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By Somrita Ghosh

New Delhi: If you have the knack of trying innovative savories and have been longing for one recently, head straight to Purani Dilli (Old Delhi) to satisfy your sweet tooth with desserts like ‘aloevera ka halwa’ and ‘malai kulfi’ stuffed in fruits.

The lanes of the walled city amazes every time with their wide spectrum of delicacies to satisfy food cravings. Old Delhi has been home to many eateries that are continuing the legacy in making culinary dishes that they call art with recipes which they prefer to keep a secret.

As the city faces winter, a walk towards Old Delhi becomes compulsory for sweet maniacs as these lanes will never disappoint you.

If you can manage to break through the potholes, cross over the maddening crowd, overtake the rickshaw walas, and walk across the dingy lanes, you will find the sweet shop – Sheeren Bhawan, standing tall at Hauz Quazi Chowk for the past 70 years.

The sweet shop, which specialises in making sweets of pure ghee, was started by Fayazuddin and is currently managed by his great-grandson Adnan Qureshi and his three brothers.

“We are the fourth generation in this business, looking after the shop”, said Adnan to reporters.

Asked what makes Sheeren Bhawan stand out from rest of the sweet shops, Adnan replied, “We make sweets of pure desi ghee. Even the ghee is home made. Our sweets are freshly made. We haven’t made any alteration in sweet making”.

Sheeren Bhawan expertise in Aloevera ka halwa, a less sweet dish, elicits the fine taste of aloevera mingled with pure ghee and dry fruits; habsi ka halwa, which is made of laung (clove) and adorns a brownish look presented with heavy pourings of dry fruits; safed gajar (white carrot) ka halwa, as name suggests, the halwa adorns a whitish look. And special ghee kewar ka halwa, which is made of the high proportion of ghee and other milk products.

The halwa, heavily garnished with dry fruits and spices, speak of its rich ingredients and taste of pure ghee in every spoon of it.

“These few dishes are our specialities, you won’t get it anywhere else”, added Adnan.

However, gulab jamun remains the hot favourite of local people. The jamun, made of ‘mawa’ are dipped deep in the sugary quotes reaching every part of the item.

With no intention of opening outlets in other posh areas of Delhi or competing with other sweetmeat brands, Sheeren Bhawan is happy to be located in the lanes of the walled city.

If your sweet craving is still not satisfied and you dare to have a bit of kulfis in winter, then your next stop should be Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwala, a shop that has been serving multiple flavours of kulfis for the past 100 years.

Located at Sitaram Bazar Road in Chawri Bazar, Kuremal’s will amaze you with its variety of flavours.

Starting off with kesar pista flavour, the shop now has come up with more than 60 flavours and there lies its uniqueness.

“We have more than 60 variety of kulfis,” said Anil Sharma, now of the fourth generation continuing the legacy of Kuremal.

The namkeen kulfi, fruit stuffed kulfi and daulat ki chaat kulfi are its specialities. There is a long list in a variety of flavours. Some popular ones being aam panna, sweet mango, paan, kesar pista, gulab and rabri.

The namkeen flavour kulfi lists kaala khatta, imli (tamarind), aam papad, sandalwood and jamun (blackberry).

“We keep bringing out new flavors in kulfi. For us, the people’s liking matters most. Our satisfaction is from customers’ happiness,” Sharma explained.

Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale is also a wholesale dealer for parties and other special occasions.

With no other outlets in the city and not even planning so in the near future, Sharma said, “By god’s grace our business flourished here. We cannot imagine shifting to any other place”.

So, take a walk into these old lanes and indulge yourself on a trip of sweet delights! (IANS) (Image source: bugnewz.com)

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New Delhi, Jan 1, 2018: Coconut is an all-rounder not just for your diet, but also for your skin. The ingredient can enhance the sweetness of your desserts and also make for a good moisturiser, toner and make-up remover, suggest experts.

Purba Kalita, co-founder at salebhai.com, and Sonia Mathur, Head and Trainer at Divine Organics, have listed ways on how to incorporate coconut in different ways:

Edible uses of coconut:

* Coconut can enhance the sweetness of your desserts. Add grated coconut or coconut milk in your favourite sweet treat. You can also substitute all-purpose flour with coconut flour while baking a cake or make your pie tastier with a filling of tender coconut chunks.

Also, roll your chocolate cookies in dessicated coconut before baking to relish the goodness of the fruit.

* Make some refreshing drinks with a variety of fruits such as watermelon, orange or sweet lime and add coconut water in it to delight your guests. Serve your guests sol kadhi made of kokum fruit and coconut milk after meals to aid digestion.

* If you are looking to give a twist to your daily fruit smoothie, try a tropical-flavoured one made of low-fat coconut milk or coconut water. You can also add tender coconut chunks along with your choice of fruit(s) and blend them together to enjoy something cool and healthy.

* If you have a craving for the tropical taste of coconut, infuse coconut milk or add grated coconut in your curries. You can also substitute olive oil with coconut oil to make your salad dressing and temper your chutneys, curd-based curries, poriyals, and dals with the precious coconut oil.

Coconut for skin care:

* Coconut can be used as a natural moisturiser. Coconut will hydrate your skin and keep it nourished all day long. Applying virgin coconut oil directly or mixing a few drops of it to your daily moisturiser will make your skin ready to go out.

* Coconut not just smoothens your skin but also works as a natural toner. The fats present in coconut minimises the pores that attract all the dirt and bacteria and prevent the skin from getting damaged.

* The toning property of coconut helps in preventing acne by minimising the pores of the skin.

* Make-up remover: Take a dab of coconut oil and rub it gently to your face. It will remove all the makeup and excess oil leaving your skin supple and smooth. (IANS)