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Mango Kulfi

Kulfi – am sure the very word sets the taste buds wagging amongst all Indians. A much-loved traditional Indian Ice-cream, it is such a wonderful dessert. The traditional version of Kulfi is fairly laborious to prepare but worth spending all that energy spent into making it.

So when I was craving for something sweet and that which would remind me of back home, I thought to myself ‘why not make Kulfi’. Surfed through many a blog and websites, found that making Kulfi was indeed very time-consuming. So I decided to start searching for a short and sweet kulfi recipes. And I stumbled onto this wondrous quick as ‘Kesar Mango Kulfi recipe’.

Aha…easy I thought to myself. Mix everything up and pour it into the mould and stow away into deep freeze. Now that’s more like it, then I realised I had to buy the kulfi moulds. Went to nearly 3-4 Indian grocery stores none of which had Kulfi moulds. For an alternative, I thought of ramekins and ice-cube trays. But these were such boring options!!! Then suddenly I recalled the image of my niece enjoying her popsicle. BAM!!! Eureka!!! Popsicle Maker to the rescue. I immediately drove down to the store and bought it.

Ingredients:
 
2 Cups Mango/Kesar Mango pulp
1/2 Cup Sweetened condensed milk
2 Tsp Sugar
1/2 Tsp Saffron
1/4 Cup Thickened cream
10-12 Pistachios roughly chopped
4 Cardamoms, de-seeded & powdered
 
Method:

Take a mixing bowl. Combine mango pulp, sweetened condensed milk and sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.Start adding thickened cream little by little. Throw in the saffron strands and cardamom powder. Whisk till the mixture is even without lumps or blobs. Add roughly chopped pistachios and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the popsicle maker and close with provided lids. Freeze for about 6-8 hours and enjoy.

Kulfi before freezing

*** Best to let the Kulfi sit for a couple of minutes when taken out of the freezer.  If you are having difficulty in pulling out the kulfi, try placing the mould under running water and twist it out slowly.
*** The first time I made the Mango Kulfi it was without the cardamom. But when I tried my friend’s adaptation of this recipe with cardamom, I reckon this spice takes it to a whole new level. 
 
 
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Berries

Here’s the recipe as promised on the “Berrily crumbled” post. My friend emailed the recipe to me. And it seems easy. Will try and let you know how it turned out. But in the mean time if you have got a chance to experiment, looking forward to knowing how it turned out.

Berry Crumble

Ingredients

Frozen berries – 500 gms
Water
Sugar – 1 cup
Castor sugar – ½ cup
Bread crumbs – ½ cup
Oats (grated) – ¼ cup
Shredded coconut(optional) -2 tbsp
Unsalted butter – 125gms
Salt – a pinch

● Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Put frozen berries to the pan and add water enough to cover the berries
● Add 1 cup sugar and a pinch of salt and bring to boil.
● Take it off the heat and pour the contents in an oven proof dish.
● Combine the unsalted butter , bread crumbs and grated oats well in a food processor or blender and put it in the refrigerator to cool down.
● Sprinkle the bread crumbs mixture over the top . Bake for 10 – 15 minutes . Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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My workplace has this 4 week competition running currently where each week we are given a task, that each team has to participate in and will be judged on.

So far we have had 3 tasks.

1) Paper bridge building which should hold 2 x 2 litres of milk bottles for 30 seconds

2) Second task was to build a straw and paper based contraption which will be dropped from 7 feet height and that which carry an uncooked egg. Bottom line, the egg shouldn’t crack. Boy did we get splattered on that one!

3) The third task was Runway’s version of catwalk called the Runaway(LOL…this cracks me up), which required us to fashion an Oscar worthy evening gown that was made out of newspapers and magazines.

Fashion show

We are approaching the fourth task this week. And this week we have a classic kiwi style “Bake-Off”.  We have to present 2 items – a muffin variety & a novelty dessert. Some of the daring bakers in our team, who I might add were not so worried about earning bad reviews decided they will bake something and test it amongst the team for feedback.

And today, one of my colleagues, Aarti brought a very unique dessert. The type I haven’t tried so far. I should admit, there are very few categories and sub categories in the desserts section of the menu that I have not tried. However I must tell you this was something from a totally different league. It was a “moist berry crumble”. I swear I could carry on eating this shamelessly and without the aftertaste of an overdose.

Berry crumble

It was purple and moist and felt good. The first taste into my mouth, the taste was puzzling to my taste buds. The taste took me by surprise at first. And then the tang hit me. Then sweetness melted me. It was just right. Not too rich or heavy. And finally made me close my eyes and sigh, because the coolness and goodness of the berries made me feel really really good on the inside.

Don’t think I am repeating the word “good” time and again. I am pretty sure I will have many of you joining me in this category for using the same word if you tried it.

It was baked to a humbling perfection. And this particular dessert “berrily crumbled” my preconceptions of the different types of desserts. It was in my opinion definitely one of a kind and was “berrylicious”.

I have asked my dear colleague to share this recipe. And she has told me that she will forward it soon. Really looking forward to trying this one for sure!!!! Okay I better get going and add this to my “To-Do” List now. Keep your peepers open for this recipe!!! Cheerio!

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