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Sweets & Deserts
Kheer
Sweetened Milk and Rice mixture
Ingredients:

1/2 cup Rice (basmati)
4 cups Milk
1/4 cup Raisins
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Cardamom (seeds)
1/4 cup Almonds (shredded, blanched)
A few strands of saffron
Method:

1.Wash and drain the rice. Soak in water for 1/2 hour.
2.Boil Milk and add drained rice. Simmer on low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Scrape the sides and bottom frequently to prevent sticking.
3.When the rice is cooked and the mixture gets a creamy consistency, add sugar and stir well.
4.Remove from heat and add crushed cardamom seeds, Saffron and shredded almonds.

Serve warm or refrigerated cold.
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Ras Malai
Cottage cheese balls soaked in flavored milk.
Ingredients:

250 GMS. Paneer/Chhena
2 liters milk
1 kg sugar
4 tbsp. Flour
10 strands saffron
1/4 cup sliced pistachios
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Method:

1.Knead and mash paneer/chenna, add 2 tablespoons flour and mash again to make a dough.
2.Divide it into equal portions, make balls ,flatten them and keep aside.
3.Prepare a sugar syrup by dissolving 250 GMS. sugar in the 500 mls. of water.
4.Now add the dough portions in it and cook over a high flame for 6- 8 minutes.
5.Add half a cup of water and again bring it to a boil. Cook for another 5 minutes.
6.Remove them and keep them in the sugar syrup .
7.Now take milk in a pan, bring it to a boil, Keep on stirring continuously. Simmer until it is reduced to a thick consistency.
8.Add rest of the sugar and keep on a boiling till the sugar is completely dissolved.
9.Remove from the flame and refrigerate for an hour.
10.Add the soaked balls and Sprinkle the saffron. Keep in refrigerator for another half an hour.
11.Swirl the milk with a light hand just before serving as it will give beautiful yellow color of saffron and the white of the milk.

Serve cold, garnished with sliced pistachio nuts, almonds.
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Jalebi
Golden spirals soaked in sugar syrup.
Ingredients:

2 cups maida - all purpose flour (refined flour)
1/2 tsp. Baking powder
ghee (clarified butter) for frying
2 cups Sugar
A pinch of saffron
1 tsp. cardamom powder
Method:

1.Mix maida (all purpose flour, plain flour) with baking powder, cardamom powder and water to made a batter of the consistency of thick cream.
2.Put it aside in a warm place to ferment for 24 hrs.
3.Dissolve 2 cups of sugar in 2 cups of water and boil till it becomes a syrup of one thread consistency.
4.Add saffron soaked in warm water.
5.Now heat Ghee(clarified butter) in a deep frying pan.
6.Fill up with batter in an ordinary plastic funnel or a coconut shell or a muslin cloth and pierce it from the bottom.
7.Now allow the batter to fall into continuos double circles .
8.Allow the jalebis to set and then turn over once.
9.When fried well, remove out of the pan and slip into the syrup , apply slight pressure so as to make them absorb the syrup for around 5 minutes.

Take Jalebis out of the syrup , drain and serve hot.
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