Sanoli's Kitchen: Desserts/Sweets
Showing posts with label Desserts/Sweets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Desserts/Sweets. Show all posts

Monday, January 13, 2014


Gajar ka Halwa or Gajrela (in Punjabi) is a traditional dessert made with milk and carrot. I used mawa with little milk, it gave a nice creamy texture. A delectable dessert of Northern India and Pakistan. The Arabic word, "halwa" means sweet. It is treated as a light nutritious dessert as it contains less fat. This toothsome dessert just melts in your mouth and tempts you to eat more and more... 
Recipe Source & Acknowledgement: Homely Food


325 gm Carrot
3 tbsps Clarified Butter
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Freshly Pounded Cardamom powder
1/4 Cup Grated Mawa (khoya)
Few Almonds (Chopped)
Few Cashew Nuts (Chopped)
Few Pistachios (Chopped)
1 tbsp Raisins
6-7 Strands of Saffron


Wash, peel and grate carrots.

Heat clarified butter in a non-stick pressure pan.

Add grated carrot in it. Fold nicely.

Saute for 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Stir occassionally.

Add 1/2 cup milk in it. Mix and pressure cook for 1 whistle.

Allow to escape steam naturally. Open the lid now.

Again place pressure pan on a stove top. Add grated mawa and cardamom powder in it. Fold nicely for 3 minutes.

Now add sugar, raisins and chopped nuts in it. Keep stirring continuously for 7-8 minutes on high heat. Add saffron strands and mix nicely. Remove from heat now.

Garnish with chopped nuts, raisins and few saffron strands. Serve hot or warm.

Sending to:  Chandrani's Holiday Recipes

Saturday, January 11, 2014


1/2 Cup Wheat Flour (atta)
1/4 Cup Sugar (as per taste)
5 Cashewnuts (chopped)
4 Almonds (chopped)
1 tbsp Raisins
5-6 Pistachios (chopped)
1/4 tsp Pounded Cardamom
1/4 Cup Clarified Butter (ghee)
1&1/4 Cups Water

Heat 2 tbsps clarified butter in a pan or wok. Add wheat flour in it. Keep stirring till it becomes dark brown. Be careful, not to burn the flour.

Now simmer the heat and add water and sugar in it.

Stir until all lumps get dissolved.

Cook on medium flame. Add 1 tbsp clarified butter more. Keep a nice stir.

Add chopped dry fruits and raisins in it. Fold well.

Add remaining clarified butter now. Cook till it gets thick consistency.

Turn off the heat, add pounded cardamom in it.

Delicious 'Halwa' is now ready to serve.

Serve hot by garnishing with chopped almonds and pistachios.
Sending to:  Chandrani's Holiday Recipes


Bottle gourd / lauki / dudhi halwa is a very popular dessert made by grated bottle gourd, mawa, sugar and clarified butter (ghee). Bottle gourd is a light vegetable with mild flavour, so many kids or adults are not much fond of eating bottle gourd, but trust me they will surely love this yummy dessert. When I saw this recipe on Homely Food, could not resist myself to prepare this toothsome sweet which I inherited  from my Mom, it is made in our house at the time of Durga puja or Lakshmi puja. As I saw, how she cooked this dessert in a fast way, I tried to follow her. Hope you will enjoy this traditional Halwa.

3 Cups Grated Bottle Gourd
4 Strands of Saffron Soaked in 3 tbsps Warm Milk
2 tbsps Clarified Butter (ghee)
Sugar 5-6 tbsps (as per taste)
1/3 Cup Grated Mawa (khoya)
1/4 tsp Coarsely Pounded Green Cardamom
5 Cashewnuts (chopped)
5 Almonds (chopped)
5 Pistachio (chopped)
1 tbsp Raisins
1 tsp Poppy Seeds/khus khus (optional)

Heat clarified butter in a wok or pan. Add grated bottle gourd in it. Saute for 2 minutes. Don't get bottle gourd brown.

Add saffron milk in it, mix nicely. As bottle gourd leaves lots of water, so cook on high flame. Stir continuously for 2 minutes. (Alternatively may use condensed milk too)

Add coarsely pounded cardamom powder in it. Stir for another 5 minutes till the excess water from bottle gourd evaporates.

Now add chopped nuts and raisins in it. Fold nicely.

Pour sugar and mawa in it. Mix well. Stir continuously for another 3 minutes on high.

