Shankarpali – Shakarpara – Sweet Diamond Cuts

Khurma in a serving plate on a table.

Shankarpali is a sweet crispy diamond-shaped snack that is quite popular in the Konkan belt of India. This bite-sized treat is made with just a handful of ingredients. Shankarpali is a popular sweet crispy snack from Western India. This sweet maida biscuit is also called shakkarpara or shakar pare. In the Northern states, it is … Read more

How to Make Almond Marzipan Easter Eggs

3 Almond Marzipan Easter Eggs on a wooden sheet.

Traditional East Indian Almond Marzipan Easter Eggs are a delightful way of celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ at Easter! They may take some time to make but they’re delicious and a good treat to both kids and grown-ups.

What to Cook (Prepare) For Easter Lunch?

Pics of dishes we cook for Easter lunch.

What is a traditional Easter lunch? Here's what East Indians cook for Easter Lunch to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

Carambolas: East Indian Starfruit Shaped Kulkuls

Once fried drained the carambolas in skimmer.

Carambolas are an East Indian dessert or East Indian ‘sweet’ as we call them that’s made around Christmas time. More commonly known as Kulkuls, this sugary frosted treat made by most East Indian Christian households are called carambolas when they’re star fruit-shaped.

East Indian Bolings Recipe – Christmas Desserts

Bolings are ready.

Bolings are a sweet coconut semolina cookie that is made at Christmas time in most East Indian Catholic households! They are so simple and easy to make! What’s better; this yummy coconut treat can also be enjoyed as a tea-time snack any time of the year!

Dark Choc Coconut Bites – Healthy Puffed Rice Snacks

Sugar free coconut dark choc bites are served.

Homemade Dark Choc Coconut Bites are a yummy and easy-to-make dessert or snack. Chocolatey and coconutty at the same time, these kurmura bites are just delicious!

Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

6 different Valentines day desserts collage.

From cakes to cookies, from indulgent to healthy, here’s a list of valentine treats to surprise your sweet love! And it doesn’t just have to be for a special someone. Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your parents or siblings that you love them. What a better way to sweeten the day than baking some goodies for your loved one.

Date and Walnut Cake for Christmas and Parties

Date and walnut cake with walnuts and dates on a black board.

A delightful cake made of sweet pitted dates and crunchy walnut pieces, the Date and Walnut Cake is often made for Christmas, special events, and birthdays. Easy to make at home, this traditional East Indian version from Mumbai is a much sought after Christmas delicacy!

Indian Red Pumpkin Dessert (Kaddu Ka Halwa)

Red pumpkin dessert served in a blue bowl with sliced almonds.

Kaddu ha halwa is an Indian pumpkin dessert that is quick and easy to make. A seasonal dish that is widely made by North Indians during festivals, this yummy sweet dish can be served cold, hot or at room temperature. Pumpkin Halwa is a speciality from North India that is now popular all over the … Read more

Vegetarian Christmas Cookies With Honey

Shortbread cookies are ready to serve - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate

So this Christmas we were looking at the list of Christmas dishes made across the world, but we just wanted to make some simple cookies that tasted like shortbread and were yummy too! Are they better than Shakar para? Maybe! Keeping our vegetarian friends in mind, we decided to make eggless Christmas cookies. And of … Read more

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cake Recipe

Add in the chocolate chips - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate

That sister of mine keeps asking me to write down all of the recipes that I throw together ever so often. I mean, I just throw them together. It’s not like I plan on making the same thing again. I could make it again, but it will probably be with different measurements, just randomly thrown … Read more

East Indian Date Rolls – Date Cookies Recipe

Traditional-East-Indian-Date-Rolls

What’s your favorite not-too-sweet Christmas dessert? Mine are date rolls. What are these East Indian date rolls? Date rolls are simple and easy to make bites that are similar to buttery shortbread cookies but are stuffed with walnuts and dates. And they taste as heavenly as vanilla cream or marzipan. Well, almost! Nothing will ever … Read more

