Spices and Seasons – Entertaining with Spice – Desserts


IMG_7999Last week, I had started a series about entertaining with spice, hoping that these posts would offer you some ideas about adding a some variety and diversity to your holiday table and beyond. This weekend was Diwali or the Indian festival of lights, and I have had desserts on my mind. Indian desserts, are delectable but like a lot of good things in life a little time consuming, however a little goes a long way and it can be made in larger amounts without much additional effort.

Also, with some planning we can find ways to simplify things, such as the slow cooker rice pudding that I have shared with you here and a lovely seasonal and orange hued dessert is the Indian carrot pudding or Gajar halwa that I share with you here.

There are of course other creative ways, you can add a touch of spice to your fruit, such as by grilling them and drizzling them with nuts and powdered cardamom or nutmeg. These bring very essential flavors of the season to the table without a lot of fuss. There are definitely simpler desserts, that need a little bit of looking and I found these tradition Indian spiced pancakes that are quite easy to make.

Just as a quick shout out, I will be teaching a cooking class at Curious on Hudson on Sunday 17th, I would love to see some of you there. We will be talking basics and I will be teaching you how to make a basic Garam Masala blend.



About Author

Rinku Bhattacharya, the Spices & Seasons blogger, is a daytime financial professional, who spends the rest of her time immersed in food. Rinku is the author of the blog, Spice Chronicles (formerly,Cooking in Westchester), where she shares her life experiences, original recipes that combine Indian spices with produce from her backyard and local farmers markets. Rinku is blessed with a gardener husband, who always surprises her with a prolific and fresh supply of produce to keep her creative instincts flowing. Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past six years. Rinku is also the author of the Bengali Five Spice Chronicles an award winning (Gourmand 2013) cookbook, that highlights and offers many simple Indian recipes off the beaten path. Her second cookbook, Spices and Seasons, uses the approach in this column and marries Indian flavors with local and seasonal produce. Rinku can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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