CHOCO-BANANA PUDDING


This Sunday dessert rocks ! Yes,it was an

awesome,satiating pudding .

The recipe is purely my creation.

Chocolate cake for the base,caramelised

bananas with vanilla cream custard,and a

topping of hazelnut chocolate ganache.

You could use leftover cake or chocolate

biscuits for the base. I had eggless chocolate

leftover cake crumbs for the base.

You can use your favourite chocolate ganache,

for the topping.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

For the base

Chocolate cake / chocolate cake crumbs/

chocolate biscuits.


For the vanilla cream

2 cups milk

1 cup cream

Sugar to taste ( approximately 3 4 tbsp)

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 heaped tbsp cornflour

Method

•Heat milk with sugar

•Mix cornflour with a little water without

any lumps .

When the milk reaches boiling point,add

cornflour mixture,essence and cook till

thick.

Add cream,banana mixture and switch off the flame .


To prepare the bananas

5-6 medium sized bananas

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp butter

A tsp of water

•Heat butter and sugar till sugar dissolves.

•Add water and sliced bananas with a pinch

of salt and cook for 1 minute.

•Add to the vanilla cream mixture.


For the ganache

75 gm chocolate of your choice

1/2 cup cream

Nuts of your choice

You can heat the cream,and pour over

chocolate and melt or melt the chocolate

over a Bain -Marie ( a double boiler ) .


To Assemble

•Place the chocolate cake at the bottom .

•Pour cream and banana mixture.

•Add ganache and refrigerate for minimum

1 hour .

CHOCOLATE MAYONNAISE CAKE


This is the first time I tried this cake with home

made mayonnaise. The texture and taste was

amazing .Added beauty of the ganache on top.

Simply excellent.

This is an eggless cake ,so I made the mayo with

egg .

Next time ,I want to try with eggless mayo,and

other flavours too with mayonnaise.( will

update when I try )

The photo is the witness to the taste . 🤣.

Was left with only this piece for the photo 😉.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar ( brown )

2 cups flour

1 cup mayonnaise *

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 cup milk


For the mayonnaise

1 egg

Oil ( 3 times the volume of egg)

1 tbsp vinegar

A pinch of salt

Add all the ingredients listed for mayonnaise in a blender or jar and whip till thick ( no need to be very thick )


METHOD

Mix the wet and dry ingredients separately.

•Now mix both together without any lumps.

•Bake in a 180C oven for 30-35 minutes or till

done .

• Glaze with Chocolate Ganache .

APPLE,BANANA,CHIA TRIFLE PUDDING


Well,this trifle pudding is without sponge cake,

but if you like to add cake you could .

The remaining syrup from the poached pear,

was in the fridge,and as apples too have the

crunch of a pear,I used the same syrup to stew

the apples.

Added one big banana to the hot syrup,chia

seeds after mixture cooled down,topped with

vanilla custard and jelly.

Lovely dessert to brighten your day !

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Base layer

Stewed Apple pieces

1 big banana sliced

1/2 cup chia seeds soaked

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Mix all together and spread on base of a

pudding bowl.

Middle layer ingredients

3 cups milk

2 -3 heaped tbsp custard powder ( vanilla)

2-3 tbsp sugar or to your taste

Method

Mix the custard powder in a little milk and set

aside .

Heat the remaining milk with sugar .

Once it reaches a boil,add in the custard mix,

and cook till thick .

Allow to cool partially, and pour over the layer

of fruit.

Keep in the fridge till you prepare the jelly.

The final topping ingredients

1 packet jelly crystals

Sliced cashewnuts

Method

Prepare jelly as per the instructions in the

packet,and pour over the custard after it is

partially cool.

Sprinkle cashewnuts and chill till set .

CREAM CHEESE,COCONUT MALAI BARFI


When milk turns sour, no worries turn it sweet.

Well this happens in any household,and some

do not know what to do with it, hence it lands

in the bin.

So when you see the milk curdling ,at that

instant add a little vinegar or lime juice,and

boil till the cheese is well separated from

the whey water.

This drained water can be used to make any

dough ,or to make curries .

The water itself contains many nutrients.

