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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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Mutton Sukha (Dry spicy goat chunks)

1 Mar

Goat meat is not easily available and not even savored as much in America. An alternative is lamb. However, we have a Halal store nearby(lucky me) so we manage to get decent mutton(I prefer calling it mutton than goat meat), never asked where it comes from though….but I am not really worried about it because unlike steaks, we hardly keep mutton rare or even medium rare, it is always well done in Indian homes. Also one major thing I was missing in my life was my Indian mixie(blender here). I tried Ninja, Oster and they failed big time, my friend has the Magic Bullet but the same complaint-doesn’t grind it to a paste. Indian homes need a good blender, so last year I got one from India. The store guy was so nice to adjust the wires as per US requirements of voltage and plugging. Yay! Now I make yummy chutneys, spice paste, juices, everything in my blender. Love it. My mutton received compliments, so I must have done something right. Hence sharing the recipe. The picture does not do justice to the taste because it was devoured quickly I could only manage to click this one on my phone.

mutton-sukha

Tip: You can add 2 cups of water while cooking the meat and reserve the stock to drink it as mutton soup or use it later in some recipe that requires broth.

All you need:

  1. 1 lb mutton(cut into medium size pieces,washed and cleaned, you can use boneless I prefer using meat with bones)
  2. 5-6 dry red chillies( you can adjust as per your choice but I chose to use Byadgi red chillies, really spicy, you can use Kashmiri red chillies, they give color not as much spice)
  3. 3-4 garlic cloves
  4. Ginger (about 2 inches)
  5. 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  6. 1 tsp turmeric
  7. 1 tsp red chili powder
  8. 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  9. 1 tsp fennel seeds
  10. 1 tsp black peppercorns
  11. 3 cloves
  12. 1 green cardamom
  13. 1 black cardamom
  14. 1 cinnamon stick
  15. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  16. 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
  17. 2 tbsp yoghurt or curd(room temperature as it prevents curdling)
  18. 1 tsp Lemon juice
  19. Salt as required
  20. Oil as required
  21. Water as required
  22. Cilantro for garnish

Ready,Set, Go:

  1. Marinate the cleaned mutton pieces with the dry spice powders, turmeric, red chili powder, salt and ginger garlic paste for about half an hour(you can prep in the meantime)
  2. Heat a pan on medium heat and dry roast the whole spices, dry red chillies first for about a minute and then add the coriander seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, cumin seeds and roast them until fragrant, be careful not to brown them. Keep the spice mix aside until it cools down.
  3. In the meantime, heat oil in a separate dutch oven or pressure cooker to cook the mutton.
  4. Add in the chopped onion and fry until brown, add the mutton pieces and fry them until they have a sear on them. Add salt and water(little only to cook mutton).Cook the mutton completely in the pressure cooker or the dutch oven. Mine takes about 20 minutes.
  5. Now take the cooled down spice mix and blend it along with lemon juice, ginger and garlic. Add water as needed until it forms a smooth paste.
  6. Heat a pan with oil or ghee(I always use a mix of oil and ghee)
  7. Add the spice paste to it and fry it till oil leaves sides.
  8. Add the yoghurt and mix on slow heat but continue stirring until the paste is bubbly to prevent it from curdling.
  9. Do not add the entire stock, just a little bit to keep the spice mixture moist, add the mutton pieces and fry well until the mixture covers the mutton and the moisture is evaporated.
  10. Cook for about 5-7 minutes and garnish with chopped cilantro

Serradura

24 Jun

https://mefoodatarian.wordpress.comI haven’t been sharing many desserts, I have heard many people confuse ‘desert’ as in a barren land with soil or sand which is pronounced as ‘De-zert’ with desserts pronounced ‘Dee-zerts’…oh well..I have an entire post on my other blog for this discussion. But my point is I had to share something interesting and easy since I have mentioned in my earlier posts that Indian desserts are a little complicated. Although I love ‘Shira’ and recently I discovered how easy it was to make my own serving in a microwave…oh the lazy body inspires my lazy mind to play tricks and I am truly happy with the result. I will share the recipe soon. But let me share this one, it is my favorite and I consider it as an exotic dessert even if it is so simple to make. Serradura is basically a cream dish layered with crackers or biscuits. I am not sure if it is originally a Portuguese dish or Italian but what matters is it is delicious. It is an indulgence I admit, but once in a while is okay I guess. The serving glass in the picture is pretty big, you can use small ones.

Tip: You need not add sugar since it has condensed milk. Also, you can have many versions by adding nuts, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, Oreos, get creative with it.

All you need:

  1. 8 oz. Heavy Cream
  2. 1/4 cup condensed milk
  3. 1 sleeve of  crushed crackers (plain)
  4. 1/2 cup crushed cashewnuts
  5. 1 tsp vanilla essence

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Whisk cream in a bowl until smooth and add vanilla essence, condensed milk and whisk just once again to combine everything nicely and chill for about 20 minutes.
  2. Crush cashewnuts and crackers separately, in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin or roughly chop them into small pieces. Combine.
  3. Take a serving glass. Pour about two tablespoons of mixture and then layer it with the crushed cashewnuts and crackers mixture. Layer again with cream mixture, topping the layers with the crushed cashewnuts and crackers mixture.
  4. Chill for an hour and serve cold.

