Take a cue from Shilpa Shetty Kundra and try these 3 exotic sweets at home

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These are easy-to-make and will satiate your kids' sweet tooth pangs

Mum, author and actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra is known to be a fitness enthusiast. She not only endorses a healthy lifestyle, but also lives it wholeheartedly. But at the end of the day, she's a foodie by her own admission and any other regular mum, even she likes to indulge in some sweet treats once in a while (especially on a Sunday).

In fact, if you follow her on Instagram you'd know exactly what we're talking about. Yes, you guessed that right, we're referring to her 'Sunday binge videos.'  She famously binges on sweet treats on Sundays and gives her fans a sneak peek into her cheat meals.

However, she's conscious of her choices and even her meal proportions, which are usually small.

"I watch every single morsel I eat"

Talking about her balanced diet she told a leading daily, "On days when I can’t go to the gym or workout, I watch every single morsel I eat. You have to learn to balance out your calories – because it is all about how much you intake and how much you burn. I am no different and I get cravings too but mostly I try to curb them by making my salad interesting – there are so many healthy ingredients available in the market to do that; you can prepare them at home too.”

Nonetheless, nobody can take away from the fact that on some of these Sunday binges, she introduced us to new and exotic sweet treats. You won't usually find them at the halwai shops, but if you also liked them (as much as we did), let's help you prepare them at home. We picked three of her yummiest sweet Sunday binges and show you how it's made!

#1 Khaja

This kid-friendly recipe looks like a puff pastry and tastes slightly sweet.But the best part is that it doesn't need many ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Flour, 4.5 cups
  • Ghee (for preparation and frying)
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Cardamom

Method

  • Knead a soft dough using the flour (4 cups), water as well as ghee (heat the rest of ghee and keep it aside)
  • Now use the leftover flour and mix it with ghee, make a past, and keep the paste aside
  • Prepare two round chapattis from the soft dough. Now, spread the paste on top of the first chapatti. Layer the second chappati and again spread the paste.
  • Roll the two chapattis (one over the other). Cut the roll into small pieces of an inch each. Press the ends of these small rolls and make them in the desired shape.
  • Deep fry these small rolls. Once golden brown, top them up with caramel (mixture of heated sugar and water) and cardamom powder.

#2 Treacle sponge cake

This is another soft and easy-to-prepare recipe and is idea for kids' small hunger pangs. Plus, it takes less than an hour to cook.

Ingredients

  • Breadcrumbs, 5 tbsp
  • Softened butter, 200 gm
  • Lemon (1 as zest, 1/2 juice)
  • Caster sugar, 200 gm
  • Eggs, 3
  • Self-raising flour, 200 gm
  • Milk, 5 tbsp
  • Sugar syrup

Method

  • Mis lemon zest, juice, syrup and breadcrumbs and spread at the bottom of a baking dish (1.5 liters can also work).
  • Beat the sugar and butter until they become fluffy and pale. Now beat the eggs one by one.
  • Now stir flour, milk and add the syrup over it. Add this to the dish and bake for 30-45 minutes.

#3 Banana malpua

This is another hearty sweet and kid-friendly sweet treat that is perfect for a lazy Sunday or an evening get together. It is a bit heavy as compared to a light sponge cake, but is equally easy to prepare.

Ingredients

  • Maida, 1/2 cup
  • Banana, 4
  • Suji, 3-4 cups
  • Fennel seeds (saunf), 1/4 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Raisins (kishmish), 5-6 seeds
  • Saffron
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Sodium bicarbonate

Method

  • Mash the banana(/s) in a bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and add a minimum a amount of milk so the mixture is like a paste (just as when you make pakodas). Beat the mixture vigorously and set it aside for an hour.
  • Now heat the oil and once it's hot enough, pour the batter using a ladle. Make a small circular shape and let it deep fry. Turn once one side is done.
  • Take it out and dry them on a tissue paper to absorb excess oil and serve them with honey or cut up bananas and serve warm.

Read: Sugar sweet treats for the kids' soul

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj