Showing posts with label Dessert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dessert. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Temptations: WaterGate Salad

Last weekend I hosted an all-women get together for friends from my Sunday school group.  This was the first time I was involved in any volunteer activities with this group, and understandably, felt totally like a fish out of water. The highlight of this event for me was a promise of girls' time out, without kids or husbands, and live cooking demonstrations for 2 secret dishes. The guest list, menu and activities were all planned by willing volunteers who devoted a load of time working out the details. My responsibility was barely to make sure that I provide the space,  disposables and co-ordinate parking space....

Wait...did someone say parking?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tilgul Kha, Goad Goad Bola

A new year, and a new round of celebrations. Come January, and most Indians begin to prepare for the first of the four harvest celebrations. In my part of India, it is called Makar Sankranti and is the only Hindu festival celebrated on January 14th, based on the Solar calendar instead of Hindu lunar calendar. In Delhi, the boisterous street-wide celebrations actually begin the night of Jan 13th with Lohri- the Punjabi version of celebrating this season of harvest. Loud drum beats, bhangra, bonfires with popcorn, gajjak and rewri would set the mood for Sankranti celebrations in our home the next morning.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Tasty Teaser- Badam Ka Halwa

My friend R is a big tease....she's good at heart, but she's an awful mean tease. And I can prove it. She bought a house in New York recently, and she kept talking about how picturesque her home was. It took her forever to unpack, settle down and invite us over to the new house. The minute she mentioned we come down, I packed up the family and we left. We arrived just in time for the evening chai, and as we sat there enjoying her house and her chai, with the obligatory snacks, she let out that she'd made badam ka halwa that morning for it was her hubby's b'day.

"But we're planning to go out for dinner tonight to this great restaurant that's a bit of a drive...", she said. " "So finish up the tea and lets go for dinner and we can have the badam halwa for dessert when we come back." And we left for the restaurant... without tasting her halwa.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dil Maange More! Ras Malai

My family has a serious sweet tooth. They inherit it from A's side of the family, just like every other not-so-good attribute! After all, aren't sweets supposed to be unhealthy and addictive? So what if, out of all four of us, I show the most evidence of devouring even a micro-ounce of all things sweet and chocolaty, while they get away with no effects. I strongly believe all things sugary should be put under a federal list, and should come with a eat-or-go to jail warning! And that is why, we run a strictly quarantined household as far as desserts go. However, the rules get broken- more frequently than not.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dal for Dessert anyone? Moong Dal Halwa

A study in contrast applies perfectly to this famous dessert. My dad used to call Moong daal a poor man's feast. According to him, it was the most abundant produce in the state of Haryana in Northern India while he was growing up, and hence the cheapest. And yet, it is used to make the most coveted sweet of that region. The recipe is simplicity personified, and yet so hard to master! I could never understand why my mom only made it on birthdays and Diwali, seeing that it only used 3 basic ingredients. Now, I do. This has got to be the most tedious, time consuming and fattening dessert ever! Don't get me wrong- I still love eating it. It is just that, making it is so....tedious (did I mention that before?)