I always store this whey water in the fridge,and

use when needed.

Now getting to today’s recipe,it’s made with

cheese/ paneer ( homemade),dessicated

coconut,rose petals (from my garden)and pista

Well,the taste is amazing like palkova or milk

peda.

Do try this simple recipe and post in your

comments !

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cream cheese/ paneer

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

1/2 -3/4 cup milk powder

1 cup full cream milk / fresh cream

1/2 cup sugar or to taste

A few strands of saffron infused in milk

A little pistachios

A few rose petals

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1 tsp ghee ( optional)

A pinch of salt

METHOD

•Heat a non stick pan and add the ghee .

•Add crumbled paneer .

•Mix for 1 minute and add all the ingredients,

except the rose petals and pistachios.

•Keep cooking stirring at intervals on medium

flame till the mixture becomes one lump .

•Flatten the mixture on a greased plate .

•Press the rose petals,pistachios on the

flattened mixture.

•Keep in the fridge for 30-40 minutes .

•Cut into desired shapes.

BANANA-COCONUT MILK HALWA


Delicious ,melt in mouth,addictive halwa.

If you check my previous post of banana halwa

and this recipe , you will know the difference

of the ingredients used in both the recipes.

Checkout https://calinskitchen.com/2016/11/12/banana-halwa/

This is of richer taste with coconut milk, and

tapioca flour.

Do try both recipes and post in your comments

and suggestions!

INGREDIENTS

5 big bananas mashed

1 cup thick coconut milk

1/4 cup tapioca flour

2-3 tbsp brown sugar

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp cardamon powder

A handful of roughly crushed almonds

1/4 tsp salt

A pinch of edible camphor ( optional)

Ghee ( approximately 3/4 cup )

1 tbsp coconut oil

METHOD

•Mash the bananas fine.

•Mix tapioca flour in a little coconut milk or

water without lumps .

•Heat a thick bottomed pan,add the brown

sugar and 1 tbsp water and stir till it bubbles.

•Add the banana mash with 2 tbsp ghee to the

bubbling sugar .

•After 5 minutes,add the rest of the sugar and

stir till sugar is dissolved .

•Next add the milk,and when it reaches boiling

point,add tapioca flour mix .

•Once you add the tapioca mix it will start to

thicken , so keep stirring on medium heat,

adding ghee at intervals .

•Next add the rest of the ingredients and keep

stirring ,adding ghee gradually .

•You have to add ghee till you see the mixture

not absorbing the ghee ,and the mixture sticks

to the spatula as one lump .

•Transfer to a greased tray .

•Cut into shapes when cool .

CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING


News around says its ‘Chocolate Day ‘today the

7th of July.

So …today I will be sharing a healthy chocolate

pudding !

Yes ! it’s with chia seeds,coconut milk and

honey.

The chocolate had sugar,and the rest of the

sweetness was honey.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

150-200 gm dark chocolate / any of your choice

1/2 cup pre-soaked chia seeds

2 cups fresh coconut milk

3 tsp gelatine

75 ml fresh cream

3-4 tbsp honey

2 tsp brandy ( optional)

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Add the gelatine to 1/4 cup water,and allow to

bloom.

Heat the cream and once it reaches a boil ,pour

over chocolate and mix till smooth with honey.

Mix in the gelatine into the warm chocolate

Add coconut milk,and return to flame ,for just

1-2 minutes .

Mix well and remove from fire

Add brandy and essence .

Add the soaked chia seeds and allow to set in

the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

TRIPLE DELIGHT(EGGLESS)


A lovely pudding,a satisfying treat after a meal!

Eggless,with simple ingredients.Thickened with

Cornstarch in three flavours and a sprinkle of

praline is divine !

Each layer will set quickly, and you have to

pour each layer after it sets . ( within minutes).

The time you make a layer is enough for the

prepared layer to set.


INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CHOCOLATE LAYER

2 cups milk (200 ml )

2 heaped spoons for cornstarch mixed in a little milk

3 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp cocoa powder or 100-200 dark chocolate

pieces

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

a pinch of salt

METHOD

•Heat the milk with the sugar

•Pour a little hot water on the cocoa powder

and mix to a smooth paste.

