Pouring the Blueberry filling over the Rasgullas

Holi Nostalgia – The inspiration behind this dessert dish

Holi, the festival of colours is probably the most famous of all Indian festivals. The entire land as well as the people of India turns into a big canvas on which colours are smeared upon. I’m always debating as to which Indian festival is more popular – Holi or Diwali? And which is more fun – the blurbs of colours in Holi or the bursting of crackers during Diwali? If you are in India, there isn’t any debate. You can have a super colourful Holi and a very noisy Diwali without getting into any trouble with the law! But, if you happen to live outside India, then, Holi might be more of a nostalgia for some. I am adding might simply because not all places outside India may have the opportunity to chance upon organised Holi events like in Dubai (or many other cities outside India) where one can have a boisterous Holi. Not to mention the post-Holi Facebook photo exchange of friends all over the world – from Washington to Singapore and every other city in between, as to who was the most colourful of all. As if we were back to our school days and we were bac to being little kids trying to show off whose colour was the strongest and lasted the most, even after many many days after Holi!

I have grown up in Kolkata amidst celebrations of all kinds of festivals irrespective of any religion. This is a topic that I have written and re-written about a lot of times. Though we have re-created the festive moments outside India in whichever city we have stayed in, I miss all the festive fervour. In general the festive spirit of a particular festival doesn’t float everywhere in a foreign land. The playing with colours doesn’t happen in each Muhalla (neighborhood) or each Galli (street and alley). In Dubai there are places where Holi events are organised and one can experience similar Holi fun just like in India. There are beaches and parks with designated areas where one can actually ‘play’ with Holi colours. For example – this year in Dubai (just like the previous years), the Holi event ‘Rang De 2012’ took place in Wonderland Park, amidst massive dancing and grooving to the beats of Bollywood and Bhangra while playing with colours under wet sprinklers. One of the DJs, DJ KAMYA, also touted as the first female Dhol player (Dhol is a double-headed Indian drum widely used, with regional variations) in Dubai supposedly set the drums and the event on fire.

Every year the temptation of playing with Gulal (the powdered colour), dancing to the DJ’s mixes and re-mixes, savouring on Mithais (Sweets) is very high but an event like Rang De 2012 can never be our idea of Holi fun simply because it isn’t going to be fun for our two little girls – the Z-SISTERS. Big Z would go crazy if strangers started smearing her with even more stranger colours. And L’il Z will eternally perch herself in my lap if there is a gathering of more than 15 people!

However, that didn’t stop us from experiencing Holi. Neither did it stop the Z-SISTERS from experiencing Holi. A special food is enough to make a moment special. I wish everything in life could be so simple. So we ventured into making a Holi-Special dessert, a sweet and colourful experiment in our very own kitchen.

The experiment was sweet because the sous-chefs have been my two little assistants.

And colourful because the procedure in making the dessert has been quite similar to playing Holi – putting colours on white. The final outcome even more satisfying than just splashing colours  as this could also be eaten. After all it’s only on Holi that one can get away with doing anything. As the Indian saying goes – ‘Don’t Mind, It’s Holi!’ (In Hindi – )Bura na mano, Holi hai!)

Holi Image: courtesy Web

For the uninitiated, I would request you to read about Holi and also have a peep at bright and colourful Holi images over the internet so as to get the essence of our dish.

Following are the characteristics of all recipes doling out of our littlehands, big hearth
♥ Easy to cook
♥ Regular canned products off the shelf may be used (However, we advocate using fresh products)
♥ Goes well both as a regular or party dish
♥ Children can easily help in making the dish (My two little sous-chéfs are aged 8 and 3 years!)
♥ And lastly, guaranteed to be tasty!

Icecream Rasgulla with Blueberry Sauce

Category – Dessert; Cuisine type – Bengali Fusion

This soft dessert creates a semi-crunchy, ice-creamy taste combined with the most famous of all Bengali sweets – Rasgulla or Rôshogolla. Here we’ve used tinned Rasgullas due logistical constraints. But there is a superb link here regarding the making of Rôshogollas and is a definite read for those who are attempting to make Rôshogolla at home. Anyway, this is how to make our very own Holi-Special dessert, Ice-cream Rasgulla with Blueberry Sauce!

Rasgulla, the most famous Bengali Sweet

Serves: 10-15 persons

Preparation time: 10 minutes (Can be served only after 2 hours)

1 can of Blueberry Pie Filling or Topping – Brand: Lucky Leaf
3 cans of tinned Rasgullas (30 pieces) – Brand: Haldiram’s
1 Lt Vanilla Icecream
1 Lt Strawberry Icecream

Method of Preparation:
Step 1: Open the cans!
Step 2: Pour the Rasgullas in a rectangular deep tray
Step 3: Take a huge ladle to scoop out the Blueberry Sauce
Step 4: Pour the Blueberry Sauce over the Rasgullas unevenly. Save a bit for the final touch-up!
Step 5: Melt the Vanilla and Strawberry Ice-creams and pour over the rows of Rasgullas – each Vanilla row alternated with a Strawberry row. Pour the remaining Blueberry Sauce over the Ice-cream layer and let it set.
Step 6:Freeze for a minimum of one hour so that the Rasgullas freeze as well.
Step 6: Take it out of the Freezer and let it thaw for half an hour before you serve. Otherwise, the Rasgullas will remain very hard.

The Blueberry FillingPouring done - job done - now It's time to lick the bowl!Finally, Icecream Rasgulla & Blueberry Sauce

Links to more images of my photographic journey into the discovery of Rôshogolla and other Bengali Sweets. Everytime I take photographs I go on a crazy spree. But this time I was the craziest ever!

The Above 18 Version:
You may pour a bit of Cointreau or Bailey’s Irish Cream to add more ‘spirit’ to the festive fervour. This recipe of Icecream Rasgulla with Blueberry Sauce has also been published by friend, Yummraj in the category of Guest Blogger on the occasion of Holi.

So that was an icy twist to the Bengali’s very own Rôshogolla. For those uninitiated to traditional Bengali Cuisine, here‘s my pictorial guide. Enjoy the absolutely delicious, semi-crunchy, colourful Holi-Special dessert – Icecream Rasgulla with Blueberry Sauce and be immersed in the spirit of India’s most colourful festival. Wishing all of you a very Happy Holi!

Unblogging it all – Ishita

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Written by IshitaUnblogged

A Culinary Travel Blog by a Bong Gourmet. From Dubai, Kolkata & the world beyond, street food to fine dining, recipes to chef talks, it pens down experiences. With 2 kids in tow!


  1. Ishita,
    Thanks for commenting on our blog. This recipe is really a good one. Loved the colors and the way you have punched the Western blue berries with the very Bengali rasgulla. We would love to have you a guest author in our blog. I’ll reply mail you the details.


    1. My pleasure Sudeshna! I have loads of Fusion Bong food experiments – with 2 kids in tow! Am still building the food section of this blog. If you have had a chance to view some pages – visuals are an integral part, travel inspired food experiences as well as loads of Kolkata Nostalgia. I couldn’t get your email id in your website – please send it so that I could take your suggestions as you have had so much experience in this blogosphere! I love your site – It’s been my reference point since a long time now. Warm regards – Ishita

    1. Hey Vinie – this is really easy as well. You know whatever we cook has to be fast and easy to cook, considering how hard-pressed we are for time! Hope you’ll visit more often…))

    1. Hey Yulia – sweet apologies for replying so late. Thank you so much for your comment and I’m glad that I convinced someone to become a follower – otherwise it’s me who’s always following:)))

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