Whip up a meal for your sibling this Raksha Bandhan

Here are some sweet recipes curated by Swapnadeep Mukherjee, Executive Chef at The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa
Image Credits: IANS
Image Credits: IANS

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated to honour the ties between brothers and sisters and a gift of something sweet accompanies the ritual of tying a Rakhi. This year, instead of buying a box of mithai or chocolates, why don't you make a homemade treat for your brother to make him feel special? Here are some Sweet Recipes curated by Swapnadeep Mukherjee, Executive Chef at The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa.

Almond Rose Rabri with a dash of saffron


. Almonds, soaked in water overnight and skin removed 3/4 cup
. Evaporated milk - 400 gms (or whole milk - 1 ltr)
. Sugar 3 tbsp or as per taste
. Pistachio, chopped 2 tbsp
. Cardamom powder  1 tsp
. Khoya/dried milk 2 tbsp (optional)
. Dried rose petals for garnishing
. Rose water  2 tbsp
. Saffron strands 7-8
.  Milk 1 tbsp


. Heat a pan. Add evaporated milk to it and boil it. If, you are using whole milk, then cook till the milk is reduced to half
. Reduce the heat.
. Crush saffron strands in 1 tbsp milkand let it cook for 5 minutes over low heat.
. Now add almonds, khoya, and sugar to it.
. Mix well and cook for 3 minutes.
. Add pistachio, cardamom powder, and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes.
. Remove from heat, and add rose water to it. Mix well and let it cool slightly.
. Garnish with chopped pistachio and dried rose petals. Serve warm and enjoy!

Cheesy Blueberry Halwa


. semolina (rava/suji)1 cup
. clarified butter (ghee) 3 tbsp
. desiccated coconut   1/2 cup
. milk 2 cups
. fresh mozzarella cheese1/4 cup
. sugar as per taste
. pureed blueberries 1 cup
. cashew nuts, chopped  8
. cardamom powder  1/2 tsp


. Heat clarified butter (ghee) in a pan. Add semolina to it, and roast on low heat till it turns golden brown.
. Now add desiccated coconut and sauté for 2 minutes.
. Add milk, and pureed blueberries. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
. Add crushed mozzarella cheese and mix well. Cook for 4 more minutes.
. Add sugar and cardamom powder. Stir continuously to prevent any lumps. Cook for 3-4 minutes or till milk evaporates
. Remove from heat. Garnish with cashew nuts, and desiccated coconut. 
. Serve hot, Enjoy

Coconut Ladoo


. condensed milk 1 tin (400g)
. coconut powder, desiccated 4 cups  (350g)
. cardamom powder 1 tsp


. Take a mixing bowl. Add condensed milk, 300g coconut powder, and cardamom powder to it. Mix well to make a smooth mixture.
. Divide the mixture into 10-12 portions, and make tight balls out of them.
. Now roll each ball in coconut powder.
. Let the balls settle for 15 minutes.
. Instant coconut laddos are ready to be served. Enjoy the flavourful ladoos

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