Happy Bhai Dooj | Carrot Burfi | Gajar ki Burfi | Carrot Fudge 

The five-day-long festivities of Diwali is celebrated with much pomp. The auspicious occasion of Bhai Dooj is also a part of these celebrations and is observed by Hindus after Narak Chaturdashi/Chhoti Diwali, Diwali and Govardhan Puja. It falls two days after Diwali and is also known as Bhau-Beej, Bhai Tika or Bhai Phonta. This festival celebrates the bond shared between brothers and sisters and is quite similar to Raksha Bandhan.

Happy Bhai Dooj

The sibling bond is so precious – something we often realise only when we cannot meet our siblings everyday. A beautiful account of what Bhai Dooj means to this sister who lives away from her siblings.

Carrot Burfi

To celebrate this day, sisters put a tilak on their brother’s forehead and pray for their safety, good health, and well-being. Brothers also pamper their sisters by giving them gifts.Bhai Dooj is the celebration of the brother-sister relationship. This auspicious day is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm. Food is an important part of Bhai Dooj celebrations and adds to the excitement of the festival. 

Gajar ki Burfi

Carrot Burfi is a fusion twist to the traditional burfi recipe. Prepared with the goodness of fresh carrots, this makes for a perfect festive recipe. Carrot Burfi or Gajar Ki Barfi is a quick and easy-to-make, soft and melt-in-mouth Indian sweet or mithai recipe.

Carrot Fudge 

The recipe of carrot barfi is similar to the way gajar halwa is made. Here I have used milk powder and milk in the burfi. So obviously the recipe does not have condensed milk or khoya. Though you can use any recipe of gajar halwa and make the barfi. You just need to cook more than what we cook for gajar halwa, so that the sugar cooks more and the barfi sets after cooling.

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Ingredients
Carrots – 4 medium size
Ghee – 5 tbsp
Full Fat Milk – 2 cups
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Milk powder – 3/4 cup
Sliced pistachios and almonds for garnishing
Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
A pinch of Salt

Method :

  1. Line a baking paper in a tray or greased ait with little oil or ghee.
  2. Wash, peel carrot and make coarse by using food processor. It yields up to 4 cups of coarse carrots.
  3. Heat ghee in a deep pan and add coarse carrots. Saute on medium heat for 5-8 minutes.
  4. Then add milk and cook on medium heat until the milk evaporates completely.
  5. Add milk powder, sugar with salt and cardamom powder. Simmer until it thickens. It takes about 10 minutes.
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased tray and garnish with sliced pistachios and almonds.
  7. Let it rest for 3 hours in a refrigerator before slicing.
  8. After 3 hours, cut burfi into desired shape.

Happy Dussehra | Pumpkin Coconut Fudge | Kaddu Nariyal Ki Burfi | Vegetable Sweet Recipe

People across India celebrates Dussehra today (on October 15, 2021). Also called Vijayadashami, it calls an end to the nine-day-long Navratri celebrations. While North India celebrates Dussehra with Ravan Dahan, Bengalis mark this day with visarjan of the idol of Goddess Durga. While the mode of Dussehra celebration remains unique to each region of the country, what remains common for all food. 

Happy Dussehra

No festival seems complete without some sweets to indulge in. Festive season calls for dessert and sweets to keep the holiday mood going. This  fudge is an easy to make Indian sweet with a twist of pumpkin that makes it unique. Palate is immediately curious about the source of distinct essence and flavor in this burfi or fudge. This fudge can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin Coconut Fudge

Veggies like pumpkin and bottle gourd can make wonderful sweets. Pumpkin, sweet potato, zucchini and bottle gourd are cooked to make wonderful sweets like halwa or burfi. These sweets need less sugar and are unique too. These are root vegetables and also allowed during fasting. So if you are bored of making curry try this sweet recipe.

Kaddu Nariyal Ki Burfi

For this recipe you will need only few basic ingredients that are easily available in most household kitchens or can be easily found in local grocery store.  Enjoy the pleasure of making and sharing your own homemade dessert with pride.


