These were born out of error. I was making a batch of fresh cherry chocolate wholewheat brownie bites, and had absolutely no intentions of going beyond that. But alas, the greasing was skipped and out came the perfectly fudgy gooey-ness that half stuck to the pan. Royally annoying. And while trying to rescue them from the crevices and sending random text updates about it to the husband (who couldn't care less if they were broken or whole as he would eat them any way!), I decided it's time to embrace the disfigured brownies, and create a pudding instead. What? I like to pretty desserts. Don't judge me.Read More
Ever since I can remember, I have disliked persimmons. What a way to start a recipe right? I know.
It's the classic tale of something I used to love as a child, probably overdosed on one season, and swore never to touch it again. It's amazing how memories remain embedded in your brain, enough to not want to taste that fruit/dish again, even though over time you forget why you disliked it in the first place. Such has been my relationship with this bright peach fruit - one of mysterious aversion.Read More
Straightforward & fast,
Wholesome, with spices
That’ll fill up your heart.
Call it comfort-ilicious
Or flavors in a bowl,
It’ll complete your meal
And warm up the soul..
Oh and did I mention
A boil is all it needs,
Simple to make, yet tasty?
Now that’s a recipe for keeps!”
Ingredients (serves 4)
2 cups whole milk
6 tablespoons white Basmati rice
3 green cardamoms, crushed
2 tablespoons brown sugar
6-8 pitted dates, hydrated & chopped
8-10 pieces of white chocolate
In a deep-bottomed pan, bring to boil the milk, cardamom & sugar. Once boiled, add the rice and cook on medium low flame so the mixture is just simmering. Continue to cook till the rice is soft and fully cooked. Turn heat to high and give it another boil to slightly thicken the kheer. [PS-At this stage, it’s already a delicious pudding and can be eaten as is. But the next step just adds a creamy twist to it..]. Discard any cardamom skin, and stir in the dates & white chocolate. Mix well till the chocolate is fully melted.
Chill for 2 hours & serve with a dash of cinnamon & caramel!