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Festivals in India without sweets are incomplete. But we would like to make you aware that the sweets that you get in the market, mostly in the festive season are adulterated which is injurious to our health.

Diwali “ the Biggest festival “ of India is next week , you can see a huge rush on sweets shop because we exchange gifts and sweets with each other on Diwali. But  being your well-wisher , we suggest you avoid sweets that are sold in the market and try to prepare them at home. We are sharing with you some simple dessert recipes which you can prepare at home in a very less time & are cost effective without affecting the health of your loved ones.

Kaju Katli:

It’s my favorite dessert and I feel this is the one which is liked by most of the people.

kaju-katli

Preparation time: 10mins, Cook time: 20mins, Make: 14 pieces

Ingredients required:

  1. Cashew nuts: 1 cup
  2. Milk – 1 Tablespoon
  3. Water – ¼ cup
  4. Sugar – ½ cup
  5. Ghee – for greasing

 Method:

Step 1: Take cashews in a dry mixer and start grinding. You have to grind in a stretch until you get a fine powder.

Don’t grind cashews which are cold i.e. which have been taken directly from the fridge. Cashews should be at the room temperature.

Step 2: Preparation of Sugar Syrup

Take water in a pan, add sugar to it and boil it. You have to keep stirring continuously while boiling. Now take a little water in another bowl. Pour few drops of sugar syrup in the water to check the consistency of the syrup. If the drops that you poured lay a thread which does not get dissolved when you touch, it means your sugar syrup is ready.

Step 3:

Low the flame and add powdered cashew to it.  Keep stirring for about 3 -4 minutes. Your mixture will start boiling and gets thick. At this point, switch off the flame. Wet your fingers with water, take a pinch of the mixture and roll it between your fingers. The consistency of the mixture is good when you are able to make non-stick balls.

Step 4:

Keep stirring the mixture in the pan until your mixture turns into dough. When the mixture is little hot, take it in another plate and start kneading. Knead it until you get a smooth dough. If the mixture is dry you can add a little milk. Use little ghee for kneading.

 Step 5:

Now roll the dough into a thin layer and cut the pieces as per the shape you want to give to your burfi.

 Your fresh Kaju Katli is ready for serving.

2. Coconut Burfi

cocburfi

Preparation time: 10mins, Cook time: 10mins, Make: 10-12 pieces

Ingredients required:

  1. Grated Coconut – 1 cup
  2. Elachi powder – 2 pinch
  3. Sugar – 1 cup
  4. Ghee – 1 tea spoon
  5. Cashews- 5-6

Method:

Step 1:

Fry Cashews in a pan and keep it aside.Keep a greased tray ready.

Step 2:

Mix coconut and sugar together and start heating. Keep stirring on medium flame. Sugar will start to melt. Keep continuing this until foamy whitish bubbles are formed and mixture starts leaving the pan. Colour of the mixture should not change. Add Elachi and cashews.

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Step 3:

Pour the mixture into the greased tray and level it. Cut it in pieces while it is warm

See how simple it is to make coconut burfi at home. This is a dish which can be kept even for a week. Hope you will try this easy to prepare & delicious burfi this Diwali.

Your fresh Coconut Burfi is ready for serving.

3. Rava Ladoo

rava-laddoo

Preparation time: 25mins, Cook time: 5mins, Make: Depends on the size of ladoo u make, 20 small ladoos approx.

Ingredients required:

  1. Rava/Sooji – 1 cup
  2. Elachi powder – 2 pinch
  3. Sugar – 1 cup
  4. Ghee – ¼ cup
  5. Cashews- 8-10
  6. Milk – 1 tablespoon (if required)

Method:

Step 1:

Heat up the pan, add Rava and roast it until a nice fragrance comes. Keep stirring continuously while roasting so that the rava is not burnt and is roasted evenly.

Step 2:

Cool it down and grind it into a fine powder.

