- Grind almonds, sugar and cardamom until fine powder. Over grinding may turn into a paste.
- Pour in a dish & mix some saffron and pistachio.
- Pour the powder in an air tight container and store it refrigerated.
Introducing my Desi style cupcakes, aka cardamom cupcakes with kesar & pista frosting. These eggless cupcakes are a great way to indulge and without the frosting can also be guilt-free ;). I know I have your attention now!
These cupcakes are made with whole wheat flour (stone ground organic atta) and organic olive oil. These butter less cupcake are not only organic & healthy but also gives a new dimension to your dessert table for this Dussehra/Diwali.
Using local ingredients as much as possible is the best way to support honorable Prime Minister Mr Modi’s “Make in India” campaign. I used an Indian brand for cream cheese and was happy with its texture and taste. After making the frosting right from scratch, I realized that you can also frost these cupcakes with shrikhand, either homemade or store bought.
And also my company was featured in Mint this month. Yay!
- Measure and mix all the dry ingredients like flour, soda, salt, cardamom, sugar in a bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients one by one to the dry mixture and mix well.
- Pour the cake mixture in the cupcake molds and bake at 160 degree centigrade for about 15-18 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack once done. Makes 20 medium sized cupcakes.
- Beat all the ingredients for frosting until smooth in texture. Frost your cupcake garnished with some pistachio. You can also use some thick shrikhand as mentioned above in this post.
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Diwali is all about food, food & only food for me! It is the time of the year to let go of your calorie count and indulge 🙂
Every Diwali I receive 3 very common gifts – mithai (Indian sweets), assorted chocolates or just plain dry fruits. It’s not that I don’t like any of the above. But Diwali is special and requires some thought while gifting your close friends and family members. Don’t you agree?
I’ve divided the gifting options into two categories:
- Homemade/Handmade by you
- Create your own Food Baskets – assortment of some hand made and some store bought
I love the idea of doing it yourself for simple reasons – it’s different, made by you with love and your gift becomes the talk of the town 😉
Orangettes – candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate
It’s the most delicious thing to be nibbling on. I’ve made these and they are really easy and you really can’t go wrong with them even if you are an amateur cook. You can negate the chocolate and gift them as plain ones too. They go great as a topping in salads or even on some of our Indian sweets – try using just the candied orange as a topping on gulab jamuns…..sounds yum right :).
Sesame Balls in Chocolate – til ke laddoo dipped in chocolate
These will really surprise anybody. The combination is different and sure is a hit – don’t worry I’ve tried and tested this recipe at the Farmer’s Market and it was a hit!
Herb or Spice Infused oils – use your favorite spice or herb to flavor your oils
Recently I spotted them at a dinner during the Food Bloggers Meet. I love, love and love them!
Pickles – every house has it’s own special variety
We Indians love our spicy, tangy pickle with our food. You can bottle them up in fancy bottles and proudly gift your in-house specialty, North – South doesn’t matter just add some spice this Diwali!
You can explore a wide ranging of gifting ideas depending on your personality. But remember whatever you gift, it sure does reflect your personality…….. So go ahead and put on your creative hats!
Few points to consider for your gifts:
- If using glass jars, make sure you wash them properly and sterilize them.
- You might want to include a card with instructions or ideas about how to use your fabulous gift. It might be completely new to the person whom you are gifting.
- If using plastic bags, it’s advisable to use the food grade ones.
- It’s always better to use biodegradable material for a safe and sound environment.
Create your own food baskets:
There are hundreds of combination that you can try while creating your own baskets. All you need is a good cane basket and some attractive colored papers. Again put on your creative hats and lets begin to create some interesting combos 🙂
Hope this post has given you ideas/inspirations to start with your own food gifts. I’m sure you will do a good job!
I would love to hear your gifting ideas too 🙂
I like the simplest things of using just clay or ceramic diyas; they light up the house beautifully and dramatically or welcome your guests with simple rangoli and a diya at the entrance.
I also used some lights (mirchi lights) from the previous Diwali and managed to create a romantic atmosphere in my living room (I made used of the throw-away wine bottle). These lights are commonly seen in Mumbai for decorating balconies. One more item commonly seen are the colourful lanterns used outside everybody’s balconies. There are all kinds of Indian and Chinese lanterns widely available during this season.
It is also the time when you gift your special ones. One best thing would be to gift some really good gift hampers – an assortment of various products. Nature’s Basket has some really cool gift hampers this Diwali. You might want to check them out and get some ideas. You can also go to Crawford Market and buy your own assorted products and create you own basket. That sounds like really good fun and it’s a personalised way of gifting.
And of course a time to eat and share some good food. Every festival is celebrated with sweets and what a better way to start Diwali with Kheer.Kheer is everybody’s favourite and easy to make. It is a rice pudding which requires the right consistency. Kheer is not complete without cardamom and Kesar again is optional. Tri-flavoured kheer has a vanilla twist to it. Thats right..a vanilla, cardamom and kesar flavoured kheer. A beautiful blend of these flavours keeps you guessing on every bite, whether it’s vanilla or kesar or cardamon…..Enjoy the fun- filled flavours and Happy Diwali!!!
1 litre milk
1/2 cup Basamti rice
2tsp vanilla extract
2stp cardamon powder
2tsp kesar soaked in warm milk
1cup sugar ( you can add more for your liking)
Almonds for decoration
Wash and soak the rice for about an hour. Heat milk in a pot. Add vanilla extract before the milk comes to a boil and enjoy the vanilla fragrance taking over your kitchen. Add soaked rice (without any water) to the boiling milk. Let the milk and the rice cook on medium flame for about 20minutes. Add sugar and let it cook for 15minutes.You will see that the whole grain rice would have become half it’s size. It kheer is almost done and you will also notice the thick consistency. Add cardamon and turn off the gas.
Let it cool. Serve cold or at room temperature, garnished with kesar and chopped almonds.
This is my submission to this month’s event Celebrate Sweets – Kheer, hosted by Taste of Pearl City and Nivedita’s Kitchen, to Virtual Party Snacks hosted by Ruchika Cooks and From My Home Kitchen and to this week’s Blogadda Diwali Moments.