Friday, November 01, 2013

Quick Rabri using Ricotta and Condensed Milk

Diwali is here! May this festival of lights brighten your lives and bring joy, peace and prosperity everyday. Happy Deepavali!

Celebrations of this festival take various forms and shapes in India depending on region and the communities within but all of them involve family, friends, fun and food! Food takes center stage and the preparations start early. My Facebook feed is milling with pictures of savory snacks and sweets the past few days, all prepared just for Diwali. Here is an earlier post about how it is traditionally celebrated in a Kannada Brahmin household, in case anyone wants to know.

My friend S was telling me her recipe for kalakhand using ricotta and condensed milk, cooked until thick in the microwave oven. This rabri is about a quarter of the way through that process. A contributor in one of the foodie groups that I'm a part of mentioned a no-cook version of rabdi just by mixing the two. It tastes nice that way too but I've cooked it for a bit just to get that thicker texture that I like. It's still quick and simple, which also explains the uncharacteristic desserts post from me :)



Ingredients:

1 15 oz tub ricotta cheese, skim
1 12 oz can sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp heavy cream (or whole milk)
3-4 pods cardamom, crushed
2 pinches of salt (to balance the sweetness, optional)
mixed dried fruits and nuts for garnish
a few strands of saffron for garnish and flavor (skipped here)

Method:

In a microwave safe bowl, combine ricotta, condensed milk and heavy cream. Microwave for 2 minutes.
Stir and microwave for a minute more. Do this stir-nuke thing another two times.
Remove and stir in the cardamom and salt, if using.
Let cool and refrigerate for at least a couple hours.
Serve chilled, garnished with chopped dried fruits and nuts.

4 comments:

Diamond and Pearl said...

Happy Diwali, to you and your family Dear Vani!

Vani said...

Thank you, Bharathy! I hope you and your family are having a special and fun Deepavali!

Priya Suresh said...

Elegant dessert, cant take my eyes from ur clicks.

Vani said...

You are so sweet. Thanks, Priya