Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle features layers of vegan carrot halwa, pistachios and coconut whipped cream. It makes for a healthy, yet indulgent dessert or snack.

I love making puffy and delicious Trifles like our popular Brownie Trifle,  Butternut Squash Trifle and Butterscotch Banana Trifle.

Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

This Vegan Carrot Halwa Trifle is a take on the classic Indian Carrot Halwa or otherwise called Gajar Ka Halwa. Vegan carrot halwa is a sweet dessert that has the consistency of a pudding and according to Wikipedia its very popular in India and Pakistan. I obviously added my own twist to this delicious dessert and made it a trifle.

I love carrot souffle, and I love carrot cake, and for the record, I like raw carrots, so I knew that incorporating vegan carrot halwa into my dessert concoction will be a winner. As you can see, I was influenced here by Indian, Pakistani and Turkish cuisine. After I decided to use cardamom spiced vegan carrot halwa as the main star of my dessert, I knew I wanted to make a trifle.

The vegan carrot halwa was made with coconut oil and creamy vanilla coconut yogurt. It has a very smooth, soft texture, almost like eating a carrot souffle. It feels rich, while its still on the healthy side of the spectrum. I added some sugar, that is where I made my compromise, but you can totally go for a sugar substitute if you want a sugar-free version. The vegan carrot halwa is spiced with a little cardamom, to add that aroma that is so traditional for this Indian dessert.

Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

Why You’ll Love These Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifles:

  • They are puffy, pretty and delicious, and are a show stopper dessert.
  • They are vegan and a healthy alternative dessert.
  • Easy to find ingredients and minimum prep work is needed.
  • Perfect for brunch parties and for bigger crowds.
  • Can be made 1 day in advance so you don’t have to worry about a last minute dessert.

Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

What is a Trifle desert?

Trifle in English cuisine is a dessert made with fruit, an a layer of finger or brownies and custard. It can be topped with whipped cream.

How long does the Trifle take to set?

Once you cover the lady finger with cream, cover the dish with cling film and leave to set in the fridge for about two hours. It is best for trifle to settle for few hours so it absorbs the cream and becomes moister.

Can you store the Trifle?

Leftover trifle can be stored, loosely covered in the fridge, for up to 3 days, after which it will still be edible but the cake will be very soggy and the cream will become looser, soaking up the cream and syrup. Best to eat the trifle within 2-3 days.

Can you freeze the Trifle?

Freezing the trifle is not recommended, as the cream wouldn’t freeze well, and upon defrosting it will become watery.

 

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Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hr 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb  carrots 
  • 5 tablespoons  coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar  (12 packets of Stevia SweatLeaf for a sugar free version, adjust to your own taste)
  • 4 ounces  vegan coconut vanilla yogurt  (or greek yogurt for vegetarian version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  cardamom 
  • 1/2 cup  ground pistachios 
  • 2  cans of full fat coconut milk  (I used Forest Native)
  • 2 tablespoons  maple syrup  (for vegan version or honey (2 packets of Stevia SweetLeaf for a sugar free version))

Instructions

Carrot Halwa:

  1. In the kitchen sink, wash and peel the carrots.
  2. Cut them into rondelles and add to the food processor. Alternate between the chop and grind function until the carrots are finely processed.
  3. In a large hot skillet over medium heat add the coconut oil and cardamom, cook for 1 minute and add the carrots and cook for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  4. Add the sugar to the skillet, stir and cook until the carrots are starting to turn brownish and all the liquid is almost absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. When the mixture has started to thicken adds the yogurt, stir and continue to cook until the mixture is almost dry, about 15-20 minutes. The carrot halwa is ready when the mixture becomes soft, sticky and no liquid should be seen.
  6. When the mixture has almost dried, remove from the stove and let it cool at room temperature.

Coconut Whipped Cream:

  1. The day before you want to make the dessert place the coconut milk cans in the fridge overnight, these is a crucial step as the coconut cream has to harden and separate from the coconut water.
  2. Place the bowl of an electric mixer and the wire attachment in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before whisking.
  3. Remove the chilled coconut cans from fridge and FLIP them upside down, open the cans and discard the liquid, or you can save it in a jar for smoothies.
  4. Scoop the coconut cream into the chilled mixer bowl and add the maple syrup (for vegan version) or honey. Using a hand mixer or an electric one, I used the later fitted with the wire attachment whip the coconut cream until fluffy.

Trifle:

  1. Prepare 3 tall glasses, add a few scoops of the vegan carrot halwa mixture and press it a little down, top with ground pistachios and with coconut cream. Repeat until the glasses are full.
  2. The carrot halwa trifle must be stored in the refrigerator and will stay good for 3-4 days.
Calories: 288 Carbohydrates: 33 Protein: 3 Fat: 16 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 65 Potassium: 403 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 27 Vitamin A: 12670 Vitamin C: 5.2 Calcium: 75 Iron: 0.6
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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

Your pictures are always so gorgeous, Katalina! This trifle sounds amazing! I love your creativity. I don't think I've had anything quite like this before!

