Aamras ~ Sweetened Mango Puree

  After the Mango Custard Verrines, I thought of choosing a very traditional and simple recipe. Aamras is nothing but mango puree. In the north, during the mango season, mango is pureed and stored in order to use it for the future. Aamras is usually served as a dessert or even as a part of a main meal. My colleague P (do check out her Bombay Chicken Biriyani and Mangalore Chicken Sukka!) would tell how amazing a combination aamras is with pooris. Yes, I have heard about it too, but somehow was never convinced, thanks to my South Indian roots. 😉 We can never mix sweet with savory. But since we had the Balaleet experience and were converted, I was somehow confident that this would work too.       Aamras is the best to be made the day before. Allow it to cool and the flavors to mingle, to taste… 

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Mango Custard Verrines

  It feels like ages since I have done my 3 back-to-back recipe series! I don’t know why. Even though I did the blogging marathon last month, I did miss my series, since the pressure is on me to decide the theme and do the posting based on that, without any outside influence. 🙂 So after February, here I am this month…   It was not difficult to choose what to do this month. With the king of fruits slowly coming into the market, what better time than to indulge in some treats? So this time, I am coming with three back-to-back mango treats, which are simple yet delightful to your tastebuds…     The first one is a super simple “Mango Custard Verrine”. What is a verrine, you may wonder. Verrines are normally layered food in see-through shot glasses. It can be sweet or savory. You may wonder how it… 

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Dulche De Leche Shrikand ~ DDL Yogurt Dessert

  I was just thinking to myself how long it has been since I have shared some motivational quotes or even thoughts on the blog. Sometimes the head doesn’t work, as simple as that. Especially when things are going smoothly, Alhamdulillah. At times, we feel routine is boring. We wish something extraordinary would happen. Good surprises add joy to the otherwise mundane life, but what if the surprise decides to take an ugly turn? Nobody would like it. Nobody would be able to accept it as soon as it happens. Once it slowly settles down, then you start absorbing it and accepting it, believing that things will turn better. So till I don’t have any surprises, good or bad, I am Alhamdulillah happy with my life. Frustrations are there – very human like – but I try for it not to interfere into my current thought process. 🙂   Sharing… 

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Lemon Cream Cheese Pudding

    This recipe is quite special to me. Why, you would ask. A reader of this blog, Shinaz from Abu Dhabi had shared this picture on an FB group sometime ago. If you really watch out my space, I don’t have much of fruity desserts apart from a few trifles and a banoffee pie, among the very few, and not a single “citrusy” dessert. Most of the them are chocolate based. It is not that I don’t love them. It is just that my mind is fixated with chocolate as dessert and always end up giving it my first preference. I don’t know if it is a good habit. 🙂   OK, coming back to the story, I ended up asking her for the recipe, which she messaged me. I rubbed my eyes twice while going through the list. So easy! All you need is 3 main ingredients and… 

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Chocolate Croissant Pudding

  After the Mango Coconut Milk Pudding, here is the second one for the “Are you Pudding Me?” theme for Blogging Marathon #74. This easy yet delicious Chocolate Croissant Pudding is quite like a bread pudding but with croissant in it.   If you have school going children who are picky about their boxes, then I am sure one of your grocery purchases is a box of croissants. I buy a box at least once a week so that the box for one of the days is sorted out. Sometimes I end up picking up from a different store and the kids just don’t touch it. This recipe is a savior when your croissants threaten to go stale. 😉 What more, the base is a chocolate custard, with even more chocolate chips sprinkled, so it is a totally chocolate treat. A bread pudding is best had warm, so that is… 

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Mango Coconut Milk Pudding

  Many bloggers would be aware of this awesome group of bloggers, coordinated by Srivalli, that runs the Blogging Marathon month after month. I have always been wanting to join them, but was not sure how much I could keep up with them, since I cook more on my whims rather than by following a theme. Ever since the beginning of the year, I have been looking to get back my blogging mojo and nothing better than doing a trial to see how I fare in this lovely event!   The Blogging Marathon is now in its edition #74 this month. That’s quite a long time, isn’t it? 🙂 From the themes for the month, I decided to choose “Are you Pudding me?” for these three days. Pudding – something that I love, isn’t it? 🙂 And I didn’t have much difficulty finalizing what I should be sharing over the… 

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No-Bake Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake – Guest post for Ashee’s Cookbook

  A request for guest posts always excite me. I don’t know why, but I love the feeling of being asked for a guest post. It feels like a virtual invitation to their home, and I always love visiting homes, that you know you will feel great as a guest. 🙂 Thank you Asheera for your warm invitation… 🙂   Since my parents were around, I did ask her some time to work on her post, so when I got free, the first thing I did was to see what I can give her. My mood for cooking is just slowly starting to kick in but I didn’t want to delay her. That is when my eyes fell on this lovely and pretty looking cheesecake that I had made sometime ago when the whole family was around. I have hardcore cheesecake lovers in the family and whatever cheesecakes are there… 

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Be My Guest – Easy Chocolate Cinnamon Pots

