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Deep Rasa malai

Deep rasa malaiA definite vote for a buy. This rasamalai is one of the best ready to eat rasamalai. A 1 kg packet of rasamalai comes with 32 medium sized malai pieces with plenty of rasa or the creamy milk. The malai is smooth in texture and almost melts in the mouth. The creamy milk tastes like basundi. A few crushed nuts are sprinkled over the top and if you like more nuts like almonds and pistachio on your rasamali, you will have to add it. The rasamalai also has kewada essence that gives a nice aroma. I found the rasamali to be on the sweeter side, but those who prefer their desserts very sweet will like it.
Overall verdict is an overwhelming BUY.

Another options for good rasa malai is the Nanak Rasamalai


Available in the frozen section of all Indian Grocery Stores

Sukhis Lentil Curry

Sukhis lentil spice mix

Indian kitchen has a lot of spices that are combined to create the exotic flavorful dishes. Sukhi’s spice mix makes it easier to get the right mix for a particular dish. Add a few more ingredients to the spice mix, make it your own and surprise yourself.

 

I tried the Dal (lentil soup) spice mix and instead of using the traditional Indian black lentils, I used the French green lentils available at any whole foods store. Follow the instructions on the package to make the dal.


Ingredients:
1 packet of Sukhi’s Dal Spice Mix
1 cup lentils (yellow, green or red)
4 cups of water
2 tbsp. cooking oil
¼ tbsp. turmeric
Salt to taste

 

Method:
In 2 quart pot, add rinsed lentils, salt, turmeric and water. Boil on medium high heat until lentils are soft and mushy. Add more water if necessary to fully cook the lentils. Heat oil in a separate pan over medium high heat. Add Dal Spice Mix and saute until spices begin to froth. Remove from flame. Add spice mixture to cooked lentils. Stir in well and serve! Makes 4 servings.

MAKE IT YOUR OWN!

Ingredients:
Ground Cumin, Garam Masala, Turmeric, Red Chili Powder, Asafoetida

Method:
1) Add some (1-2 tbsp) dry coconut powder to get a unique coconut flavor to the curry.  The lentils are traditionally eaten with rice, Naan or roti (tortilla).

2) Take 1 serving of the cooked lentil curry. Add 1 can of your favorite tomato soup. Add one cup cooked penne pasta. A wholesome meal is ready to be served for two.

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Deep brand Amrakhand

Deep brand AmrakhandAmrakhand is a traditional sweet made by mixing Mango and Shrikhand. It is a kind of creamier version of flavored yogurt. Ready made Deep Amrakhand is a good option if you don't have time to go through the whole process of making Amrakhand. It is a available in a pack of 14 oz.
sufficient for one family.

I found this amrakhand quite good. It is not very sweet and a well blended taste of yogurt and mango. I wish it had little hint of saffron. It tastes even better with hot fluffy puris. Go ahead, buy it and indulge in richness of amrakhand.. I am quite sure you are going to love this.

Verdict : Buy

Available at most Indian Stores

Marosa Saffron

Saffron (Kesar / Keshar) is my most favorite aromatic for use in Indian sweets. I love the subtle sweet aroma it imparts to food. You can use it in a myriad recipes like Gulab Jamun, Kheer, Shrikhand, Rabdi, Ras Malai, Shira/Kesar Halwa etc, It is also used in savory dishes like Biryani and Paella (Spanish delicacy).

 

As any saffron aficionado knows, finding good saffron is a challenge. Spanish and Persian varieties are considered the best. With a quality product, just 3 or 4 strands are enough to flavor an entire dish. And that’s what I found in Marosa saffron. Mission accomplished!

 

Verdict: Buy


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Chitale Bandhu Instant Gulab Jamun Mix

Gulab Jamuns is one of the popular Indian desserts. Traditionally, it is made with khoya (thickened milk). I did attempt to make the gulab jamuns with the khoya available in the indian grocery stores in US. But the results were not all that great. I tried different instant mixes of gulab jaumns and I feel Chitale Gulabjamun is the best. It comes in the 400 gm packet which makes around 70-80 gulab jamuns. Just follow the instructions on the packet and this warm, sweet dessert can be made in a few quick and easy steps. The result is soft and amazingly good gulab jamuns. I am sure you are going to love these gulab jamuns. You can add cardamom, saffron and rose water to the sugar syrup for additional flavor. If you are making this dessert for a party, grate some cashews on the gulab jamuns. You can serve Gulab Jamuns warm or at room temprature; by itself or topped with vanilla ice cream. I only wish they come with smaller packet size (like 200 gm  pack), packet of 400 gm seems big for a small family.

Available at most Indian Grocery Stores

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