Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

6 different Valentines day desserts collage.

From cakes to cookies, from indulgent to healthy, here’s a list of valentine treats to surprise your sweet love! And it doesn’t just have to be for a special someone. Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your parents or siblings that you love them. What a better way to sweeten the day than baking some goodies for your loved one.

Date and Walnut Cake for Christmas and Special Days

Date and walnut cake with walnuts and dates on a black board.

A delightful cake made of sweet pitted dates and crunchy walnut pieces, the Date and Walnut Cake is often made for Christmas, special events, and birthdays. Easy to make at home, this traditional East Indian version from Mumbai is a much sought after Christmas delicacy!

Red Pumpkin Halwa (Kaddu ka halwa)

Red pumpkin dessert served in a blue bowl with sliced almonds.

Kaddu ha halwa is an Indian pumpkin dessert that is quick and easy to make. A seasonal dish that is widely made by North Indians during festivals, this yummy sweet dish can be served cold, hot or at room temperature. Pumpkin Halwa is a speciality from North India that is now popular all over the … Read more

Gluten Free Vegetarian Strawberry Bread Recipe

Yummy strawberry bread is ready

Saw some yummy strawberries in the market and decided it was time to make some tasty strawberry bread or strawberry loaf. Since the recipe uses the same basic ingredients, we also made some strawberry muffins at the same time. I’ll post the muffin recipe soon. Anyways, back to the strawberry bread recipe. We made it … Read more

Tasty Naralchi Wadi or Kopra Pak Recipe

The yummy naralachi wadi we made at home

One of my favorite easy to make at home sweets is the traditional Maharashtrian Naralchi Wadi or Kopra Pak. It hardly takes an hour to put together, and you could also prepare the kopra pak after your visitors have landed. Maybe show off some of your Indian cooking skills while entertaining them in the kitchen, … Read more

Gluten Free Strawberry Muffins Recipe

Glutenfree strawberry muffins ready to eat

Remember the strawberry bread that we made recently? Well, on the same day we made these yummy vegetarian strawberry muffins. Why? Because both the recipes include the same basic ingredients. So it’s easier to make the gluten-free strawberry muffins as well when you make the bread. Plus, we’ve used mostly healthy ingredients, so you don’t … Read more

Christmas Cookies Recipe (Vegetarian)

Shortbread cookies are ready to serve - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

So this Christmas we were looking at the list of Christmas dishes made across the world, but we just wanted to make some simple cookies that tasted like shortbread and were yummy too! Keeping our vegetarian friends in mind, we decided to make eggless Christmas cookies. And of course, to keep the processed sugar at … Read more

How to make East Indian Date Rolls?

Traditional-East-Indian-Date-Rolls

What’s your favorite not-too-sweet Christmas dessert? Mine are date rolls. What are these East Indian date rolls? Date rolls are simple and easy to make bites that are similar to buttery shortbread cookies but are stuffed with walnuts and dates. And they taste as heavenly as vanilla cream or marzipan. Well, almost! Nothing will ever … Read more

Traditional East Indian Vanilla Cream recipe

Traditional East Indian Vanilla Cream Recipe

Recipe for how to make Gluten-Free Milk Cream? Little drops of heaven that melt in your mouth, that’s what we think they are. But some people just call this the East Indian milk cream or traditional vanilla cream, one of the many delicious East Indian sweets. Little melt in your mouth pieces made of milk … Read more

Easy Indian Custard Powder Halwa Recipe

Chop into 1.5 inch squares

You know it’s nearing Diwali, when your family starts making many many sweets; and among them the traditional wheat halwas or Karachi Halwa or Cornflour Halwa or Custard Powder Halwas, or whatever your family calls them. This custard powder halwa uses a base or gluten-free custard powder or cornflour, and so is considered gluten free. … Read more

20+ Best Dessert and Dinner Recipes using Dates

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I love eating dates! A handful of the sweet luscious fruit is more than enough to satisfy my sugar cravings after each meal. I sometimes eat them as snacks too. Don’t you? I mean what’s better than eating a natural guilt-free energizing gift from God that’s full of all the right vitamins and minerals to … Read more

Recipe for Dairy free Gluten free Khajur Dry Fruit Barfi

Anjeer barfi ready to serve.

So last week we made the sugar free gluten free anjeer barfi or fig barfi for dad that’s really yummy to taste. But this week we figured we’d show you how we do it when we want just dry fruit energy bars. No dairy, no gluten, no sugar! Sugar-free is good for diabetics like my … Read more

Sugar Free Gluten Free Anjeer Barfi Recipe

Cover with almonds and draw rough cutting lines - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

How to make Anjeer Dry Fruit Barfi at home I love sweets, just like my dad. But dad is diabetic, so we try to keep his sugar intake under control. That doesn’t stop him from finding something or the other in the fridge to eat though. Even on the days we skip sweets, we’ll find … Read more

Gluten Free Sand Cake or Rice Cake Recipe

Beautiful sand cake or gluten free rice cake - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

I love sand cake. The soft grains melting in your mouth, the strong taste of butter… It tastes yummier than regular cake. And it’s so light and airy that you can’t stop at just one piece. What is sand cake? Well, it’s definitely not cake made of sand. Sand cake is the traditional East Indian … Read more

Traditional East Indian Pancake Recipe

Pancakes ready to serve - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

Pancake Tuesday is just around the corner, and my friends have already called dibs on my mom’s pancake recipe. It’s the recipe she got from granny but tweaked a bit, and it’s perfect! We, East Indians, celebrate Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras with pancakes. They’re a bit different from chocolate pancakes which … Read more

East Indian Mass Pav or (Moulded) Marzipan

East-Indian-Mass-Pav-or-Marzipan on a black plate.

Growing up, the house started smelling of Christmas from early December. Literally! You could smell marzipan, vanilla cream, thali sweet, cordial, Christmas cake and so much more. The best part of being East Indian though, was tasting the smells. Or rather eating the Christmas sweets that weren’t good enough to give to relatives and were … Read more

Honey Balls or Snow Balls: East Indian Series

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Brown balls and white balls. Those are our punny names for gulab jamuns or rosgullas. But I’ve not heard any jokes about honey balls or snow balls yet. Is it because East Indian honey balls or snow balls are lesser known and only belong to a small part of society? Honey balls or snow balls are … Read more

Easter Eggs, Bonnets & Chicken: East Indian Series

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The Easter Eggs made by the East Indian community in Mumbai, India are made using almond or cashewnut marzipan. Although there is a slight learning curve with this recipe, it tastes better than chocolate Easter eggs and is the perfect Easter gift for friends and relatives! Easter! Spring and redemption and everything anew. New life … Read more

Traditional East Indian Christmas Sweets

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Two East Indian aunties meet on the street. “Hello Lucy, how are you re?” “I’m good men, how are you and the babas?” “We’re all good men. Where you went?” “To the bakery on the corner to bring pav men. That pav is better than Bertrand’s pav men. So nice and soft-soft. My dokra Aggie … Read more

Crafting a Checkerboard Lightning McQueen Cake

Lightning McQueen – Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

And then there was the child in India called Arnav who loved Lightning McQueen. So his mom ordered a Lightning McQueen cake from my sister, Sarah for his 4th birthday. And although we’ve seen a few lightning McQueen cakes before, we haven’t seen one with a checkerboard sponge inside. So Sarah set out on her … Read more