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Gajar Ka Halwa – Indian Carrot Pudding

Gajar Ka Halwa brings to mind little ornate steel bowls full of delicious, moist, beautifully textured carrot pudding garnished with slivered nuts and silver foil . Hot ... Of course, fresh off the stove!! The typical Halwa like the one Mum makes, takes anywhere between 2-6 hours simmering away on the stove. It takes constant stirring , constant adjusting of consistency and a lot of love. My mum always says that the longer you cook the halwa, the more sweet it becomes. Maybe it is just love after all ... the love of the person doing all the toiling away at the stove. Thanks to modern technology and a lot of laziness , I have conjured u... Read More >>

Novelty Cake No 1 – A Pot Of Mud Dirt Cake

In the past 2 weeks my whims and fancies have shifted to the wonderful world of cake decorating. As I have mentioned before, I have been dawdling over the idea of baking a 'fun' cake for my son's 2nd birthday which happens to be next month. To achieve that with a certain flair, I need to practice and perfect my methods. As luck would have it, it was our 5th Wedding Anniversary yesterday and the ocassion called for a special cake. So a week ago I started scouring hundreds of Novelty Cake recipes and design ideas. The idea of the 'Dirt Cake' in a plastic flower pot intrigued me. But I wanted a proper cake, not a dessert ladled into a store-... Read More >>