Dessert Archive

  • The soft and moist amaranth almond fudge, naturally protein packed, sweetened with jaggery (refined sugar free) and scented with cardamoms. Locally known as rajgira / ramdana (God’s grain) ki barfi, these nutritional fudge are excellent to taste and can be part of your feasty festival platter like for Raksha bandhan (a unique festival that celebrates eternal bonding between brothers and sisters) or Diwali. Amaranth is pseudo cereal (that is they are non-grasses) and hence very popular in Indian community during […]

    Amaranth almond fudge / Rajgira barfi – Gluten free for raksha bandhan

    The soft and moist amaranth almond fudge, naturally protein packed, sweetened with jaggery (refined sugar free) and scented with cardamoms. Locally known as rajgira / ramdana (God’s grain) ki barfi, these nutritional fudge are excellent to taste and can be part of your feasty festival platter like for Raksha bandhan (a unique festival that celebrates eternal bonding between brothers and sisters) or Diwali. Amaranth is pseudo cereal (that is they are non-grasses) and hence very popular in Indian community during […]

  • Before we head straight to rain soaked evenings, and gives masala chai and pakoras a toast, lets give a last call for summer by having this delightful aamras puri or flavoured mango pulp. Aamras  can be easily deciphered as nothing but flavoured and sweetened mango pulp. Now, you may ask what is there to blog about. Is it not the right way to enjoy mangoes. Yes, thats  absolutely true and there is no recipe to make this. I mean extracting […]

    Aamras – Poori or flavoured mango pulp – Summer delight

    Before we head straight to rain soaked evenings, and gives masala chai and pakoras a toast, lets give a last call for summer by having this delightful aamras puri or flavoured mango pulp. Aamras  can be easily deciphered as nothing but flavoured and sweetened mango pulp. Now, you may ask what is there to blog about. Is it not the right way to enjoy mangoes. Yes, thats  absolutely true and there is no recipe to make this. I mean extracting […]

  • This is going to be the most colorful post till date, commemorating the Hindu festival of color Holi in every form. Holi is the festival of life and merriment. Color plays an important part in Human psychology. It has that inherent power to cure many things, and as the season changes the languidness of Winter mellows beautifully into cheerfulness of the colorful Spring, and in India Spring has more warmer tones than in other parts of the world, there is […]

    Thandai spiced coconut milk panna cotta : Veganlicious Holi & summer treat

    This is going to be the most colorful post till date, commemorating the Hindu festival of color Holi in every form. Holi is the festival of life and merriment. Color plays an important part in Human psychology. It has that inherent power to cure many things, and as the season changes the languidness of Winter mellows beautifully into cheerfulness of the colorful Spring, and in India Spring has more warmer tones than in other parts of the world, there is […]

  • Ranga aloo r rosher pitha / mishti aloo r pithe puli : Festivals are living museum of Nation’s culture and traditions. It is like a window to each other’s culture, rituals and traditions, especially in culturally diversified country like India, where each of the corner of the country celebrate Makar Sankranti in its own way, yet the ritualism and traditions are so different from each other and off course the wide array of food platter. Food has an incredible power […]

    Ranga aloo r rosher puli pithe / Sweet potato dumplings for Sankranti

    Ranga aloo r rosher pitha / mishti aloo r pithe puli : Festivals are living museum of Nation’s culture and traditions. It is like a window to each other’s culture, rituals and traditions, especially in culturally diversified country like India, where each of the corner of the country celebrate Makar Sankranti in its own way, yet the ritualism and traditions are so different from each other and off course the wide array of food platter. Food has an incredible power […]

  •   As sun transmigrates from one zodiac to another, season changes, life moves on and it is that time of the year again to say thank you to Mother earth for selflessly providing us with abundant harvest, shelter and bountiful of happiness. At the same time we must not forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but silently living by them, each day of the year. And on this auspicious day of Makar Sankranti we wishes everyone health, happiness […]

    Dudh puli pithe / rice dumplings stuffed with sweetened coconut – Sankranti special