Step 3:

Take sugar and powder it along with Elachi

Step 4:

Mix the rava and sugar in a bowl

Step 5:

Take a tablespoon of ghee in a pan. Heat the ghee and fry the cashew nuts. Now add these cashew nuts to the mixture of sugar and rava

Take a tablespoon of ghee in a pan. Heat the ghee and fry the cashew nuts. Now add these cashew nuts to the mixture of sugar and rava

Take a tablespoon of ghee in a pan. Heat the ghee and fry the cashew nuts. Now add these cashew nuts to the mixture of sugar and rava

Step 6:

Add little milk as per requirement and mix evenly.

Step 7:

Prepare balls of this mixture. If the mixture is too dry, add little milk or ghee and try making balls again.

Your tasty Rava ladoo is ready for serving.

4. Chocolate burfi

chocolate-burfi

Preparation time: 30mins, Cook time: 30mins, Make: 24 pieces

Ingredients required (for vanilla layer):

  1. Maida – 1 cup
  2. Sugar – 2 cup
  3. Ghee – 1/2 cup
  4. Vanilla Essence- 6 drops

Ingredients required (for Chocolate layer):

  1. Maida – 1 cup
  2. Sugar – 2 cup
  3. Ghee – 1/2 cup
  4. Choco powder (unsweetened)-
  5. 1.5 tablespoon

Method:

Step 1:

Heat ghee in a pan. When it gets hot, add maida to it. Fry it very fast for a minute.

Step 2:

Make sugar syrup. Add sugar to ½ cup of water and boil. Keep boiling until you get one string consistency. After achieving the consistency, switch off the flame.

Step 3:

Now add fried maida to the sugar syrup. Add vanilla essence and mix well. Keep stirring until the paste gets thick as shown in the below image.

 

 

If the sugar syrup has not reached one string consistency, then the mixture will never get thick.

Step 4:

Pour the thick mixture into a greased plate and level it to a thin layer.

Above procedure is to be followed for chocolate layer. Instead of vanilla essence, add coco powder. Now spread the layer of this chocolate mixture over vanilla layer.

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Let the mixture settle down for half an hour. Now cut pieces of size as per your wish. Invert the prepared burfi over another tray to get the pieces out.

Your tasty Rava ladoo is ready for serving.

5. Gulab Jamun

gulab-jamun

I am going to share the recipe of Gulab jamun with Milk powder since khoya may not be available all at time at home. Moreover, the Khoya available in the market during festive season may not be the pure one.

Preparation time: 10mins, Cook time: 30mins, Make: 20 pieces

Ingredients :

  1. Milk powder – 1 cup
  2. Maida – 2 tablespoon
  3. Sugar- 1 & ½ cup
  4. Cardamom -1
  5. Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  6. Salt – 2 pinches
  7. Cooking soda – 1/8 teaspoon
  8. Curd – 2 tablespoon
  9. Ghee/oil – sufficient for deep frying
  10. Saffron- pinch

 

 

 

Method:

Step 1: Take 1 cup water. Add sugar to make sugar syrup. Boil the syrup for 5 minutes or until there is no water in the syrup. Add cardamom powder and saffron while boiling.

Step 2: In a bowl, add 2 spoon of Maida, milk powder, salt, ghee, and cooking soda and mix well. Add required water and curd. Try making dough of the mixture without any cracks. Don’t knead much. Keep the dough aside for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Mix the dough gently again and make equal sized balls. Ensure that there are no cracks in the balls. If there are cracks, add little water. Grease your hands with oil to make balls.

Step 4: Take oil in a pan. Heat the oil. Oil should not be overheated otherwise jamun will not cook from inside. Low the flame and start frying the jamuns. Keep turning the jamuns so that it is fried evenly.

Step 5: Once the jamuns are fried, take it out from the oil pan and put in the sugar syrup. Ensure that the sugar syrup is also hot.  Let it be in the syrup so that the syrup is soaked properly by jamuns.

Your hot Gulab jamuns are ready to eat. Serve these hot jamuns to your guest this Diwali and see the magic. You will get lots of appreciation for your cooking skills.

