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After 4 months booking time, we finally visited the Crown at Statue of Liberty!
There are 377 steps from the main lobby to the crown platform, which is equivalent to 27 stories. The most enthralling part is the double spiral staircase – it was the very first time that we come across this design!
The stairs to the crown are in an enclosed area that can have high temperatures in the summer, so definitely carry water.
The crown has 25 windows and seven spikes. The seven spikes represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world!
Overall, it’s a rewarding experience and a must do – at least once 🙂 #ruchyum #statueofliberty #crown #spiralstaircase #steps #nycbucketlist #bucketlist #nycigers #ig_newyork #nyc #ilovenyc #newyork_instagram #happenedupon #iamtb #ruchyumtravel #familytime #tbt #travelporn #wanderlust #girltraveler #travelpics #travelbug #instatravel

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Dates and Nuts Modak: A sugar free and healthy Modak recipe, perfect for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festivities! The natural sweetness from dates and the richness from nuts makes some super delicious, healthy, sugar free, gluten free & dairy free modaks! They are super quick to make!

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 4 mins
Total Time: 14 mins
Yields: 8 pieces

Ingredients
– 20 Dates
– 14 cup Nuts (Almonds, Pistachios,Cashews, Walnuts, etc.)
– 2 tablespoon Ghee + some extra for greasing

Method
1. Roast the nuts until fragrant in ghee. Take care not to change its color, so
roast in medium flame. Set aside. Deseed the dates.
2. Once cooled down, grind them coarsely. Do not powder too much, there should
be chunks of nuts.
3. Transfer to a mixing bowl and grind dates to a paste.
4. Mix both the ground dates and nuts and grease the mold with ghee. Grease your
hands with ghee and fill the mold with the mixture.
5. De mold carefully and arrange in paper liners.
6. Grease both mold and hands with ghee every time to finish all.

VARIATIONS:
– You can add roasted desiccated coconut too along with nuts.
– You can add few raisins along with dates. #ruchyum #ruchyumrecipes #frommykitchen #modaks #ganeshchaturthi #dates #nuts #foodstagram #chefsofinstagram #foodgasm #nomnomnom #foodpics #foodblogger #delicious #igers #indiansweets #sweettooth #recipe

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The original torch on display inside the Pedestal lobby. It was removed in 1984 and replaced by a copper flame covered in 24K gold. The torch is a symbol of enlightenment, and hence the original name “Liberty Enlightening the World.” Captured during my recent visit to the Statue of Liberty pedestal museum! #ruchyum #statueofliberty #pedestal #torch #original #ruchyumtravel #travelgram #travelporn #travelpics #travelblogger #travelbug #wanderlust #girltraveler #nyc #ilovenyc #nycigers

Eggless Mawa Cupcakes Topped With Mawa Misri Ladoos

Mawa cakes have been a menu staple in Irani cafes at Mumbai and Pune. I remember standing in queue for almost an hour to just get a bite of the mawa cakes from the famous Kayani Bakery, in Pune! Yess, it was totally worth it 😉
But here in US, I don’t really have the option of having them 😦 And when I visit Mumbai, there’s always a time crunch!

So, I tried to make these on my own and they turned out pretty good. Took me back in time 🙂 The recipe is super easy and its healthy since it uses wheat flour and its eggless!

I added a twist to them. Instead of just having the plain cupcakes, I adorned them with a mawa misri ladoo ( recipe here!) and sprinkled some confectionary sugar on the top. Then to add some color I added an edible rice paper flower! (P.S: I got the idea of adding rice paper toppers on cupcakes from a group that I follow on facebook! Euphoric Delights — its pretty awesome!).

VARIATIONS:
– Instead of using whole wheat flour you can use all purpose flour or both all purpose and wheat flour in a 50-50 ratio!
– Add nuts to the cake batter, to make nutty cakes for tea time!

TIP:
– If you are making a cake, instead of cupcakes — bake for 45 mins!

