Organic ‘Chhena’ or Fresh Indian Cheese Recipe (Homemade Paneer Recipe)

indian food recipe organic This is freshly made paneer or ‘chhena’  ( a.k.a. ‘chhana’) or fresh Indian cheese. The texture of this cheese is slightly firmer than ricotta cheese, the latter being very creamy.  However, if you knead it well, this ‘chhena’ becomes very smooth and creamy, too. Also, the process of making ricotta cheese and ‘chhena’ are the same. Even though an internet-search shows paneer is ‘cottage cheese’, the texture of the two are very different. Cottage cheese is loose with curds while paneer or ‘chhena’ is not loose.  

‘Chhena’  can be easily made at home and stored in an airtight container, mixed with sugar and other flavors to prepare sweets or desserts during the Indian festive season!   Continue reading

Homemade Whole Milk Yogurt ~ Happy 4th of July!

Homemade whole milk yogurt or dahi or curd Recipe - July 4th weekend

Happy Red, White and Blue! ~ America celebrates and so do I, with my homemade yogurt success on July 4th 🙂

My joy of triumph knows no bounds. Why? You are talking to a yogurt lover about the joy of making her own whole milk yogurt at home. And my ‘success’ coincided with the 4th of July. For real. 
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Caramel Flan

Flan - easy to prepare and luscious to eat

Flan – easy to prepare and luscious to eat

This is my first food post. And what is it on? But of course, dessert. 🙂
Coming from city of Kolkata in India, sweets surround our lives. There is a sweet shop in every nook and corner of the city, some are big-wigs in the business while others are small scale shops. People eat sweets as a snack, as dessert and of course if you invite guests to your house you will inevitably receive a box-full of sweet treats. In short, everyone Loves their sweets! We will go into the Bengali favorites in later blogs but for now let me tell you this about this strange yet real person who grew up amidst all this sweet-eating frenzy but never for once developed the very Bengali sweet tooth. Me. Yes. I am the anomaly. It’s not ‘dieting’. I never diet. My threshold of sweet consumption is two squares of 70% dark chocolate (if that makes sense) and maybe one ‘Bancharam’ sweet (Calcuttans, you will know this). But an even stranger thing is I love making desserts, Indian or Western. Continue reading