I am drooling even while I am writing this recipe. Mind you I just finished a lot today morning, still I want more. That’s the thing about kulfi, especially when it is prepared at home. When I used to stay in Dombivali, we used to often bring kulfi from a famous shop called “Shreeram”. There were various flavors offered like pista, chickoo, gulkand, mango and the famous malai or mava kulfi.
After we moved to Pune I saw a lot of ice cream parlors but hardly any Kulfi shops. I had mastani (milkshake topped with ice cream) various kinds of ice creams, fro-yo, gola and what not BUT where’s that authentic kulfiwala. Thanks to a native friend we found out Ganesh Kulfiwala, a simple roadside kulfi stall near Karnatak High School, Erandwane, Pune. One of the most awesomest Kulfis I have ever eaten in Pune and the taste beats many well-known ice-cream flavors. (Btw I am still drooling…slurrrp.)
This summer I started preparing ice-creams at home and let me tell you, it is a treat to do that. If you know the right recipe it is one of the easiest albeit yummiest things to make. Bye bye to post lunch drive in the heat to get an ice-cream to quench the ice-cream cravings. Just open the freezer and viola!!!!
I made this kulfi for my mom who was visiting me over a weekend. I loved the way it turned out. Here’s the easy mava malai kulfi recipe. Prepare it, stock it and enjoy it for a lazy afternoon with your loved ones.
Whole milk (not heated) – 2 cups
Milk powder – ¼ cup
Corn flour – 1 teaspoon
Sugar – 1 ¼ cup
Fresh Khoya/Khava/ Mava – 1 cup
Kesari milk masala or dry fruit powder – 2 teaspoons
- Heat 1 cup milk in a pan and add milk powder, corn flour, and sugar to the remaining 1 cup. Mix together and add it to the pan.
- Reduce the milk to nearly 1 ½ cups.
- Meanwhile roast the khawa/khoya/mava in a pan for 3-4 minutes by constantly stirring it.
- Cool down the milk mixture and mava.
- Once cooled add the mava to the milk mixture and churn it together once in the mixer/ churner.
- Finally add the dry fruit powder and pour the milk in the kulfi molds or an air tight tin for 9 – 10 hours.
- Once set unmold and serve.
- You may also set this kulfi in small earthen pots called matkas.
- Adjust the sugar quantity as per taste.
- Always use full-cream milk i.e. whole milk for making ice-creams and kulfis.
Summer brings back memories from my childhood days. It was always visiting my grandparents and later visiting my native place Dapoli in Konkan. We used to indulge ourselves in mangoes, jackfruits, cashew nuts (not the dried ones), karvanda, and lot of idle time lazing around. There are times I remember when we made ice-creams at home. It used to be like a big event. Everybody would be excited, especially me and my brother. But what I never liked was the preparation time and the patience that were needed till it sets. I still dislike that part. ;-), but can’t help, cos who doesn’t like the end result.
I wanted to enjoy homemade ice-creams without the fuss and time consuming preparation. I remember the terms like GMS, CMS powders and then homemade cream and loads of other things…Phew. I was looking for some easy and quick ice-cream recipe. I stumbled upon this watermelon sorbet recipe while I was watching some video on youtube and after it finished, came the usual suggested videos. Thanks to Nestle Milkmaid I made this watermelon sorbet, which for me is a perfect cooler on a hot summer day.
- Water melon juice (without sugar) – 4 cups
- Sweetened Condensed Milk (Nestle Milkmaid) – 150 ml
• Mix the water melon juice and the sweetened condensed milk (Nestle Milkmaid) together in a mixer for 5 mins.
• Transfer it to an air-tight container and freeze it for at least 10 hours.
• Serve once set.
• Adjust the quantity of condensed milk as per your taste.
• You can either set the sorbet in an air-tight container or in an ice-cube tray.
Gudhi Padwa marks the beginning of Maharashtrian and Kannada New Year. A typical Gudhi Padwa lunch would consist of authentic, Maharashtrain traditional food, which is absolutely mouth-watering. After you devour it, an afternoon nap is inevitable.
But this time I was neck-deep in work and anyway both of us wanted to eat something different. So I decided to cook some roasted vegetable pasta and some nachos as starters.
We usually stock all the exotic vegetables as we use it often. Due to the time crunch Girish volunteered to wash and chop all the vegetables. He even cooked the pasta. So like a Head-chef, I just had to walk in, mix, stir and plate. This is how our Gudhi Padwa main course Spaghetti with Roasted vegetables looked like.
Spaghetti Pasta – 200 gms
Black olives(sliced) – 1/2 cup
Zucchini (diced) – 1 cup
Red, Green and yellow bell peppers (diced) – 1 cup
Mushrooms (diced) – 1 cup
Baby corn (cut lengthwise) – 1 cup
Salt –to taste
Oregano – 1 teaspoon
Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
For the Marinara sauce:
Onion (finely chopped) – 1 large
Garlic cloves (minced) – 3-4
Tomatoes (finely chopped) – 2 big
Tomato puree – 4-5 tablespoons
Basil – ½ teaspoon
Oregano – ½ teaspoon
Chili Flakes – 1 teaspoon
Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
Salt- to taste
Sugar – ½ teaspoon
- Cook the spaghetti to ‘al dente’ and drain and allow it to dry
- In a pan add minced garlic and onion and then add olive oil to it.
- Sauté the onion and garlic till it is tender.
- Add tomato, sugar and salt.
- Once the tomatoes are cooked add the tomato puree.