Traditional East Indian Vanilla Cream Dessert

Traditional East Indian Vanilla Cream Recipe

Recipe for how to make Gluten-Free Milk Cream? Little drops of heaven that melt in your mouth, that’s what we think they are. But some people just call this the East Indian milk cream or traditional vanilla cream, one of the many delicious East Indian sweets. Little melt in your mouth pieces made of milk … Read more

Easy Indian Custard Powder Halwa Recipe

Chop into 1.5 inch squares

You know it’s nearing Diwali, when your family starts making many many sweets; and among them the traditional wheat halwas or Karachi Halwa or Cornflour Halwa or Custard Powder Halwas, or whatever your family calls them. This custard powder halwa uses a base or gluten-free custard powder or cornflour, and so is considered gluten free. … Read more

22 Dessert and Dinner Recipes using Dates

Collage of Dinner-and-Dessert-Recipes-with-Dates.

I love eating dates! A handful of the sweet luscious fruit is more than enough to satisfy my sugar cravings after each meal. I sometimes eat them as snacks too. Don’t you? I mean what’s better than eating a natural guilt-free energizing gift from God that’s full of all the right vitamins and minerals to … Read more

DF GF Khajur Dry Fruit Barfi – Dates Dessert

Anjeer barfi ready to serve.

So last week we made the sugar free gluten free anjeer barfi or fig barfi for dad that’s really yummy to taste. But this week we figured we’d show you how we do it when we want just dry fruit energy bars. No dairy, no gluten, no sugar! Sugar-free is good for diabetics like my … Read more

Sugarfree GF Anjeer Barfi – Indian Fig Dessert

Cover with almonds and draw rough cutting lines - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate

I love sweets, just like my dad. But dad is diabetic, so we try to keep his sugar intake under control. That doesn’t stop him from finding something or the other in the fridge to eat though. Even on the days we skip sweets, we’ll find dad right there in the kitchen rummaging through the … Read more

East Indian GF Coconut Cordial Dessert

Traditional East Indian Cordial - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate

Coconut Cordial is one of the easiest East Indian Christmas sweets to make. And it tastes yummy too! Granny has always made the coconut version of cordial. Some people use almonds or cashewnuts instead of coconut. We’ve never tried that recipe for “Cordial No 1” as it’s called in the East Indian Recipe book. We’re … Read more

East Indian Xmas Marzipan – Molded Mass Pav

East-Indian-Mass-Pav-or-Marzipan on a black plate.

Growing up, the house started smelling of Christmas from early December. Literally! You could smell marzipan, vanilla cream, thali sweet, cordial, Christmas cake and so much more. The best part of being East Indian though, was tasting the smells. Or rather eating the Christmas sweets that weren’t good enough to give to relatives and were … Read more

Honey Balls (Snow Balls) – East Indian Dessert

Honey balls soaking in sugar mel.

Brown balls and white balls. Those are our punny names for gulab jamuns or rosgullas. But I’ve not heard any jokes about honey balls or snow balls yet. Is it because East Indian honey balls or snow balls are lesser known and only belong to a small part of society? Honey balls or snow balls are … Read more

How to Make Marzipan Easter Eggs -East Indian

My sister’s colorful modern Easter Eggs left to set.

The Easter Eggs made by the East Indian community in Mumbai, India are made using almond or cashewnut marzipan. Although there is a slight learning curve with this recipe, it tastes better than chocolate Easter eggs and is the perfect Easter gift for friends and relatives!

Traditional East Indian Christmas Sweets

Christmas-sweets-in-boxes-Abbysplate.

Two East Indian aunties meet on the street. “Hello Lucy, how are you re?” “I’m good men, how are you and the babas?” “We’re all good men. Where you went?” “To the bakery on the corner to bring pav men. That pav is better than Bertrand’s pav men. So nice and soft-soft. My dokra Aggie … Read more