Date Palm Jaggery Rice Pudding (Khejur Gurer Payesh )

Date Palm Jaggery Rice Pudding | Playful Cooking

Growing up, I don’t recall any special occasion when rice pudding was not prepared. Be it a birthday, after exam celebrations, any festival or a family get-together, this creamy comfort-in-a-bowl always made an appearance. This ritual is still followed religiously. And I still lick the bowl clean, every single time.

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Rajasthan Trip – Part 2

Rajasthan Trip | Kankana Saxena Photography

Here are few more photographs from our Rajasthan trip that have been waiting very patiently to be shared. If you read my last two posts, you would know what took this long!

After exploring Jaisalmer and a little bit of Jodhpur, we took second part of the long drive, 12 hrs to Udaipur. It was tiring and I wished there were more frequent flights between these two places. We could have saved so much time! Thankfully, our driver was sweet enough to stop by whenever we requested him and he also kept us entertained with all the fun stories about the villages we crossed.

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Mackerel with Fresh Peppercorn and Coconut Milk

Mackerel with fresh peppercorn and coconut milk | Playful Cooking

Feb and March have always been the most eventful and exciting months for us. Our birthdays, our anniversary and this time, the months were quite brief, or at least it felt that way. After we returned from our trip, we had guests over, back to back. First, my in-laws along with my sister in law (Arvind’s sister) and her delightful little daughter Ira, who is three months older than Avyan, came over. So, you can imagine the fun with two babies rocking the house! And after they left, my parents along with my brother and my sister in law came over. It was houseful and we had such good times together. They all had traveled out of town, mainly to attend Avyan’s first birthday. He is a lucky chap!

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Avyan turned ONE!

Avyan turned ONE | Photography - Kankana Saxena

The year of his firsts and the year of our firsts, as parents. The year of lot of learning’s, making memories every minute, always keeping our camera charged, the year of less wine and more of laundry. Perhaps, one of the most exciting years of our life and couple of weeks back, our little fella relished his first cake. At first, he wasn’t sure what to do with the cake. He never jumps at unfamiliar objects. He kept gazing at it for a while, ultimately touched it with just one finger and then, the fun started.

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Rajasthan Trip – Part 1

Rajasthan Trip | Kankana Saxena Photography

We started this year with an ambitious plan. 8 days of road trip in Rajasthan! As crazy as it sounded, we couldn’t help getting excited. Our first family vacation, finally! I always wanted to visit this place, enjoy the rich culture, colors and their food. But with a baby, was that a good idea? We were freaking out.

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