      As sun transmigrates from one zodiac to another, season changes, life moves on and it is that time of the year again to say thank you to Mother earth for selflessly providing us with abundant harvest, shelter and bountiful of happiness. At the same time we must not forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but silently living by them, each day of the year. And on this auspicious day of Makar Sankranti we wishes everyone health, happiness […]

  • Happy Vijaydashami to all my lovely readers. Presenting here another simple but delicious festival special : Sabudana kheer or Sago pudding or Tapioca pearl pudding . “Solitude is the salt of person hood. It brings out the authentic flavour of every experience….” …and as we were waiting impatiently for our boat to return, I let myself completely immersed in the eclectic aura of the beach life at Railay beach of Phuket. The air was fresh and crisp that day, the […]

    Sago pudding or Thai style tapioca pearl pudding – Festival special

    Happy Vijaydashami to all my lovely readers. Presenting here another simple but delicious festival special : Sabudana kheer or Sago pudding or Tapioca pearl pudding . “Solitude is the salt of person hood. It brings out the authentic flavour of every experience….” …and as we were waiting impatiently for our boat to return, I let myself completely immersed in the eclectic aura of the beach life at Railay beach of Phuket. The air was fresh and crisp that day, the […]

  • After a while… I am back here in my own little space. In the past year I had somehow managed to keep the stove warm enough so that you can enjoy the sporadic posts that I had manged to throw in here and there randomly. Six weeks back a little angel has arrived in our home and she has changed our lives forever. We are now proud parent of our sweet angel, yes we are blessed with a baby girl. […]

    Blackberry cobbler for the summery days and a new beginning

    After a while… I am back here in my own little space. In the past year I had somehow managed to keep the stove warm enough so that you can enjoy the sporadic posts that I had manged to throw in here and there randomly. Six weeks back a little angel has arrived in our home and she has changed our lives forever. We are now proud parent of our sweet angel, yes we are blessed with a baby girl. […]

  • The queen of cakes and heartthrobs of many, the decadent black forest cake epitomizes the divinity of chocolate in its true spirit, this heavenly torte is dream of every bakers to whip up the best one possible. This fancy cake is layered with so many fascinating stories about its origin, tales that traveled across the globe from the sleepy town of Bad Godesberg near Bonn. Black forest cake is a fancy and dreamy chocolate genoise which is soaked in kirschwasser or cherry brandy […]

    Black forest cake for the love of life and chocolate – true bliss

    The queen of cakes and heartthrobs of many, the decadent black forest cake epitomizes the divinity of chocolate in its true spirit, this heavenly torte is dream of every bakers to whip up the best one possible. This fancy cake is layered with so many fascinating stories about its origin, tales that traveled across the globe from the sleepy town of Bad Godesberg near Bonn. Black forest cake is a fancy and dreamy chocolate genoise which is soaked in kirschwasser or cherry brandy […]

  •                                                                 H A P P Y     H O L I  What could be the perfect recipe for Holi, the season of color announcing the onset of spring in a most vibrant way. Someone would just say “why? take some color, add water and apply to your near and […]

    Rosh bora / drunken lentil fritters for Holi

                                                                    H A P P Y     H O L I  What could be the perfect recipe for Holi, the season of color announcing the onset of spring in a most vibrant way. Someone would just say “why? take some color, add water and apply to your near and […]

  • Hello ! after a while… Today I am not in a mood to share anything sweet but yet I am sharing this  bowl of pineapple pudding, in remembrance of good times and to keep alive my faith and hopes.  When your life is in total mess nothing entertains you. I am currently passing through a very bad phase in my life, in my relationship. However the situation is worse, I always believe there exist a scope to rebuild it. A flicker of […]

    Saffron Pineapple halwa -remembrance of good times together

    Hello ! after a while… Today I am not in a mood to share anything sweet but yet I am sharing this  bowl of pineapple pudding, in remembrance of good times and to keep alive my faith and hopes.  When your life is in total mess nothing entertains you. I am currently passing through a very bad phase in my life, in my relationship. However the situation is worse, I always believe there exist a scope to rebuild it. A flicker of […]

