Bhapa Pineapple Sandesh


I love Pineapples! Add it to any dish, and I will polish it off within minutes. So of course, coming from the land of sweets, I had to experiment with this delicious fruit to make a lip smacking mithai. I combined pineapple with cottage cheese and steamed it to make this wonderful sweet dish. This Sandesh (a famous Kolkata sweet with a twist) is the easiest and the yummiest sweet I have made in a while. I served it to guests on our housewarming and it became such a hit that a friend requested I make a batch for her daughter’s birthday! Her guests loved it too! With pineapples being available in abundance these days, you can serve this Sandesh at the next party you host. Trust me, you will have everyone go gaga when they bite into these melt-in-the-mouth delights stuffed with chopped pineapples! Here’s how you can make it:


3 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup pineapple (canned or fresh) (chopped)
4-5 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon pineapple essence
2-3 drops edible yellow color


In a heavy bottomed pan, heat milk and bring to a boil. Add lemon juice and allow milk to curdle.

Strain the cheese and wash well with water to remove the lemony flavor.

Tie in a muslin cloth and squeeze out all the excess whey.

On a flat surface, knead the cheese well with the heel of your palm, gathering the cheese from the sides together, till it becomes smooth and greasy.

Add pineapple essence, yellow color and sugar. Knead again to mix the ingredients well.

Make small balls out of the dough. Flatten each ball on your palms and stuff it with half a teaspoon of chopped pineapple. Seal the edges and shape into a ball again. Flatten the ball gently.

Repeat with the remaining balls.

Top the flattened cottage cheese balls with chopped pineapples and press down gently.

Steam in a steamer for 5 minutes. Once steamed, remove from steamer on to a plate and refrigerate.

Serve these Bhapa Pineapple Sandesh chilled.

Eat, drink and be merry! 🙂

NOTE: You can use skimmed milk and sugar substitute if you are a calorie conscious foodie!


Tropical Smoothie


Whoa! It’s been a long, long while since I visited this space of mine! Moving from one place to another can be tough, more so when you have an entire household to move! I realised this now. Before my wedding, moving cities used to be a lot simpler affair: when all my belongings were packed in a few bags, I boarded the flight, and voila! Life began in a new place, anew! Anyway, I am glad to share with my readers and blogger friends that though I took a month longer than I had expected, I have settled down well in my new abode.

It is extreme summer now in this part of the world, but I am happy beyond words to be back near family and my childhood friends. Being indoors in the intense heat has given me ample time to experiment and improvise on my cooking skills. But more than that, it is the proximity of my Mom, my guru, who still teaches me how to cook the best of the dishes. This Tropical Smoothie recipe I share with you all now is actually my Mom’s recipe, the drink she made me when we visited her first after our move. Loaded with the freshness of fruits, coconut milk and yoghurt, this Smoothie is the perfect drink to be had on a warm, humid summer day. Here’s how you can make it:


1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh yoghurt
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup chopped ripe mangoes
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
4 tablespoons honey
4-5 fresh mint leaves


Blend all ingredients together till well incorporated.

Serve in glasses and refrigerate.

Garnish with chopped fruit pieces and mint leaves.

Serve chilled.

Eat, drink and be merry! 🙂

Brownie ‘n’ Ice Cream


I have been feeling rather blue lately. Lazy too. And I don’t blame it entirely on the weather. The last month has kept me terribly overworked with little time to relax, forget about indulging in my passions and interests. Obviously, I have been cooking less too! And when I do, it is all about rustling up some quick fix comfort food. Foods that would make me feel good. Now among the foods that cheer me up instantly, the top two places are certainly reserved for chocolates and ice creams. And when I want some extra cheer, I combine the two. Like I did in this super yum Chocolate-Walnut Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream! A warm, gooey chocolate brownie with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on the side and topped with hot chocolate sauce and loads of chopped nuts… Ah! Who wouldn’t get all happy and cheerful with that thing?! My mood is brightened for now, now I must brighten up yours! Go ahead, make this for dessert tonight. Here’s the recipe:


4 pieces chocolate-walnut brownie
4 scoops Vanilla ice cream (or Vanilla flavored whipped cream)
8 tablespoons chocolate sauce
4 tablespoons chopped walnuts/hazelnuts


Warm the brownie pieces in a microwave for a minute. Transfer to a serving dish and put a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream or whipped cream on the side. Top with hot chocolate sauce and chopped nuts. Gobble up before the ice cream melts! 😉

Eat, drink and be merry! 🙂

NOTE: To make Hot Chocolate Sauce at home, take a bar of semisweet dark chocolate (250 grams), butter (50 grams) and 2 tablespoons sugar in a bowl and melt over a double boiler. When the chocolate starts melting, add half cup cream and 2 tablespoons of milk and stir well. Warm the sauce well over the double boiler or microwave for 30 seconds before using.