I've always looked up to the women in my life, whether its my mother, younger sister or mother-in-law. All of them are strong, independent women who have managed to find a work - life balance; something which is so hard for many of us to do.
Women's Day is coming up and I'd like to give you a little something to celebrate all the important women in our lives, and say thank you one more time.
Here's a little hamper that I've put together with some of my favorite things to cook with. I've personally used each of these, and love the results. The hamper includes a pack of Delverde's Shell Pasta, Real Thai's Rice Paper, Under the Mango Tree's big jar of Litchi Honey (my favorite-st), Real Thai's Red Curry Paste,Mustard Relish and a small White Pepper mill from Keya.
I will be giving away this hamper to one lucky winner who will be chosen at random on 8th March (Women's Day).
What do you have to do to win this?
- Fill out the form below and tell me the name of one dish cooked by your mother that’s your favourite.
- If you haven't already, connect with me on facebook, twitter and instagram.
- One winner will be picked at random by me and results will be announced on 8th March ’14 (Sunday) at 5 PM.
- If you are the winner, I’ll reach out to you for your details and the hamper will be sent to you via courier.
So hurry up and leave a comment in the form below to enter. Also, share this giveaway with your friends on facebook or twitter so that they can participate as well.
Now I can't end the post without a recipe, can I? In keeping with the spirit, I'm going to share one of my mum's recipes with you. It was a difficult choice because my mum is a fantastic cook and we usually go gaga over everything she makes. But this Gulab Phirni is a crowd-pleaser. It's easy to make, doesn't require a lot of effort and the hint of rose petals keeps you wanting more with every bite.
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More Indian Sweets You Must Try:
- Rice Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)
- Festive Chocolate Rice Kheer (Pudding)
- Kesar Pedas
- Homemade Jalebi: Thin and Crispy
Gulab Phirni Recipe / Rose flavored Rice Pudding
- ¼ cup Rice + 1 tbsps
- 1 litre Milk Full - fat (Skim milk just doesn't cut it)
- Saffron or Kesar
- ¼ Cup Sugar + 1 tbsps
- 2 tbsps Rose Petals Dried
- Pistachios Chopped and Almonds for garnishing
- Soak the rice in water for half an hour. Drain water and pulse in a grinder till you get a grainy consistency. The grains should feel gritty between your fingers and should be slightly bigger than semolina.
- Bring the milk to a gentle simmer, and add the rice and saffron while whisking continuously. This will help avoid lumps.
- Bring this to a boil while whisking, and then lower the flame to a simmer. Keep stirring the mixture every couple of minutes.
- After about 20 minutes the mixture will start to thicken. Simmer for another 20 -25 minutes till it thickens considerably and the rice is completely cooked.
- Add sugar and mix till it dissolves. Switch off the flame and let the mixture cool. Once its cooled completely, transfer to a mixer-grinder and pulse for exactly 5 seconds. This helps give the phirni a creaminess and remove any lumps.
- Mix in the rose petals, and transfer into serving bowls. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios, almonds and rose petals. Cool in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours or overnight. Serve cold.
Richa Gupta says
You are always late to the party, aren't you? 😛 The contest got over on Sunday and I even announced the winner 🙂 So sorry, but to make up for it, I'll give you a big jar of Meet Mirsang for you to take back the next time you are in town. See you soon, hopefully!
So, since I can participate being an NRI (time for putting scope), I choose to keep it simple and basic in the spirit of innovation in the routine staple food.
I nominate my mom's Val Val for your contest. Plain and simple yet delicious. She's got quite a few awesome dishes in her arsenal but I choose the most common most loved amongst them.
Now, I better get that hamper or you're buying me one anyway. 😛
I believe I am also gonna get a jar of meet mirsang from you. So, win win anyway!! 😛
Let me know if you want the recipe regardless of the outcome.
Btw, I love the food centred blog and MESOHUNGRY!!!
How I wish I could be a chef. Next time, I would like to atleast be given the opportunity to chop veggies for me so hungry. 😀
Richa Gupta says
Of course you can! Send in your entry and if you win, I'll send the hamper to your bhabhi or your mom. So you participate on behalf of them!
What biscuit. I cannot participate. :/
Richa Gupta says
Thank you 🙂 That works!
Supriya Shyamsukha says
That Phirni looks yum 🙂
PS: entering the giveaway for my Mom 🙂