Raksha Bandhan is nearing, and the devout and doting sisters have already started preparing for it. But amongst them are a few sisters like me who are pretty lazy when it comes to cooking delicacies for our dear ahem brothers. But we do know that our brothers are going to protect us all their lives, and also buy us gifts and love us and care for us way more than our boyfriends do. And that’s what makes me guilty and all teary eyed about Raksha Bandhan. Anyway, coming back to the point, for girls like me who are not much into cooking but still want to make a sweet and simple dish for your brothers… here are some quick recipes of Raksha Bandhan sweets that I came up within all these years. Hope your bhai likes it as much as mine does!
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15-minute molten lava cake:
You will love me for sharing this recipe, because it’s the best cake I’ve baked by far and everyone has always loved it, and the requests to make it again keep pouring in.
50 grams butter
350 grams dark chocolate
150 grams sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
50 grams plain flour
Method: Melt the chocolate and let it cool completely. Whisk together the butter and sugar, and gradually add the eggs and then the vanilla. Now add the flour, and when all is smoothly blended together, add the cooled chocolate, blending it to form a smooth batter. Let the batter stand for 5 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes and serve immediately. How easy was that!
This recipe is for the super lazy girls out there, who get into the kitchen just minutes before the rasm of Rakhi tying starts.
1 packet of fresh cream, whipped
1 bowl of mixed fruits of your choice (grapes, apples, berries)
1 packet of ready to eat vanilla custard
1 cup of grated dark chocolate
Orange syrup (alternative orange flavoured Tang/Rasna)
Method: Take a big glass bowl and start piling on the layers starting with chopped fruits drizzled with orange syrup, the next layer would be the custard and the third layer would be the whipped cream topped with grated chocolate. If you have the ingredients in larger quantities, you can even repeat the layers and make a huge bowl of trifle! So yummy!
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Don’t worry, this recipe of gulab jamun is not difficult at all. But it’s not even the ready-made pack of Gits or MTR.
1 cup milk powder
1/3 cup maida
¼ tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons full fat milk/whole milk
1 teaspoon ghee
Pistachio/almonds for garnishing
1 and 1/3rd cups of sugar
1 and 1/4th cups of water
A pinch of saffron
1 teaspoon rose water/rose essence
A pinch or two of finely powdered green cardamoms
For the syrup:
Add sugar and water in a wide pan and heat it on a medium flame. Once the sugar dissolves completely, add cardamom powder and bring it to boil by stirring every now and then. Let the sugar syrup thicken slightly, about 2-3 minutes after coming to boil. Once ready, run the sugar syrup through fine sieve to remove any impurities. Transfer the sugar syrup back into the wide pan and mix in saffron and rose water/essence. Let it cool down to room temperature.
For the gulab jamun:
Sieve milk powder, maida, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl. Add milk and ghee and prepare soft sticky dough. Do not knead it, just combine. Grease your palms with ghee and roll out smooth small balls out of the dough. Deep fry these dough balls until golden brown and once done, immediately transfer them from the oil pan to the bowl of syrup, with the help of a slotted spoon. Your gulab jamuns are ready once soft and supple!
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