• If you are using chocolate also you can add a

little hot water / hot milk to melt

•When it reaches boiling point ,add cornflour

and the rest of the ingredients,and cook to a

thick custard consistency .

•Remove from fire and pour into individual

ramekins and allow to set ,while you prepare

the next layer.


VANILLA LAYER

INGREDIENTS

2 cups milk (200 ml )

2 heaped spoons for cornstarch mixed in a little milk

3 -4 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

METHOD

Follow the same method,and pour the next

layer.


CARAMEL LAYER

INGREDIENTS

2 cups milk

2 heaped tbsp cornstarch mixed in a little milk

or water

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp water

A pinch of salt

METHOD

•Boil the sugar with 2 tbsp water till it melts.

•Add milk and heat.

• Add cornstarch and cook to thick custard

stage

•Remove from fire and add to the final layer .

Allow to set for minimum two hours and serve

with praline / chocolate shavings .

Praline is my best choice .

If you have salted caramel toppings you can add a tbsp for enhanced taste .

FOR THE CASHEW PRALINE

1 tbsp butter

3-4 tbsp sugar ( not brown)

A handful of cashewnuts

Heat the butter and sugar together.

When it starts to bubble add the cashews and

mix in quick for a minute .

Transfer to a board and allow to cool . Crush to

your choice and sprinkle on dessert when you

serve!

MANGO-YOGHURT PUDDING


This is a no cream,eggless dessert .Few minutes

to an awesome dessert !

I have used gelatine in this dessert,you can use

agar -agar.

This too is my innovation, in the method of

adding sugar ..so let’s get into the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup fresh mango purée

2 cups milk

3 tsp gelatine soaked in water

200 ml yoghurt /curd

3 -4 tbsp sugar

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp vanilla essence


METHOD

Caramelise the sugar with 1-2 tbsp water till

golden brown .

Add mango purée with salt and heat till crystals

of sugar are melted ( 5 minutes) and set aside.

Simultaneously heat milk . When it has reached

the boiling point ,add gelatine and reduce the

flame .

Once the gelatine has melted , remove from

fire.

Now add the curd to the mango puree, and mix

well.

Next add the gelatine milk to the mango mix.

Add to individual glasses and allow to set in the

refrigerator for minimum 2 hours.

Can be served with chocolate shavings or plain

without any adornment.

MALAI ‘N’ NUTS KULFI


Kulfi the Indian ice cream with many

flavours,served in a stick , tiny clay pots,or

slices . The authentic kulfi is set in cones,or clay

pots called ‘matka ‘pots.

This is a lovely creamy kulfi with nuts and rose

petals with cardamon powder.

Summer time always calls for cold desserts,and

this was so cool and comforting . Only regret

was,that I couldn’t use the kulfi moulds, but

instead used muffin moulds .

So let’s get into the recipe!

INGREDIENTS

500 ml milk

100 gm khova ( mawa)

6 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of salt

Nuts of your choice

Few rose petals

50 gm cream

METHOD

Boil the milk ,and when it reaches boiling point

Add mawa, sugar and heat till lightly thick.

Add the rest of the ingredients.

Pour into kulfi moulds .

Cover with foil . Insert popsicle sticks , through

the foil so the sticks stay straight till set.

PINEAPPLE CUSTARD BUNS


In fact,i wanted to make baked custard cream

donuts, but I had to make it like a tart,as the

dough was not sufficient . You could try making

fried or baked doughnuts.

A word about the buns – ‘Yummy’

The link to the dough

https://calinskitchen.com/2020/06/12/paneer-pizza-with-basil-sauce/


To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

3 cups milk

2-3 tbsp custard powder ( vanilla) mixed with a little milk

Sugar to taste

Stewed pineapple or fresh chopped pineapple

pieces.

Heat milk with sugar .

METHOD

Once it starts to boil,add the custard powder

mixture , and the pineapple .

Remove when it is thick and use as filling.

Note . If you are making it like a tart like I did . Sprinkle some brown sugar on the custard , and bake .

MOONG-SAGO COCONUT MILK KHEER/PAYASAM


Kheers or Payasam is always a delicacy found

in Indian platters.

