Easy Ras Malai (using Ricotta cheese)

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Ras Malai is a popular dessert in India. Ras malai consists of sugary, cream to yellow-colored balls (or flattened balls) of paneer soaked in malai (thick milk) flavored with cardamom.

It was only after coming to US, I learnt to make this easy Ras Malai using ricotta cheese (as substitute for paneer) and that makes the recipe simpler. I am not sure if this is the authentic taste but I am sure it is close to the original.

This is a very easy dessert to make, even though the steps may seem complicated. But if you try it once, you will get a hang of it and realize how simple it is to make. The dessert by no means is a low-fat and not the right one to eat if you are counting calories. But then the taste is delicious, creamy and tasty that it is definitely worth a treat. And come on, a little dessert never hurt anyone right :-)

Since this is a fail proof recipe I usually make this when we have guests over. And it has not disappointed me so far.

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Multi Purpose Spice Powder/ Masala Powder/ Curry Powder

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There are many variations of this spice powder/curry powder and not to mention different names Khara Pudi, Palya Pudi or even chutney Pudi that it can get confusing. So to avoid any confusion I am referring to this as multi purpose Spice Powder.

At home our pantry is usually stocked with different powders, but they are either store brought or the ones that we got from India courtesy of our parents.  So it is rare that we make powders from scratch at home. But this one is an exception and the credit goes to DH for making this.

As the name suggests it can be used in many different ways, in dry sabjis, with plain rice and as accompaniment with idlis, dosas, rottis.

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Split Moong Daal Sambhar

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We usually do our Indian grocery shopping once a fortnight and time permitting, we go to different groceries each time. During one such trip, I found these husked split moong daal in the lentil aisle.  Since I had not used them before, I was skeptical but knowing their nutritional value I decided to buy them anyway. 

I was not able to find recipes over the internet using this, so I decided to stick to the known and unfaltering and made Sambhar. We could not make out any difference in taste and this tasted like our regular old Toor Daal Sambhar. If you want you can add some greens like Spinach or vegetables into it and make it healthier. 

Dear Reader, I am looking for more recipes using the split moon daal, so I would appreciate if you can briefly share it with me or just point a link to the recipe. Thanks in advance.

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