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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).

Soft Gingerbread Cookies | Playful Cookinglink to Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

The is the time of the year when you can’t help but indulge, go sugar high and drink a few extra glasses of wine. Festive season always brings such a happy feeling. No matter how tired you are, it somehow just melts away when you walk past the street and see all the colorful lights and shimmer. This is the first year that we got a Christmas tree and now I can’t wait to collect ornaments from all the places we hope to travel. This is also the first year that we baked Soft Gingerbread Cookies. We even tried to…

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.

Nolen Gur Rasgulla | Playful Cookinglink to Nolen Gur Rasgulla (Cheese Balls cooked in Jaggery Syrup)

Nolen Gur Rasgulla (Cheese Balls cooked in Jaggery Syrup)

The sweet scent in the air, that joyful feeling and happier faces. Also lots of deliciousness to indulge on. Finally festive season is here! Being a Bengali, Durga Puja is extremely close to my heart. Rhythmic beats of dhaks paired with sounds of the conch shells. Everybody dressed gorgeously in bright colors, the feeling is priceless. My absolute favorite time of the year and I have Nolen Gur Rasgulla (Cheese Balls cooked in Jaggery Syrup) for you. A treat you must try!

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…