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This unusual flavour combination will bowl you over

14 December 2018 , 0 comments / 0 likes
Sweets and desserts are an important part of all celebrations and festivities. This festive season, try this prize-winning recipe from the #ChefsDiwali contest by Shri Bala. Its unique flavour combination of capsicum and cottage cheese will make a great addition to your party.
Aparna Chowdhury won the second prize for her unique shimla mirch and chenna ka halwa recipe. Everyone loves halwa, but this distinctive flavour combination is sure to keep you going back for a second (or third) helping.

Image credit - Aparna Chowdhury 

Capsicum 1 big pureed
Fresh cottage cheese 1 cup
Semolina 1 tbsp
Green cardamom powder 1 tsp
Nutmeg powder  1 pinch
Ghee 1/2 cup
Green food colour 1-2 drops (optional )
Milk powder 2 tbsp
Sugar 1 cup
Dry fruits of choice
Silver foil to garnish

Heat the ghee in a pan. Add capsicum puree in the ghee and cook on lowest possible heat for about 10-15 minutes while stirring constantly. Cook till the raw smell of the capsicum disappears completely. Now add the semolina and sauté for a few minutes. Add very little water and cook the semolina on low heat. Once the ghee separates completely, add the sugar. The sugar will make the mixture a little watery, continue to stir. Add the food colour mixed in a little water.

When the mixture becomes thick again, add the milk powder and the cottage cheese (chenna). Before adding the cottage cheese, mash it well with the edge of your palm to make it soft without any lumps. Continue to cook on low heat till the consistency of halwa is regained. You can add a little water if you think the mixture is too thick.

Add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder and switch off the gas. Garnish with dry fruits of your choice and silver foil.

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