A Bengali Favorite: Carrot Halwa

Rich. Full of Ghee. And cooked to perfection in milk.

A sweet confection made with various kinds of flour, sweetener, milk, water, nuts, oil/fats, the “halwa” meaning “sweet”, has Arabic origins. Through trade and exchange of ideas and ingredients, the halwa has travelled eastward into the Indian subcontinent.

The Mughal/Persian influence in the subcontinent lead to the growing popularity of halwas, which today, are made with a variety of ingredients like various daals (lentils), to types of vegetables (such as carrots and bottle gourd) to those made simply with nuts (like badam ka halva or pista halwa).

This post is about one of Bangladesh’s favorites.

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Strawberry and Banana Loaf cake | Recipe

My first bake with strawberries this season is a twist to one of my most favourite cakes of all time, the banana bread. This loaf cake is such a delight that you’ll want to bake it everyday… and the best news is, you can-because the recipe is that easy to whip up.

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The little pockets of strawberries add a refreshing punch to the warm cinnamon-y base of the cake. It’s a great comfort cake but you can also turn it into a glamorous dessert by warming a slice in the oven and serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
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