Roshnai... Mithai..... Celebration with crackers..... its that time of the year again when we lit up our homes n minds both, together. So there should absolutely be no place through which evil can get in .... or to be precise and correct we should not let it come out from within ..... yes, both good and evil are an inside thing... what needs to be taken care of is who wins over whom... Such festivals from time to time.... does help us to refreshen our minds... the entire environment contributes towards it.... The lady who is giving such big talks forgot a total of twelve diyas in the shop today, thanks to The Almighty.... the rest of the things came home safely.... this is nothing unusual with her given her nature.... the condition just aggravated with age and her incapability to deal with her surroundings.... sitting on a train / bus in opposite direction of her destination, not been able to recognise known people on road, no other reasons...... actually she was in another world, also because her observation power is.... nil or null? Back to the bygone days, her mother had to listen such complains that her daughter did not talk to the person or at least smiled when she met . The world never believes in silly acts, neither does it forgive a small mistake.... better we embrace all complaints and ignore it the next moment.... tough but essential for inner peace..... When she was at high school, her little brother complained to the mother after she returned home one day ... mum didibhai washed my clothes, combed my hair, served me food but never talked to me the whole day..... a genuine complain indeed..... yet she pledges to the world let her be herself.... else she gets more confused....
Now that her little brother, now a big man [physically though] is visiting them in two days with his bubbly wife.... do you think she has time for any elaborate cooking this week? Such a busy week with the joy of celebrating Diwali with them and the excitement of having Bhaiphota at home after six long years. Yet she wished to share a sweet dish with the world, been in tune with her friends though not at par with them. Had she not been so laid back with no urge to excel, she could have at least contribute fruitfully to the society.... but she can always gift you an easy to make, very few ingredients, almost no cook sweet. Let me stop talking too much [another sign of aging, haha] and share with you this sweet.... a lingering mithas [sweetness], that rules our mind during any festival, which I prepared few days back. Done with homemade paneer [Indian Cottage Cheese] mainly, its taste is guaranteed.
Milk [fat free] : 1lt
Lemon Juice : 11/2 to 2tbsp
Milk Powder : 1/2big cup
Refined Flour : 1tbsp
Sugar : 1/2medium cup
Green Cardamom Powder : 1/2 tsp
Ghee [clarified butter] : 1tbsp
Garnish as you wish
Let us prepare the paneer first. Take the fat free milk in a vessel, switch on gas and bring it to boil.
Just when it is boiling, switch off gas and add the lemon juice. We will see the milk will curdle.
Cover the vessel and let it cool a bit. Now strain the whey water through a clean, white cloth. Tie the cloth to your kitchen tap, squeeze the extra water. Let it stand for 20-25 minutes.
Take it down and transfer the paneer to a plate or bowl. Mash and knead for 5-10 minutes.
Transfer the paneer to the blender. To it add the milk powder, sugar and green cardamom powder.
Blend the mixture for 2-3 minutes with intervals scrapping the sides. Transfer to a plate and add 1tbsp ghee to it.
Rub your hands with a drop of ghee and knead the mixture further for 3-4 minutes. At this stage you may need the refined flour to tighten the dough. Knead further for 2-3 minutes.
Take out small portions and shape as desired. Garnish as you wish.
Offer to your God and enjoy whatever the occasion is.