        So, how do I explain this 'must have once in a while dessert', in simple terms?

                   It is decadent, sinful
                                  Obviously flavourful..
                   Made to win, make u fall in love
                                   Head over heels, LOL!!
                   Creamy, silky, bittersweet
                                   What more?It's chocolate.
                   So get to work. Whip it up
                                    You are gonna lick it up!

    Actually I took the pictures a few months back when I had made it the third time. It was so creamy and had a 'melt in the mouth' kinda texture that the kids called it 'chocolate ice cream which was not that cold' :)
    Here is the recipe...


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