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Thanks my friend, hope you had a great weekend! Looking forward to your recipes this week!

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Jen | Baked by an Introvert

This trifle is so pretty! Love your pictures.

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Thank you Jen! :)

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SHOBELYN

katalina, this photos are so enticing!! Beautinful

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Thank you Shobelyn!

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Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

Oh. My. Goodness. Girl, these photos are gorgeous and this trifle is so pretty and creative! I LOVE pistachios!

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Thanks Rachelle!

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Erin @ Platings and Pairings

These look beautiful! What lovely colors - I'm sure they taste equally as delicious!

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They taste amazing Erin, thanks for stopping by!

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Angi[email protected]'s Recipes

They look so inviting! Beautiful styling and presentation.

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Thank you Angie!

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Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

These trifle are absolutely stunning! I love eating dessert for breakfast - it's the best thing ever! :D

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Yeah, dessert for breakfast is the best thing EVER :)

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Sarah

Katalina - your trifle looks stunning! I love the sound of these - it sound so decadent, but not too heavy. Gorgeous!

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Yes Sarah, this trifle is on the light healthy side, while it still looks scrumptious. Thanks for stopping by!

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Renee

This is a new one to me, but it certainly looks delicious!

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It's very good Renee!

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Chris @ SimpleFood365

Not only does it sound great, it is very pretty to look at too!

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Thanks Chris!

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Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)

Your photography is stunning. I love the pistachios :)

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Thank you Chrissie!

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Whitney

Gorgeous photos, Kat! These trifles look amazeballs!

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Thanks Whitney!

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Ciao Florentina

Let me just say that these photos are gorgeous and beautiful and perfect! I love the flowers and the color contrast going on. I've never had this before but it sure sounds delicious !

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Thank you Florentina :) these trifles are very good, I am glad you liked the photos.

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Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

These are just so beautiful! I love the layers! I am a huge trifle lover too -- so easy to get creative!

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Hi Ashley, glad to meet another trifle lover :) thanks for stopping by!

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Derek

This looks amazing! I always wanted to learn how to make these. Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you Derek, they are very easy to make.

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Hillary Reeves

Oh my gosh, these are GORGEOUS. And I love that you make individual trifles. I definitely have glasses like these, but have never got around to buying a trifle dish, so this will totally work!!

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Hi Hillary, put your glasses to good use and make some trifle :) thanks for stopping by!

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Platter Talk

Holy Beautiful! I had no idea that anything vegan (or even a trifle) could look so visually appealing. I can only imagine how wonderful these must taste; thanks so much for sharing!

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Thank you girl, these are good looking and good tasting :)

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Kelley

What a beautiful dessert! I love this pics and it sounds delish!

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Thank you Kelley!

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Molly Kumar

OMG - Seriously Katalina, these are the prettiest looking carrot halwa trifle that I've seen till date and coming from an Indian background, trust me, I've seen tons. The close up shots of cup and spooned triffle just made me drool and want them. Will definitely try this one soooooon and let you know. - Hugs, Molly

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Ho Molly, many thanks for stopping by and please let me know how you like them!

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Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen

This sounds amazing and your photos are absolutely beautiful.

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Many thanks Rosemary!

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Claudia | The Brick Kitchen

This looks amazing Katalina! Had never heard of halwa before but love all the flavours involved - coconut, pistachio, carrot cake... so giving this a go! Individual glasses are such a fun (and gorgeous) way to present desserts too :)

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Claudia you will love it, the flavors work so well together! Thanks for stopping by!

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Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com

It looks beautiful and the flavors of cardamom and pistachio are lovely together so I would love a bite.

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Thanks Razena, and you are right he flavors are so nice together.

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Oana @AdoreFoods

Wow, now this is a stunning trifle! Interesting combination of flavors, have to try it! Loving your photos!

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Many thanks Oana!

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foodlovinfamily

Wow your pictures are beautiful! This dessert looks amazing and so creative.

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Thank you, glad you like it!

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Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

Sweets for breakfast? Now that's my kind of breakfast!

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Mine too :)

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J @ A Hot Southern Mess

Yum yum yum! now that's a treat that I could get used to!

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Thanks J!

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Byron Thomas

Why do you always insist on presenting the most stunningly gorgeous food photos? Every time I see a new recipe post from you, I become extremely hungry and jealous at the same time. :) These looks so deliciously yummy!

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haha Byron, thanks for the comment, it made my day!

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Amanda

These are absolutely beautiful! These are the prettiest trifles I've seen in a while. :). I don't think anyone would suspect that they're healthy. Yummy!

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Thank you Amanda, and you are right, no one suspects that something as good looking can be also so healthy!

