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Mango Kulfi or pop

25 Jun

IMAG2084Summer means lots of cooling down at the pool, lakes, water parks, dams, and feasting on cold icecreams, pops, smoothies and other cold beverages. You don’t feel too hungry, you are always thirsty and crave for anything cold. I make sure every summer I have pops in my fridge. I love mango pops and when you add cream to it just makes it even better. In India that is called kulfi.   Sharing a well known recipe for Mango kulfi. Next on my list in watermelon cucumber pops.

Tip: I added saffron strands in each mould for the extra oomph! Don’t forget to soak saffron strands in 2 tbsp warm milk or hot water before using them.

All you need:

  1.  3 cups milk
  2.  1/2 cup condensed milk( if you do not have this, increase the cream and sugar quantity)
  3. 1/2 cup cream
  4. 4 tbsp sugar
  5. 1 tsp cardamom powder
  6. 2 ripe mangoes pureed or 1 cup mango pulp
  7. 1 tsp cornstarch

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Mix everything together in a heavy bottom pan except for mango pulp and cardamom powder. Bring to boil carefully not letting the milk stick to bottom stirring occasionally.
  2. Simmer down for 20 minutes.
  3. Cool down. Add pulp and cardamom powder.
  4. Blend in a blender or just mix it thoroughly.
  5. At this point you can either use a sieve for extra creamy texture but I love my lumps 😉
  6. Pour in moulds. Refrigerate overnight.
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How do you Chai?(Tea)

3 May

When I read the title of a book called, ‘Coffee, Tea or Me’, the first thought that crossed my mind was, may be it is a debate between tea aficionados or coffee addicts. But the book was completely different. Ha ha, well since then, this topic has been brewing in my mind, that how do you prefer to make tea? Honestly, I would have indulged in a long debate on handling tea and its contents. But as time has passed, we are not reserved anymore about certain methods, like tea should be made in this specific way, there are so many flavors, so many new experiments with tea or coffee and so many beverages that are now easily available. Well I am a fan of Chai Tea Latte myself. But in olden times in India, people say it was one of the tests that the bride-to-be was secretly given, to make tea, if you passed the test, you were supposed to be shortlisted as an eligible wife. He he. Sure, I get it, tea is THAT important. Tea is definitely something that can uplift my mood and I am sure a coffee lover can relate to the feeling as well. However, coffee is not my department. I have had long chats on tea with friends and family. And the last conversation I remember with my dad before he passed away was he told me to buy Orange Pekoe tea leaves and make tea. So let me share my method of making basic English tea that my dad taught me and his update as well with tea.

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Tea served with paniyaram or appe and green chutney

Tip: Remember, more ‘tea-dust’ in the tea, the stronger it is. Do not leave the tea for long. The longer you leave the tea the stronger the taste. Too long is also not good for health. Generally the sugar and tea leaves are to be used in same quantity so if the tea mixture is too strong, use as many teaspoons as the servings. If the tea leaves are light use one teaspoon more to the entire servings. Sweeter the sugar, lesser quantity should be used.

For eg: If the number of people to serve are 6, stronger the tea use 6 teaspoons or even less, lighter the tea, use 7 teaspoons or 8 teaspoons.

If fine sugar is used it is already too sweet so use 6 teaspoons in this instance, if crystalized sugar is used  use 7 teaspoons.

Pour just about the amount of milk that will make the color of the tea change from darkest brown into a medium caramel color, like they will describe ‘tan’ in foundations . Ha ha.

All you need:

Servings : 2

  1. Tea leaves (loose) 3 teaspoons
  2. Sugar in crystal form 3 teaspoons (if fine sugar is used reduce one teaspoon)
  3. Water : Use 1/3rd cup of water per serving
  4. Milk as required (I prefer boiled hot milk because if the milk is raw,you can taste the raw milk in tea)

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. In a deep vessel pour 1/3rd of a the cup of water used for measurement.
  2. Add sugar. Stir until dissolved.
  3. Let the water boil.
  4. Add tea leaves and remove the vessel off the heat and keep it covered.
  5. Steep the leaves until they settle at the bottom. Do not uncover the lid many times just to check. Leave it for a while.
  6. Uncover, strain the leaves through a strainer dividing equally in two cups.
  7. Pour milk only as required. Do not overpower the milk or else it will be too milky, do not pour very less or it will be too strong.

Update: So my dad told me smaller the tea leaves stronger the tea, meaning more dust stronger tea, so I buy loose Orange Pekoe tea leaves that are not the strongest of tea leaves. So for example I have to make myself some tea, I will need 1/3rd cup of water, 2 teaspoons of crystalized sugar and 2 teaspoons of tealeaves. Earlier I would use one teaspoon for one cup of tea. That’s just the update of my own method of making tea.

