One of the best parts about Indian festivals is the variety of desserts you get to indulge in. It is a time when you don’t mind gaining a few extra kilos. Although you can easily buy sweets from a shop, there’s no denying that Indian sweets taste best when made at home. So, this festive season surprise your family with some amazing sweets made from the delicious and healthy Pride of Cows milk.
1) Kaju Katli
Your family will love you for making these home-made healthy Kaju Katlis. The best part is, it requires minimum efforts and time!
Ingredients: 250 gms each of Cashew nuts (Kaju), Sugar, Milk and few silver leaves.
• In a blender add cashews & milk and blend to form a smooth paste.
• Now add sugar to this paste and cook it on low flame till the mixture starts leaving the sides of the pan.
• At this stage the mixture will look like dough, once its cool spread it on a greased surface.
• Garnish with silver leaf and cut into diamond shaped pieces.
No Indian festival is complete without Kheer because we simply love it, don’t we?
Ingredients: 1 litre milk, ¼ cup each of granulated sugar and rice, 2 tbsp raisins, ½ tsp powdered cardamom and chopped almonds and pistachios.
• Wash and soak rice for about an hour
• Heat the milk in a pan over medium heat. When the milk comes to a boil add the soaked rice and keep stirring till the rice is cooked.
• This process will reduce the milk to half. Now add cardamom powder and the raisins, cook for another 2 minutes and remove from heat.
• Garnish with almonds and pistachios. Serve hot or chilled.
If your family is a fan of chilled dessert, they will definitely love Phirni.
Ingredients: 250 ml milk, 2 tbsp each of almonds and pistachios, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp rice flour and crushed cardamom.
• Boil the milk in a pan and then simmer. Now add rice flours to the milk and keep stirring continuously to prevent lumps.
• Add sugar and keep stirring till the mixture thickens. Then mix the dry fruits.
• Pour the mixture in serving bowls and garnish with the chopped dry fruits and crushed cardamom.
• Refrigerate for few hours and serve chilled.
4) Shahi Tukda
This will require some efforts but make sure you make enough, because you might not get any!
Ingredients: 6 bread slices, ½ cup sugar, 1 ½ litre milk, 1 ¼ cup water, fistful of crushed cashew, raisins, pistachios, almonds, 4-5 strands of saffron and 2 tbsps of Ghee.
• Bring milk to a boil and reduce flame and let it reduce to half. Add saffron and bring it to room temperature.
• In another pan add sugar and water and cook it for 4 minutes. Keep it aside.
• In a pan add ghee and toast the breads until they turn golden on both sides.
• Now dip the toasted bread in sugar syrup and place in the serving dish.
• While serving, pour the chilled saffron milk over the slices of bread and garnish with nuts and raisins.
5) Coconut and Milk Barfi
This is the safest and easiest bet when it comes to making a dessert for a festive occasion.
Ingredients: 4 cups of grated coconut, 3 cups sugar, ¾ cup milk, 2 cardamoms (crushed) and 2 tsp ghee.
• In a pan mix milk and sugar, once the sugar dissolves and grated coconut and mix it again.
• Cook this mixture and keep stirring it continuously (15 minutes) and add crushed cardamoms.
• Grease a tray with ghee and spread the mixture evenly.
• Once it’s cool, cut into small pieces.