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Watermelon-Blackberry-Lime Popsicles!!!

Watermelon-Blackberry-Lime Popsicles!!!

I have to say…I am getting addicted to making popsicle.I don’t know what is making me crazy, the heat, the color of popsicle, the flavor or the deliciousness of every other popsicles I’m making.

It’s getting so hot every other day that I just want to eat these pretty pops for my lunch, snack and dinner. And to me there’s no harm in doing that, right..because I know what is in there. Even I don’t feel guilty handing one or two pops in a day to my little one. And the recipe is so simple and yet so refreshingly delicious.

Watermelon-Blackberry-Lime Popsicles!!!

Watermelon-Blackberry-Lime Popsicles!!!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of chopped watermelon
  • 8-9  frozen blackberries
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2-3 tbsp honey, adjust according to your taste

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until well blended and smooth.
  • Pour mixture into popsicle molds. Insert sticks when partially frozen and freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
  • To remove the popsicle from the mold, just run warm water around the mold and pull on the sticks to remove the pops. OR else Let the mold stand at room temperature for about 2-3 minutes and pull the sticks to unmold.
Watermelon-Blackberry-Lime Popsicles!!!

Note:

  • If using wooden ice pop sticks, soak sticks for 30 minutes in warm water before inserting into pops, this helps keep them from floating up when inserted into molds.
  • Taste for sweetness and add more honey if necessary (it should be too sweet as it will lose sweetness after freezing.)

Phirni topped with Mango Puree

Phirni topped with Mango Puree

Phirni, hmm the name itself makes me eat a bowl full of this….its a rich, creamy and luscious dessert, made with milk, sugar and rice. Traditionally, it is served cold in earthen pots, which give this dessert a unique and distinct flavor.

There are lots of variations of phirni like Strawberry phirni, Mango phirni(my favorite), Rose Phirni and list goes on. Basically you can add any seasonal fruits to the basic recipe for a delicious twist.  I like to make this dessert and serve with mango pulp on top..ahh!!  heaven!!  You can mix the pulp with the phirni  once it is completely cooled. But I like more this way…:)

Phirni topped with Mango Puree

Phirni topped with Mango Puree

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp basmati rice
  • 3 1/2 cups of milk (I used 2% milk)
  • 6-7 tbsp  sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 big pinch of saffron
  • sliced pistachios for garnishing
  • 1 cup mango pulp

Preparation:

  • Wash rice 3-4 times in running tap water, drain and soak the rice in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Drain all the water away and grind the rice to a very coarse paste (pieces should be visible) using 2 tbsp of milk.
  • Dissolve saffron in warm milk and set aside.
  • Bring rest of the milk to boil. Add the rice paste, cardamom powder, sugar to the milk and cook on medium heat till the rice is completely done. In between add the saffron milk and keep stirring to avoid burning of milk from the bottom. This whole process will take 20-30 minutes.
  • Once done transfer the phirni to a serving dish and cover with plastic wrap directly on top of it to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate.
  • While serving, add mango puree on top and garnish with sliced pistachios and serve!
Phirni topped with Mango Puree

A spoon full of goodness…yumm!!