Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mango Kulfi

Recipe No: 96
Kulfi is one of the most famous North Indian Desserts and I started having  it often after coming to US. This rich, creamy decadence is especially attractive as it comes on a stick. Adding some Mango flavor makes it extra special.
Ingredients                                 Makes 12
  • Mango Pulp………………………………..1 Cup (Store bought)
  • Heavy Cream……………………………..1 ½ Cups
  • Cardamom………………………………...2 (Use only the seeds)
  • Sugar…………………………………….…..8 Tablespoons
  • Saffron Strands…………………………..1 good pinch
  • Coarsely ground Pistachios……….....2 Tablespoons
  • Mango Essence…………………………..1/2 Teaspoon
  • Popsicle molds
Method of Preparation
  1. Powder together Cardamom seeds, Sugar and Saffron. This process will make the sugar dissolve faster in the cream. Instead you can pound this together in a Mortar and Pestle till Cardamom seeds and Saffron is almost powdered.
  2. Combine the Mango Pulp, Sugar mixture, and Heavy Cream and whip till it attains a thick consistency. This won’t whip up hard as a Whipping Cream but it will attain a thick consistency so that when you raise the whip, the dripping mixture will form ribbons on top of the batter.
  3. Mix in Mango essence and ground Pistachios into the Mango Heavy Cream mixture.
  4. Pour it into Ice Pop molds and freeze for 6-8 hours or till it is set properly.
  5. To unmold, pour hot water on the under surface of the mold till the frozen Kulfi loosen up along the sides.
  6. Serve cold with a light sprinkle of crushed Pistachios.
Notes:
  • If you don’t have Popsicle molds, then pour this into small paper cups and cover with Aluminum foil. Insert Popsicle sticks along the middle of the Aluminum foil into the middle of the Kulfi till it touches the bottom of the paper cups. The Aluminum foil will protect the Kulfi from cross contamination in the freezer (Contamination from  raw meat or fish) and will keep the Popsicle stick in place.
  • If you don’t have Popsicle molds or Paper cups just pour the mixture into a big container; freeze it and serve like Ice cream.
  • I never made this with fresh mangoes. The store bought Mango pulp has a very strong concentrated flavor which is perfect for this Dessert and are available in most of the Indian and International stores.
  • Mango Essence is essential for this and is available in most of the Indian stores.




Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love…

1 comments:

Unknown said...

I tried it...was good

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