21 posts tagged sugar

Coconut Pandan Black Sticky Rice with Mangoes

My daughter came over yesterday and said, "Mom you haven't made anything with mangoes this season". "We'll change that tomorrow", I said. There's no end to the goodness in my kitchen when I bring home mangoes. I am seriously addicted. I eat one mango everyday (that's what makes me gain weight in summer). I love manila mangoes very much. Even their smell is superb! The flesh is super sweet and has almost zero fiber. To me this readily available fruit is as close as I can get to mango heaven. I knew exactly how I was going to use these in a recipe. We went to a Thai restaurant for my daughter's birthday and since then the black sticky rice pudding was on my mind. Often served with mango, this is a totally exotic dessert that is so easy to make. I love the creaminess of the pudding, and the color contrast between the black sticky rice with the white coconut cream and golden yellow of the mango. Continue Reading

Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee

Since its February and love is in the air, I am sharing a recipe that is insanely delicious and perfect for Valentine's day. It's a Creme Brulee, a timeless classic consisting of a rich custard base topped with contrasting layer of hard caramel. The custard in this dessert has the advantage of being made ahead, then right before serving the top is caramelized using a kitchen blow torch (or alternately under broiler). It’s a perfect dessert for any special occasion, especially a romantic evening at home. Happy Indulging! Continue Reading

Khatta Meetha Teekha Kaddu/ Sweet, Sour & Spicy Squash

Every time I go back to India in the winters I load up on vegetables as much as I can. Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and snack will all have some amount of vegetable. The reason is because a wide variety of vegetables are available in the winter and they are the freshest and tastiest. After coming from India my body was still going through intense vegetable cravings. So, I cooked the best known winter squash, butternut in Indian style. It is one of my favorite and very simple to prepare. In India it is made with a different squash which is not available here but any sweet and firm flesh squash works for this recipe. This dish has a nice balance of tart, sweet and spicy that will engage all of your senses. It goes really well with roti (Indian flatbread), poories (fried puffed bread) and as a side with lentil and rice alike. Continue Reading

Aval Ladoo / Red Rice Flakes Balls

Diwali is not far away and I hope my Indian friends are all geared up for the festival. It is the festival of lights. Both Hindus and Sikhs celebrate it with pomp and style, from decorating the house to lighting traditional lamps, to bursting fire crackers and to gorging on yummy sweets. So, during Diwali, many different snacks and sweets are prepared in nearly every house-hold, to be enjoyed and distributed to friends and family. I wanted to make all sweets as healthy as possible this year with no sugar or with healthy alternative options. So after the success of my sugar free coconut burfi I made aval ladoo. Continue Reading

Caramelized Apples with Pistachio Yogurt Cream

Although I hate to see summer's gone away, I enjoy the crisp mornings followed by the warm afternoon and cooler nights. It is the season, when apples and other late harvest fruits are ready to be mixed with warming spices then transformed into pretty desserts. Since my daughter have really started to prefer healthier desserts to those laden with sugar and calories, so I am kinda trying to give healthy twist to traditional recipes. I caramelized apples for our Friday night dessert and served with pistachio yogurt cream. Not only did it taste delicious but baking the apples made the house smell lovely. Continue Reading