Ras Malai Flavoured Cheesecake

No-bake cheesecake, subtly flavoured with saffron, cardamom and pistachio I was recently gifted the most beautifully aromatic Persian Saffron by the Ruby Saffron company. Saffron, known as Kesar in Punjabi, is such a versatile spice, it can be used in sweet and savoury dishes. My favorite use of it is in Ras Malai, which is…

Mango Kheer

Mango flavoured Indian rice pudding My mum loved Kheer and always made it when there was a special occasion as a ‘Sagan or Shagun’ – it was a good omen to make something sweet on an auspicious day.  It was made on every birthday and she would make it the traditional way, adding raisins and…

Cardamom & Pistachio Ice-cream

Cardamom, Pistachio and Rose no churn ice-cream Many people love Ras Malai which is a dessert made from Indian cottage cheese which has been shaped into little dumplings, sweetened and then soaked in reduced milk, laced with saffron, cardamom and, with chopped pistachios for the garnish. Gulab Jamun being little fried dough balls dunked in…

Semiya aka Seviya

Vermicelli noodles cooked in sweetened milk When I was growing up Semiya were a once a month breakfast on a Sunday morning on days we were not having Parathe. I used to dread it when Mum made them – I think kids just shy away from anything that has even the slightest notion of slippery…

Panjiri

A nutritional and healthy pick me up Panjiri is a wonderful snack that is so full of energy. Many Indians make this during the start of the winter months in large quantities, and it is eaten in the mornings to keep away colds and other ailments and to give their immunity a boost. It is also good for…

Gajrela

Carrot, milk and pistachio dessert Gajar is the Punjabi word for carrot and this is a beautiful dessert made with the sweetness of carrots and pistachios coupled with the fragrance of cardamom. My version of it is very quick and easy. In Punjab it is know as Gajrela and Gajar Ka Halwa in India generally….