Monday, December 08, 2008

Seven Deadly Sins

Whoever said desserts were sinful could not have been closer to the truth. It invokes all the seven deadly sins - lust (the beauty of the desserts, the drizzle of choco chips, the chilling coldness of ice-creams and cold coffees, the warm, gooey cakes and truffles), gluttony and greed (No-one can eat just one... I know people who have only starters and desserts for dinner), sloth, (a good meal of desserts invites the softest pillows and coziest beds for a good sleep), wrath, envy (All those who are told to stay away from them) and pride (for the bakers, shakers and all the chefs who create Heaven on Earth!).

My Seven Deadly Sins are as follows :

  • Chocolate Brownie with Hot Chocolate Sauce

This is one of my favourite desserts. I choose my restaurants depending on how well they make and present it.

This is how I make it at home :

Ingredients :
Ready Made Chocolate Brownie Mix
Water
Oil

Preparation:
Mix all the three according to the proportions suggested.
Bake
Refrigerate
Cut out a piece, pour a (BIGGGG!!!) scoop of your favourite ice-cream (Vanilla in my case), drizzle with the warm, gooey chocolate sauce. DIGGGGGGGGG IN!!!

:) Ok, now for all those serious cooks who look down upon ready-made mixes.

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE - It is a Tarla Dalal recipe.
Preparation Time : 15 mins. Cooking Time : 5 mins. Makes 1 brownie (8 pieces).

Ingredients
1 cup plain flour (maida)
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon soda bi-carbonate
2 cups (250 grams) dark chocolate, chopped
½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup Castor sugar
¼ cup curds, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
½ cup walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon butter for greasing & grease proof paper for lining

Preparation:
Grease and line a 6" diameter shallow, microwave safe bowl and keep aside.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and soda bi-carb and keep aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate pieces and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Remove and stir lightly to get a smooth mixture. Keep aside.
In another bowl, add the butter and Castor sugar and stir with a wooden spoon till the mixture is soft and creamy.
Add the melted chocolate to the butter mixture and mix lightly.
Add the curds, vanilla essence, flour mixture and walnuts and mix lightly.
Pour batter into the greased and lined dish and microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes.
Reduce temperature to 70% power and microwave for 1 minute. Remove and keep aside.

Tips
To grease and line is to first grease the bowl with butter or vanaspati and then line with a piece of greaseproof paper.

  • Gulab Jamun
One of the most popular and evergreen desserts, this one can be served at room temperature or piping hot. Be sure to add loads of sugar syrup and garnish with shavings of almond / pistachio.

Ingredients :
3 cups sugar
1 cups milk powder
1.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
2 tsp melted butter
Whole milk
Oil


Preparation:

Boil sugar in water (2 cups water for every cup of sugar) till all the sugar is dissolved. Add crushed cardamoms (optional).
Mix the powdered milk, flour and baking powder and add a little of the whole milk to make a dough that is soft but not sticky.
Divide the dough into small round balls and fry on medium flame till they brown. Transfer into the sugar syrup and allow them to soak for a few hours.
Serve!


  • Gajar Ka Halwa

Ingredients:
2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder


Preparation:

Heat milk in a heavy-bottomed pan, stirring frequently to prevent the base from scorching. Reduce it to half its quantity.
Stir-fry shredded carrots in the butter
Add the milk, sugar and cook until the milk dries.
Garnish with roasted cashew nuts (optional).
Serve hot.


  • Kulfi
It comes in various flavours, my favourite being the kesar kulfi. It is similar in preparation to ice-cream.
Ingredients:
4 cups milk
Half cup sugar
1 tsp cornflour blended with 0.5 cups milk

Preparation :
Heat milk in a heavy-bottomed pan, stirring frequently to prevent the base from scorching. Reduce it to half its quantity.
Add the cornflour-milk mixture
Now add the sugar, dry fruits (of your choice, thinly sliced / finely ground) and cardamom seeds, stir well.
Pour the mixture into Kulfi molds, cover and freeze until set.
Serve chilled.



  • RĂ´shogolla (Rasgulla)


It looks colourless, de-glamorized and has simple ingredients but bite into one and you'll be sure to pop in a few more. I am still not that great in making it so I pick it up from my nearest confectioners. Reproduced below is the way my mom makes it.

Ingredients:
For Paneer
6 cups milk
1-2 table spoon lemon juice
For syrup:
1.5 cup sugar

Preparation:
Boil milk and add lemon juice. Mix till the milk separates.
Sieve it through a clean cloth.
Tie the towel in a pouch and squeeze it to remove any extra water. Hang the pouch to drain off extra water. Paneer is ready.
Knead it to remove any chunks.
Now make small, smooth balls out of the paneer dough.
Boil sugar in water (2 cups water for every cup of sugar) till all the sugar is dissolved. Once it boils, add the balls.
Cover and cook in medium to low flame for about half hour till they are cooked and have swelled in size.
Serve chilled.

  • Mishti Doi

Find me one Bengali who does not like this traditional dessert. Served in small earthen pots, this sweetened yogurt is one of the easiest desserts to make and tastes just as good.

Ingredients
1 litre: Full cream milk
300 gm: Jaggery / sugar
2 tsp: Curd




Preparation:

Heat milk in a heavy-bottomed pan, stirring frequently to prevent the base from scorching. Reduce it to half its quantity. Cool it till it is lukewarm.
Heat the jaggery / sugar in a heavy saucepan (with little water) till the sugar caramelizes. Add the milk to it and blend well. Stir in the curd.
Pour mixture in the desired container and keep in a warm, dark place to set. For best results, use an earthen pot.
Serve chilled.


  • Kaapi Nirvana - The Ultimate CCD Experience!

This cold coffee from Café Coffee Day is the ultimate in dessert experience. The tempting look of it says it all... This is one drink I don't finish in a hurry!!!

After all, an evening at a dessert restaurant could just require a few more miles on the treadmill the next morning - small price for a delightful experience!

8 comments:

  1. oh my! don't tempt me!! just recently I had decided to stop eating sweets... and simply looking at those pics has made my mouth water...

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  2. Too tempting buddy! I'm gonna grab a Nirvana tomorrow morning just coz I read all this...and maybe a brownie or two..

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  3. @Prissy & Shaunak : :) go ahead guys... indulge!

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  4. Hey! You just spoilt all my diet resolutions! (ok, I made those today morning, but still)
    Oh ya, love the look of the blog :)

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  5. Hi, fellow Calvin&Hobbes fan!
    The recipes look easy - I should try out the Gajar ka halwa.
    And as Divya said - the template looks great!

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  6. Your post is not for me, one is out to lose weight. But I would encourage you to taste'Chakkai Pradhaman','Addai - especially the one made during Karthigai Deepam with loads of ghee, and eaten with Coimbatore butter'.Most of the desserts you mentioned I gormandize, but like you said nothing to beat those 'BROWNIES'.

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  7. i looove mishti doe..thnx for posting the recipe...:)

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