Monday

Cinnamon doodh gola

actually i wanted to make doodh peda..but that sweet has a mind of its own!! I am really nervous when i make any desert with milk..coz i am a lazy cook. i really do not like stirring something for a long time and when the sweet starts to come together i panic and invariably take it out before it is of the right consistency...lending it to be chewy..Then comes my part of trying every shortcut in the book and in the end i decide to shape these into mini balls.

After a few days of healthy eating i decided to postpone ;) the healthy eating saga for the new year and decided on making an indian sweet. Now as all of us know..cooking sort of revolves around events..i decided to make doodh pedas with cinnamon as the flavoring agent instead of saffron or cardamom which is usually my spice of choice for this.

I was happy with the cinnamon touch..but honestly i felt i could have added a little more..but you know how overpowering cinnamon can be and i was taking it easy. Here is the recipe....


Ingredients:

Sweetened Fat-free condensed milk - 1 can (14 oz)
Fat free milk - 1 cup
Unsalted butter - 1 tbls
Freshly grated cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp. (if you are using pre-ground..you can use more)
Greased plate

Method:

1. In a pan combine all the above and cook it on medium flame stirring at intervals. Do not stir too much..as u need the darn stamina towards the end!!

2. When the mixture starts to come together and thickens..keep stirring vigourously and keep stirring till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and is basically seperating from the pan. When it comes to this phase keep ur concentration of the pan and cook for a few minutes.

3. After stirring for a few minutes...pour the mixture to a greased pan and let it cool for 10 -15 mts and make slices.....if you have the mahaan kaam like me and taken out a little before the mixture is totally done..you can shape them in balls or you can put the mixture back in the pan...stir for a few more minutes till it is done.

Notes :

1. I personally think these tasted great ...but the completely finished goody is not chewy and has a fantastic texture..i will try to reach that mark next time....

2. I think 1/2 a tsp. of cinnamon would have rendered a more cinnamony taste....

Now this is off to Sunita who blogs at
Sunita's world and whose spice of the month is Cinnamon.

19 comments:

sunita said...

Those do look yummm! Thanks Rajitha...Happy holidays!

Sig said...

Texture looks good to me... :) And I am totally with you on the cinnamon part, it is better to be safe than sorry, a little too much, the dish is ruined! Have a lovely Christmas eve!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks so cute! Very nice entry Rajitha!
Happy new year!

Nags said...

dessert with milkmaid can never go wrong, according to me. and i actually like it chewy :)

sra said...

... mind of its own ... damn stamina ... you sound so much like my kind of cook! The second gola in the lower row looks really smooth, slippery smooth, actually!

Jyothsna said...

Nice touch with cinnamon. We always postpone healthy eating habits to the new year, dont we? :) looking for your participation in RCI.

Nupur said...

That looks supremely luscious! I think using cinnamon instead of traditional saffron/cardamom is such a unique touch. Stirring condensed milk would provide the workout to offset the calories of this lovely sweet :D
I have enjoyed your blog your year and want to wish you and "Hunger Pangs" a bright and beautiful new year!

Richa said...

yummm :)
they look so much like my fav besan laddu :)

Namratha said...

Wow, those are really pretty looking glossy golas :) Love the idea of adding the touch of cinnamon, must be really tasty. I really haven't come up with anything with cinnamon, not a big fan of that spice, but can manage a touch of it!

Laavanya said...

Cinnamon in a doodh peda ( i meant gola) is new to me but it lends such a nice colour. That's a super easy recipe and so what if it isn't shaped like small discs.. These look lovely too.

Cynthia said...

Hey sweetie, hope you're enjoying the holidays.

Sagari said...

wow yummyyyy want to pop in mouth

Seena said...

beautiful looking sweets,Rajitha!
Happy holidays,dear!

A Dreamer and A Cook said...

hi there!! this is the season for sweets and i am just about holding my nerves to reach home and try this...it looks yummmm....I have promised my huby for something sweet tonite...this is the one ;)

TBC said...

Oh no! not cinnamon! This is one spice that I do not like one bit...maybe 'cos everything sweet here is doused with it! I can imagine what it tastes like with cardamom though;-)
I love this pic, Rajitha. It is beautiful... makes me wanna reach out and grab one:-)
What are you guys doing for the holidays? Any plans?

Rajitha said...

sunita - thnks :)

sig - see..u know what i mean....i have ruined some pulav's in the past by getting over zealous on the cinnamon part...so how are you enjoying ur time off ??

raks- :) thanks!!

nags - i like them chewy too..but it gets stuck to your teeth adn it can be annoying ;)

sra - aha!! do you get pissed at stuff too when you cook..esp. when you peek in the stove everything is fine..and when you peek a min later the garlic is getting burnt?? drives me loco!!

jyotsna - you can bet a recipe from me :) thnks!!

nupur - that is what i kept telling me as i slid the golas in my mouth that i have worked out enough..now only if my abs get to hear those ;)..love ur blog girl..have a fantastic yr!!

richa - besan ladoo....muh mein paani aa raha hain ;)

namratha - it is just a hint re..you will not even smell it from a distance..

laavanya - u are so sweet..the peda wannabe golas were yummy..and super easy

cyn - thnks sweetheart..am having fun and being jolly till
Jan 1st..it is then i am planning to step on the scale :D...what are ur plans :)

sagari - pop away :)

seena - thnks..happy hols to u too :)

Dreamer- hope u like it..

TBC - arre..you will not even get the smell..sach mein..i know the cinnamon in deserts in this country is a lil bit too much..i never even had cinnamon in sweets till i came here....no plans ..abhi tak i am sitting and watching tv like no tomorrow... so how was it going back to ur joli ??

Shella said...

They look so shiny & inviting Rajitha, mind passing me one.

SUGARCRAFT INDIA said...

Lovely sweet ....love the color!!
Here's also wishing you a very happy new year!!

Rina said...

Raji, this looks so tempting.. Can't wait to try.