Doodhpak / Milk and Rice Pudding

There are variety of payasu made on auspicious occasions and festivals by the GSB/Konkani community. Few to name are Shevayin payasu, Rawe payasu, Gharayi, Madgane, Doodhpak, etc. I have already posted the recipe for Shevayin payasu and Rawe Payasu. Today I have got you the recipe for Doodhpak. 

Doodhpak literally means milk sweet syrup. It is basically a delicious and aromatic concoction made by slowly simmering the milk with rice, sugar and cardamom powder to form a creamy rich treat packed with all dairy goodness. Few years back when I got an opportunity to make this sweet dish for a festival celebration here, one of my friend passed on this recipe to me. 

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Stuffed Onions - Ratatouille Style

If you have watched Pixar movie titled "Ratatouille" you would recognize this name as well as the dish. Traditional Ratatouille from French cuisine is a vegetable stew made from eggplants, zucchini, onions, bell peppers and tomatoes,  and a variation of this dish was created by lill Chef Remy in the above movie to impress the restaurant critic. Although, it has been on my to do list since the time I watched this movie, the muhurat never came. 

Its only during this weekend, while carrying out my regular chore of scanning the refrigerator, I found some mushroom, bell peppers, tomatoes in smaller quantities lying in the vegetable storage box. Immediately I decided to make this French dish. I had everything except eggplants so I went ahead to prepare some Stuffed Onions - Ratatouille style inspired from the recipe here

An impressive side dish, this easy recipe will surely be a crowd pleaser. You can sneak in more veggies (according to veggie availability) into this dish to make it more colourful and healthy. The bonus point is, this dish can be cooked ahead of time and rewarmed at the time of serving.

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Piyava Masala Idlis / Sanna Khotto

Sanna Khotto is a popular side dish/snack from GSB cuisine. Khotto name is derived from jackfruit leaves (khotte paan) that are used to make moulds/baskets. You may watch the process of making khotte/moulds in this videoThese moulds are then used to steam the rice dal mixture and make savoury dumplings. When the mixture is steamed in banana leaves it is called as Sanna Muddo. 

What I have got here today is an instant recipe for these masala idlis (instead of traditional recipe). I have excluded dal while making these idlis, thereby saving on preparation time. The below recipe has been a saviour when I am short on time and in need of making something filling.

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Eggless Gulab Jamnu Cheesecake ~ No Bake with Agar Agar

Our family being Gulab Jamun lovers, my kids just love this Eggless Gulab Jamun Mix cake and always prefer it at each family celebration. So when the time came to think about some desserts for elder one's birthday celebration, his answer obviously was "Gulab Jamun Cake". Keeping his preference in mind, I went ahead and prepared this western cheesecake dessert with a desi spin. Inspired from Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe, this cake is eggless made with agar agar. All you have to do is whip the ingredients together, pour into the springform pan, place it in the fridge and wait for couple of hours or overnight. The best thing is you don't need any oven to make this cake and still this delicious cheesecake will make you look like a baking expert! 

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DIY Stone Art- Owlsome Stones ~ Part 3

In Sanskrit there is saying which talks about 14 Vidyas (Knowledge) and Chausashta (64) Kalas (Arts). And if you check that list it feels as if lifetime is not enough to learn and master these arts.. isn't it? 

Anyway, in continuation to my DIY stone art posts, its part 3 in this series and as promised in the previous post it is ahout "OWL"some stones. I was browsing through Etsy pages looking for some inspirations after Mandala Stones and I landed on this page. Do visit Sehnaz Bac 's page. I am sure you would end up saying "Damn these are just cutie owls of this world!" I ended up spending the rest of my time admiring her gorgeous artwork and getting inspired to try my hands at the earliest. If the same happens to you do not worry you are doing it right because

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time"
Thomas Merton

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