The festival season is around. The shops are preparing for a big rush of customers. They have started putting their stalls outside. Normally the it all starts with Dushera or Pooja Holidays. The decorations start coming up. The shopkeepers put up the pandals in open spaces in front of their shops and light those up with fancy decorative lights. The Halwaees or Sweet shops have big rush, especially the very popular ones, run out of stock everyday and almost always during this season we hear of police raids on shops for adulterated “Mawa” or “Khoya” as we call the mass of milk boiled till water content of it boils of. It is difficult to make because the milk has to be constantly churned on slow fire, so that it doesn’t burn. This is the hard part, but it is necessary because even a slight smell of burnt milk can spoil the taste of the sweet. More than seventy percent of the North Indian sweets are made from Khoya. That’s why it is much in demand during Diwali season and still the suppliers cannot cope up with the demand. This gives a big opportunity of pushing in the adulterated stuff by the people who are always on the look out for making a fast buck.
As such because of Covid-19, people this years are wary of buying items like sweets from Halwaees as Indian sweets are traditionally made by hands. So, this year how about trying your hand on making some of them at home? Not a bad idea I would say. In South India in many homes all sweet meats are made at home. People in many Indian homes do not eat anything food items brought from outside.
Let us put together some recipes of Sweets for you.
Brought to us by Manjeet Kaur Kochhar
And this following recipe is from out very own and very special Usha Surya Mani ji, who is a multi-talented recipe and an excellent cook. She has huge repertoire of recipes and a huge collection of her articles and stories.
From Ruchi’s Kitchen
Growing up, I have always relished my mom made desserts. She had that magic touch which could convert a simple pudding into a rich and heavenly delight at ease. Among all the sweets that my mom made, this one is my all time favorite Diwali sweet. Rabdi or rabri is a rich and heavenly Indian dessert prepared by boiling full fat milk until its is reduced to 1/4 its quantity. No doubt its a long and laborious process to make rabri, but it is truly indulgent and a D- licious festive sweet.
The secret to a rich and creamy rabri lies in slowly reduction of milk over the period of time, evaporating all its water content and the stuff that is left behind is a thick and creamy mixture.
RECIPE DETAIL – Over the years I’ve adapted my mom’s technique and came up with my very own version. My way of making this dessert is quick n easy and saves you a lot of time. I have used half and half milk for my recipe but feel free to substitute it with full cream milk. Fresh homemade paneer was used for my recipe, but store bought paneer will work just fine. Place paneer in a bowl of warm water for 10-15 minutes, drain and crumble paneer with your fingers.
Heat milk in a thick bottomed pan until it starts to bubble. Maintain a medium low heat and keep stirring continuously. As the milk starts to boil, lower the heat, add sugar followed by crumbled/grated paneer and khoya /mawa. Keep stirring and let it simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. The mixture will start to thicken, take it off the flame, add cardamom powder, nuts and keep it refrigerated until ready to serve. If Rabdi is too thick, add more milk and adjust its consistency. Just before serving garnish with some more nuts and enjoy with hot Gulab jamuns.
No doubt the slow cooking process of milk adds a subtle nutty flavor which makes this dish so flavorful and heavenly but below stated method is equally tasty and incredibly delicious. So those who want to treat their loved ones with an exceptional desserts this Diwali, try out Instant Rabri or Rabdi recipe.
With Thanks to all the people whose recipes we have taken for making this post. Please contact the links given in the post, if you want to learn more about their creativity. We are thankful to all the people whose recipes we have shared and it is our intent to promote them.
Blogfriends @ thewriterfriends.com
Thewriterfriends.com is an experiment to bring the creative people together on one platform. It is a free platform for creativity. While there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of platforms that provide space for expression around the world, the feeling of being a part of fraternity is often lacking. If you have a creative urge, then this is the right place for you. You are welcome here to be one of us.
Every Janmasthami day, I am reminded of how I got a wakeup call! Read all about it again today! My awakening came at last… I realized that all I was having was time travel… to be conscious of Krshna in my life! Hare Krshnas who assemble, sing and dance at a temple, one block away…
During my active working years at AT&T in USA I have made trips to Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia to attend tech-seminars, to present a tech-paper, or two, at technology conferences and to attend to customer support. One of the memorable trips that my wife and I made during those years was to Bangkok Thailand in…
For tourists like us, Kashmir is ‘paradise on earth’. There are enchanting tourist spots to visit in winter (beginning of a calendar year for Kashmir) through fall season, ending in November/December. February can be too icy and cold. Tourist season begins again in spring through summer to enjoy pleasant sun & shine in the company…
Recently I went to the sea for Sea Trial of another vessel. Here are some pictures for you. I have been rather busy since last two months. With short days and less time at hand, I haven’t been able to devote much time to writing. This project is now coming to an end and I…
Why We should keep a pleasant Ringtone? In today’s world of the internet and smartphones, The ring tone of our choice announces a call to us. A pleasant ring tone creates positive vibrations and makes us happy in the few seconds before talking. I use a child’s song as my ringtone and found…
Enforcement Directorate (ED) of India has registered Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case against Chinese national, Charlie Peng (also known as Luo Sang.) on August 17, 2020. He was in 14-day police custody. No charge has been made yet on ‘Spying’ (if any) ED has alleged that Charlie Peng and associates are directly connected…
India closes deal worth 374 million USD worth for indigenous Brahmos missiles. Bravo India! Philippines Navy has signed and sealed this giant defense deal to purchase from India, sophisticated Brahmos missiles (made in India under India-Russia joint venture.) This is a feather in the cap for India for its first “made in India” missile sale…
Slice of Sun A slice of Sun through my window magnificent and warm cheerful and healing Giving special meaning to life Loneliness and sadness walk out rustling on the wings of warm air A slice of moon through my window romantic and mysterious soothing and radiant giving a special mood to the night jasmine fragrance…