January 27, 2014

Sizzling Tastebuds turns 3, a giveaway, and celebrates the event with Deconstructed Gajar Halwa and Butter scotch ice cream

Some celebrations calls for a sweet, some calls for a feast. 3 years of blogging on Sizzling Tastebuds has given me so much happiness - knowing and interacting with so many blogger friends worldwide, (virtually) savoring World Cuisine, and being a humble learner at heart of the nuances of food, from over the globe. Although the last year has seen me more behind the scenes with not too much blogging due to the birth of my 2nd princess, nevertheless its been fulfilling to interact with so many similar homemakers and astute foodies that it definitely calls for a celebration and a giveaway. Thank you dear readers, friends and family for this wonderful support. I am truly blessed. 

I would also like to show my appreciation for my readers with a giveaway (details at the end of this post), But before that, check out the yummy dessert :-))



After Carrot Kheer and Chocolate cake served for the 2nd and 1st anniversaries respectively, I went in for a quasi fusion recipe with Deconstructed Gajar Halwa and Butter Scotch Ice cream. How much more decadent can it get ? Its the season of Red Delhi Carrots and what better way to put my hours of watching Masterchef Australia to test - to turn the humble yet earthy and feverishly familiar Gajar Halwa into something more sublime, to something that would last till the next year rolls in (well, hopefully not so long, for I have a laundry list of food to try out). well, it was an indigenous recipe, and seriously can you go wrong with Gajar Halwa, Ice Cream and Chocolate (yup!)

As someone (read the Dear Husband who ever so lovingly lugs back pots and ramekins and baking equipment from across the globe) asked me what my plans were for this year of blogging - it would certainly be more experimentation, of course with various techniques that I hope to bring to this blog, but also to ring in more cuisine from the world over, and yes bake a lot lot more making peace with my dear ally, yeast :-))

While all that are underway in different forms, sit and relax this immensely satiating dessert with deconstructed Gajar Halwa with butter scotch ice cream. Call it new age food, call it fusion, call it comfort food, this dessert would surely lap up your palate. (Psst : This is also a great way to use up all the gajar halwa you may have made during winter for guests who turned up, and didn't). Who says you need a masters degree in cooking, when all you need is a little smart work and great presentation - all served with love :-))


Prep time : 15 mins ; Baking time : 4 mins ; Serves : 4


Ingredients:

  • Gajar Halwa - 4 servings ( I used the same recipe as my no-ghee Gajar-Lauki Halwa - replacing all Lauki with just Gajar)
  • Evaporated milk - 4 TBSP
  • Maida / APF - 2 TBSP
  • baking powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch


To serve:

  • Butterscotch Ice cream (well, vanilla works fine, but butterscotch rules the roost at my place)
  • Dark / semi sweet Chocolate chips / chocolate shavings or sprinkles or fine cocoa (to balance the sweetness)


Method:

Make a slurry of maida and baking powder and salt with very little water (it should be a thinnish batter. Preheat oven to 160 Deg C.
In individual ramekins, add a serving each of Gajar Halwa, mix 1 TBSP of evaporated milk. Flatten it up a bit.

Now spoon in a thin layer of maida-slurry. Bake in a preheated oven at 160 for just 3-4 mins till it gets crusty on the top.

Cool a bit (just 1 -2 mins), top with ice cream of your choice topped with chocolate (in fact, if you like bitter / dark chocolate, go ahead and use it - it wonderfully offsets the sweet from the halwa and the ice cream)

Serve immediately.



….and now, time for the giveaway. I am shipping one Swiss roll tray along with a cookbook within India to one lucky winner of my giveaway (chosen random from the entries). To win a chance to get this giveaway, all you have to do is this. The giveaway ends 15th Feb 2014


  1. Follow me on FB, Twitter, Pinterest (10 points for each follow)
  2. Subscribe to my posts via RSS Feed (10 points)
  3. Join me via Google Friend Connect and Networked Blogs (10 points for each)
  4. Tell me your most favourite blog post and why so, from this blog and leave the blog post URL as a comment (20 points). Also tell me one dish you would want featured on this blog (30 points).
  5. Once you have done one or more of the above, leave a comment in the box below saying so (mandatory)


Thank you once again for your support and encouragement

Cheeers
Kalyani

7 comments:

  1. Congratulations and wish you more success in future...

    I am already following you via FB, Twitter, Goggle Connect.
    FB Name: Amrita Adak
    Google Connect: Amrita Roy
    Twitter: aamritaroy14
    Pinterst : Amrita
    Networked Blog: Amrita (Motions and Emotions)

    Thank you

    I like almost all your posts , however if you say to choose one it is really difficult. Still, I will choose Panner Tikka Frankie. I always wanted to make Frankie at home and your blog post has helped me to do this in a step by step method. Soon I will post this Frankie in my blog too.. Everyone had enjoyed this Frankie.
    http://www.sizzlingtastebuds.com/2012/07/paneer-tikka-frankie-cottage-cheese.html

    Your blog covers almost every type of dish, however, I would like to see more Chinese dishes ...

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  2. Heartiest congratulations on this milestone, wish you many many more

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  3. congrats and what a beautiful header!!!

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  4. Hi
    Discovered your blog today.. love it already..
    I am going to go through your whole blog..
    I caught the word ALSANDE in your brinjal recipe , I too am from goa and we call black eyed beans alsande too..
    Do visit my goan blog www.goanche.blogspot.com

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  5. GR8...post,i like and read almost all your posts,following you already via FB,Twitter,Google friend connect...
    If you ask my favorite from ur blog i would say betel leaves rasam
    http://www.sizzlingtastebuds.com/2013/09/vettalai-rasam-betel-leaves-rasam-rasam.html
    I have not tried this recipe yet but its very unique for me as i have not come across such recipe in any other blogs....
    Wishing you many more years in blogging world ,i want to see some more recipes with gulkand in your blog.

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  6. Congrats Kalyani. I amf following you on all expect pininterest. I love this recipe which is easy, colourful www.sizzlingtastebuds.com/2012/03/mini-pizzas-quick-kids-snacks.html. I would love to see an easy eggless cake.

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  7. Congrats Kalyani. I amf following you on all expect pininterest. I love this recipe which is easy, colourful www.sizzlingtastebuds.com/2012/03/mini-pizzas-quick-kids-snacks.html. I would love to see an easy eggless cake.

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Cheers
Kalyani

 

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