Lemon Shortbread Bars and Carrot Pistachio Truffles

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My favorite season is finally here with longer daylight, beautiful sunshine and pretty flowers! Now, all I ask from the weatherman is not to predict anymore frequent showers, storm or anything that takes away the Spring.

Last week was pretty dull and boring with non-stop rain and cold winds, but what kept me excited was seeing Arvind finalizing the new design for blog. In between all the crazy workload, my sweetheart somehow managed to find time for planning, writing, fixing bugs and creating this new look. I feel SO proud and yes, I know 🙂 I am one lucky girl!

This lucky girl decided to make some thing special for her boy, who has a sweet tooth and can never get tired of eating dessert. Just one treat was not enough to celebrate the new look of the blog and so I made two.. one with lots of lemon in it and the other with lots of carrot in it.

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The idea of carrot pistachio truffles is not very different from the gajar halwa that I had made earlier. This time around, I decided to add some roasted ground pistachio at the near end of the cooking process. It absorbed some of the moisture and also added a crunchy bite.

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Lemon shortbread bar is adapted from this link. It was in my wish list for a while and what better time to make it than now! I decided to add some slivered almonds for a crispy bite in between.

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Both the treats came out flavorful and delicious!

Lemon Shortbread Bars


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Carrot Pistachio Truffles


  • 2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/butter
  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
  • seeds of 4 cardamoms, roughly crushed (or 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder)
  • 1/2 cup roasted and finely crushed pistachio, plus some more for garnish
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  1. In a saucepan, heat ghee/butter and cook grated carrot in medium heat for about 5 mins.
  2. Pour the sweetened condensed milk in the pan along with the crushed cardamom and mix them properly.
  3. Bring down the heat to medium-low and let it cook for 10 mins. Keep stirring in between to avoid it from sticking to the bottom of the pan or getting burnt.
  4. Once the milk is absorbed, add crushed pistachio and mix.
  5. Pour the carrot pudding in a bowl and let it cool. Cover it with a plastic wrap and let it rest overnight in the refrigerator.
  6. Next day, use a melon baller or a spoon to scoop round balls of the carrot pudding and place it on a plate. Let it refrigerate another for 15 minutes.
  7. Dust some powdered sugar on top of the balls and start shaping it to a round ball.  Rub some powdered sugar on your hand to avoid it from sticking to your hand.
  8. Dust some more powdered sugar on top, sprinkle finely crushed pistachio and serve it.


Please note that it will get little soft if kept for long hours in room temperature.

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  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    March 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Kankana I love love the new look…
    And the truffles too…
    Gorgeous my fried…

  • Raji
    March 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    love the new look Kankana..great work done by your hubs.

    and the truffles are gorgeous, what a healthy take on the not so healthy but tasty gajar ka halwa.

  • Divya @ FF
    Divya @ FF
    March 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Love the new look Kankana! Your hubby has done a great job with this. It’s so fresh and inviting!!

    Love your healthy take on the truffles too – simply delish.

  • Manu
    March 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    I love the new look Kankana! Very classy! 🙂
    And delicious sweets! Love both of them! Amazing pics as always! <3

  • Rosa
    March 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Oh, I love lemon bars! That picture of the blossoms is gorgeous.



  • Lubna Karim
    Lubna Karim
    March 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Refreshing makeover..love it….looks clean and great…i think lots of work is still pending…as i can’t see the menu, recipes, home etc. Love the recipes….tempting clicks too…..

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      March 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      Hi Lubna,
      Thanks for dropping by 🙂 You can see all the links like about and recipe and ect in the home page on the right hand side. I just don’t call it ‘about’ or ‘recipe’ any more. It’s ‘who am i?’ and ‘ from my kitchen’ . Anytime you want to go to the home page, click on the banner or header on top!

