Author: kesari

Saffron Nankhatai

Indian shortbread cookie that goes perfectly  with a cup of masala chai Makes 30 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups maida
  • 2 tbsp besan
  • 1 tbsp chiroti rava
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup ghee
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 sachet Kesari Saffron Powder
  • For garnish: 10-12 pistachios, Saffron strands

Method:

  1. Sieve the maida, besan, rava, baking soda and keep aside
  2. In  a bowl, mix together the  ghee, sugar and saffron powder until well combined.
  3. To this add the dry ingredients and gently combine until you get a smooth dough.
  4. Pinch off 30 portions from this dough.  Roll each  portion  between palms to get a smooth ball
  5. Flatten this ball slightly and place on a baking sheet. Keep some distance2cm between the cookies as they will expand as they bake.
  6. Preheat oven at 180°C.
  7. Meanwhile,    roughly    chop     the pistachios and press a pinch of chopped nuts over each cookie
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes
  9. Remove, cool and  pack in airtight container. Garnish with a strand of saffron before serving if desired

Variation: Substitute half the maida with wheat flour and use 1-2 tbsp of milk to bind the dough if need be.

Kesar Khoya Burfi

Makes 8-10 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 cup / 200 grams unsweetened khoya
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp elaichi
  • ½ sachet Kesari Saffron Powder
  • Few strands of Kesari saffron for garnish

Method:

  1. 1 Coarsely  grate the khoya and keep aside. Lightly grease a 4-5” square pan with ghee and keep aside.
  2. Heat the ¼ cup ghee in a non stick pan.
  3. Add  the  grated khoya, cardamom powder and sugar.
  4.  Keep stirring continuously for 10-12 minutes on  medium heat until the mixture comes together into a ball, leaving the sides of the pan.
  5. Remove half  the  mixture into  the greased pan and smoothen it out to cover the whole pan.
  6. Add Kesari  saffron powder to  the remaining half of the burfi mixture in the pan, stir well for 30 seconds. Transfer this over the plain burfi layer.
  7. Using a cling film or a plastic sheet, smoothen the top of the burfi mixture in the pan.
  8. Garnish with few strands of saffron. Refrigerate for  30 minutes and cut into desired shapes.

Kesar Badam Kheer

A special kheer that gets a mellow flavour from golden pumpkin, almonds and saffron. Serves 6

Ingredients

  • cup whole almonds
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 200 grams grated yellow pumpkin
  • 2.5 cups whole milk
  • 1 sachet Kesari Saffron powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • For garnish: 1 tbsp ghee, 8-10 cashewnut halves, 2-3 tbsp raisins, Saffron strands

Method:

  1. Soak the almonds in boiling water for  hour. Remove skins and keep aside.
  2. In  a pan, heat ghee and saute the pumpkin for 3-4 minutes. Add ¼ cup water, cover and cook the pumpkin until done.  Allow all the  water to evaporate.
  3. Grind the almonds with ½ cup milk and saffron powder to get a smooth puree
  4. Grind the cooked pumpkin with ¼ cup milk to get a smooth puree.
  5.  In a heavy bottomed pan, combine the  almond puree, pumpkin puree, remaining milk and sugar.
  6. Bring this to a gentle simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, heat ghee in a small pan. Add cashews and raisins. Once cashews are golden brown, transfer it over the kheer. Garnish with saffron strands.
  8. Serve chilled or warm

Saffron Banana Muffins

standard banana muffins get a royal upgrade with the addition of saffron. Makes 6-8

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup maida / all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 sachet Kesari Saffron powder
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup lukewarm milk
  • ¾ cup mashed ripe bananas (around 3 medium)
  • For garnish: 8 almond halves, 1 tbsp desiccated coconut Kesari Saffron strands (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven at 175°C. Line a muffin tray with paper liners or use silicone muffin cups.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, desiccated coconut and salt.
  3. In  another  bowl, whisk the  ghee, sugar and Kesari saffron powder until creamy.
  4. To  this add  the  milk and  mashed bananas and whisk well until combined.
  5. Make a well in the dry  ingredients. Add the wet mixture and gently stir to combine.
  6. Divide  the   mixture  between  6-8 muffin cups.
  7. Place an almond half over the top and sprinkle desiccated coconut.
  8. Transfer the tray  to  the pre-heated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Garnish the  muffin with a saffron strand.
  9. Serve warm.

Variation:   ¼ tsp of ground cardamo cup of chopped pistachios

Saffron Kewra Paneer Cake

Makes one 7 x 3 inch loaf – roughly 8-9 slices.   is golden and white marbled tea cake with traditional  flavours of saffron and kewra makes a unique addition to your festive tea party.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup maida
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp
  • 3 tbsp condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp melted ghee or butter
  • 4 tbsp powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 50 grams freshly made paneer
  • 4-5 drops kewra water
  • ½ sachet Kesari Saffron Powder
  • For icing: 1 tbsp icing sugar, 1 tbsp milk

Method:

  1. In  a  bowl,  mix  together  the  dry ingredients.
  2. In     another    bowl,    cream    the condensed milk, lemon juice, melted ghee, sugar and milk.
  3. Mash the paneer well into a coarse paste in a small bowl and whisk it into the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix gently until well combined.
  5. Divide  this  into  two  halves. Add kewra water to one half and Kesari Saffron Powder in the other and combine each of them well.
  6. Grease   a   small   sized   loaf   tin (7”x3”)with melted ghee and line the bottom with a piece of  parchment paper. Now we have two batters – one white and one yellow.
  7. Using two  separate spoons, spoon the batter alternately into the loaf tin, so that we have a alternating squares of  white and  yellow, until all the batter is used up. Using a skewer or toothpick, swirl the batter in the tin into a few circles.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven, allow to cool in pan  for  10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool on a wire rack for  30 minutes.
  10. Whisk together icing sugar and milk and spoon it over the loaf. Cut into slices and serve with a cup of tea or coffee.

Variation: Instead of  Kewra, you can use vanilla extract for an unusual flavour combination.