  • Happy Sankranti to all my readers. Gur er naru / coconut and jaggery confection balls for Sankranti : In last few days we were busy transferring our site to a different server. Hence could not post any new recipes. Gur’er naru or coconut jaggery sweet balls is one amazingly simple Indian confection that you can make at home in no time. Paper boats. Colorful toffee wrappers. Orange shaped lozenges. Narkel’er naru. Childhood memories. Precious moments resplendent with innocence, joy and […]

    Gur’er naru / Coconut and jaggery sweet confection balls

    Happy Sankranti to all my readers. Gur er naru / coconut and jaggery confection balls for Sankranti : In last few days we were busy transferring our site to a different server. Hence could not post any new recipes. Gur’er naru or coconut jaggery sweet balls is one amazingly simple Indian confection that you can make at home in no time. Paper boats. Colorful toffee wrappers. Orange shaped lozenges. Narkel’er naru. Childhood memories. Precious moments resplendent with innocence, joy and […]

  • Mishti aloo r pantua / Sweet potato gulab jamun for Sankranti : I cook lots of sweets now a days (read post-marriage addiction). So when Sankranti festival is near how can I celebrate it without any sweets to adorn my table. To celebrate the occasion here we present – sweet potato jamuns or mishti aloo’r pantua as it is lovingly known in Bengal. This sweet potato jamuns were on my long list of “things to do”. I was always daunted […]

    Mishti aloo’r pantua / sweet potato gulab jamun – Sankranti recipes

    Mishti aloo r pantua / Sweet potato gulab jamun for Sankranti : I cook lots of sweets now a days (read post-marriage addiction). So when Sankranti festival is near how can I celebrate it without any sweets to adorn my table. To celebrate the occasion here we present – sweet potato jamuns or mishti aloo’r pantua as it is lovingly known in Bengal. This sweet potato jamuns were on my long list of “things to do”. I was always daunted […]

  • We are concluding the year on a sweet note. Next year will return with more delicious recipes. No self – introspection and retrospection for the year that is going to be history soon. Sometimes it is better to look forward only.  Do not forget to check our Christmas roundup on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !  Seasonal cleaning always unearthed some hidden forgotten secret things from my closet, like this decades old recipe diary written […]

    Apple cinnamon tea cake with brown sugar crumb topping

    We are concluding the year on a sweet note. Next year will return with more delicious recipes. No self – introspection and retrospection for the year that is going to be history soon. Sometimes it is better to look forward only.  Do not forget to check our Christmas roundup on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !  Seasonal cleaning always unearthed some hidden forgotten secret things from my closet, like this decades old recipe diary written […]

  • I need something sweet today that can be made easily without fretting too much, like this rawa kesari, to expel the unpleasant thoughts from my mind. After wasting my time for full 40 minutes glued before the idiot box and watching an awful food show, I seriously need something sweet to eat today. In anticipation that it will save my day and will make me feel better.  Anyway, it is a bad idea to start a blog post in terrible […]

    Rava kesari / Semolina / sooji ka halwa and tale of confused Indian gastronome

    I need something sweet today that can be made easily without fretting too much, like this rawa kesari, to expel the unpleasant thoughts from my mind. After wasting my time for full 40 minutes glued before the idiot box and watching an awful food show, I seriously need something sweet to eat today. In anticipation that it will save my day and will make me feel better.  Anyway, it is a bad idea to start a blog post in terrible […]

  • Life is just a bowl of cherries. Deep toned . Cherry red color. Plump with shiny cheeks. Cherries are cute little sweet bombs. They entice you with their sweet whispers “pick me up ! pick me up, pretty please !”   You pop some in your mouth, dunk some in the brandy and chopped some in the brownies. Then an evil idea strike you. You put some cherries on a baking dish. Shower them with brown sugar. Sneak a stick […]

    Roasted cherry icecream – life is delicious

    Life is just a bowl of cherries. Deep toned . Cherry red color. Plump with shiny cheeks. Cherries are cute little sweet bombs. They entice you with their sweet whispers “pick me up ! pick me up, pretty please !”   You pop some in your mouth, dunk some in the brandy and chopped some in the brownies. Then an evil idea strike you. You put some cherries on a baking dish. Shower them with brown sugar. Sneak a stick […]

  • Today we are going to present a very special dessert from the city of Nizam’s – Hyderabadi qubani ka meetha aka Indian apricot fool (e) or pudding and one of Hyderabad’s special dessert, for which the city is known for. Summers are for peaches, berries and apricots. Apricots mature early than the others, fresh one has a hint of tang in them but I love their apricot y color and musky flavor.  The fruit is native to Armenia and the […]

    Hyderabadi qubani ka meetha / Indian apricot pudding or fool (e)

    Today we are going to present a very special dessert from the city of Nizam’s – Hyderabadi qubani ka meetha aka Indian apricot fool (e) or pudding and one of Hyderabad’s special dessert, for which the city is known for. Summers are for peaches, berries and apricots. Apricots mature early than the others, fresh one has a hint of tang in them but I love their apricot y color and musky flavor.  The fruit is native to Armenia and the […]

  • Few things are as irresistible as icecream chilled no bake cheesecake in the summer time. Sorry for striking through the ice cream. I know ice cream lovers will not pardon me. It was just to emphasize my point. So pardon me please ! In few words, please DO GIVE IT A TRY !   It goes by many names – simple no bake cheesecake – sound delicious !  no bake cheesecake tarts or tartlets – even better, no bake layer cheesecakes […]

    No bake lemon cheesecake with blueberries for summer – eggless and gelatin free

    Few things are as irresistible as icecream chilled no bake cheesecake in the summer time. Sorry for striking through the ice cream. I know ice cream lovers will not pardon me. It was just to emphasize my point. So pardon me please ! In few words, please DO GIVE IT A TRY !   It goes by many names – simple no bake cheesecake – sound delicious !  no bake cheesecake tarts or tartlets – even better, no bake layer cheesecakes […]

  • “Stressed spelled backward is dessert ” Coincidence ! I think not ! “ This week we will feature two summer special chilled dessert and yes both will be no bake treat ! Back in my own country, summers are highlighted by incredible variety of fresh and juicy mangoes. Being a devout chocolate lover by birth I was never a fan of fruit desserts, but over the years the seamless transgression of classic dessert soaked in fruity flavours has able to change my […]

    Strawberry yogurt cake – no bake chilled summer dessert

    “Stressed spelled backward is dessert ” Coincidence ! I think not ! “ This week we will feature two summer special chilled dessert and yes both will be no bake treat ! Back in my own country, summers are highlighted by incredible variety of fresh and juicy mangoes. Being a devout chocolate lover by birth I was never a fan of fruit desserts, but over the years the seamless transgression of classic dessert soaked in fruity flavours has able to change my […]

  • It gives me immense pleasure to share with you all that a short Q & A style interview of mine has appeared in Nari Sakhi, an online forum for women and many thanks to Laksmi, the editor of Nari Sakhi for showing interest in Saffronstreaks.  It was pleasurable experience answering their queries. Now, there is another exciting news, yeah todays post is double bonanza, you see ! It has just arrived – my first ever DSLR camera, it is Nikon […]

    Key lime pie spiked with chipotle jam and a short interview at Nari- sakhi

    It gives me immense pleasure to share with you all that a short Q & A style interview of mine has appeared in Nari Sakhi, an online forum for women and many thanks to Laksmi, the editor of Nari Sakhi for showing interest in Saffronstreaks.  It was pleasurable experience answering their queries. Now, there is another exciting news, yeah todays post is double bonanza, you see ! It has just arrived – my first ever DSLR camera, it is Nikon […]

  • This was an anniversary cum birthday cake. It had to be special. For the chocolate aficionado, it can not be better gift than anything else. Though the cake was baked in the oven but the first imaginary seed germinated weeks before in my mind, slowly the vision becomes more clearer. I knew how and what kind of cake I wanted to bake. All things are complex before they are simplified into few easy and simple steps. Flavors were sorted out. […]

    Chocolate cake with mousse filling and covered with ganache – best ever extravagant chocolate cake

    This was an anniversary cum birthday cake. It had to be special. For the chocolate aficionado, it can not be better gift than anything else. Though the cake was baked in the oven but the first imaginary seed germinated weeks before in my mind, slowly the vision becomes more clearer. I knew how and what kind of cake I wanted to bake. All things are complex before they are simplified into few easy and simple steps. Flavors were sorted out. […]

  •   Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. ~Ernestine Ulmer The magic word here is “Mango” . Yellow, ripe, plump , juicy, musky and fruity with a leathery vibrant yellow skin, sometimes comes with those pretty pink spots, speaks about its ripeness, hint of sweet flavor oozing out of the bud tells you its sweetness and even before you think about eating it, just like that , your head buzzed with thousand of ideas to try with mangoes. Thats the mango […]

    Saffron mango kulfi – a royal summer treat and uncondtional mango mania !

      Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. ~Ernestine Ulmer The magic word here is “Mango” . Yellow, ripe, plump , juicy, musky and fruity with a leathery vibrant yellow skin, sometimes comes with those pretty pink spots, speaks about its ripeness, hint of sweet flavor oozing out of the bud tells you its sweetness and even before you think about eating it, just like that , your head buzzed with thousand of ideas to try with mangoes. Thats the mango […]

  •   Baking excites me to the point that I feel de-stressed whenever I tried something different, learnt something new in the process, just like this cake. Till date I have never tried or tasted a yeasted cake before.  Yeast to the best of my knowledge  is good for making breads, and in that too I sometimes failed. So when Natalia of Gatti Fili e Farina  challenged us to make a traditional Savarin cake, I was not sure that I would love to […]

    Savarin in saffron- pineapple syrup and Chantilly cream – Daring Bakers April challenge

      Baking excites me to the point that I feel de-stressed whenever I tried something different, learnt something new in the process, just like this cake. Till date I have never tried or tasted a yeasted cake before.  Yeast to the best of my knowledge  is good for making breads, and in that too I sometimes failed. So when Natalia of Gatti Fili e Farina  challenged us to make a traditional Savarin cake, I was not sure that I would love to […]

  • Carolina is finally warming up and between the hot seasons,  a cold spell of day makes it more pleasant. Though the beauty of cherry blossoms are hard to find here but we have our own Dogwood tree, native to Carolina and it bloomed this spring to paint the landscape in white. Time is just apt for planting some home-grown vegetables, so we planted some radishes, cherry tomatoes and chilli peppers. It gives me much high to notice that the plants […]

    Summer lemon star cookies and a winner

    Carolina is finally warming up and between the hot seasons,  a cold spell of day makes it more pleasant. Though the beauty of cherry blossoms are hard to find here but we have our own Dogwood tree, native to Carolina and it bloomed this spring to paint the landscape in white. Time is just apt for planting some home-grown vegetables, so we planted some radishes, cherry tomatoes and chilli peppers. It gives me much high to notice that the plants […]

  • Fig fudge or fig and chocolate fudge or anjeer (fig) halwa or anjeer barfi, it goes by many name but it has only one language that speaks deliciousness in every bite ! Holi like other festivals of India always holds a special place in our heart, and being very adventurous by nature I never shied away from playing with colors. In those days in my prime years, festivals like holi used to be celebrated with great fervor, a three-day affair, not like weekend celebration of today’s […]

    Cardamom scented fig and chocolate fudge / anjeer halwa or barfi for Holi

    Fig fudge or fig and chocolate fudge or anjeer (fig) halwa or anjeer barfi, it goes by many name but it has only one language that speaks deliciousness in every bite ! Holi like other festivals of India always holds a special place in our heart, and being very adventurous by nature I never shied away from playing with colors. In those days in my prime years, festivals like holi used to be celebrated with great fervor, a three-day affair, not like weekend celebration of today’s […]

  • It was Super Sunday for us, still unpacking the stuffs and rearranging the things, downloading the snaps from our trips, recounting our days in Florida, and in between watched two of the best films of recent years – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (ELIC) and The Artist. If the word ‘film’ is more a colloquial term use to encompass the art of making pictures  , ‘cinema’ is the word that deals with the finer nuances of film making with a […]

    Bakewell tart with blueberry jam

    It was Super Sunday for us, still unpacking the stuffs and rearranging the things, downloading the snaps from our trips, recounting our days in Florida, and in between watched two of the best films of recent years – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (ELIC) and The Artist. If the word ‘film’ is more a colloquial term use to encompass the art of making pictures  , ‘cinema’ is the word that deals with the finer nuances of film making with a […]

  • Have you ever wondered how far a leaf can travel , if I say thousands of miles across the continents ? Quiet literally, the other day as I was leafing through the pages of my  year old travel diary, I found one dry autumn leaf pressed inside its pages. I have this unmindful habit of preserving the leaves pressed inside the books, not that I seriously get involved in some artistic project, but it is more an oblivious habit than […]

    Maple glazed apple cinnamon mini bundt cake – fall memories

    Have you ever wondered how far a leaf can travel , if I say thousands of miles across the continents ? Quiet literally, the other day as I was leafing through the pages of my  year old travel diary, I found one dry autumn leaf pressed inside its pages. I have this unmindful habit of preserving the leaves pressed inside the books, not that I seriously get involved in some artistic project, but it is more an oblivious habit than […]

  • The Sun is the Self of the world, moving as well as unmoving.  Surya Upanishad, Atharva Veda   Til badam chikki / Sesame brittle : Sun’s transmigration from one zodiac to another, makar (Capricorn) is considered very auspicious in Hinduism and is being celebrated as makar sankranti through out the country. In some states it also coincides with the harvest festival too, like in West Bengal where it is known as “Poushe sankranti”, amidst all the rituals the most awaited moments are however a lavish […]

    Til badam ki chikki aka Sesame – almond brittle

    The Sun is the Self of the world, moving as well as unmoving.  Surya Upanishad, Atharva Veda   Til badam chikki / Sesame brittle : Sun’s transmigration from one zodiac to another, makar (Capricorn) is considered very auspicious in Hinduism and is being celebrated as makar sankranti through out the country. In some states it also coincides with the harvest festival too, like in West Bengal where it is known as “Poushe sankranti”, amidst all the rituals the most awaited moments are however a lavish […]

  • It is the perspective that matters ! So what if  ” there  is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights ” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie Beginning a new year on a sweet note, chocolate banana oat muffins, healthy delicious and power […]

    Chocolate banana oat muffins – healthy bites

    It is the perspective that matters ! So what if  ” there  is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights ” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie Beginning a new year on a sweet note, chocolate banana oat muffins, healthy delicious and power […]

  • Is this dark and intense enough ? Divine … Delicious … Decadent !!!  A slice of heaven might slipped you into midnight reverie. A delightful interlude waiting to unfold its aura… where soul reborn again ! Come and join me in this sinful journey of utterly delicious triple chocolate fudge cake where depth of flavours arises from the unknown fathoms and the silky and velvety chocolate ganache shamefully brings the temptress in you ! Chocolate is divine as in heaven, it is aphrodisiac, it […]

    Triple chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache – Southern style

    Is this dark and intense enough ? Divine … Delicious … Decadent !!!  A slice of heaven might slipped you into midnight reverie. A delightful interlude waiting to unfold its aura… where soul reborn again ! Come and join me in this sinful journey of utterly delicious triple chocolate fudge cake where depth of flavours arises from the unknown fathoms and the silky and velvety chocolate ganache shamefully brings the temptress in you ! Chocolate is divine as in heaven, it is aphrodisiac, it […]

  • Saffronstreaks wishes Happy & Prosperous Diwali to all, may you have safe, glowing and beautiful year ahead ! We @ saffronstreaks celebrating Diwali with everyone’s beloved “gajar ka halwa” and if it doesnt excites you enough, then wait, we are going to serve it differently. How ? Read it further. Gone are the days when Diwali used to be a week long affair, rather than a weekend thing which seems much like a chore to me rather than a celebration. Galore of homemade […]

    Almond crust tart filled with Indian carrot pudding – a Diwali special

    Saffronstreaks wishes Happy & Prosperous Diwali to all, may you have safe, glowing and beautiful year ahead ! We @ saffronstreaks celebrating Diwali with everyone’s beloved “gajar ka halwa” and if it doesnt excites you enough, then wait, we are going to serve it differently. How ? Read it further. Gone are the days when Diwali used to be a week long affair, rather than a weekend thing which seems much like a chore to me rather than a celebration. Galore of homemade […]