Festive Special Sweets with Kesar

festive special kesar

Festivities are in the air… The season of joy and merriment is here

Kitchen filled with distinctive aromas of sweet & savory festive special dishes can take any one down the memory lane. So, let us try and list down some simple recipes which anybody can make at home.

So, here we bring you the easiest Diwali sweets made with an aromatic and luxurious touch of Kesar. Traditionally, there are several items that are prepared specifically for this festive season. But we have come up with some of the super easy desserts that will not just delight your taste buds but all of your senses. Most of which can be prepared with just a minimal available ingredient and a couple of minutes.

Rasmalai

rasmalai

Super yummy to have and super easy to make!

One of the most famous Bengali sweets, Rasmalai, is a classic Indian festive dessert and popular among Indian sweet lovers. It is made with just readily available ingredients such as cottage cheese and thickened saffron milk.

Kesar in Rasmalai is that one main ingredient which gives it that beautiful yellow color and an elaborate taste to this wonderful dessert. Perfectly soft and juicy dessert drenched in chilled creamy milk makes it truly irresistible. 

Recipe: 

Add 5-6 Upakarma Ayurveda Kesar strands in a cup of warm milk and let it stand while you do rest of the preparations. 

Making the Chenna:

  1. Boil 3 cups of full cream milk on medium flame.
  2. Add half a cup of water with lemon juice into it. 
  3. Once the milk starts curdling, drain out the excess water with a muslin cloth and put it aside.
  4. Knead this dough & make small flattened balls. Cover them with a wet cloth.

Making the sugar syrup:

  1. Boil 2 cups of sugar in 1.5-liter water on medium flame till it becomes a little sticky.

The Final Stage:

  1. Add Chenna balls to the sugar syrup and boil for 5 minutes or until it doubles in size. Now it has started to look like Rasmalai.
  2. Add sugar (as per taste), pistachio & almond bits in Kesar soaked milk. Boil this mixture on medium flame & keep stirring until it becomes slightly thick and is reduced to half. Turn off the flame and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Fill a bowl with ice cubes. Place another bowl over it and pour sugar syrup in it. 
  4. Dip the rasmalai in it and then squeeze out the excess water.
  5. Add the rasmalai in Kesar & nuts milk. Let it soak for about 3-4 hours to absorb the creamy texture of the milk.

        Garnish with few kesar & pistachio and serve chilled.

Kesar Peda

Impress your guests with homemade Pedas this Diwali. It is one of the most loved traditional Indian sweets that is being offered at every Indian festival starting from Holi to the biggest Indian festival – Diwali. If you are out of time and want to make a delicious Indian treat with a colorful twist, then you can try out this scrumptious Kesar Peda recipe.

It can be made with just little ingredients – kesar, khoya, milk, powdered sugar & cardamom powder. These kesar pedas can be a special edition to your festive treats. Kesar would not only give those hints of bright yellow color but will give them a royal taste. 

Recipe:

  1. Soak a few 5-6 Upakarma Ayurveda Kesar strands in lukewarm milk for about 10-15 minutes. 
  2. Now, cook Mawa (Khoya) for 7-8 minutes on medium flame while stirring continuously.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a plate and spread evenly. Keep aside for 20 minutes. 
  4. Now, add sugar, cardamom powder and Kesar milk into it and mix gently. Cling wrap it and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Now, mix it well and knead it into a dough.
  6. Then, shape it into flat round balls. Place a few Kesar strands on the pedas and press down gently. 
  7. Again, cling wrap it and refrigerate, till the pedas are firm. 
  8. Serve or store in an airtight container.
kesar peda

Kesar Malpua

Simple sweet Indian pancakes!

Malpua is a sweet pancake which is one of the oldest known desserts across India. It is a famous delight during festivals and can be prepared easily at home. Malpua is an extremely delicious recipe which is crispy from outside and soft from inside.

But this tempting version of Malpua is a dessert that you will drool over. A pinch of Kesar will elevate the taste while giving off a pleasant aroma. 

Recipe: 

  1. Soak 2-4 Upakarma Ayurveda Kesar strands in lukewarm water.
  2. Boil water, sugar, and cardamom powder to make sugar syrup. Also, add kesar mixture.
  3. Mix in flour, cream, milk and semolina to form a lump-free batter of smooth texture.
  4. Pour this batter into hot ghee.
  5. Now, fry the malpua at low flame, turning both sides.
  6. Remove from ghee and dip the malpua in sugar syrup and let it soak a bit.
  7. Serve hot and garnish with chopped nuts and a few kesar strands.

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Khoya Kesar Barfi

Barfi is one of the most renowned Indian sweets. It is one of those sweets that can be made into different flavors and varieties. Barfis are originally made with khoya and are quite easy to make. But this festive season, surprise your loved ones with a unique version of a homemade Barfi with a twist of Kesar – Khoya Kesar Barfi.

The addition of kesar, will give this age-old dessert an exotic and rich flavor while keeping its essence intact.

Recipe: 

  1. Soak 2-4 Upakarma Ayurveda Kesar strands in a cup of warm milk.
  2. Then, take kesar milk in a pan and add 1 1/4th cup of ghee.
  3. Now, add 2 1/4th cup of milk powder, cashew powder and half cup sugar. Stir well until the mixture is combined well. 
  4. Transfer the mixture into a greased plate.
  5. Set the block and top it with your favorite nuts. Allow it to set for 30 minutes.
  6. Cut into pieces and serve. 
khoya kesar barfi

Kesar Kheer

Every auspicious occasion or a festival feels really incomplete without Kheer, and with kesar it makes it more appealing and adds a nice soothing flavor.

Kheer is one of the most popular desserts in North Indian Cuisine and is just perfect for those untimely cravings and even for those unannounced guests at home during the festivities.

Recipe:

  1. Soak 2-4 Upakarma Ayurveda Kesar strands in lukewarm milk and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Add milk in a pan and bring it to boil.
  3. Now add washed and soaked rice into the boiled milk, also add the kesar milk and keep stirring till the rice is done. 
  4. Cook further on low heat, till the sugar is blended and the mixture thickens. 
  5. Remove and allow it to cool.
  6. Now, refrigerate and garnish with a few chopped dry fruits and serve chilled.

This festival season, ditch those store-bought sweets and enjoy the goodness of homemade sweets with your loved ones. These festive special, traditional yet exotic treats with a dash of Kesar look complicated but are simple to make. Make sure to measure the quantity of the ingredients according to the servings. Also, choose only the quality ingredients to give that ‘wow’ factor to your dishes and serve the freshly prepared homemade delights.

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