Bread Halwa

One unique thing about muslim weddings, the wedding lunch menu remains the same. Its briyani ( veg and non veg) , the brinjal side dish and bread halwa. My favorite part ofcourse is Halwa . I learnt to make the perfect bread halwa in a Briyani Workshop conducted by Chennai Food Guide. It did give me the confidence to make Briyani and the Bread Halwa .

On to the recipe now.


Bread - 1 full packet ( milk bread )
Oil for deep frying 
Khoya - 1 cup 
Sugar - 2 cups
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Dry fruits - 1/2 cup

Cut the bread into small pieces
Deep fry them in hot oil and set it aside on a kitchen paper
You can alternatively roast the bread in an oven until its golden brown in color
In a heavy bottomed wok, heat the ghee and fry the dry fruits in it.
Slowly add the fried or baked bread followed by khoya and sugar.
Please take care to adjust the sugar according to the taste of the khoya that you are adding
Keep a low flame and keep stirring well until all the ingredients blend well.
The choice of dry fruits is entirely to suit you taste and to make the dish more rich in taste and texture.

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Rice Kheer

In India, any special occasion starts with a sweet. I am getting back to blogging after so many months that I have actually lost track. So am starting it with a sweet, that is often made at my home for Friday pujas. A simple dessert but rich in terms of what goes into it and of course the calories
A Simple yet Creamy and Rich Rice Kheer
Long Basmati Rice - 1/2 cup
Milk - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp.
Cashew and Raisin- a few
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Edible camphor ( optional ) - half pinch

Rinse well and soak the rice for a good half hour
Cook it separately and drain the water
Heat the milk in a thick bottomed pan
Keep the flame on medium while stirring occasionally
When it reduces to half its quantity, add sugar little by little
Reduced milk will have a sweet taste on it own, so keep a tab on the sweetness.
Keep stirring and slowly add the cooked rice.
Ensure that you don't break the rice while stirring
Add cardamom and edible cardamom powder
Serve chilled or hot.

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