Khus-khus ka Halwa (Poppy Seeds Pudding)

When winter arrives, I only crave for warm, ghee-laden, and splendid halwa (#pudding). It’s a staple in my house for winter breakfasts, and the best part is that this halwa recipe is sugar-free. Piled with fat and nuts, it keeps you full for 3-4 hours. This might be easiest halwa recipe on the planet. You soak the poppy seeds in water overnight or at least 5-6 hours. Then you drain the excess water and grind them to form a paste. Sauté the paste in ghee with cardamom, almond slices, and walnut chunks. Here is the step by step recipe with ingredients –

Ingredients: Serves 3-4

1 cup white poppy seeds
1 1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup ghee
3-4 green cardamom pods
4-5 tbsps sliced almonds
4-5 tbsps chopped walnuts

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Method: 

*Soak the poppy seeds in water overnight or at least 5-6 hours.

* Now, drain excess water from poppy seeds and grind them to make a fine paste.

*In a heavy bottom pan on medium flame, heat 1/3rd amount of ghee and add the poppy seeds paste. Stir it constantly and roast it until color changes and you can smell the aroma of the paste.

*Add milk, cardamom, and nuts to the roasted poppy seeds paste and cook until it starts leaving ghee on the sides.

*Turn off the heat, and serve this piping hot halwa with say #Americano on the side 🙂  to balance all that fat 😛 Haha! Kidding! Just serve the halwa garnished with almonds for breakfast or as a dessert.

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies!

XOXO
Rinky


Summer Cherry Galette

I had cups of cherries from the farmers market, and after seeing tons of scrumptious pictures of Galettes on my IG feed, my heart was set on it. While California has been so hot, I did not want to spend an extra minute standing in the kitchen and bake. So I decided to go ahead with the store bought pastry sheets than the conventional galette dough. Puff pastry made this cherry galette quick, simple and easy!

Ingredients: Serves 6-8 people

For cherry mix:

2 cups fresh cherries, washed, pitted and cut in halves
1/4 cup sugar, or to taste
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

For the puff:

1 puff pastry sheet, rolled into a round shape

For the egg wash: 
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar, for sprinkling

Method:

To make an egg wash: 

*In a bowl, whisk egg and milk. Keep it aside.

To make the Galette: 

*Preheat oven to 375F, and line the baking tray with parchment paper.
*In a bowl, combine cherries, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and flour. Let stand for 10-15 minutes
*Roll the puff pastry into 10 to 12-inch circle.
*Fill the dough with the cherry mix at the center leaving a 2-inch border. Now, fold over edges to cover the cherry mix. Brush pastry crust with egg wash and then sprinkle with brown sugar.
*Bake for 40-45 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown or the cherry mix bubbles.
*Serve this delectable galette with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

If you try this recipe, do not forget to tag #thepalatetrails on Instagram and/or leave a comment below on this blog post 🙂

Thanks for stopping by lovelies!

XOXO
Rinky