Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gulab Jamun




The festival of Holi or Phagwah is soon approaching and all I can do is think of the various sweets my mom would make during this exciting Hindu holiday.  She would make big batches of mithai, peera, vermicelli cake, barfi, and gulgula which I would bag and share with our friends and family members later on that day.  Gulab jamun, a sweet dumpling-like dessert was one she'd make and serve to guests that came to our house on Phagwah or Diwali.  It wasn't one she'd put in the bag with the other sweets solely because of how she served it; warm, and in a bowl of syrup.  This yummy dessert is made by frying small balls of dough made from milk powder or freshly curdled milk solids (known as khoya).  They are then soaked in an aromatic cardamom rose-scented sugar syrup and served warm or cold.  Commonly found at Hindu or Muslim weddings and festivals, this sweet is insanely decadent and fitting for a special occasion.  They can be overly sweet, so one or two is usually just enough for me. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Red Velvet Pancakes


We're on our fourth or fifth snow storm for the season here in New Jersey.  There will be a ton of slush and mess tomorrow, but for right now, it's so pretty to look at from my window.  I often feel like there's a plane flying over the tri-sate area dusting a good helping of powdered sugar on us- yea, I associate everything with food.  On days like this one, I usually like to eat and watch movies or work on some blogging.  I've had the photos ready for this recipe for quite a while now and decided to finally write it up and share it with you all, seems fitting for Valentine's day tomorrow as well.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Salara + Cheese Roll Heart Pastries



This year for Valentine's day I decided I wanted to make something close to home, something that had familiar flavors to the Guyanese pastries I love eating, but I didn't want to spend too much time pulling it together.  Usually all the chocolate desserts available during this time of year are too sweet and overwhelming for me so I was on the hunt for something a little more subtle.  I was also searching for a savory option for those who don't have much of a sweet tooth.