There are many variations of this dish,made

with rice,sago, semolina,poha, vermicelli,

moong and many more vegetable and fruit

combinations too.

The milk used can be pure diary milk ,or

coconut milk .This recipe does not require

precise measurements.It all depends on the

sweetness and texture you require .

Today’s recipe is with pre-soaked whole green

gram and sago.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole green gram soaked overnight

1/2 cup sago

8-10 tbsp jaggery, vellam, country or brown

sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp cardamon powder ( elaichi)

Few cashews

Few raisins

Few pieces of grated/ cut coconut

2 tsp ghee

3 cups 2nd extract of coconut milk

1 cup thick coconut milk

METHOD

Pressure cook the green gram to 3-4 whistles in

a pressure cooker.Mash it after the steam is

released and set aside.

Boil 1/2 cup water in another bowl,and add the

washed sago , and cook till it is done.

Next add the thin coconut milk,mashed moong,

salt and the jaggery and cook till well mixed.

Heat ghee in another vessel ,add the cashews,

raisins and tiny pieces of coconut gratings,and

add to the cooking mixture.

Next add the cardamon powder and thick

coconut milk and cook only for 2-3 minutes,and

remove from fire .Serve hot or warm .

This could also be chilled and served!

Variations to this dish

1.Whole moong ( green gram) with vermicelli

2.Whole moong with basmati/raw rice /red rice

3.Whole moong with rice flakes ( poha)

4.Split green gram with rice flakes ( poha)

5. Only green gram can be used.

Do try your preferences,and post in your

comments.

LAUKI HALWA


Summer days it’s best to include vegetables and

fruit which contain water ,like cucumber,bottle

gourd,pumpkin ( preferably the white)gourd ,…

to keep you hydrated.It’s best to include as

salads and drinks .

Today I’m sharing the recipe for bottlegourd or

lauki halwa. I have already shared lauki halwa

with almonds .Checkout link

https://calinskitchen.com/2019/12/15/bottle-gourd-halwa/

This one is like the Bombay halwa , thickened

with cornflour .Soft and easy to pick a piece 😁.

To the simple recipe .

INGREDIENTS

2 cups bottlegourd ( lauki)

3/4 -1 cup sugar

3/4 cup cornflour mixed in a little water

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of nutmeg powder

Handful of cashewnuts

A pinch of edible camphor

1/4 cup ghee

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Grind the gourd to a very fine paste .

Heat half of the ghee in a thick bottomed kadai.

Add the ground paste with salt to the heated

ghee, and cook till you see it turning glossy .

Add sugar and cook till sugar dissolves.

Add the cornflour mix,and the rest of the

ingredients .

Take care and keep stirring as the minute you

add the cornflour , it will thicken .

Add the remaining ghee and keep cooking till

the mixture is thick and forms into one lump,

and leaves the sides of the pan.

Transfer to a greased plate.

Smear a little ghee on the top.

Allow to cool and cut into pieces .

Note: No colouring is required

EGGLESS BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING


This is an awesome dessert which can be made

in minutes.Simple ingredients but exquisite

taste.

Using brown sugar adds more taste and colour

to the pudding .

So do try this dessert and send in your

comments and suggestions !

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp.butter

3/4 -1 cup brown sugar

2.5 cups milk

3 tbsp cornflour mixed in 1/2 cup milk

METHOD

Add the butter and sugar in a thick saucepan,

and heat till the sugar dissolves on medium

flame. Do not stir much .

When it is is bubbling and reaches a nice deep

brown colour , add the milk ( the sugar will

crystallise .Do not get confused it will dissolve

in the milk while heating).At this stage add the

cornflour mixture, and cook till thick.

Pour into moulds and refrigerate for minimum

1 hour .

Can be served with praline .

Check my previous post on another version of butterscotch pudding

https://calinskitchen.com/2016/11/20/butterscotch-pudding/

STRAWBERRY-CHOCOLATE MALLOW MOUSSE ( EGGLESS)


There were few strawberries,and some already

whipped cream in the fridge , and my mind

was set to make a mousse.