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Ingredients :
Pumpkin – 300 gms (deseeded, peeled and cubed)
Milk – 3/4 cup
Full fat milk powder – 1/2 cup
Desiccated coconut powder – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1/4 cup
Chopped pistachios & toasted coconut slices for garnishing – 2 tbsp each
Ghee – 3 tbsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Method:

  1. Cut the pumpkin, remove the peel and the inner seeds and cut into small pieces.
  2. Place the pumpkin pieces in a steamer basket in a pot. Add water to the pot so it reaches to the bottom of the steamer basket and steam the pumpkin pieces until completely cooked through; a paring knife will pierce the flesh easily and it will take about 15 minutes. During the steaming, add more water to the pot if necessary.
  3. Now mashed steam pumpkin with the help of fork or potato masher. You should have 1 cup pumpkin puree.
  4. Line a tray with butter paper and keep it aside.
  5. Heat ghee (2 tbsp) in a nonstick deep pan and add mashed steam pumpkin. Cook till on a low flame for 5-8 minutes.
  6. Then add full-fat milk bring the whole mixture to a boil and then lower the flame.
  7. Cook the mixture on a low flame and keep on stirring in between. When the milk reduced to 75% then add milk powder, dessicated coconut, and sugar.
  8. Mix well and stir continuously. Cook it till the mixture reaches the consistency of making a burfi. Add a pinch of salt, cardamom powder and little ghee(1 tbsp).
  9. Pour the mixture into a greased tray and garnish with sliced pistachios and sliced coconut flakes.
  10. Let it rest for 2 hours in a refrigerator before slicing. Now cut burfi into desired shape.
Vegetable Sweet Recipe

Raksha Bandhan Special | Tofu Kalakand | Indian Sweet Recipe | No Ghee No Oil Sweet Recipe

Traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Raksha Bandhan is a festival in which a sister ties a talisman or an amulet, also called rakhi, around her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes love and protection. Sometimes, when siblings have to live in separate locations due to various reasons like education, work, and marriage, it becomes difficult to experience the same joy.

Raksha Bandhan Special

Thanks to the advent of the internet, you can select your favorite fancy rakhi online and send that rakhi with sweets like gulab jamun, ladoo, rasgulla, and barfi overseas. This year I ordered rakhi from Ferns N Petals. Ordered an Ethnic Rakhi Set & Plants In Metal Pots and I loved it.

Ashu shared this beautiful picture (India)

My sister-in-law (Ashu) is a nature lover. She has a beautiful channel ” Nature’s Window”. She has an amazing squirrel friend called “gillu”. Do visit her channel

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Dearest 🙂 Rahul & Ashu
On this auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I pray for your ultimate happiness, good health, and success.

Handsome Brother (Rahul) & Beautiful Sister-In-Law (Ashu)

Handmade gifts often let the receiver feel that they are loved. They think that the person giving the gift has spent enough time thinking about what they want, something that shows their personality or interest. In addition, a handmade gift lets someone feel extra special because rather than giving a store-bought present, you chose to put your time creating something.

Handmade Rakhi

Without a doubt, the person who will receive it will feel nothing but good vibes. I made these personalized rakhis with alphabet beads and colorful threads. How I made it? The link is below.

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of each Indian festival is the mouthwatering food that is served on such special occasions. The day of Raksha Bandhan is feast time for the brothers, sisters to make their favorite dishes that adorn the dining table. Scrumptious sweets recipes are generally prepared for this day.

Tofu Kalakand

Kalakand is a delicious, rich sweet dish that is a staple in most Indian homes, particularly in the North. The texture and taste of this homemade recipe are very similar to the one you get in the mithai shops and are very easy to make as well.

Indian Sweet Recipe

This is a very simple recipe and it is so close to the traditional Kalakand, the only difference is I replaced paneer with tofu. Indian desserts tend to be very sweet traditionally and I am sticking to the traditional flavor. You can reduce the sugar if you wish. This kalakand also has a specific traditional flavor and texture.

