wild strawberry kheer

Wild strawberries were one of the best things about my childhood. When spring and summer would come (their season is April – July), we would be walking about in the woodlands and stumble upon these little plants with delicate white flowers bearing the most beautiful tiny strawberries that looked like little rubies. Ever since that first time, we went back to the same spot to gather a batch every year.

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besan ladoo

One of the most recognisable exotic sweets from the Indian continent, besan ladoo are deliciously nutty and sweet, half gooey and half crumby. If I remember rightly, the very first time I made the foray into the dizzying world of Indian desserts  I spent the afternoon making besan ladoo.  I found the word so cute…

coconut & almond karanji

This year my birthday fell on Easter Sunday, which is possibly the most revered day of the calendar for Christians. After 40 days of fasting for Lent, and a Holy Week beginning on Palm Sunday (which celebrates Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem), Easter Sunday is celebrated as ‘The Resurrection’; 3 days after his crucification, Christ rose…

rasmalai

There are no words to describe the intense rich, creamy, and sweet taste on the palate when eating a spoonful of rasmalai. Light, spongy, spiced softly with cardamon and delicate saffron; they must be tasted to be fully admired. Ras in Hindi literally translates to “juice” meaning the delicious thickened milk we serve, and malai means cream. They are a Bengali delicacy…

kanafeh | rose water soaked cheese pastry

How had I not tried this by now? Kanafeh (also spelt as kunafeh, kadayif and many other variations) is a sweet dessert from the Levant. It’s generally agreed to have originated in Palestine, but now many other countries have adapted the recipe by putting their own unique spin on it. The recipe I am presenting to…

shirkhand & puranpoli

Happy (late) Gudi Padwa! Gudi Padwa is the first day of Chaitra, which according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar is the first month of the year. It also has a scientific logic as the sun is in the first point of Aries (The first sign of the zodiac), which in turn marks the beginning of…

coconut & rose ladoo truffles

Easily melt in the mouth. Delicately flavoured. An almost sinful feeling of indulgence. When I made this recipe, I considered what I was making to be ladoos: a sweet Indian dessert usually made with gram flour and sugars which is heated and moulded into a little round ball shape. Well, I thought I was being really…

besan nankhatai | butter shortbread

The easiest biscuits I’ve ever baked: Nankhatai. They were recommended by my boyfriend as a delicious Indian sweet I should attempt to bake, and now I’ve smelt the alluring aroma of nankhatai they’re certainly going to become a regular staple in our home. Biscuits are such a nightmare to cook in my oven but baking these…

white chocolate raspberry cake

This weekend it was my Mothers birthday. I had asked her in advance what sort of cake she wanted, and the answer was quick and unwavering: white chocolate cake … and so, the recipe was conceived. White chocolate and raspberry is a classic combination. When you marry the natural sweetness of white chocolate with the tanginess of…

gajar burfi | indian carrot burfi

Vibrant, sugary and tantalisingly appetising, these small snacks are delicately spiced and set into a melt-in-your-mouth mixture. I am never sure what to do with my carrots. Boiling them spoils their sweetness in my opinion – and as much as I like spiced or honey roasted carrots, they are not so versatile that I want to eat…

chawal ki kheer | indian rice pudding

Kheer is a silky smooth, creamy mixture of flavoursome, aromatic rice which is cooked and sweetened with sugar and milk, combined with a delicious combination of cardamon, saffron, and in my case, rose water. It can be garnished with nuts of your choice (usually cashews, almonds, or pistachios) rose petals and raisins.

honey yoghurt olive oil & lime cake

There is nothing I love more than a good citrus cake. What tastes better than a lemon drizzle slice sprinkled with sugar? Well – honey yoghurt, olive oil and lime cake!