P.S: There are many methods and flavors of tea. Many people just put all ingredients together and boil it until the tea becomes darker. Some also add ginger to their tea for medicinal or health benefits. Some add even more spices like cardamom, saffron, etc. Some people just boil the water sugar and tea first and then add milk and boil it further. Some people prefer cold milk in their tea. Some people use sugar cubes and boil ingredients without sugar and add it later. To each his own. Happy Tea lovin’!

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Chai from a local tea stall

Caramel Custard in a Pressure Cooker

16 Dec

One of my favorite deserts is Indian caramel custard, now people may also call it flan, caramel creme and the brother/sister is known as Crème brûlée. My dad always made it in the pressure cooker, I think it helps release the juices and the texture is more dense which I prefer to the light and fluffy ones, melt in the mouth sorts because then my tastebuds are left wanting more whereas this feels mouthful! Okay, I must mention, I have baked this in ramekins in the oven, but this one definitely needs a pressure cooker.

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Tip: My dad insisted on buffalo’s milk for a better texture, but I have made this one with cow’s milk. I wish I had buffalo milk. Also, while caramelizing sugar, use a tablespoon of water to spread sugar evenly.

All you need:

  1. 2 cups whole milk
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1/3 cup sugar or castor sugar (separately required)
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. On low to medium heat, dissolve 1 cup sugar in milk. Keep stirring until sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Whisk eggs until the color is lightened and start forming soft peaks.
  3. Gradually pour eggs in the milk making sure that you are stirring slowly with the other hand. Let the mixture thicken not boil, just heat it. We don’t want to scramble the eggs. The custard is ready.
  4. In a flat bottomed vessel (one that fits in the cooker), melt the 1/3 cup sugar and add a tablespoon of water which will help in caramelizing the sugar evenly. Spread the mixture evenly in the vessel tilting the vessel back and forth making sure the sides are also covered.
  5. Get the pressure cooker ready by pouring enough water at the bottom just like a warm water bath you’d create in the oven for ramekins.
  6. Pour the egg and milk mixture in this vessel and place it in the pressure cooker. Cover it with another vessel so the condensed water does not enter the caramel custard.
  7. Let it whistle once and reduce the heat to low for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the vessel and let it cool down to room temperature.
  9. Flip it on a plate and cool it in the fridge before serving it.

Shahi-Tukda (shortcut)

14 Aug

Shahi Tukda

I had this sudden urge to eat an Indian sweet dish. I am not very good at making them, because some of them are really complex and time-consuming and need a lot of care which makes me nervous! Anyway, so I wanted to have something sweet, quick and scrumptious! I got what I wanted, I made a shortcut for the original recipe of Shahi Tukda. Shahi Tukda or Double ka meetha is basically a Hyderabadi dish best served with Biryani or Mughlai cuisine. The original recipe demands for a Rabri (Thickened sweet milk with dry fruits) with bread pieces which are fried in ghee (clarified butter) dipped in a sugar syrup and then in the rabri and served cold. But to take all the pains…umm…may be some other time, here is a quickie for the lazy ones like me! Oh and the first time it turned out great!!! The second time it wasn’t  as crisp and the rabri wasn’t enough.

Tip: Keep the dish covered when you chill it, and do not let it sit in the rabri for so long that it turns soggy. Saffron dissolved in milk will turn it around completely, but I didn’t have it at hand!

Milk Rusk

All you need:

  1. 4 slices of Milk Rusks / Bread
  2. 1 Tbsp Ghee (Clarified butter)
  3. 4 cups Milk
  4. 2 tbsps of heavy cream (if you have condensed milk even better)
  5. Handful, Pistachios and Almonds
  6. 4 tbsp  Sugar
  7. Pinch of cardamom powder (Optional)

Ready, Set Go:

  1. Brush the milk rusks with a ghee on each side put them in the microwave for less than a minute just so become golden on all sides. Or cut off the edges of the bread and cut it diagonally into 2 triangles. Toast them or fry them in ghee (Frying will need more ghee). Keep aside.
  2. Take a heavy bottomed vessel. Boil the milk and simmer it down and let it reduce to 1/4th the actual quantity. Keep stirring occasionally. Add sugar. The cream of the milk will come on the surface and on the sides so keep stirring. Add cream. Stir. Let it cool down.
  3. Take the dry fruits in a safe bowl and add little ghee and microwave for less than a minute. Add half of these to the thickened milk. If you have, add few strands of saffron when the milk is thickened.
  4. Arrange the slices next to one another.
  5. Spread the milk mixture on top of it and garnish rest of the almonds, pistachios along with the cardamom powder on top. Cover it and refrigerate.
  6. Chill for an hour or so. Serve.

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