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Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Dessert | 0 comments

Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)

Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)

Sometime you cook something or eat something and it takes you back in time and brings back the memories. So it is with this tapioca pudding. Growing up in Hindu family I enjoyed many Hindu festivals.Many of these festivals involved ‘fasting’ as a part of the celebration. Length of fasting differs by underlying belief of the festival. Some fasting lasts till evening, some whole day.On some fasting, you can drink water and some you shouldn’t. One of those fasting experience that I remember the most happened during ‘Janamastami‘. (“Janam” means “Birth”,”Astami” meaning “Eight” in Hindi).Janamastami celebrates the birth of Hindu Lord Krishna on the eight month of the year. Legend has it that he was born on midnight, so those who fast, they continue to fast till midnight, without water. When fast ends, typically sweet and soft food is served on midnight.I remember my mom serving many sort of pudding along with different fruits to break the fast . Tapioca pudding is one of the item she served. Tapioca pearls...

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Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Celebration, Dessert | 0 comments

Ris a l’amande

Ris a l’amande

 Do you have a favorite holiday dessert? Growing up in India, festivals meant food, lots of it.Though there are many Indian sweets which are served on special occasion, “Kheer” or rice pudding is must. I have found that this simple dessert of rice cooked in milk and sugar is common all around the world. In fact, it may be one dessert which is truly international and have been adapted by each culture to make its own. Not a fan of rice pudding ?Customize your rice pudding in many ways like the folks around the world do. Rice :  Indian prefer short and thin rice in their “kheer“,called “Arva” rice.I have yet to find that rice in US.So i end up using Japanese sweet rice or  Indian Basmati rice at times. Sugar: Regular white/cane sugar is the choice of sweetener but my grandmother uses “jaggery” instead of sugar. It not only changes the color of the dish from white to brown,it changes the name of the dish from “kheer” to “Rasia”(“Magadhi” –...

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Dessert | 2 comments

Sopapilla Cheesecake

Sopapilla Cheesecake

Do you have a time tasted easy  dessert? When it comes to baking a dessert, let me just say, i am not a baker.Cookies do not come in my mind.I rely on some time tasted desserts.One of the regular party dessert, which i have made several time is ‘Sopapilla Cheesecake’. Long time back, my friend Emily brought it to one of our get together.It was my first time to taste this.Oh. my. heaven.I was addicted to it from the first bite.She shared her recipe,which i have stuck with  ever since. I served this at our potluck and our friends loved it.So here it is.Enjoy it warm. {Click on the picture below to see the larger image and download the recipe...

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Dessert, missions | 0 comments

Sheer Pira

Sheer Pira

Last week i found out that Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid -ul-Zuha.I grew up in Hindu-Muslim community in India.Schools are out on this day there.I had the opportunity to witness the festivity growing up. My prayer through this : May the people worship one true god,The Lord. ‘Bakreed’ is the term that I am familiar with.Literally means “Bakra Eid” .”Bakra” meaning goat.On this day, Muslim faithful sacrifice the animal.One third of the meat is kept for the family, one third is distributed among family and friends and one third is given to the poor. So I decided to close out our Afghanistan tour on sweet note.Though “Firni” (thick milk pudding)is the most popular dessert of Afghanistan,I chose a candy like dessert  called “Sheer Pira”. Sheer Pira is very sweet cardmom scented candy like milk dessert, hard and chewy at the same time. Traditionally it is made with whole cream milk powder.All I could find was non-fat milk powder in my grocery store, so that’s what i used....

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Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Dessert, International | 1 comment

Banana Coconut Sesame Cake

Banana Coconut Sesame Cake

One of the popular fruit all over the world is banana.More so in Asian, Latin American and African countries. You have seen Yellow bananas but do you know in a southern state of Kerala in India,there are red skinned bananas?I wish i was adventurous back then and tried one.I totally ignored these red beauties for familiar yellow,much of my dismay now. I prefer to eat bananas just as fruit ,un-speckled, then any cooked version.One of the breakfast item,growing up we had was, sliced banana mixed in warm milk and bit of sugar.I still like it that way 🙂 Problem is,bananas ripes  faster then we can eat.So I am always trying to figure out what to do with it.Hate to admit it but often times it ends up in my trash.So what do you with riping bananas?Nothing against banana bread and muffins but it doesn’t excites my taste buds.. So we experimented with half of dozen riping bananas couple of ways last weekend. My daughter made Banana smoothie.  We made...

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Dessert | 2 comments

Almond crusted peach cobbler

Almond crusted peach cobbler

One of my favorite summer time dessert is warm peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Hubby and I both love to scoop out  warm and gooey cobbler as the ice cream melts over it.Yummm… A year ago,we made some  change in our pantry.I removed all purpose flour.We started using coconut sugar or other un-processed sugar more,small changes here and there.I am not a baker but when i do bake,i struggled even more after this change. I have tried peach cobbler with whole wheat white and pastry flour.It wad barely edible to me.I didn’t like the texture even after couple of trials.I was not willing to bring AP back to home,so i started looking beyond the regular flour.It was time to experiment with Almond flour.Glad i did. Almond flour does not give smooth texture which AP flour gives to the cobbler.However i like the nuttiness of almond and its texture didn’t bother me like whole wheat. Why it is called cobbler?I have some idea after watching PW ,As you tear the...

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