Blueberry IdliHappy BC Day! I absolutely love my home province and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world, so I’m excited to share a BC Blueberries inspired recipe today. (Ironically, I’m sitting in a hotel room looking out at the Coos Bay in Oregon as I write this post – but I’ll share more about that next week!)

bc blueberriesA couple of weeks ago our family took a trip to a local berry farm, and I’ve been itching to try a recipe with our u-pick bounty every since. I’ve had this idea to do a stuffed idli banked in my file filled with random blog post ideas for nearly a year, and I finally found the perfect filling – blueberry jam. 
Blueberry IdliAn idli is basically a steamed rice cake, and the blueberry jam is the perfect compliment to this basic snack item. I have high hopes of this becoming a school lunch option in the fall, and am already planning some fun new filling ideas. 
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You guys…I’m one of the strangest people I know. Seriously, I have more weird quirks and habits than anyone I’ve ever met. One of my trademark habits – trying to cook/recreate foods I’ve never eaten or seen anyone make. Usually followed by lots of freaking out and cursing. Enter: baraf ka gola aka the Indian snow cone.

So I saw this video on YouTube and figured ‘I could do that’. Mistake number one; never assume you can do anything an Indian street vendor can do. Jokes apart, after much trial and error, I did finally create this delicious & refreshing beauty.

how to make baraf ka gola

how to make baraf ka gola pink chai

How to Make Baraf Ka Gola

Ingredients:
Shaved ice
Flavoured syrups (I used store bought, but you can make your own if you like)
Food colouring (Optional – see note below) 

Tools:
Small glasses for shaping and serving golas
Spoon
Popsicle stickshow to make baraf ka gola pink chai{These Monin syrups are delicious, but they were not bright like a traditional barf ka gola, so I did end up adding a 1/2 drop of food colouring to the golas. You can see the colour difference in the pics below}.

Procedure:
how to make baraf ka gola, pink chai

Start by packing the shaved ice into your glass about 3/4 of the way to the top. You need to work quickly and really pack the layers hard. Once the ice is packed in, add a popsicle stick to the centre and place in the freezer for 30-40 seconds.

how to make baraf ka gola
Remove your gola from the glass and add flavoured syrup in different layers and combinations. 

how to make baraf ka gola

how to make baraf ka gola

As you can see I wasn’t getting the vibrancy and intensity of a traditional gola so I did add a 1/2 drop of food colouring to each section. Be very careful (and stingy) when you do this or you will end up with a mess all over your lips and tongue! 

how to make baraf ka gola

Serve immediately – enjoy the chuski!how to make baraf ka gola

how to make baraf ka gola

Text: Raj Thandhi
Photography: Aziz Dhamani

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I’ve never been one to turn down an invite to a party that involves food – even a virtual one, so I’ve created another fun and easy dessert for Asiyah, Sarah, and Henna’s Eid Eats link-up! After last year’s gulab jamun cupcake experiment, I wanted to keep the dessert trend going and put a new spin on a classic Eid staple; Rooh Afza.  Enter the Rooh Afza sundae topped with chopped pistachios, almonds, and just a hint of dried rose petals. rooh afza sundae{Rooh Afza – a staple at most festivals and celebrations in India}
rooh afza sundae, eid desserts, pink chaiThis is my take on a classic strawberry sundae with some decidedly Indian touches. Choose a rich, creamy ice cream (make it at home if you want something really special), lay out some toppings and a bottle of Rooh Afza for your guests, and let them go to town! Bonus: mom doesn’t actually have to make the dessert and can put her feet up for just a few minutes. rooh afza sundae, pink chai 3My ever growing collection of mix and match brass bowls (including some from my grandmother’s trousseau) are filled with topping options. If you have kids at your Eid dinner you could even include mithi saunf/candied fennel for fun.rooh afza sundae, pink chai

Delicious photos by: Aziz Dhamani
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I hope you enjoyed this idea for an easy and delicious dessert idea, and I wish a very happy and blessed Eid to all my readers that are celebrating – Eid Mubarak!

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