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Friday, September 10, 2010

Malai Peda

Ganesh Chaturthi Sweet ~ Malai Peda

I wish all my readers, visitors and friends a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. And thought this is the right time to post a Peda recipe for "Lord Ganapati Bappa". This is simple yet another easy to make recipe from Ricotta cheese.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
Makes: 10-15 people
15oz Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
1 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
3-4 Strands Saffron
1/2 cup Sugar
  • Heat the ricotta cheese in a wide mouthed pan on medium heat for 6-7 mins. Stir constantly. The cheese would first loosen up and then the liquid starts evaporating.

  • At this point you have to add the cream, saffron (crushed between your fingers/palm) and cardamom/elaichi powder and keep stirring all together till all the liquid dries up.

  • Once the cheese gets its texture, its time to add the sugar. Now cook it on high flame till the mixture forms a ball. Keep in mind to stir through out this procedure, you will need strong arms to do this. JB (my DH) helps me out in the kitchen for this.

  • Turn the heat off and let it cool a little bit. Don't wait for too long or else you will end up with hard lump of ball to work with.

  • Shape them into modak or peda, which ever works best for you. If you have a modal shape mould that will save you some time or to shape into modaks, take 1 tbsp of mixture and make a smooth ball. Now, using the all your fingers pull a little bit of a mixture ,elongating it. Press the other side of the ball on the counter or the plate. To shape into pedas, take a tsp of the mixture, shape into a ball and flatten it a little between your palms.

  • Its really simple and very much resemble like store bought.

Have fun and enjoy this festival with loads of sweets and blessings from God Ganesha.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ricotta Cappucino

An Easy to make Dessert ~ Ricotta Cappucino

As the name says it is an easy Italian Dessert, adapted from Giada's version. I love cooking Italian food and when it comes to desserts, I love Giada's recipes most. I made this for the first time last year and It was an instant hit!!! It was super easy and delicious. And since then we have been making it quiet often. I forgot to post it on my blog, so this time when I made it, I took some pictures to post on my blog. I promise that you will definitely like it and will make it again and again and again!!

Source: Adapted from Giada's version

Cuisine: American
Prep time: 15 mins
Serves: 4
1/2 C sugar
1/2 t vanilla essence/extract
1 (15-oz) container ricotta cheese
1/2 T instant espresso powder(I used Indian brand, instant coffee powder Bru)
for topping/garnishing:
Handful of Pistachios, crushed
Pinch cocoa powder

  • Take sugar, ricotta cheese in a food processor, pulse it so that the sugar and cheese are fairly blended together.
  • To this mixture add vanilla extract and espresso powder (Indian brand instant coffee powder like Bru or Nescafe) and blend it for one min.
  • Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the with a rubber spatula. Blend for another minute.
  • Spoon the mixture into 4 small coffee mugs.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
  • To serve, top the ricotta cappuccino with crushed pistachios. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.

DH is kinda addicted to this recipe and loves to make it when I am not in a mood to prepare any dessert. This easy to make dessert is my DH's favorite one. He always makes this when we have potluck or when there is GUYS only cooking event. Children also love eating it and its healthy too, if you minus the cappuccino from the recipe.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Padma's Kitchen turned 3, today!!

Padma's Kitchen is celebrating its 3rd year. Time flies so fast and three years gone by and what I started as a time pass just to come out of my boredom or you can say kill time has shaped up into a beautiful journal of my favorite recipes. This blog helped me making new friends and get along with so many foodie lovers like me. It totally a different world of people out there sharing same passion as mine "FOOD". And I am so happy that BLOGGING happened to me.... It was such a wonderful and fascinating journey.....

Though most of the time for the past one and half years I was dormant (b'coz of the arrival of my LO), My pledge this year is I will try to be regular from now onwards. Lots of things are happening at my kitchen, I am working on a new template, which has more features and options for new as well as old visitors, the design will be more vibrant and appealing. One more step I took regarding our health is to eat healthy ans stay healthy and fit. So you will be seeing more healthy recipes, tips and ideas of eating healthy, staying healthy and more about healthy diets too. I am excited that so much is at the horizon, but might take couple of months to see this new look here.

Past three years was a memorableexpedition filled with love, rich of life, exploring and learning new things everyday, 'Thank you' all for being a wonderful part of this journey.......

Happy 3rd Birthday my dear blog!!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hearty Lettuce, Carrot, Cherry tomatoes Salad with homemade dressing

A crowd pleasing salad with homemade vinaigrette

I am back from my vacation to India and back to blogging with a hearty salad recipe from my kitchen. Actually blogging took a back seat after arrival of Anshika,my darling daughter. This post has a reason to be here on my blog, if interested read on.......

June's 1st weekend we drove to Albany, NY to attend a birthday party of our closest friend's daughter. For the party I made this salad which everyone appreciated and enjoyed eating as much as I loved making it all the while hoping it to turn out well. You won't imagine people loved it and few of them took a second serving too! I was so overwhelmed with the kind of response and appreciation I got for the salad, thought of sharing it with all my readers too. Also many asked for the recipe there, I have a similar salad recipe but the dressing is a little bit different so thought of posting it on my website.

Salads are a healthy way to eat good and nutritious food. And for a basic salad recipe what I do is just peep into my refrigerator and pantry for necessary ingredients like salad greens, dried fruits, any kind of nuts and lastly some acidic ingredient like vinegar or citrus juice, that's pretty much it. I start making delicious salads by combining friendly veggies that go well with each other and the flavors kind of marry with each other quiet well. I try many dressings doing my own version, sometimes, I like it, sometimes they take a ride into my kitchen sink. Coming to this dressing, it is simple homemade vinaigrette with vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, honey and Dijon mustard with little seasoning.

Source: My own
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 10 mins
Serves: 4
6 leaves of Romaine Lettuce, torn
6 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 carrot, grated
½ red onion, chopped
1 seedless cucumber (optional)
1 pack seasoned bread croutons (optional)
Handful of toasted almonds/pinenuts/walnut(any)
dried cranberries for garnish

for dressing:
1 T distilled vinegar or lime juice
1 t dijon mustard
1 T honey
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of salt/ as per taste
1 tsp ground black pepper


1. Mix all the salad ingredients except nuts and croutons in a large bowl.
2. Prepare the dressing by first adding dijon mustard in vinegar juice whisk well.
3. Add freshly ground black pepper, salt, honey mix well.
4. Whisk vigorously while adding extra-virgin olive oil.
5. Spread over the salad, mix and cover it with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated.
6. When ready to eat top it with toasted almonds and croutons.

Tip: For crunchy salad, wash the greens and use a salad spinner to remove excess water out of the leaves or you can dab excess water in the leaves with a kitchen towel.

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