  • Kulsum at JourneyKit
    Kulsum at JourneyKit
    March 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    I always serve gajar halwa in truffle form. They look so much more sexy 🙂 I see you did end up using 1.4f ? hm? And yes you are totally lucky to have the husband do such things for you, its look lovely!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      March 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      I know!! Thanks for helping me here. I used to click in 1.4 only when am capturing portrait. With food I was not sure. Use to always raise it to 2.0 But now I am loving the 1.4 more 🙂

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    March 21, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Love the makeover! It looks all sunshiny and beautiful 😉

  • Spandana
    March 21, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Love the new look. And the pics are as usual great 🙂

  • Sneh | Cook Republic
    Sneh | Cook Republic
    March 21, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Your blog looks amazing, as if blossoming and sprouting new leaves just in time for Spring 🙂 Love the new design! I am bookmarking the truffles. They look so good!

  • Lizzy (Good Things)
    Lizzy (Good Things)
    March 21, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    I love the sunny colours of this post. Lovely blog, happy that I found you.

  • Priyanka
    March 21, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Great new look. Clean and beautiful

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    March 21, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    I love lemon bars!! These look incredible K!

    Your new banner / look is just beautiful.

  • Tina@flourtrader
    [email protected]
    March 21, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    Your banner is a perfect change for the springtime-love it. Nice to pop in here and find not one but two delicious recipes. The lemony cream cheese and the butter shortbread no doubt is a winner-yum! Also, a very creative and tasty blend for those truffles. Have a great day!

  • Soma
    March 21, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    Love the look Kankana, just love it. It speaks the spirit of your blog and of course you! So perfect. And I am in love with the stunning photographs. and both the recipes are as delightful! shows how you guys compliment each other ;D xo

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    March 21, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    Great job on the fresh new look, Kankana! Love it and the treats too!

  • jeyashrisuresh
    March 21, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    wow, just now i saw this truffles in pinterest and they look so tempting .

  • Matt @ RecipeLion
    Matt @ RecipeLion
    March 21, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    These recipes look great! I would love it if you linked up this post to my springtime recipes blog hop for a chance to win a “Top Chef” cookbook: http://ow.ly/9Lmwj

  • Anamika
    March 21, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Lovely fresh look indeed Kankana! And yes your guy surely deserves all the sweet treats for this!

  • Ria Mathew
    Ria Mathew
    March 21, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    He’s done such a good job with the site, Kankana! Everything looks soooo good! 🙂

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    March 21, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Kankana, I really like the new look, it’s so fresh and Spring like! I especially loved reading that your husband took the time and care to set up the new blog look for you, and you made these lovely desserts to show your appreciation, you two are just too adorable!

  • sayantani
    March 21, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    awww thats a super cute header Kankana…Congrats for the new look. that definitely calls for some celebration…awesome goodies you made for your guy.

  • Manasi
    March 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    I have been reading and following ur blog on FB and am de-lurking now.
    Love the new look and the Lemon Shortbread and carrot pistachio truffles. it all looks Very sunny and happy!

  • Deepa
    March 21, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Awesome kank! Love the new look of the blog :-)congratzz!!! lemon shortbread bars look so tempting… Will definitely try this one.:-)

  • Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
    Grishma @ZaikaZabardast
    March 21, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    love it! Love it..love it!!! So cool 🙂 Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Ambika
    March 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    The new look is amazing! So fresh and vibrant, just like spring!! Love both the recipes, gorgeous photos, as always!!

  • Poornima
    March 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Love the new look, that header is beautiful and apt!! The two treats are just fabulous!

  • Rikki
    March 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    That lemon shortbread sounds incredible! And the blossoms are so beautiful [:

  • Vijitha
    March 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Congrats on the new look. Loving the header. Such apt for the name Sunshine and smile.

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    March 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Your blog looks fantastic! As well as do both of these treats…must try those delightful truffles!

