The festive season is here again.... our biggest festival Durga Puja is at the doorsteps.... for the rest of India it is Navratri... All clean, lighted up homes with everyone at home in a festive mood. Happier are the souls, yet we miss that feel of Kolkata during this time of the year. In a foreign land, unless and until we are at the festival venue, we do not even understand it is Durga Pooja. I love to sit quietly at a corner and watch the priest performing, watching the all decked up crowd and off course diving into the array of food in offer. The best part of Durga Pooja for me is visiting Ramkrishna Mission watching Maharaj performing the rituals, listening to the boys of the home singing.There is not much cooking at our home during these five days. At my parental home, it was /is an all vegetarian fair during the four days of Durga Puja. In general, at all Bengali homes, it is the time for an exotic food fair with a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes.
Taking into account both Navratri and Durga Pooja celebrations, I wished to share a quick and easy sweet recipe with everyone so that they can prepare it during this festive season. By Instant Festive Sweet, I did not mean it is a no cooking sweet. What I meant is it needs very less cooking. I think like me, many of you will wish to spend less time in the kitchen, specially during the festivity. The basic idea for this sweet is drawn from a famous food site which I have mentioned below. Let us prepare this easy to make Instant Festive Sweet together.
Recipe Inspiration : tarladalal.com
Milk Powder : 1big cup
Full Cream Milk : 1/2big cup
Desiccated Coconut : 1medium Cup
Semolina[suji] : 11/2 medium to big cup
Sugar : 1small cup
Green Cardamom Powder : 1tsp
Ghee[clarified butter] : 2tbsp
Take the milk powder in a bowl. Add the full cream milk to it. Mix very well so that no lumps are there.
Heat the ghee in a pan. Add the semolina, fold in well and keep stirring till the semolina turns light brown and releases a nice aroma.
Now add the sugar and keep stirring for a minute or 2.
Add the desiccated coconut, fold in well and keep stirring for 2 minutes.
Add the milk mixture, fold in well and stir for 2-3 minutes until it turns sticky.
Transfer to a mould of your choice and spread evenly.
After an hour turn upside down on a plate.
Cut into shape of your choice. I garnished with sultanas.