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Cumin and Tamarind Refresher (Zeera Pani)

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Food & Recipes

The Indian name for this drink, zeera pani, translates as 'cumin water'.

Ingredients

125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup dried tamarind pulp
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups hot water
3 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
3 teaspoons ground cumin
pinch chilli powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon sugar or to taste
salt to taste
iced water
crushed ice
mint sprigs
lime slices

Directions

Almond Beverage (Thandai)

Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

90 g/3 oz blanched almonds
10 whole peppercorns (optional)
60 g/2 oz raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds or ground cardamom
750 ml/1 1/2 pints/3 cups water
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups milk
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup sugar or to taste rose water (optional)

Directions

Shrikhand

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

500 ml/1 pint/2 cups thick yogurt
3-4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 drops rose essence
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom or 4 drops cardamom extract
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
1 tablespoon pistachio kernels

Directions

Semolina Pudding

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Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

185 g/6 oz/3/4 cup sugar
300 ml/10 fl oz water
60 ml/2 fl oz milk
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
125 g/4 oz ghee
90 g/3 oz/1/2 cup medium semolina
2 tablespoons sultanas (golden raisins)
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions

Gulab Jamun (Rose-Flavored Milk Balls in Syrup)

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Food & Recipes

Makes about 20.

Ingredients

8 tablespoons full-cream milk powder
3 tablespoons self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon soft butter or ghee
approximately 3 tablespoons water
ghee or oil for frying

Syrup
2 cups white sugar
4 cups water
5 bruised cardamom pods
2 tablespoons rose water or few drops
rose essence

Directions

Rabri (Reduced Milk Pudding)

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups fresh milk
4 tablespoons sugar
2 drops kewra essence or rose essence
1 tablespoon slivered blanched almonds
1 tablespoon slivered blanched pistachios*

Directions

Ras Malai

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Food & Recipes

Considered the queen of Indian sweets, it is a combination of fresh cheese balls (Rasgullas) and Rabri, both of which may be served independent of the other.

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Pistachio Barfi

Food & Recipes

In Indian and Middle Eastern shops, pistachio kernels are sold which are not the usual roasted, salted pistachios in shells. It is these softer kernels which are used whenever pistachios are called for in recipes.

Ingredients

125 g/4 oz raw pistachio kernels
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups full-cream milk
220 g/7 oz caster sugar
pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
gold or silver leaf (optional)

Directions

Balushahi (Pastries Coated in Syrup and Nuts)

Food & Recipes Balushahis, deep-fried pastry circles that are dipped in syrup and coated with crumbly nuts, go particularly well with after-dinner coffee. Almonds and pistachios are used here, but any other unsalted nuts may be substituted.

Ingredients

For the pastry:
250 g/8 oz plain flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of salt
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
4 tbsp melted ghee
3 tbsp yoghurt
1 1/2 tbsp cold water
Ghee for deep-frying
2 light-coloured cardamom pods, bruised

Carrot Halva (Gajar Halwa)

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb carrots
60 g/2 oz ghee
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom or 6 drops cardamom extract
375 g/12 oz/1 1/2 cups sugar
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup hot water
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup cream
4 tablespoons dried milk powder or khoa
2 tablespoons blanched pistachios or almond slivers
edible silver leaf to garnish (optional)

Directions