- Now at last add the herbs by crushing them. Mix well and turn off the gas.
- In a baking dish add all the ingredients mentioned under ‘for roasting’ one after another.
- Pre-heat the oven to 190 degree Celsius and then place the dish in the oven for about 30 -35 mins. Stir in between.
Assembling the final dish:
- Add the spaghetti to the marinara sauce and coat well.
- Tip in the roasted vegetables from the oven along with the sliced black olives and mix well. Serve hot.
- You may use any vegetable, odorless oil instead of olive oil.
- You may garnish the pasta with some parmesan cheese.
- Lastly you may use pasta of any shape you like.
My husband is a huge fan of this type of sambar. Every time we bought radish I used think I will make it and somewhere it used to just slip out of my mind. I would end up making muli ka paratha or may be mulyachi koshimbir. But this time when I bought radish, I had sworn that I will stick to the sambar plan.
My husband is a Kannadiga and comes from a family where his mother and most of his aunts are amazing cooks. He has been eating various types of sambar and all other authentic south Indian preparations from his childhood. So this was like a huge task for me to live up to that expectation. And I must tell you all, why so. You all must have seen the Everest Sambar masala ad, where the husband feels his wife cannot cook sambar and the sambar his wife has made using Everest Sambar masala tastes so authentic that he feels his south-Indian neighbour Mrs. Reddy has made it. We have a similar story. Girish thinks that I can cook everything but not authentic sambar. So I took the challenge.
Searching through the Google pages I found this recipe. It was easy and quick to make. Thanks to Dassana for this tasty recipe. It was so perfect that I didn’t have to make any alterations to the recipe. And it goes without saying that my husband absolutely loved it (Yesss!!!!). After the first morsel that ‘mmmm yummy’ sounds said it all. And that’s like a compliment of tallest order in my house. (Happyface !!!!) I am going to make it regularly now.
This is how it looked..
for the sambar:
- ½ cup toor dal/pigeon pea lentils
- 2 cups peeled & sliced white radish/daikon/mooli
- ¼ cup tamarind pulp – ¾ or 1 tbsp tamarind soaked in ¼ cup water for 20-25 minutes and then squeezed with the juice extracted & strained.
- 2-3 tsp sambar powder
- 1 tsp mustard
- ¼ tsp fenugreek/methi seeds
- 5-6 shallots, chopped
- 1-2 red chilies, halved or kept whole
- ¼ tsp asafoetida
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 1 medium size tomatoes, chopped
- 1 or 1.5 cups water
- 2 tbsp oil
- salt as required
- Pick and rinse the dal well.
- Pressure cook the dal with a pinch of turmeric in 2 or 2.5 cups water.
- Meanwhile as the dal is cooking, soak the tamarind in ¼ cup water. Also chop all the veggies that are required like radish, shallots, tomatoes etc.
- Once the pressure of the cooker drops down on its own, open the lid.The dal would be cooked. If the dal is not cooked, then pressure cook again adding some water if required.Lightly mash the cooked dal with a wooden spoon and keep aside.
- Heat oil in another pan. Add the mustard and let them splutter. Now add methi seeds.
- Add the shallots. Fry till the shallots become transparent.
- Add the tomatoes and curry leaves. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the radish and turmeric powder. Stir and fry for a minute. Add water and salt. Stir and cook over medium flame till the radish slices are cooked.
- Add the tamarind pulp and sambar powder.
- Stir and add the cooked dal.
- Simmer till the whole mixture is blended well and the raw aroma of the tamarind disappears.
- If the sambar appears thick, then add some more water and simmer for a few minutes.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
- Serve the radish sambar with steamed rice or idli or dosa.
In India a majority of people eat salads or raitas only as accompaniments in our lunch or dinners. But there is so much more to it than just another salad. If you mix the right ingredients, get that flavor you can create tasty dishes for breakfasts, snacks or even as a light meal when you need one. All you need to do is be ready to try out different options and get out from that mindset of seeing salads or raitas as just a side dish.
Now-a-days we’ve tons of gourmet stores in India & loads of cooking websites that help us make non-typical dishes. So why wait go ahead and have fun.
I was recently going through good food India, where I spotted this recipe. So easy and quick to make. I am a lover of variety of salads so this is my kind of dish. I made little changes to the main recipe and used things that were available to me at given moment. I loved it and am sure you’ll love it too.
Baby potatoes – 250 gms
olive oil – 5 teaspoons
lemon – 1/2 , juiced and zested
red chilli – 1 finely diced
Radish – 100 gms sliced
iceberg lettuce – 1, leaves separated
Chives – 2 heaped tablespoons, finely chopped
Cottage cheese/ Paneer – 250 gms, sliced into 8 squares
Salt – to taste
- Cook the potatoes in boiling water for around 15 minutes, until tender.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of olive oil and lemon juice with some salt. In another small bowl, mix 2 teaspoon olive oil with the chilli and a pinch of lemon zest. Drain the potatoes and rinse in cold water. Allow them to cool slightly, then peel and slice. Gently toss the potatoes in the oil and lemon dressing. Put on a serving plate with radishes, lettuce and chives.
- Heat a non-stick pan with a teaspoon of oil. Fry the paneer for a minute on each side, until golden. Add the chilli and lemon oil to the pan and mix around to coat it. Lay out the hot paneer slices on top of the salad and serve.
- The main recipe used halloumi. I replaced it with paneer.
- You may also replace chives with very tender spring onion, finely chopped.
- Make it vegan by adding tofu.