Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Coffee Pops

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Oh did I miss the sun?????!!! 

How many of you are as crazy as me, who would love to get drenched in the rain and yet enjoy eating ice- cream when the climate is chill!! There is for sure a special kick when you do such stuff isnt it?!

Then why wait, you can still make some delicious coffee pops and have :) Be a freak!

I am some one who enjoys coffee more when it is cold. So this pops was for sure one of my kind!

My cousin Gayathri gifted me an ice pops cook book this summer and I have been giving some of it a try since then! All thanks to her for inspiring me to make such exciting stuff :)

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Ingredients:

Coffee powder - 2 tblsp
Brown sugar - 1 tblsp
Water - 1 cup
Condensed milk - 3 tblsp

Coffee cups
Ice pop sticks

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Method:

Mix instant coffee powder to water and let it boil. Add some brown sugar to it and mix well and make black coffee. (The level of thickness of coffee and sugar is upto your taste)

Fill the above black coffee to 1/4th of the tea cups to make the black coffee layer and set it in the freezer for an hour.

With the rest of the black coffee add the condensed milk and mix well. You dont have to heat this mixture. Check for the sweetness and add more of brown sugar if required. 

Take the tea cups off the freezer and pour the above prepared coffee to it and cling wrap it tightly. Now make a small slit in the center and insert the ice cream stick and make it stand erect. 

Carefully place it in the freezer for 4 hours minimum. 

Dip the cups in warm water and remove the pops carefully from the cups. Serve and enjoy licking :)

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Written by: Nithya
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Curried Pasta - Indian Style

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I love pasta and the moment I say it, I am drooling for it :)

I have had a few versions of curried pasta from different places and since then I have been wanting to make my own version which would suit my taste buds :) So on a fine day this idea popped up in my head and quickly made my version with our ever favorite Indian spices :)

You cant go wrong with this version and it will for sure be one of your family favorites too :)

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Ingredients:

Pasta - 2 cups
Maida - 3 tblsp
Milk - 2 cups
Butter - 2 tblsp
Broccoli - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Kasoori Methi - 1/2 tsp
Salt - for taste

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Method:

Cook pasta and broccoli in water separately and keep it aside. 

Take butter in a sauce pan and while it is melting, mix the maida and milk in a vessel. See to that it has no lumps. 

Once the butter melts down completely, pour in the milk maida mixture into the pan through a sieve. Keep mixing. Allow this to boil until it becomes slightly thick and creamy. 

Now add salt, garam masala, chilly powder, turmeric powder, jeera powder, cumin powder and kasoori methi to it and mix well. Simmer the stove and allow it to get cooked for a while until it starts smelling of spices.

Finally add the cooked pasta and broccoli to it and toss once for the sauce to coat all the pasta. 

Serve hot and enjoy eating the Indian version of curried pasta :)

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Written by: Nithya
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mango Kesari

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MANGO Kesari!!! Yes you heard it right. Its mango kesari with real mango pulp :)

Mango being on the shelves of all vegetable stores now, it demands me to make something with it atleast once in a week. Ofcourse the other 6 days of the week I eat it just as it is!! Yummy mangoes, cant stop eating them!! :P

Kesari is one of my most favorite sweets and I just gave it a try with mango puree and it really worked!! Viola - Mango kesari! :)

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Ingredients:

Mango puree - 1/2 cup
Sooji / Rava - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
Water - 2 1/2 cups
Ghee - 1/2 cup
Cashews

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Method:

Heat water in a thick bottomed pan or a non stick deep pan. 

Measure sugar and rava together in a bowl. 

Once the water starts boiling, reduce the flame completely and pour the rava sugar mixture stirring continuously. Make sure you keep stirring while pouring so that it doesn't form lumps anywhere. 

Keep stirring on medium flame until it thickens slightly. Now add the mango puree and mix well. Once it all thickens, add ghee and keep mixing until rolls into a ball without sticking to the sides of the pan. 

Fry few cashews in ghee and add it to the kesari. 

Mango kesari is ready :) 

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Written by: Nithya
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