Just as I thought I was not going to have any guest posts for this month and had settled down into that thought, I got an email from Supriya. I had never heard about her blog before, so her email did pique my interest. That got me going to her interesting blog called “Quiche and Tell“. The name of the blog is in itself interesting! That reminds me that I have been wanting to make quiche for long. I have tried making them a couple of times but they have just failed me. Not they didn’t taste right, but definitely not blogworthy. 😀 OK, so coming back to Supriya’s blog, I kept browsing and totally loved the collection of recipes that she had on her blog. Her latest cheesecake post is definitely something to die for!   So we had a little chit chat over the mails up and down… 

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Halawat Timman ~ Iraqi Roasted Rice Flour Sweet

  It is the 15th of the month, and time for the MENA Cooking Challenge! This month, we are going to Iraq. If you remember, I started participating in this challenge with Iraq, so now it has literally taken a full circle. I must say I have enjoyed my journey for this challenge and wish to continue as much as I can…   For this month, we were given three options – Pardah Pellau: a rice dish, preferably a biriyani topped with a pie crust, Lisan El Kathi: a baked dish with eggplants with meat mince, and Halawat Timman, a roasted rice flour dessert.. The suggestions were provided by Noor’s friend’s grandmother and were heritage recipes. No wonder I had a tough time trying to trace out the recipes, I don’t know how it was for all of them. Finally after searching a lot with various names on Google, I… 

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Chocolate Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

  Ever since this year has started, there has been an awful level of lethargy associated with the blog. I am not sure why is that so. I have heard many bloggers tell me that after a particular stage, we all face a lack of interest in the proceedings – whether small or large. I am just looking at a small example. I still have the 2014 recipes to be properly done into recipe cards. There are more than 200 posts, and I am not having any motivation to do it. I try to recall how I did it for the other posts, but I am not able to get the hang of it. Then I tell myself, no, I am not going to stress myself over it. 🙂   Just taking back from completing four years of blogging, today’s post happens to be the post #1000 on “The BST”…. 

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Be My Guest ~ Lemon Cheesecake Crescent Rolls

Last month, I received a mail from Chindinma Zee, who blogs at Fruitful Kitchen,  with an interest to publish a guest post on my blog. She has previously published a few guest posts, here and here. I loved how neat her work was and also what was on her blog. So I had no difficulty in deciding to have her over my little space.   If you notice, I hardly have any citrusy bakes on the blog apart from a couple of them involving oranges. Even though I love them, I don’t have a family that would eat them, so I try to stay away from making them. These lemon cheesecake crescent rolls that Chindinma brings by has everything in them – they are easy to make, they are lemony and they feel like you are having cheesecake! Without much ado, let’s go on and see what Chindinma brings in… 

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Baked Yogurt ~ Celebrating blogoversary #4!

  I can’t believe I have survived 4 years of blogging, and that too, consistent blogging, Alhamdulillah! I sincerely cannot describe the way I am feeling now. I started the blog with a lot of trepidation and concern. But I must say that the blog has bought me a lot of love and affection, whether it is from fellow bloggers or from my lovely readers. I will remain indebted for that forever… 🙂   I can’t go without saying how much this blog has become a part of my life. For the past four years, even during my vacation, I have been constantly thinking, checking and working towards the blog. If you ask me whether I am happy with the way my blog has fared, I don’t have an answer. A little tinge of sadness engulfs me when I think of it. My blog has been constant for the past… 

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Iced Chocolate Mousse

  A few weeks ago, I had posted a live video of Rasha trying to help me with this mousse on my personal FB timeline. From then on, I received a few requests for the recipe that she tried, or she started to try and then left in the middle, I must say! 😉 I was not intending to do this recipe any earlier on the blog, but then, I thought, since the video had gone live, why don’t I use the opportunity of making this post appear earlier, in the form of a book review? 🙂   Today’s book for review is “Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook 200 Delicious Desserts”, written by Sara Lewis, printed by Octopus Books, UK. This book is a part of a collection of books with 2oo recipes. This was one of the books that HD picked up for me from this year’s Sharjah Book Fair… 

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Apple Hand Pies/ Turnovers

  There are these apple pies you get at McDonald’s. I am not fond of their burgers, but the kids want to go there all the time for the kid’s meal, not for the nuggets but for the toy that comes with it. It is really frustrating, to say the least. Anytime we go to a mall, the kids scream for McD. I always say a “no” or put a timeline when they can have it again, but the HD always gives in to their requirements. So now, I try to not get any close to their outlet. 😀   OK, coming back to the apple pie, if there is something I love of their’s, then it is the pie. Crunchy puff pastry filled with hot cinnamony apple… so much deliciousness! I recently learned that “hand pies” are also called “turnovers”, but Google also tells me that that turnovers are… 

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Shrikhand ~ Hung Curd Dessert

  I have a soft corner for Shrikhand – period! Give me some thick curd sweetened and spiced with my favorite cardamom and I turn into a little kid, excited about it! I have already posted a few variants on the blog before: Aamrakhand/ Mango Shrikand Saffron Shrikand  Nutella Shrikand Papaya Shrikand I felt a bit guilty looking at this list. Where is the plain shrikhand? The plain goodness, with absolutely no additives of any fruit or other flavorings?   Shrikhand is basically a  Gujrati and Maharashtrian delight, served as a stand alone dessert or along with pooris. For us South Indians, pooris are always with a potato bhaji, so having it with something sweet was not a matter I could digest. But once I tried the combination, I was hooked – it is delicious! You must try it to know how it would be. There is a combination of… 

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