Simple Zuccotto

27 Nov

It is late in the month, my posts are generally updated early in a month but I am so excited for my travel that I am hardly finding time to get on the computer. It is freaking chilly here in Texas now I don’t like typing with cold rough hands! Ha! Excuses, excuses…well, excuse me for daring to try something far far away from my culture and traditions and stepping out in a new zone. I tried zuccotto, although I made this in a single serving size in case I fail, but I did not(don’t judge the first pic, it was a trial), so here is a full fledged recipe of an Italian dessert…a simple zuccotto. I call it simple because it is not one of the fancy ones! Ha!

Tip: You can use different liqueurs for different flavor for a personalized zuccotto. If not essence works fine. You can go absolutely fancy with frosting, icing, nuts, etc.

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All you need:

  1. 1 sponge/pound cake (rectangle shaped)
  2. 3 cups vanilla icecream/favorite ice-cream
  3. 3 tbsp almond or favorite liqueur (I used amaretto)
  4. 3 tbsp brandy(optional but I would not skip it 😛 )

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Slice the entire top half of the rectangular cake and invert a bowl (round shaped) on the rectangle piece. Cut around the edges. This will form the base of zuccotto and I will call this a lid. Set aside the round piece or the lid.
  2. Slice the remaining cake into long rectangular pieces. Arrange the slices side by side making sure they overlap so that the icecream filled inside does not stick out and remains a surprise! Lightly press the slices against the bowl.
  3. Trim off excess edges around the bowl. The round piece has to go on top so make sure that the edges are trimmed.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the liqueur and brandy and sprinkle all over the cake in the bowl. Press again lightly to make sure all the spaces are nicely secured. At this point you can add dry fruits, berries or chocolate chips in the ice-cream if you want. If you don’t have any of that move on to the next step, remember I didn’t have any of this!
  5. Dunk the the icecream to fill in the entire cake. Spread evenly.
  6. Cover with the lid(the round piece/base). Make sure you cover the cake with lid immediately, cut earlier in a round shape.
  7. Wrap the entire bowl with plastic wrap and pop it in the freezer for 2 hours, you can then refrigerate it further upto a day.
  8. When it is ready just invert on a plate. Cut as you like. Done! Or you could go fancy with the frosting, icing, do whatever you want to! Yum!

Mahimahi with mango salsa and confetti rice

12 Sep

Well, some dishes are just inspired from the ones I will watch on T.V shows. I will soon share another fish preparation which is my all time favorite and looks like gourmet food. This is one of them. I am not sure why would I have confetti rice with a filling fillet of fish! Ooh, there is some alliteration. He he. So, you could skip the rice and use the recipe with something else like a raita or if you have a big appetite like mine you can always make it all together. This is definitely a summery dish with the fruit salsa!

Tip: You can add papaya to the mango salsa and tweak it with cilantro or mint.

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All you need:

For the fish –

  1. Salt
  2. Black pepper
  3. 1 tbsp Cashewnuts roughly chopped (optional)
  4. 1 tsp Butter (optional)
  5. Oil for frying

For the salsa –

  1. 1 ripe Mango
  2. 1 Green/red chili
  3. 1 garlic clove
  4. 1 tbsp lime juice
  5. 1 stem of green onion
  6. Salt

For the rice –

  1. 1 cup rice
  2. 1/4 cup of frozen mixed vegetables or these vegetables : 1/4 cup green peas, 1/4 cubed red bell pepper, 2 tbsp corn, 2 sliced mushrooms
  3. 5-6 whole black peppercorns or 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  4. Oil to fry
  5. Salt to taste

Ready, Set, Go:

For the Fish:

  1. Season the fish with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a pan and melt butter, toss in the chopped cashewnuts, toast till light brown. Keep aside.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of oil and fry the fish till done or grill or bake as per your liking.

For the Mango salsa:

  1. Peel the mango skin and cut the mango vertically on both sides of the pit and finely chop the mango flesh until it almost looks like puree. Take the finely chopped mango in a bowl.
  2. Finely chop the chili and garlic and add to the mango.
  3. Sprinkle lime juice and salt.
  4. Garnish with chopped green onion stem. You don’t have to add the bulb in it.

For the Confetti rice:

  1. Wash and drain the rice. Keep aside
  2. Boil two cups of water. Add salt. Add the rice. Boil it till almost done.
  3. Drain the rice in a colander so that you get rid of the additional starch and you will have long, plain white rice. Let the water drain completely. This is how I cook my rice everyday! Cover and let the rice sit for a while. It will keep cooking and cooling the rice.
  4. Heat a saucepan and add oil to fry the vegetables.
  5. Toss in the peppercorns or black pepper powder. Check seasoning. Mix the rice with the veggies and you are done.

Now, combining all of this. Place the fish on the serving dish. Layer the cashewnuts over the fish and spread the salsa on top of it. Serve with the confetti rice. The confetti rice can be served with any other curry dish too.

 

 

 

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