  • Amrita (Beetle's Kitchen Escapades)
    Amrita (Beetle's Kitchen Escapades)
    March 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    You sure are lucky, girlie! The husband’s done an amazing job on the new look. Very pretty! I’ve been sitting and tweaking my blog on my own, figuring out code etc and everytime I ask the husband for help, he just nods and then never helps. Sigh! Maybe I should make him some extra special treats like this and tell him he gets to eat them only AFTER he helps me 😉

  • Namitha
    March 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Loved everything, the new looks, flowers,desserts and your writing 🙂 Yes,you are a lucky girl,hope your boy loved these.Just finished taking some pics of lemon bars. Have to try these shortbread bars sometimes ;-)and Truffles look awesome !

  • Farwin @ Loveandothe
    Farwin @ Loveandothe
    March 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Hi Kankana,The new look of the blog and your photos are absolutely gorgeous ! But like Lubna pointed out,coming from Twitter I couldn’t see any of the menu on the right hand side until I clicked the wording Hello Spring. Thought to bring it to your notice.

  • Nami | JOC
    Nami | JOC
    March 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Kankana!!! Congrats on the new look on your blog! This is really YOU!!! I’m loving it very much. Your photos and style match with your design and just simply gorgeous!! I always love citrus in sweets and this looks so delicious.

  • Radhika @ Just Home Made
    Radhika @ Just Home Made
    March 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    This has turned out to be so gorgeous, something so apt and all Sunshine and Smile..Arvind and you as a team have done a great job! So excited and happy for you! Calls for a celebration indeed! Two sweets as a sweet thank you to him, so cute..

    I can only look at those gorgeous Lemon bars, haven’t found a recipe not calling for eggs!

    Carrot Pistachio truffles – novel idea for a carrot halwa..

  • Saguna
    March 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I adore your new layout and these sweet treats! Never knew carrot halwa could be made with so little ghee- will be trying this out soon 🙂 Thanks for a beautiful post!

  • nipponnin
    March 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I did not have time to sit down and write to you until today. I just want to say, I adore this new look! Simply beautiful! Your photographs are amazing! (as always).

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

  • Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    March 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Gosh Kankana your pictures are just brilliant! Love how that powder sugar emphasizes the sweets and I so wanna come and see your prop stash! Love that copper plate. Love the clean new look of the blog too! Yes your boy definitely deserved these sweets!

  • Krithi
    March 21, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Wow.. Love the carrot truffles very much Kankana… would try this for sure..

  • Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    March 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    oh my goodness, if your previous look was beautiful this is gorgeous. Love the sun in the banner, the birds, the flowers. it fits you perfectly!
    You’re one lucky girl indeed!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    March 21, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Your sweetheart did a great job with the new design! High five 😀

    Love the recipes and photos — so captivating!

  • Marsha @ The Harried Cook
    Marsha @ The Harried Cook
    March 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Love the new look of your blog! Absolutely beautiful… Your husband has done a fabulous job! And the recipes are pretty awesome too – i love lemon and carrot and shortbreads and truffles – so all my favorite things here 🙂 Thanks for sharing these recipes with us – and the pictures are just incredible! Great post, Kankana!

  • Ansh
    March 21, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    It really looks sunny and bright out here and that brings on a big smile!! Refreshingly beautiful look and such a happy feel space.

  • Nandita
    March 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Loved the look of your blog Kanakana. As for the recipes, they are just so yummy. I just could not take my eyes off the carrot pistachio truffles. The pictures are just that fabulous 🙂

  • easyfoodsmith
    March 22, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Beautiful new look. I guess you both are lucky to have each other 🙂
    The shortbread and truffles look lovely and delicious. Lovely post Kankana.

  • Ameena
    March 22, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    I LOVE shortbread…I’ve never had a lemon shortbread before though and it looks delicious!

    Great post and photos as usual!

  • Ameena
    March 22, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    PS: The new blog looks great!

  • Asmita
    March 22, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Love the new look of your blog.
    The lemon bars look incredible and the photograph of the blossoms is gorgeous!Looking forward to more posts.

