Unique treats for the holiday season

Preparation20 minutes

Kitchen30 mins

Category Candy


The holiday season just calls for something sweet, and aren’t we all looking for new, unique recipes to try? Chef Arun Prasad, Sous Chef at the Royal Orchid Bangalore Hotel, shares these unique recipes for you.

Date And Sesame Tamales
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes: ten

300g dates
50 g grated coconut
10g white sesame seeds
150g khoya, grated
10 corn husks
Oil/ghee for frying

1. Grind the dates in a blender to obtain a smooth and thick paste. Add water only sparingly.
2. Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a non-stick pan. Add grated coconut and roast over low heat until coconut begins to turn brown.
3. Once the coconut begins to give off a toasty aroma, add the grated khoya to the pan and stir and cook until a smooth mixture forms.
4. Add the date paste to the mixture and stir and cook until everything forms a nice homogeneous mixture.
5. Remove the mixture from the pan and let it cool.
6. Start your steamer on medium heat.
7. Divide cooled mixture into 10 equal portions and roughly shape into a square/rectangle so it can be wrapped inside a cornhusk. Wrap each portion in a corn husk foil and secure the husk.
8. Steam these corn husk packs for about 10 minutes.
9. After steaming, lightly fry the packets of corn husks and serve hot.

orange kulfi
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes + 4 hours cool down time + 4 hours cool down time
Makes: 4

orange kulfi

1 liter of whole milk
100 g fresh cream
50g crushed orange
100g sugar
4 fresh oranges
Whole wheat dough to seal

1. Bring the milk to a boil and lower the heat and reduce to low reduce the milk by 70% until only one third of the milk remains in the saucepan.
2. Add the sugar once the milk has reduced and heat until dissolved. Turn off the heat and let cool for at least four hours.
3. Once the milk has cooled, add the fresh cream. Mix in the orange juice.
4. Slice fresh oranges from the top, leaving the outer skin intact. Remove the segments from the inside to create a mold for the ice cream. Reserve the top of the orange as well.
5. Pour the ice cream mixture into the orange shells and place the top on top. Seal it with the paste.
6. Freeze for at least four hours, then cut into four segments to serve.

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