Inspired: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/eggless-mawa-cake-recipe/

Hope you enjoy it!

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Eggless Mawa Cupcakes Topped with Mawa Misri Ladoos

  • Servings: 10 pieces
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat flour
  • 1 cup tightly packed, crumbled Khoya
  • 1 cup Whole milk
  • 4 tablespoon Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • A teaspoon Baking soda
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom powder

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / 356 degrees F.
  2. Crumble the khoya and keep aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add the crumbled khoya and mix very well.
  4. Then add the flour sieved with baking soda and baking powder directly into the cake mixture. Sprinkle the cardamom powder. Pour the milk and cream.
  5. Fold everything till the flour, milk and cream are incorporated well in the cake batter.
  6. Pour the cake batter in the cupcakes pan.
  7. Place the pan in the pre heated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or till the top browns.
  8. Cool completely before serving.

 

 

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Start your week right, with this quick and delectable Tapioca Pudding! #recipe below 🙂
Ingredients:
– 1 cup of small pearl Tapioca
– 6 cups of whole Milk
– 1/2 teaspoon Salt
– 1 cup of Sugar
– 4 tablespoons Cornstarch
– 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

Method:
1. Cover the Tapioca with water and soak overnight.
2. Whisk the cornstarch with 1/2 cup of milk until completely blended. Add the rest of the milk, sugar and salt.
3. Drain the tapioca and add to the milk mixture. Turn the heat on medium and slowly heat the pudding, stirring constantly, until it has thickened. This should take
about 20 minutes. If adding vanilla extract, it should be added now. This pudding can be served warm or cold.

Toppings:
– Try dried fruits such as blueberries, cherries, apricots or golden raisins.
– Toasted nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, coconut and/or pistachios.
– Try an all fruit preserve such as apricot or blueberry. #ruchyum #frommykitchen #tapioca #tapiocapudding #mondayblues #foodstagram #foodporn #foodforfoodies #foodgasm #chefsofinstagram #feedfeed #foodblogger #foodlover #foodie #foodphotography #yummy #nomnomnom #eeeeeats #pudding #ruchyumrecipes

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Mawa Misri Pedas: A soft and subtle Indian sweet that gets ready in a jiffy! The first time I made these at home, I was surprised that they were ready in just 10 mins and were delicious — I just couldn’t stop eating them! Hence, I noted the recipe with the thought that I’ll make them again whenever I need something quick and easy. So here it is, the simplest recipe that you can make today as an offering to Lord Krishna on the ocassion of Janmashtami!
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Yields: 20 pieces

Ingredients:
100 grams Cottage Cheese
100 grams Khoya
3 tablespoon Sugar
4 to 5 Cardamoms powdered
Chopped mixed nuts for decoration

Method:
1. Knead cottage cheese very well.
2. Sieve khoya.
3. Mix cheese and khoya. Add the sugar and cardamom and mix very well.
4. Make small balls and decorate with chopped nuts. Store in the refrigerator.

TIP: Use the powder of crystalized sugar (misri) instead of the regular powdered sugar, for a more authentic taste!
VARIATIONS:
– Add vanilla or kewra essence instead of cardamom powder. – Add saffron to the mix to make some Kesar Mawa Misri Pedas.

Hope you enjoy it! Happy Janmashtami to all! 🙂
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A 2-layer Vegan Chocolate Cake with a Choco-buttercream icing, covered with a layer of Chocolate Ganache – topped with handmade white and milk chocolate pipings and a ton of chocolates! 😋 And tadaaa, my Chocolate Overload cake is ready!! A special cake for a special person! 😊 #ruchyum #frommykitchen #vegan #chocolatecake #buttercream #chocolateganache #chocolatepiping #birthdaycake #chocolateoverload #homemade #foodpics #nomnomnom #dessert #sweettooth #cakes #homebaker #cakesofinstagram #foodstagram #foodpics #foodporn #ruchyumrecipes #foodforfoodies