The festive season gives you all the more reason to go to the kitchen and prepare dishes for those who have a sweet tooth. Try recipes like moong dal halwa and plum cake to make the celebrations more special.
Executive Chef Brij Sharma at The Chalets Naldehra share recipes of few desserts:
1. Moong Dal Halwa
- Dhuli moong dal (soaked): 1 cup - Sugar: 1 cup - One-and-a-half cup of water - Ghee: 1 cup - Khoya (crumbled): 3/4 cup - Sliced almonds: 10 to 12 - Cashew nut: 8 to 10
- Soak moong daal for few hours. Drain and grind the dal coarsely with a small amount of water. - Prepare one-string sugar syrup with one cup sugar and one-and-a-half cup of water. - Heat ghee in a thick-bottomed pan and add the ground moong dal and saute, stirring continuously, over low heat till the dal turns golden brown. - Add the sugar syrup. - Stir till they are thoroughly incorporated and the halwa is of dropping consistency. - Add mawa (khoya) and cook till it dissolves. - Serve hot garnished with almonds.
- Preheat oven to 180 °C. - Beat sugar and butter until fluffy with electric mixer. - Mix flour and baking powder and sift into creamed mixture. Add rest of the ingredients and mix everything well. - Pour batter into a greased 26 cm round spring form tin and smooth out. - Top with the plums (cut side up) and sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon powder. - Bake in preheated oven on lowest shelf for 40 to 50 minutes. - Cool to room temperature or serve warm.
- Preheat oven to 180 °C. - Grease and flour a 20 cm square tin. - In a medium bowl, beat together butter and sugar. - Add eggs and mix well. - Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. - Mix in the vanilla and stir in walnuts, if you are using them. - Spread evenly into the prepared tin. - Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven. - Cool before cutting into squares. - Serve in an ice cream bowl garnished with red cherry.