Aug 25, 2012

Birthday and a first-time gift!

Hello my lovely people!

Hope you are all having a great weekend so far. We had a great special dinner yesterday for the hubby dear :) All his favourite things - panner (cottage cheese) in spicy tomato onion gravy, puri, rice pudding, aka rice kheer and a few other things...

Anybody hungry??

Rice Kheer or Rice pudding is a traditional sweet dish prepared in India for any special occasion or during festivals and other feast occasions.

I follow a simple 1 ratio recepie :

*1 Litre Milk
*1 fist full rice(preferably the long grained variety)
*1 small cup of finely grated nuts - almonds, pistachios and cashew nuts
*1 tsp elaichi power
*1 hour of your time :)
*Sugar according to your taste

In a thick bottom pan heat 1 lt milk till it boils, then add the rice and continue to simmer for approximately 1 hour or till the milk reduces to almost half the quantity. Add sugar according to taste. Simmer for a few more minutes and add the nuts and elaichi powder, saving a few for garnishing.

Transfer to a fancy bowl and keep it in the refrigerator. Tastes best when served chilled!!

Cottage cheese in a spicy gravy! I don't remember how i did it, but the hubby said it was yummy and devoured most of it, so i am assuming it tasted good. Tastes best with Puris i think..and that's what we had.

Baked Bitter Gourd chips - not my favourite but the better half likes this bitter dish.
Find the recipe here.

Little miss's first birthday gift to her father.
She made this in her school. A photo-frame pen stand. We picked a cute snap together and the gift was all done.

This is her portrait of her dad :)))

Home cooked meals and home made gifts. Couldn't get better than this said the banker. I totally agree with him (for a change)

Whats cooking in your houses today? Hope its filled with love :)

Lots of love,


  1. Hi Raji,
    What a cute little handmade gift! Daughters are so lovely I really miss having one. Your paneer dish is looking yummy.

  2. Ohh the meal seems so delicious.. Yummmy..:))
    And what a lovely gift that is.. Happy new years to your sweety..
    God save all of you..:))
    Best wishes..

  3. Hello, nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by my blog. Your rice dish looks amazing. I'm wondering what elaichi powder is ? Your kids are very sweet by the way, but you already know that!! Heather x


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