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Patti @ CooksRecipeCollection.com

Your photography is absolutely beautiful! Coconut and pistachios make a perfect combination!

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Thank you Patti!

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Sara @ Life's Little Sweets

Your pictures are absolutely amazing! Just stunning, I love them! What a great recipe idea!

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I came back to do some pinning!

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Many thanks Sara!

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LydiaF

The very first time I had carrot halwa was at the buffet in a local Indian restaurant. I took a photo of the label over the tray so I could look up the recipe later. I've made it several times but haven't thought to try to make a vegan version or better yet, make a trifle. Love it!

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oh Lydia if you already love carrot halwa, you have to try it in this trifle, you are missing out!

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Cassandrea @ chewsandbrews.ca

Beautiful photos! These look absolutely fantastic!

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Thank you Cassandrea!

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Mandee Pogue

These are so lovely! I think I am going to pin this for our next ladies tea at church!

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Thank you for the pin Mandee, your ladies friends will love these trifles.

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Sam @ PancakeWarriors

This looks so good. like seriously I could eat this for breakfast and again for lunch and dessert! I just can't get over all these flavors and textures! Love that you made it a trifle, it's such a stunning presentation!

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Thank you Sam!

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Marye

That's just beautiful. I bet it tastes amazing!

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Thank you Marye!

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Dahn

I will eat dessert for breakfast too and this looks like a perfect breakfast and it is so beautiful too

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Yes Dahn, this is the perfect breakfast :)

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Jessica

Wow, this is stunning! I love pistachios!!

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Thanks Jessica, the pistachios add such a nice touch here.

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Tracy @ Served From Scratch

So gorgeous! I can't wait to make this for my vegan friends!

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They will love it Tracy!

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Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

These trifles are beautiful, Katalina! I love all the layers! It sounds absolutely delicious!

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Thanks Kelly!

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Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

Looks yummy! Your photos are absolutely beautiful!!

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Thanks Kathryn!

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Richa

I loooove carrot halwa. Really curious to find out for myself, how a vegan version would taste. Love the way you've presented this!

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The vegan version is very tasty, you can't really say that its vegan :)

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Tina Marie

Beautiful! I feel as if I can reach right in a take one for myself. Just amazing. The recipe sounds scrumptious.

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Thanks Tina!

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Claudia | Gourmet Project

what a wonderful recipe and served beautifully!

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Thanks Claudia!

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Thao @ In Good Flavor

As far as I'm concerned, if you eat pancakes smothered with syrup and a side of bacon (or sausages) for breakfast, you can't frown on anyone eating dessert or dessert-like food for breakfast. :) I am not familiar with carrot halwa, but it sounds wonderful! These trifles look delicious and your photos are so beautiful, Katalina!

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That, this was my first time making carrot halwa and I must say that I loved it, so if you like aromatic dessert and are not afraid of using spices in them, you have to try it!

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Kennedy [email protected] KCole's Creative Corner

These are absolutely stunning, Katalina! These look like the perfect sweet treat! THANKS FOR SHARING! :D

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Thank you KC :)

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Diane

Lovely breakfast, lunch ,snack or dessert! This is the kind of food I love. So beautifully presented!

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Thanks Diane!

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[email protected]

I'm definitely making this trifle, love everything about it, coconut cream and carrot cake. Oh my!

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Michelle let me know how you like it I had it for breakfast days in a row!

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Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

What a beautiful presentation! These photos are stunning!

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Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

Wow! Carrot Halwa trifle? Sounds intriguing, Katalina. I love all the gorgeous layers and stunning photos. Love the fact they are vegan too! :)

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

Pistachio and coconut are two of my favorite flavors! I love everything about these mini trifles and love that they are vegan too!

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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

oh my gawsh I love carrot anything too! I will totally nosh on raw carrots daily as my snack! I have never heard of Vegan carrot halwa, but it sounds delish! I mean carrot souffle?? Yes Please, I'm SO in! LOVE that you turned this into a triffle - SO PRETTY! I'm digging the vanilla coconut yogurt and pistachios in here! YUM! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend!

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Trish

All I can say is WOW! WOW! Sounds and looks absolutely gorgeous!

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Lydia @ Suitcase Foodist

I am glad that I am not the only one with a serious carrot addiction. They have been my mainstay recently. Such a lovely idea....

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Whitney @ Thtat Square Plate

What a beautiful dish! I would love to try it!! Your photography is absolutely stunning!!

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Sandra @ A Dash of Sanity

Pistachios is definitely a favorite of mine for recipes, so this sure sounds amazing to me!

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lalaine

Your photos are super gorgeous, makes me want to reach out and grab one !

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peasandpeonies

Thanks!!

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peasandpeonies

Thank you Sweta :)

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Pinky Khemani

That's awesome dessert. Mam please tell me coconut curd where I stay there it is not available. Substitute of it

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