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Mango Kesar Kulfi

Posted: May 23, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Dessert, Ice cream, Indian Food
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I always thought making ice cream would be a long process and required tons of work. Because once when we were visiting our grandparents, my uncle made  vanilla ice cream in a manual ice cream maker, which took almost 2 hours for us to devour the amazing homemade ice cream. Everyone in the neighborhood was invited for this treat and we all were patiently waiting and watching every step uncle was doing. Once he was done with the process, each one of us cousins jumped on him to give us a bowl full of it. And then eating every spoon just like we never had anything like it before. It was long time ago but still I remember like the day before and those memories makes me smile.

Mango Kesar Kulfi

Mango Kesar Kulfi

I never gave a thought of making ice cream at home until I saw Mango kesar kulfi at Aipi’s blog. Her pictures, presentation and writing made me try my hands right away on the recipe. Thanks Aipi for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Kulfi or qulfi is a famous milk based frozen dessert popular through out in India.  It is similar to ice cream but more dense and creamier in taste. Recently I was having some friends over and what better dessert to serve then home-made kulfi.  I made the kulfi and it was awesome. Needless to say my friends enjoyed every bite of it.It Try it out yourself and you will know what I am talking about.

Ingredients:

  • 1, 14 ounce can, Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1, 12 ounce can, Evaporated milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 cup Mango pulp
  • 1 cup(1/2 pint) Heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kesar, crushed
  • 1/4 cup pistachio (soaked in water for 30 minutes, peeled)
  •  1/2 cup cashews (soaked in water for 30 minutes)
  • Dixie cups for freezing

Method:

  • Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.Continue to whip until it forms stiff peaks. Once done, keep it aside.
  • Combine rest of the ingredients in a blender including both the nuts into a smooth mixture.
  • Gently fold in the above mango nut mixture with the heavy cream.
  • Pour in individual Dixie cups and cover it with aluminium foil and freeze for at least 7-8 hrs, preferably overnight.
  •  When you are ready to serve, place the cups under running water for few seconds and carefully remove the same. cut into big slices and place on a serving dish, garnish with chopped pistachios, kesar strands and serve!

Nariyal/Coconut Laddu

Laddu is sweet which is part of south asian cuisine.  It is normally prepared on festivals or given as prasad  at temples. It is usually made with flour and sugar which is binded together to form small golf sized balls. There are lots of varieties of laddu like besan laddu(made from gram flour), suji laddu (made from semolina), bundi laddu, motichor laddu and so on.

A nice twist on this sweet is one made of Cocunut called Nariyal Laddu. It is just like a truffle, so smooth and creamy that it just melts in your mouth. And believe me if you try this one you will definitely going to get addicted with this wonderful laddu’s.

It is also very simple to make with just 4-5 ingredients and without much hassle.

So here is the recipe of delicious Coconut/Nariyal laddu.

Nariyal/Coconut Ladoo

Nariyal/Coconut Laddu

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh coconut, outer skin/brown skinned removed and grated
  • 12 oz condensed milk.
  • 1/2 tsp powdered cardamom powder
  • 1 Tbsp ghee/Clarified butter
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 15-16 slightly roasted whole Almond
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut flakes

Preparation:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee in dutch oven over medium high heat, add grated coconut and on low flame cook the same stirring continuously, so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes and then add the condensed milk and mix everything properly.
  • Keep stirring continuously until the mixture gets thick and begin to stick together. After 3-4 minutes you will see everything combined together then, just take small amount of the mixture and try making a ball and if it does not fall through then the mixture is ready make laddu.
  • At this point of time add cardamom powder and dried cranberries to the mixture and mix everything well.Turn of the flame and wait for couple of minutes for mixture to cool down little bit to handle without burning your fingers.  But the mixture should not be cooled of completely otherwise you will not able to make laddos.
  • Take a small amount of mixture in between your palms and roll down into a golf sized ball. Make a small hole and insert an almond and again roll the laddos into a smooth ball.
  • Now roll the laddos in fresh coconut flakes to cover them on top. Keep it on the baking sheet.
  • Repeat the above two steps to complete the rest of the mixture.
  • Once done, preheat the oven to 400 deg farhenit.
  • Bake the laddos for 4-5 minutes in the oven or until you see the coconut flakes on top gets slightly golden brown. It will not take more than 5 minutes.
  • Cool off completely and enjoy this little goodness.
Nariyal/Coconut Ladoo

Nariyal/Coconut Laddu