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10 Indian Festive Desserts

My favorite time of the year is here and it’s the time for indulgence on Indian Festive Desserts. So, get into your beautiful outfits, forget all the worries, catch up with friends, hug a little tighter and just be joyful! We can work on all those extra calories later. For now, just let loose and enjoy. So, here are 10 Indian Festive Desserts that you need to try this season! As I mentioned in my last post, I don’t get a lot of pujo vibe out here but I use the food memories to make it exciting every day.

Rasmalai | Playful Cookinglink to Rasmalai (Juicy Cheese Dumplings In Flavored Cream)

Rasmalai (Juicy Cheese Dumplings In Flavored Cream)

Ras meaning juice and Malai meaning cream, are juicy and spongy fresh cottage cheese dumplings in creamy cardamom and saffron milk. Rasmalai is one of those famous Indian desserts that always brightens the festive mood. This festive season, I made this dessert twice. That’s how much we love this dessert. Diwali, the festival of light, is right around the corner and this year, I decided to do a virtual potluck with some of my favorite food bloggers. There is an array of treats from savory to sweet. If only I could transform this potluck from virtual to real!

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Napa Wine Train

A boy and a girl met through common friends and there was no sparkle or anything even close to that. One year down the line, they became best of friends and even till date, they don't know how and when they fell in love with each other. For a long time, he was in US and she was in India. The long distance relationship made their love even stronger and last year, on 26th Feb 2010, the wedding bell rang and we said 'I do' to each other :) We celebrated our first anniversary last weekend and it was fantastic.…

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Wine poached Pear with Chocolate and Mint sauce

No one needs a special day to celebrate love but when there is a day dedicated for love, why not enjoy it! We never go big on Valentine's Day but it's a special day in our calendar and we like to celebrate it in our own little way. Eating out is always an option but the thought of waiting for a seat and sitting in a crowded restaurant somehow kills the celebration mood for us. We like it quiet, cozy and what's a better place for that than your own home.

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How To Style Curries – 5 different ways!

Sometimes comfort food can be a little challenging to style and photograph. Especially if a dish doesn't call for garnish or doesn't have a lot of element in it. It can come across flat and boring. Today, I am sharing with you How To Style Curries - 5 different ways! It's all about styling, irrespective of you use your phone camera or DSLR.

Chocolate Hazelnut Friands with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (by Sonali Ghosh) | Playful Cookinglink to Chocolate Hazelnut Friands

Chocolate Hazelnut Friands

I have been ogling at Sonali's Instagram feeds and her blog Sugar et al for a long time now. The color pop that she adds to those desserts is always so mouthwatering and vibrant! I am so glad she agreed to share one of her stunning treats of my blog. Friand is one of my favorite types of cake and this particular Chocolate Hazelnut Friands with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting looks gorgeous! I am definitely going to give this a try as soon as I get back home.

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20 Dessert Ideas For Valentines Day

After a fancy breakfast and a lavish meal, the day should end with an amazing dessert. I feel that a celebration without something sweet is incomplete. So, I have this last round up of 20 desserts for the Valentine’s Day. All of them are really easy to put together. These sweet treats are divided into two categories - Chocolate Lovers and Not a Chocolate fan. I hope you will find your pick and end the day on a sweet note.

Taste of Eastern India | Bengali Cuisine Cookbook | Author and Photographer Kankana Saxenalink to Taste of Eastern India is released TODAY

Taste of Eastern India is released TODAY

This day will not be just another day for me. Sep 18th has marked itself special in my calendar. Taste of Eastern India is released TODAY. 8 years back, if someone had told me a day such as this would come in my life, I would have thought they are crazy! But here it is, my first cookbook on Bengali food, food that I grew up eating, food that I learnt cooking from my Mom and Aunts, food that always takes me back home. I hope you enjoy this book just as much as I enjoyed writing and photographing it.

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Snack Time With Nutty Gritties

The addition of nuts in the daily meal is one the best ways to boost energy and stay fit. My husband and our little boy can go nuts over nuts, any time of the day. However, I am a little picky about it. Several months back, I had shared an energy bar recipe and mentioned about how nuts are not my favorite things to munch, unless they’re dusted with spices or cocoa powder and roasted to a crunchy texture.

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Sabudana Khichdi (Tapioca Pilaf)

Tiny sago pearls/tapioca pearls cooked with a very few ingredients to make a fluffy pilaf! Sabudana Khichdi is one of the most popular fasting dishes during Navratri festival season. It’s quick, gluten free and takes very minimal effort to bring it together.