November 15, 2011


The ICC challenge for October is a Sindhi specialty dessert "Majoon". This event is hosted by Srivalli of "Spicing Your Life" and the recipe was provided by Vaishali of "Ribbons to Pastas". I tried half the quantity of the recipe and substituted Khoya with Ricotta cheese and milk with 1/3 quantity of readily available evaporated milk (instead of boiling and reducing the milk). I reduced the ghee too. This dessert is simple divine.


Evaporated milk - 1 can (12 oz)
Sugar - 1 cup
Dates chopped - 15
Poppy Seeds - 1/4 cup
Ricotta cheese - 8 oz
Cardamon powder - a pinch
Almonds crushed roughly - 1 cup
Cashew nuts crushed - 1/2 cup
Pista crushed - 3/4 cups
Ghee - 3 tbsp


1. Take evaporated milk in an anodized pan. Add sugar and let it dissolve.
2. Add poppy seeds, cardamon powder, ricotta cheese and chopped dates.
3. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the crushed nuts.
4. Continue cooking on slow flame till the milk is all evaporated.
5. After about 20 minutes or so, the entire mix is dry and all the moisture is gone, start adding the ghee one spoon at a time and mix everything.
6. When you find the moisture is completely dried and the ghee starts coming on the sidescover with a lid and place a heavy object, continue cooking for about 10 minutes.
7. Cool and serve.

This dessert can be refrigerated for up to 6 months in the refrigerator. This is also mixed with 2 tsp of milk, warmed in microwave for 2 mins to get it piping hot and served for a Sindhi breakfast.

November 8, 2011

Apple and Date Muffins

I tried this easy bisquick recipe of muffins for the Combined Federal Campaign bake sale which was held in our office. I substituted the blueberries in the recipe with chopped apples and dates and topped it with chopped pecans. The result was that everyone loved the the muffins and all of them were sold in the office.

For 10 muffins
Bisquick - 2 cups
Sugar - 2/3 cup
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Milk - 2/3 cup
Egg - 1
Apple - 1 small chopped
Dates - 1/2 cup chopped
Chopped Pecans - as required for topping

1. Preheat over to 400F.
2. Beat eggs mix sugar, and olive oil.
3. Fold in the bisquick mix to this.
4. Mix till just moistened and add the chopped apple and dates.
5. Spoon the batter in the muffin pan and sprinkle with chopped pecans.
6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes till brown
6. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.

Sending this entry to "Desserts with Apples" hosted by "Simply Food" originally started by Raven from "CookEatDelicious".

November 5, 2011

Badam Puri

I made this dessert for Samantha's birthday. I tried Lakshmi aunt's recipe who is an awesome cook.

All purpose flour - 1 cup
Chiroti rava - 2 tsp
Almonds soaked and blend -15
Sugar - 1 cup
Salt - a pinch
Oil to deep fry
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Ghee - 4 to 5 tsp
Almond crushed - for garnish as required


1. Mix flour, rava, almond paste, salt and 2 tsp of ghee with water and knead to a soft dough and set it aside for half an hour.
2. Mix sugar, and just enough water to soak and make a syrup. Add cardamom powder and keep aside
3. Take a small sized ball of dough and roll into a round shape, apply a little ghee and fold it into half and half like cone & press the 3 edges
4. Fry these triangle folded pieces in the heated oil. Fry till golden color and remove it.
5. Dip these puris into the sugar syrup and then remove it on to a plate ( For about a min)
6. Decorate with crushed almond and serve.