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Mina's Pistachio Almond Cardamom Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) Recipe

If you've been to an Indian buffet, you've probably had some kheer. This kheer is a regular rice pudding made with Indian spices. Cardamom, almond and pistachio are common flavorings in Indian desserts. It was flavored at the end with kewra water. You can also add a touch of saffron water to give a yellow color to the dessert as well.

Every culture that uses rice as a starch has some form of rice pudding. In France, it's called le riz au lait. In Vietnam, it's chè đậu trắng, a black eyed pea sticky rice pudding. And of course, there is good old American rice pudding, usually topped with nutmeg, mace and cinnamon.

Mina is Lulu's cousin. We had a potluck going on this weekend and she brought desserts. And as a food blog addict, I had to post it.


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Chocolate Lava Cake for Two (with Molten Center) Recipe

Chocolate lava cake is a simple chocolate cake that has not been fully cooked through. That may not sound very appetizing but the result is a decadent chocolate molten center that oozes out of the cake when you cut into it. 

Valentine's Day is on its way! I titled the recipe Chocolate Lava Cake for Two but in my house, I have to share the love with my 10 other family members.

The little one had her first chocolate lava cake today and she asked me, more like demanded, that I make it every day. Even if you're only making it for your special someone, you might want to make a couple more.


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Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Bites with Butterscotch Frosting Recipe

These mini-cakes are dense and similar in texture to a brownie.  I use almond flour which I make myself as a substitute for ap flour.  One of my husband's close friends is allergic to gluten, so I always make this when she visits.

The cakes are ideal for chocolate addicts. The small sized bites make your guests feel less guilty, but will also have everyone coming back for seconds.


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Rau Cau (Coconut, Mocha, Pandan flavored Vietnamese Jello Cake) Recipe

Rau câu is a Vietnamese jello cake that is made out of agar agar, which is a seaweed by product similar to gelatin. It's made out of coconut milk, condensed milk and layers of your favorite flavorings like mocha, vanilla, coconut, banana, chocolate and durian (if you're adventurous!).. It has the same texture of pana cotta. 

It's a great alternative for vegetarians who do not want to use animal (usually pork) gelatin in desserts.


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Chocolate filled Sticky Rice Balls with Coconut Recipe

I made some coconut flavored sticky rice balls but instead of making the traditional split mung bean filling, I stuffed the dumplings with chocolate. I steamed them then rolled them in freshly grated coconut. They're delicious and cholesterol free.


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