From rasgulle to jalebi, here is the list of 10 lip-smacking dessert recipes that you can try during quarantine.
It has been over six weeks since the nationwide lockdown started and we isolated ourselves inside our homes. This also means that for six weeks, no restaurant food has been ordered and no desserts have been devoured. With no proper routine and ample hours on our hands, it is the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen, learn new things and take your taste buds on a ride.
It is time that you take the step, go a little out of the way and try your hand at these easy recipes and treat yourself. We have something for everyone in this list. Even the procrastinators.
We have never come across someone who is not fond of rasgullas. That soft, spongy cloud of deliciousness dripping with chashni is one thing that we are missing these days. But lockdown has taught us that it is not difficult to make rasgullas at home. And the taste of freshly prepared rasgulla is something that cannot be expressed in words.
To make rasgullas at home, take one litre of full cream milk and boil it. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice to the milk and stir until it curdles. You can add more juice if the curdling is not proper. Once the curdling is complete, switch off the gas. Drain the whey and wash the chenna nicely to remove the acidic taste of the lemon.
Wrap the chenna in a thin cloth; you can use a handkerchief; and squeeze it nicely to remove all the whey. In a large pan, mix one and a half cup of sugar with four cups of water and bring it to a boil. While the sugar water boils, knead the chenna until it becomes smooth. Divide it into small balls and put them in the boiling sugar water on medium flame. Cook for about 10 minutes and remove from gas. Let it cool and enjoy.
This is one dessert for which you do not have to do a lot and the result is always a hit. In a mug, add equal proportions of all-purpose flour and sugar, a pinch of baking soda, a little bit of cocoa powder, one egg, one teaspoon of refined oil and one tablespoon water. Mix the contents thoroughly and microwave for two minutes. Your instant cake is ready.
MANGO ICE CREAM
Summer is here and so is the mango season. Therefore, our list would have been incomplete without a mango dessert, and what better way to welcome summer than relishing ice creams. This 4-ingredient recipe needs 2 mangoes, one cup sugar/honey, fresh cream and vanilla essence.
In a blender, add mangoes and make a puree. To this, add sugar and a little bit of vanilla essence and churn again. In another bowl, whip the fresh cream and add the mango pulp to the whipped cream. Mix the two gently, put it in an airtight box and leave it in the freezer for a few hours. Once it becomes a little solid, whip it again and freeze. Once it sets fully, enjoys.
Halwa is one of the easiest desserts that can be made. In one pan, mix one cup of sugar with two cups of water and make a mixture. In another pan, take one cup of ghee and let it warm. To this, add one cup of wheat (atta) and mix. Keep stirring till you can smell the wheat and the two start separating. To this, slowly add the sugar water that you made, while stirring. Keep stirring for another two minutes and your delicious halwa is ready.
You can take any biscuit for this cake; we prefer the bourbon biscuits. For this cake, you will require a pressure cooker, your favourite biscuits, one packet of Eno, one cup of water, one teaspoon oil and half a cup of milk.
Put some water in a pressure cooker and let it come to a boil. In the meantime, layer a large steel bowl with oil. Grind the biscuits and add them to the bowl along with milk. To this mixture, add one teaspoon of Eno and whisk for 2-3 minutes straight. Now place this steel bowl in the cooker on another inverted bowl or anything that will give the steel bowl a little height. Close the cooker and let the cake cook on low heat for 25 minutes. For best results, use a cream-filled chocolate biscuit.
BISCUIT CHOCOLATE AND FRUIT
We do not have an official name for this dessert yet, but it is the ideal dish for the procrastinator. Find whatever biscuits you have in your home, Parle G or Marie would work the best. Slather a thick layer of molten chocolate, Nutella, or peanut butter over it. If you are feeling experimental, add both, and add fresh fruit over it. Bite-sized dessert for you.
PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
This recipe is also for all the lazy people out there. For these, you just need molten chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar. Mix the peanut butter with powdered sugar. In cupcake moulds, (you can use any moulds that you have) add one layer of molten chocolate, then add a spoon of peanut butter and cover with another layer of chocolate. Repeat the process and refrigerate all the cups for an hour. You will not regret this.
In a pan, add two cups of ghee and 4 cups of besan, cook this mixture on low heat till it turns light brown. Remove the pan from the stove but keep stirring and add 5 gms of turmeric mix and let it cool.
After it cools down, add 6 cups of powdered sugar and mix. You can add some dry fruits to it if you wish; mix it nicely and make circular balls. Your laddus are ready.
In one bowl, add one cup refined flour, mix with one-fourth cup of yogurt and a pinch of baking soda. Keep it aside for 5-7 minutes. In another pan, mix one cup of sugar with three-fourth cup of water, along with a little lemon, and let it boil. Finally, add a little saffron to it.
In a cone bag, add the batter and deep-fry it. Take out the jalebi and immerse it in the sugar water and voila, your jalebi is ready.