Paused for a moment,and changed plans,to

create a fusion.Eggless marshmallow + mousse

turned out to be too awesome!

The texture and the taste was too good,so do try

this recipe and post in your valuable comments

INGREDIENTS

For strawberry layer

I sachet gelatine (3 tsp.gelatine)

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

100 ml sweetened whipped cream

1/4 cup strawberry sweetened purée

Few strawberries sliced

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Soak the gelatine till it swells.

Make sugar syrup with water and sugar till

thick .

Beat the bloomed gelatine ( preferably in a

stand mixer,as it will take time -20 minutes)

Add the hot sugar syrup little by little ,and keep

beating till you get a white and fluffy mixture.

Fold in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Pour into moulds of your choice and allow to

set.

For the chocolate layer

The same gelatine sugar syrup process ( I made

half of the strawberry quantity).

Add 1 tblsp cocoa powder,a pinch of salt to the

hot sugar syrup

before pouring to beat.( you could add good

quality chocolate too).

After the beating to a fluff,pour over set

strawberry layer .

Topping

Heat a little cream add to chocolate and pour

over , or drizzle chocolate .

It tastes better than marshmallow pudding

with egg.

So,do try this spongy awesome dessert!

BLACK FOREST GATEAU


I was in a quick mood to do things yesterday,

and I baked the eggless sponge without

checking the availability of cherries in my

fridge.

The mulberry preserve upheld me to another

variation, and all loved the taste.

I used brandy with the syrup to moisten the

cake ,and in the chocolate drizzle too.

Tasted excellent,so do try this recipe,for the

season of chocolate indulgence!

For the eggless dark chocolate sponge.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup all purpose flour

4-5 tblsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

a pinch of salt

3/4 cup brown sugar + white sugar mixed

1/2 cup olive oil/ oil you prefer

1/4 cup curd/ yoghurt

1/4 cup hot water

1 tsp instant coffee

1 tsp vanilla essence ( well,I added brandy)

2-3 tblsp.milk

METHOD

Mix all the dry ingredients and the wet

ingredients separately.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients

and mix .

Pour into a greased or lined mould and bake in

a moderate oven for 20-30 minutes,or till done.

(The cake should spring up when pressed lightly with a finger)

Cut layers after it is cool.

To moisten the cake

Add a little sugar and 1/4 cup warm water.

Mix well till sugar dissolves.Add a little rum

or brandy and set aside.

For the whipped cream

1 cup cream

2 tblsp powdered sugar

1/4 tsp.vanilla essence

Whip cream with sugar and essence till stiff.

For the chocolate drizzle

Heat a little cream and add to your favourite

dark chocolate and mix well till creamy . If too

thick add a little hot water to get required

consistency.

Final stage

Cut the cake into layers . Separate and moisten

with prepared syrup.

Add mulberry preserve ( you could add any preserve which will match the chocolate taste)

Top it with cream and rest the next layer on

it ,and repeat the preserve and cream .

Top the cake with cream,chocolate drizzle,and

chocolate curls.

MOCHA-BISCUIT BLACMANGE


This is an eggless dessert ,easy to make with

simple ingredients!You can use Marie biscuit ,

Cashew/ Almond cookies or any homemade

biscuits .

Quick to set,and quick to make recipe

INGREDIENTS

3 cups milk

2 heaped tblsp.cornflour

2 tblsp.cocoa powder

1/2 -1 tsp instant coffee

3-4 tblsp sugar or to your taste

1/2 tsp.vanilla essence ( optional)

METHOD

Mix the cornflour with little milk and set aside.

Mix cocoa powder,and coffee in 1/4 cup hot

water and set aside.

Heat milk and sugar till boiling point.

Add cornflour,and coffee mixture to the milk.

It will thicken quickly , so keep stirring.

Once it is thick like custard remove from fire.

Pour little custard in a bowl.

Layer biscuits ( dipped in milk) on top of the

custard.

Pour another layer of custard ,then a layer of

biscuits.

Finally add the remaining custard,and allow to

set in the refrigerator.

Can be served with chocolate sauce drizzle ,and

Praline( caramelised nuts)

Note:You can use chocolate chips in place of cocoa powder