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Ingredients :
Crumbled tofu – 400 gms or 1 & 1/2 cups
Milk – 2 cups
Full fat milk powder – 1 & 1/2 cups
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Chopped pistachios – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
A pinch of salt

No Ghee No Oil Sweet Recipe

Method :

  1. Line a tray with butter paper and keep it aside.
  2. Boil milk in a non stick pan and boiled till it for 5 minutes. Keep on stirring the milk with a spoon at short intervals so it doesn’t stick at the bottom of the pan.
  3. Now add crumbled tofu to the milk and stir it continuously. Cook the mixture till it gets thick and looks like mawa.
  4. Add milk powder and stir the mixture. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes on low heat.
  5. Then add sugar and cook it till the mixture reaches the consistency of making a burfee. At last add cardamom powder and mix it well.
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased tray and let it set.
  7. Garnish chopped pistachios and let it rest for 2 hours in a refrigerator before slicing.
  8. Now cut into desired shape.
Indian Mithai

Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe | Dates Cranberries Burfi – No Sugar Sweet | Dry Fruits Treat | Microwave Method

Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner and preparations are at full swing to welcome Lord Ganesha – the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Ganesh chaturthi also referred as Vinayaka Chaturthi, it is a 10-day celebration. During this festival, sweets and savory dishes are made and offered to Ganpati as a prasad (bhog). Then distributed amongst the devotees.

Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe

Dates Cranberries Burfi – No Sugar Sweet is a healthy and delicious sweet without any form of processed sugar. All sweetness come from Dates and Dried Red Cranberries and sweets is loaded with nuts.

Dates Cranberries Burfi

When you need toasted nuts for a recipe generally we do – Skillet toasting. Skillet toasting great for producing small batches of toasted nuts, but the results are uneven and you can burn them if you get distracted. Here’s a quick and cool way to toast nuts and seeds – Microwave Method. It’s so easy and only takes a few minutes.

Just spread nuts and seeds on a microwave-safe plate and in an even layer. The trick also works for coconut powder, sesame seeds, or another seeds of your choice. Then cooks the nuts on full power for three minutes. Every minute, pauses the process to mix up the nuts so that they toast evenly.

No Sugar Sweet

Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe | Dates Cranberries Burfi – No Sugar Sweet | Dry Fruits Treat | Microwave Method

It is a simple and easy sweet recipe made with dates, coconut powder, sesame seeds, flax seeds and lots of dry fruits. It’s a NO SUGAR treat. The sweetness comes from dates and dried red cranberries. This burfi is best for any festivals or special occasion.

Sugar Free Mithai

Ingredients:
Dates, Seedless – 2 cups
Dried red cranberries – 1 cup
Almonds – 1/4 cup
Cashews – 1/4 cup
Pistachios – 1/4 cup
Pecans – 1/4 cup
Coconut powder – 1/4 cup
Sesame Seeds – 1/4 cup
Flax seeds – 2 tbsp
Green cardamom powder – 1 tsp
A pinch of salt

Dates & Dried Red Cranberries

Method:

  1. Spread them ( Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, Pecans, Coconut powder, Sesame Seeds, Flax seeds) onto a microwave-safe plate in an even layer.
  2. Microwave them on high power for 7 minutes. Check them every 60 seconds to make sure that they don’t get burned.
  3. Then allow roasted nuts and seeds to cool down completely then transfer to a dry grinder along with dates and dried red cranberries.
  4. Take out the grounded dates nuts mixture and roll it out into a cylindrical shape by pressing with both the hands.
  5. Now take an aluminum foil sheet or cling film and place a rolled burfi on it. Spread some sprinkles on foil and wrap up nicely. Place it in a refrigerator for 2 hours.
  6. After 2 hours, unwrap the rolled burfi and cut them into ½ cm thick burfi. Keep in an airtight container.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi