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 hope perhaps or the possibility that keeps me going.
So here I am once again, blogging and to make my readers know that I am alive if not kicking. This blog will not die its natural death, the time has not come yet. I never approach blogging from a professional angle, hence the consistency of my blog post follow a sinuous curve reflecting my state of mind as well as the events happening in my life. Wanted to know from you all, what do you prefer – a professional blogging approach or write when only life permits ?
This sweet dish I have prepared a while ago when I was in better frame of my mind. Probably when I thought I was happy or presuming that everything was perfect in my little paradise, only to realize that it was just an illusion.
In the land of milk and
honey sugar, every celebration calls for something sweet. So this year on valentine’s day, try this sweet pudding and in india the word sweets or sweetmeats starts and ends with milk and sugar, the prime component for any sweet dish in our country. The fastest, the most delicious word is halwa here. It may have an ancient lineage of muslim ancestry a Mughal influence which reflects largely on the cuisines of india. Halwas are simple, adorable and every spoonful ensure the soul-stirring sweetness of ghee, milk and sugar.
To my list of growing halwas, pineapple halwa is the latest recruit in the great army of indian sweets and I was sure it would taste heavenly. It has something unique flair to it. Sweet with a hint of tanginess, the heady aroma of saffron and the grainy khova weaves some kind of magic. Illusion perhaps but trust me on this, it taste simple awesome.
- Pineapple (ripe and cut into small pieces) : 3 cups
- Sugar : ½ cup or more as per taste
- Mawa / Khova : 200 gm
- Mix dry fruits (raisin, cashew nut and almonds) : ½ cup
- Saffron : a large pinch soaked in 1 tbsp warm milk
- Ghee (clarified butter) : 2-3 tbsp
- Chop the pineapples into tiny pieces.
- In a heavy bottom pan, add the pineapple pieces and let it sweat for few minutes.
- When it releases enough juices, add the sugar and let it cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes till the pineapple becomes tender.
- I love pineapples to be little caramelized. If you want to retain the bright yellow color then do not let it caramelized.
- Once the sugar melts completely add the khova and keep stirring it continuosly.
- You will notice a change in color and consistency as well.
- Add the saffron along with the milk and keep stirring it.
- When it starts sticking at the bottom, add the ghee and gives a vigorous stir.
- Garnish with chopped dry fruits and serve warm or at room temperature.
Take care not to burn the sugar and caramelize the pineapples with utmost caution.
The word “valentine” lost its meaning perhaps in my context, but I sincerely hope many of you will find love of your life. If you are planning something, then do check our last year Valentine special recipes. If you both have a sweet tooth then you can try some Indian flavours too like this saffron pineapple halwa.
Keep your faith and love your life ! Dawn is always beautiful.