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Ask your average South Asian what their favorite frozen dessert is, and the answer invariably comes back as kulfi. Kulfi is a dessert thats been made in India for hundreds of years, and comes in a variety of flavors from cardamom to pistachio to mango. I have wonderful memories of my grandma bringing fresh batches out of the freezer for all us grandchildren to enjoy, and its been a favorite of mine ever since. Traditionally, its made by boiling down milk until it gets very thick, and then adding whatever type of flavoring you’d like. For my version, I chose an old American classic (chocolate), and mixed it with a traditional essence of the East, kewra. Along with the frozen banana as a base, its one flavorful dessert.
Well, after 2 weeks of slaving away at school, I’m finally catching a break. To enjoy this little break, I decided to make myself one of the treats that I’ve been missing most after coming back from India. It’s a dessert called rasmalai (literally meaning the “juice of cream”). Traditionally, rasmalai is a pretty labor intensive dish to make, but you all know how much disdain I have for long preparation times. So this is pretty much as simple as it gets. No muss, no fuss, just a delicious dessert for everybody to enjoy. Even my dad (a general anti-raw guy), gave me a wide-eyes “Wow” when he ate these. So try it out, and tell me what you think!
This weekend I went out to an Indian restaurant with my friends, and after eating dinner, a few them decided they were still up for a dessert. The restaurant had a big array of Indian sweet meats, and so I stood and explained to everyone what each one was. After everyone had finished scarfing down all the desserts, I realized that I could probably replicate them pretty well. There are many types of Indian sweat meats(ludoo, rusgula, gulab jamun), but out of all of them, my favorite is barfi. Barfi is traditionally made with boiled down milk, jaggery (home-made evaporate cane sugar), and ghee (clarified). Basically, this stuff is heavy, really heavy. If you can imagine what solidified poisonous deliciousness tastes like, thatâ€™s barfi. So now, with my barfi, you can enjoy all the wonderful flavors of barfi, with none of the common side effects (brick feeling in your stomach, immediate sleepiness, general malaise, etc.). Enjoy this one!
As the first order of business for this post, I would like to announce the opening of the Roshiâ€™s Online Store . As our very first product, we will be selling incense sticks (known as agarbathies in India) which I brought back from India this summer. The incense sticks are hand made by the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India. The Aurobindo Ashram is well known for its support of cottage industries (industries made by hand, in a home and not a factory), like production of incense sticks, textiles, artwork, etc. I brought back a bunch of these incense sticks for myself because they smelled so wonderful and they are made with all natural ingredients. For more information on the incense, you can visit the Auroshikha website. Then head over to our store to pick up a batch.
Chaat it up Pizza
So I actually started this recipe with something completely different in mind, which ended up not working out like I wanted it too (I would of had to use a dehydrator to get it just right, and you all know how Ro and I dislike waiting for food). After playing around with what I had made, I thought I would go for more of a fusion feel on this one. The idea of pizza popped into my head, and so the chaat it up pizza was born. I actually wasnâ€™t sure if it would taste good until I took a bite, and wow! what a bite.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with chaat (literally meaning to lick or to taste), this should be a good introduction. Chaat is style of Indian snack food, mostly found in the north of India, and consists of all of my favorite Indian dishes. Chaat usually consists of a variety of cracker like snacks, topped yogurt, tamarind chutney, yogurt, and basically every spice known to man. The result is an explosion of flavors you probably didnâ€™t know was possible and a stomach that will likely be angry with you for submitting it to such a concoction. Luckily, this dish should give you all of those wonderful flavors without the resulting gas problems. Hope you all enjoy it!