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Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding) | Playful Cookinglink to Gajar Halwa | Carrot Pudding

Gajar Halwa | Carrot Pudding

This year, for the first time in a very long time, we are celebrating the festive season in full swing. Avyan is at an age where he can understand these things and he is also thoroughly enjoying it. Yesterday, we had a Diwali Potluck Party at our home and it was a blast. There were a wide variety of delicious treats and I really wish I had taken a photo of the entire spread! My contribution to the spread was Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding) and Moong Daal Khasta Kachori (Spiced Mung Bean Stufffed Flaky Dumplings).

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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!

Dry Fruit Samosa | Playful Cookinglink to Dry Fruit Samosa

Dry Fruit Samosa

Samosa is my absolutely favorite teatime snack. That flaky crust and filled with spiced boiled potatoes, always so tempting. I don’t even need a dipping sauce, just a cup of piping hot masala chai. With the festive season in full swing, we look for treats that can be made in advance and served right away when the guests arrive. Dry fruit samosa fits right in for such a situation. And I love it as much as the traditional samosa while pairing it with a cup of tea.

Gulab Jamun with Sweet Potatoes | Playful Cookinglink to Gulab Jamuns With Sweet Potatoes

Gulab Jamuns With Sweet Potatoes

This is the time of the year when every state in India celebrates customs, rituals and culinary delights. New clothes, traditional colorful attire, gathering with friends and families along with lots of food outline this festive season. This year, after a long time, I am celebrating it with my parents. I don’t even remember when was the last time I spent Durga Puja with them. It’s a 5-day celebration for which we Bengalis wait for all year long. My Mom has been cooking all my favorite dishes and needless to say, I am gaining more pounds. Yesterday she made these…

Chena Malpua | Playful Cookinglink to Chhena Malpua

Chhena Malpua

I really don’t know where to start! Undoubtedly, this is the longest pause I ever took in blogging and I truly hope it’s over. I cook every single day, sometimes even twice. But in between changing the diapers and putting Avyan to sleep, I have no clue how my day starts and how it ends. I keep saying to myself, ‘it’s all about finding a method to the madness. I’ve got to make time, a little bit everyday, just for my blog’. So last week, I got my gear out and photographed food, after a long time. It was challenging.…

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Mawa Gujiya – A traditional Indian festive sweet

This is my favorite time of the year! By the time one festival gets over, we start prepping for the next one; it's such a joyful and happy season. Today we are celebrating Diwali - the festival of light! This festival always brings happiness, laughter, joy and lot of smiles on everyone's face. There are gifts being exchanged, families get together and there is always something special getting prepared in the kitchen.