Toddy palm/Tadgola/Taal Payesh – Raksha Bandhan/Janmasthami Special

Growing up in a Bengali household, summer months meant a lot of quintessential things – be it mangoes or certain vegetables that became part of our staple diet; but what has always been a conspicuous part of the festivals of summer is the Toddy palm which we bengalis dearly call Taal. My family adores sweet dishes & so I keep making one or the other time to time.For those who doesn’t know about it, I will quote the Wikipedia here on Toddy palm.

  Borassus flabellife commonly known as doub palmpalmyra palmtala palmtoddy palm or wine palm, is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, including NepalIndiaBangladeshSri LankaThailandVietnamMalaysia,Indonesia and the Philippines. It is reportedly naturalized in PakistanSocotra, and parts of China.”

There are so many recipes on this – be it kheer or payesh (aka payesham) or bora (fritters). Considering there are so many festivals on our way – Rakhi Purnima/Raksha bandhan , Independence day or Krishna Janmasthami..I though why not show you a recipe that I have borrowed from Baby aunty through my beloved Sky & Gulu. Cheers!

Toddy palm/Tadgola/Taal payesh

Toddy palm/Tadgola/Taal payesh

  • Difficulty: “easy”
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Ingredients:

  • Toddy palm/Tadgola/Taal – 2 cups
  • Nestle Milkmade – 1 cup or to taste + 2 tablespoon (to drizzle on top)
  • Khoya/Mawa/milk solid – 75 grams (Keep aside a little for garnish)
  • Elaichi/ Green Cardamom powder, ¼ teaspoon
  • Fresh coconut, grated, 2 tablespoon

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Vanilla cookies/Tea Cake on a skillet/Pan (No bake/No Oven) Recipe

Have you ever had those days where you crave a cookie or those chewy sweet bites but the oven is down?
What do you do then?

I act over-smart! Yes!
I make a cookie dough quick & simple and cooked them on my non-stick pan or iron skillet.
How cool is that?

Its so easy and fast that it may beat the Easiest Cake in the world with Milk frosting anyday!

Easiest cake in the world with easy milk chocolate frosting -Microwave oven & gas top pressure cooker methodWhich by the way can be made in an microwave oven as well as in a no oven method on gas top/stove. That’s Simple, quick & delicious !

But the bites are so subtly sweet & yum that you will never believe its NOT BAKED! Its cooked on a pan!
And just as drool worthy..

Easy fast Vanilla cookie/tea cake on a skillet/pan/wok - no bake,no oven,no added colour

These goes perfectly with tea or Homemade esspresso coffee or just as a regular snack now & then. I served these on a plate on top of crumbled kitchen towel, generous sprinkling of sugar and dry fruits & ginger green tea.

I will be making a dough very similar to one of the easiest biscuit/cookie dough ever. I guess pretty much anyone who has ever thought of making a cookie,has come across the Simple cookie dough recipe by Martha Stewart. Just a few tips & tricks that help is added by me at last (a result of very many failures at making tea cakes in many ways!) Scroll down to know more.

This easy breezy recipe needs the basic few ingredients we mostly find in our kitchen, just about 15 minutes or less to prep, another 5-10 minutes to cook. All you need is a mixing bowl, a spoon or whisk and a pan/skillet or even a flat bottomed wok.
So,here lets get started..

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Homemade Motichur ke laddoo ~ delicious Indian sweet recipe

I am from Bengal, in case you din’t know already. And we are known to be “sweet” people ~ Mishti (sweet in Bengali)!
Apart from the fact that our language is considered mishti, we have our weakness for anything thats sweet..especially from old west part of Bengal (before partition). My mother being one of them – we have had our share of sweetish curry, sweetish meat gravy, sweetish bread, sweet Cake or sweet snacks, sweet sweet & sweet drink..that includes tea or coffee with the amount of sugar worth a fortune!
Over the time, our tastes and kitchen rules have changed, flavours evolved and dessert choices altered. From the quintessential Bengali Rosogolla to payesh we have moved to variants of laddoo or even kheer stuffed puff pastry.
But who can beat an Indian classic?
None!
[Check out a range of desserts & sweets here]

Today my post is on one of the most love, eaten and sold sweet in any part of India. You are in India or ever have been here, I bet you have had a laddoo of some sort. If you haven’t, consolations to you!

This one is motichur/motichoor ke laddoo which is a popular variant among besan laddoo, bundi laddoo, khoya laddoo etc. These are had in almost any occasion, be it a festival, wedding, party, religious puja as shagun (token of good wish) or just like that!

I am taking a homely way out & not using any food colouring (which I highly discourage. Some studies on them are crazy!) Or readymade thickening agent like many sweet shops do. No no no!
That by no mean means mine are tempting addictive in any way 🙂

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The ingredients I have used are so simple and made from scratch.
The colour is NOT the vibrant orange that you see in the sweet stalls or by caterers but they taste just as delicious!
To give it some thick moist texture I will use some khowa/khoya (concentrated milk solid), which can be readymade but I made it from scratch.
Lets get started with his Puja / party special dessert 😀

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Homemade crispy Jalebi desi style ~ Independence day special!

My memories fly high!
Ever since I was a little girl, me and my sister Gulu would run to the playground in front of our house every Independence day morning!
Showered, with blotches of baby powder here and there, crisp little frocks and the biggest grin across our face..we ran holding hands with tiny flags clutched tight in our palms till we reached the crowd around the flag hoisting podium. I still remember, uncles of our locality or para would make us stand in line and make us sing the national anthem..we would jump up & down as the hoisting started and clap hard!
As a reward for being good quiet girls with no tantrums, Jalebi were distributed. The sugar syrup off them dripping till our elbow, each gets a piece..no more! pout
But what a bliss it was! A smile that people have when they win a 5 crore lottery.. 🙂

Those days were priceless and are missed badly! So when I was planning an Independence day menu this time, I made it a point to include the good old Jalebis in our morning ritual…just Homemade!
My first trial and they came out better than just fine 😀

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Without rambling anymore let’s get started.
Just to make sure its clear from the title above, it has no baking soda or baking powder at all. Or any other fancy artificial ingredients used in shops or by halwais.
They will rise and crisp up just as much.

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Vanilla Pudding in a Mug in less than 5 minutes (Easy Microwave oven Recipe)

**UPDATE : Thank you loads for all the views and for trying this. 🙂

Sadly some of you had the hard way round. It may get a little too egg-y or too runny the first time,if you go wrong with measurements. I SUGGEST you do a trial batch..try to estimate ingredients to your taste.

you can always ask away if you have a doubt. But i cant tell you whats wrong unless you be specific. TIA***

My second dessert recipe is here! Firstly, thank you for appreciating my first ever dessert recipe. I am so glad some of you tried the Indian Classic and loved it 🙂

This time I had a story that triggered me to try this new quick fix to make a sweet dish. That too in a mug! Whoa! I know its been pretty popular on and off for obvious reasons but what I loved about it apart from the fact that its fast, easy is that its so fulfilling and can have endless variations.

I Got the basic hang of it from a food blog. I tried two variation – one is the basic vanilla pudding and one with coffee caramel. Sadly, my camera  went wacko and the first set of pictures disappeared mysteriously! 😦

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