Once the water evaporates completely, add khus khus, stir nicely and turn off the heat now. Take it out in a serving bowl. Garnish with cashew, almonds and pistachio. Serve hot.
Linking to:  Chandrani's Holiday Recipes

Monday, January 6, 2014


Recipe Source & Acknowledgement: Homely Food
This is a very popular ladoo among North Indians. Besan ladoos are made from gently roasted gram flour or besan. My mom mostly prepared it at the time of Navratri, Holi and Diwali. She made it very perfectly and tasty. Anytime, without any occassion we can have it. Yummy and delicious, yet easy to make ladoos are loved by all!!!


1 Cup Gram Flour (besan)
3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
8 tbsps Clarified Butter (ghee)
1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder


Heat clarified butter in a microwave safe bowl at 100% MW power for a minute.

Remove the bowl from microwave, add gram flour and mix it very well, there should not any lump.

Microwave at 100% MW power for 4 minutes, stirring it after every 1 minute. Again microwave at 50% MW power for 3 minutes, stirring it after each minute.

Remove from oven add sugar and cardamom powder in it. 

Mix it thoroughly. Let it cool. 

Divide into small portions and give them a shape of ladoos. Store it in air-tight container.

Sending to:  Chandrani's Holiday Recipes

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


First of all wishing all my co-blogger friends, readers, visitors A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR, 2014. South vs North challenge completed its one year and running gloriously, which is today known by each and every co blogger friend, is a concept and brain-child of our sweet friend Divya Pramil of You too can cook Indian Food. Truelly a great going event where she divided this Indian Cuisine in two geographical parts: Northern Cuisine and Southern Cuisine. Food-bloggers have been placed in this event on the basis from where they belong to. A member from North team and a member from South team respectively will challenge the opposite team members with an authentic recipe from their respective zone and opposite team have to publish the same on their space with a month. Wish to join in SNC, no further delay, just mail to

Feeling proud to be a challenger in this month. Thanks a ton Divya dear for giving me this opportunity. Welcoming South team dearies and here is my lovely challenge to them............"LABONGO LATIKA". This mithai or sweet is made by Bengali's on very special occasion of Durga Puja or Makar Sankranti.

In Bengali 'Labongo' means CLOVE, simply an aromatic Indian spice, which I love a lot. Today, I am here with a very famous and traditional Bengali sweet "Labongo Latika", sweetened khoya or mawa encased in a crisp pastry and sealed with a clove, frying and soaking in the thicken sugar syrup. In my childhood days I saw my Grand Ma made this fingerlicking good sweet and all of us enjoyed and relished it too much. Hope you will like this yummilicious Bengali sweet.



2 Cups All Purpose Flour / Self Raising Flour (maida)
2 tbsp Sugar (preferably powdered)
1/4 tsp Salt
Pinch of Baking Powder
Pinch of Saffron, Soaked In 2 tbsp Warm Water
3 tbsp Clarified Butter (ghee)
Little Warm Water To Knead The Dough
1 Cup Refined Oil for Deep Frying
20 Cloves


200 gm Mawa / Khoya
3-4 tbsp Sugar (according to taste)
1/8 tsp Nutmeg Powder
1/3 Cup Warm Water


1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
1 tsp Rose Essence / Rose Syrup



In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, 2 tbsp sugar, saffron water, clarified butter  and salt. Mix well. Add water little by little. Knead it to make a smooth dough. Cover with a wet cloth and rest for 20 minutes.
Divide the dough into 20 portions, by which make 20 equal flat balls and set those aside.


In a pan, crush mawa or khoya. Add ½ Cup warm water, nutmeg powder, Sugar in it. 
Heat the pan now and keep stirring continuously for about 6-7 minutes or till the mixture thicken. Switched off the flame now. 
Add raisins, mix nicely. Keep it aside and let it cool down a little.


Heat a sauce pan. Add 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water in it. Mix rose essence and let it boil. Two String consistency of syrup is required for this sweet.


In the mean time, flat a ball by sprinkling little flour and make poori approx 4” diameter circle or oval. 
Take a spoonful filling and place at the center of the circle. Fold from two opposite sides. 
Lastly, with your wet fingertips, fold from the remaining opposite ends to make a pocket. Wrap the edges with little water and insert a clove to seal the pocket, so that the pocket won’t open easily.

Heat enough oil in a wok for frying labongo latika on medium low flame. Slowly add 4-5 pockets in it. Fry slowly till both sides turn into golden brown.  
Remove them from the oil and dip in thick sugar syrup for 4-5 minutes. Make sure that both sides of labongo latika are getting drenched in sugar syrup. Remove from syrup and arrange on serving plate. 

Always serve after a couple of hours at room temperature. You may store in an air-tight container and refrigerate for a week. Enjoy this lipsmacking good Bengali sweet!!!

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