  • Russell van K
    Russell van K
    March 22, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Lovely shots! And what a recipe! This sounds like my kind of bar. Your blog has a lovely look too! I’m not sure If I’ve been here before the change so I can’t comment on the before but the after is great!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      March 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      I am a huge fan of your work Russell 🙂 So glad you dropped by and thanks a lot for those lovely words!

  • Lakshmi
    March 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Kankana, the facelift looks great! It’s clean and simple: easy to read. It also supports your images better, when there are less distractions around. The sweets are nicely photographed.

  • Brian
    March 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    I have a soft spot for lemon bars… and these look marvelous!

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)
    Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)
    March 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Kankana, love the new look! Very true to your blog’s name. 🙂

    Love the sweets, too. Truffles and lemon bars are among my favorites! 🙂

  • Liz
    March 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Oh, my gosh…so much beauty here! First, your new look is fabulous!!! Congrats! And then those gorgeous blossoms…followed by not one, but two wonderful treats 🙂

  • Tobias
    March 22, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Really digging the new look! Guess spring cleaning can be transferred to blogs, as well. 😉

    I am all for the truffles here! I really cannot decide on a favourite ingredients right now. Carrots, cardamom or pistachios…mhhh Tough one.

    Spring is ever so slowly showing its presence here as well. It just still takes a little while.

  • Sara{OneTribeGourmet}
    March 22, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    New blog design looks gorgeous along with your lovely recipe & beautiful photography! Congrats! xx

  • Mats
    March 23, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Very nice photos, and the blog design is great! Nice work.

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    March 23, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    What gorgeous pictures, Kankana..love both the recipes!

  • a spoonful of yumm
    a spoonful of yumm
    March 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    i like the idea of carrot pistachio truffles, love the new blog design – very cute 🙂

  • Anita Menon
    Anita Menon
    March 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    what a revamp. Loving it. It looks vibrant and beautiful like your smile Kankana.
    The lemon shortbread bars and pista truffles look amazing. Photos are class apart.

  • Ally
    March 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Wow… I seriously adore your blog. Stunning photography, amazing recipes!!!

  • mjskit
    March 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Great new look!!! Your shortbread bars and truffles look awesome! I’m going to have to make the truffles. They look irresistible! Congrats on the Top 9!

  • Maja
    March 24, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    Kankana, I love new blog design, it’s awesome!! So light and colorful 🙂
    I adore lemon bars, I can say I’m a huge fan od lemons 🙂 So vibrant and beautiful!

  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    March 25, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    aw that is so sweet of ur husband, ur indeed one lucky gal 🙂 the shortbread looks mouth watering, have to try this one

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    March 25, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    i am loving loving loving the new blog look! it is killer- so fresh and fun yet professional. Your pics as always are simply stunning and I want some of these shortbread bars NOW

  • sally
    March 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Both desserts look fantastic! These are great treats for your hardworking husband!

  • reese@SeasonwithSpic
    [email protected]
    March 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Kankana – I will once again echo what others have said – the makeover is fantastic. Your husband has surely done a great job! Both desserts are looking delicious too. Perfect to celebrate the arrival of spring.

  • susan
    March 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    love the idea of these truffles – perfect for passover!

  • Sukanya
    March 27, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Love…love your new makeover and congrats..its written spring all over it..very refreshing..sp ur header. u guys did an amazing job…and loved both the recipes..sp the lemon shortbread..

  • Sawsan
    March 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Congratulations on the new look, I love it. It is so refreshing
    I can’t even decide which one I like better, carrots and lemons are two of my favorite ingredients and I can’t wait to try them both

  • Athena
    March 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    I was just going to comment on your new look… I absolutely, freaking LOVE it! It’s cheerful, bright, happy. I’m a huge fan of anything shortbread so I’m bookmarking the lemon bars for sure. Don’t you love shooting at 1.4? 🙂

  • Shinta
    April 7, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Amazing new look ! your hubby is a genius, and Im sure you contributed creatively. Love the detail with the mini butterflies at the end of each post. Must say your blog has one of the highest standards I have seen.

  • Asmita
    July 9, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    Wow, this looks wonderful!

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