One year on…

September 23, 2007




1st-birthday.jpgI’ve just survived the mother of all shit weeks:

  • 1 x Indian wedding
  • 7 x impossible deadline
  • 5 x 12-hour days
  • 1 x boozy PR bunny lunch
  • 1 x big night out

All of which brings me to a major milestone. Quickindiancooking is one today.

12 months ago, I decided my job, married life, social and family commitments weren’t good enough. What I needed was a passionate mission that could tip me right over the edge.

And was born. Part diary, part mission to get people cooking Indian food, it came with a solemn promise: I would rather eat my shoe than cook a samosa from scratch.

Since then I have blogged about the good, the bad and plain ugly about real Indian food. With the support of committed bloggers (you know who you are Asha, Sandeepa et al) and Indian food lovers.

Without getting sentimental (so not me, darlings) I want to say thank you for reading this, trying my recipes and leaving (mostly) lovely comments. You make it worth every minute!

Finally, because this is a special occasion, I am going to ditch the weight obsessing and cook Halwa, a ghee-laced semolina desert that is served up on special occasions like pujas, religious functions, and weddings back home.

Pure, unadulterated pleasure. A bit like this blog.

halva.jpgThis recipe serves 4:

150 gm coarse semolina

1 tbsp raisins

2 cardamoms, crushed

200 ml whole milk

2 tbsp ghee

4 tbsp white sugar

In a small pot, heat the ghee over a high flame. When it is very hot, stir in the sugar and wait a few seconds for it to caramelise.

Now add the semolina and stir vigorously to brown it evenly. As it changes from pale cream to a warm toffee colour in about five minutes, mix in the raisins and crushed cardamom.

Immediately after, stir the milk into the semolina evenly. It will develop a soft, spongy texture.

Take it off the heat and leave to cool. Spoon into little bowls, sit back and enjoy.



32 Responses to “One year on…”

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  3. Kanchan Says:

    June 21st, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Wow… halwa is my favorite… any type will do.

    Here’s couple of halwa recipes I prepared at home:

    Besan ka Halwa –

    Sooji ka Halwa –


  4. Shohini Says:

    October 15th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

    And thank you for the halwa recipe, as I was going to make a special request for it. You mentioned that it’s served up for special occasions, so I feel pretty glutenous saying that I love it for breakfast! I’ll be making some this weekend to warm up our chilly Canadian autumn.

  5. Maninas Says:

    October 5th, 2007 at 1:56 am

    Happy Birthday to Indian Cooking!
    Great to have you with us!

  6. Reena Says:

    October 3rd, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Hi, I just wanted to say that I discovered your website after I got married 3 months ago. I thought life wasn’t going to be same without mum’s cooking. Thankfully, there was a God listening and bought me to this website! Thank you for your recipies, I have a happy husband and a satisfied belly!

  7. Susan G Says:

    September 29th, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    You’ve been very generous to share your recipes and your family with us. Looking forward to good years ahead.

  8. Michelle Says:

    September 27th, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Happy Birthday Blog! It’s always a pleasure to read your website and wish I was eating your delectable food.

  9. kathryn Says:

    September 26th, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    OH congratulations Mallika, well done for one whole year of Quick Indian Cooking – that’s quite an achievement. I shall look forward to the next year of your writing and recipes.

  10. jeena Says:

    September 26th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Hi there you have a great blog,lovely recipes. Feel free to visit my blog too :)

    Jeena xx

    click here for food recipes

  11. sandeepa Says:

    September 25th, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    What 1 already !!! You are getting old Mallika :D
    A very fitting post and love your blog, writing + food + pic.

    BTW what did you do on the Anniv. to get the man sprawled on the sofa with a stuffed ummmmm… nose ;-)

  12. dolly Says:

    September 25th, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    congratulations . your baby blog is a year old . u made me a proud grany , keep it up .

  13. Marc G. Says:

    September 24th, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    It never occurred to me that your blog was only 1 year old. You have made it feel like it’s ALWAYS been here. I have really enjoyed it ever since I discovered it, and I hope you have many more AWESOME years to come!


  14. mandira Says:

    September 24th, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Mallika – happy blog anniversary. We’re glad you started blogging and cheers to many more anniversaries. I love visiting Quick Indian Cooking !

  15. Trig Says:

    September 24th, 2007 at 5:15 am

    Happy blogversary. Try to stay sane. And keep spicing up everyone’s lives.

  16. Ashwin Says:

    September 24th, 2007 at 2:45 am

    Happy Birthday!

  17. bindiya Says:

    September 24th, 2007 at 12:22 am

    the chilli candle is soooo beautiful!and isnt it a great achievement completing 1 year, congrats!

  18. alka Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    wow!!!! congratulations!!!
    to celebrate i shall cook today ;-)
    so, when do we see a QIC tv show????

  19. sia Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    hey M,
    happy burrrrrrrrrday to ur fantastic blog :D

  20. Kalyn Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Huge congrats. Truly a great blog!

  21. Courtney Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Happy one year!

  22. bee Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 11:15 am

    happy birthday to a fabulous blog.

  23. working Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Happy blogiversary!

  24. sra Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Hey M, happy anniversary. Your blog’s a delight to spend time in, but you know that! :-D

  25. Nags Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 9:51 am

    I love that dish you have served it in. Happy blogeversary :)

  26. Deana Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Happy blogging birthday! I love your blog, and learn a lot here!

  27. padmaja Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 8:04 am

    Hi Mallika!!
    Happy Anniversary!! love your picture!! and hey even my blog will complete 1 yr on the 27th!!! gosh!! time flies!!

  28. Zlamushka Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 8:03 am

    Congratulations !!!

    I love the chili candle ;-)
    Sorry to hear about the shitty week, but this post makes up for all of it, eh ?

  29. Wendy Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Congratulations on:
    A) Surviving the week
    B) The milestone.
    Using my Sunday afternoon large glass of wine to toast to another year. :)

  30. RedChillies Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 7:35 am

    Congratulations ! 1 year is a great milestone. This is my first time here, love your blog and hope you have more fruitful endeavours.

  31. Asha Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 7:28 am

    Happy first anniversary, beautiful photo!:))

    Enjoy the sweet stuff.

  32. Pragyan Says:

    September 23rd, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Congrats on your blogging b’day! Wishign you many many more years of the same. Felt nice readign this write-up. :)

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