  1. Shahi Tukda

shahi-thukda

The cooking time for Shahi tukda is little more than the other dishes but you can still try this dish because of it’s amazing taste.

Preparation time: 15mins, Cook time: 45mins, Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  1. Bread – 4 pieces
  2. Ghee/Oil- Sufficient for deep frying
  3. Corn flour: 1 teaspoon
  4. Rose essence- 2 to 3 drops
  5. Chopped nuts
  6. Sugar- 1/3 cup
  7. Saffron – pinch
  8. Milk- ½ litre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Method:

Step 1: Preparation of Rabri

Take milk in a pan.

Mix corn flour in 2 -3 tablespoon of milk & Soak saffron in 2 tablespoon of warm milk. Add both of these to the boiled milk. Simmer the milk till it gets thick.

Add rose essence at last. You can also add chopped nuts if you want as per your requirement.

Step 2:  Remove the brown side of the bread. Cut the bread into two or four pieces. Fry the breads on low or medium flame so that it gets brown in colour and crisp evenly.

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Step 3: Prepare sugar syrup by adding required sugar to the little water

 

 

Step 4: Soak the bread pieces in syrup for a minute.

Step 5: Pour the rabri over the bread and allow it to remain for sometime so that the rabri is soaked by the bread.

Your crispy, delicious Shahi tukda is ready.

  1. Kalakand

kalakand

I am sharing with you the easiest of all recipes. It can be prepared in a very little time with fewer efforts. Try out this sweet this Diwali and gift it to your relatives.

 

Preparation time: 15mins, Cook time: 5mins, Makes: 9-10

Ingredients:

  1. Grated Paneer -250gms
  2. Milk powder – 1 Tablespoon
  3. Condensed Milk – 200ml
  4. Cardamom powder – 2 Pinches
  5. Sugar – 2 Tablespoon

 

Method:

 

Step 1: Place Paneer completely immersed in hot water for 10mins.

Take Paneer out and blend in mixer.

 

Step 2: In a bowl, mix all of the above mentioned ingredients.

Step 3: Pour the mixture in a non stick pan and keep mixing for 5 mins.

 

 

Step 4: Now pour the mixture in a greased bowl. Cut he pieces when it is warm. Now let it settle down till it cools. Your Kalakand is ready for serving. See how easy it to prepare fresh sweet at home.

You can decorate the sweet with dry fruit of your choice.

 

 

2 drops of rose essence can be used in place of cardamom powder.

 

  1. Corn Flour Halwa

halwa

This dish is the least time consuming dish. I prepared this dish last week only and it tastes yummy.  So, I am sharing the recipe so that you and your family, friends can also enjoy the delicious halwa this Diwali.

The benefit of preparing this dish is that it is prepared in Microwave and uses very less ghee in comparison to other halwas.

Preparation time: 2mins, Cook time: 10mins, Serves:4

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  1. Corn Flour – ½ cup
  2. Food color- ½ pinch
  3. Water- 2 cups
  4. Cardamom powder – 2 Pinches
  5. Ghee- 2 teaspoon
  6. Cashews- 5
  7. Sugar – 1 & ½ cup

 

Method:

 

Step 1: Take Sugar, corn flour, water & food colour in a microwave bowl. Mix them. Keep a check that no lumps are formed.

 

 

Step 2: Microwave in high for 4 minutes. Mix the contents once. Now again microwave for 6 minutes. Keep stirring after every 2 mins. Stirring is very important to ensure even cooking of halwa.

 

 

Step 3: Fry cashews in ghee till it gets golden brown. Now mix the cashews with the Cardamom powder. Sprinkle the cashews and cardamom mixture over halwa.

 

Step 4: Pour the contents of the bowl in the greased plate. Now let it cool down for ½ hour. Cut into pieces of desired shape and enjoy the yummy halwa.

 

 

This Diwali try these simple desserts and make your family & friends fan of your cooking.

Have a Safe & happy Diwali!!!!

Measurements

  1. 1 Cup=240 ml
  2. 1 Teaspoon = 5ml
  3. 1 Tablespoon = 15ml

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