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Delicious Homemade Blackcurrant Ice Cream

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Here is an ice cream recipe which you can make at home with ease and requires no ice cream maker. You can use ice cream maker if you have one but this recipe will give you rich smooth and creamy ice cream even if you freeze it in your refrigerator.

Here are the ingredients:

1. Blackcurrant flavour powder 100g ( Weikfield Freeze recommended)

2. Full cream milk – 400ml

3. Heavy milk cream – 350 gms

4. Sugar – 95 gms (~7 tablespoon)

5. Banana – 2

6. Vodka – 2 teaspoon (optional)

 

Method:

In a deep pan pour the milk and add 100g of blackcurrant ice cream flavour. Heat this mix on slow flame first and stir, then increase the flame and bring it to boil. Make sure there are no chunks of flavouring powder left. Take the pan off the stove and let the mix cool down.

In a separate pan take the heavy milk cream, add sugar and whip it using a hand blender. If you don’t have the blender then you can also whip it in mixer grinder. After whipping the volume of cream will almost become double.

Now add the milk (make sure its cooled down) to the cream and whip it again. You can add two teaspoon of vodka in your ice cream mix to make it more creamy. Science behind soft ice cream is that your ice cream mix should be whipped well and have least amount of water which is possible only with best quality of milk and cream. Alcohol mixes with water that may be present in your ice cream mix and stops ice crystal formation because alcohol acts like antifreeze here. Commercial ice creams have chemical antifreeze like propylene glycol which makes commercial ice cream so easy to scope out. We are not adding this in our recipe because its not very healthy stuff to add.

IMG_20140323_132922Now cut banana into small pieces and add to the ice cream mix. Banana adds nice flavour to the ice cream and compliments blackcurrant flavour really well. You can also add other fruits like grapes etc but do not add fruits which have strong flavour like pine apple otherwise it may ruin the original flavour of your ice cream.

Now put your ice cream mix in refrigerator (not in the freezer yet) and let it cool down. When its cold enough, put it in freezer for about 30 mins so that its half set. After 30 mins take it out and whip it lightly using spoon so that any ice crystals that may be forming can break. Now keep it in freezer and let it set fully.

Enjoy the delicious ice cream!

falsa-phalsa

Tangy Falsa Sherbet

Its Falsa (or Phalsa) season these days and I would like to share a wonderful Falsa sherbet recipe. Falsa is a kind of fruit with lots of health benefits. Read its wiki page for more knowledge about it, here just enjoy this simple recipe:

Take about 500 gms of falsa. Before buying check that most of the falsa should be fully ripe, fully ripe ones will be soft and not hard. Now take this falsa in a bowl, wash it well and then smash them with your hands. Do not use any food processor for this job because they grind the seeds as well and spoil the taste. Once smashed well, it will look like jam. Don’t worry about the seeds, let them be there. Now take 500 gms of sugar (since we had 500gms of falsa) and mix the sugar in smashed falsa. Just mix it well and leave it for few hours, all the sugar crystals will dissolve itself. Always remember that quantity of sugar will be equal to quantity of falsa. You can keep this mix in a clear jar and put it in refrigerator.

Now to make sherbet, put two spoon of falsa jam in a glass of ice cold water. Mix it well and filter it in another glass. Enjoy the drink.

 

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Fried potato in gravy

Yesterday I was thinking of making fried potatoes with dip and ended up making this unique dish. I don’t know how I started putting this all together randomly selecting the ingredients but end result was awesome. As you can see in the photo only that much was left for taking photograph. Enough talking and here is the recipe:

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you need:

  • 6 medium sized potatoes
  • 5 – 6 spinach leaves
  • 3 – 4 mint leaves
  • 2 fresh lemon leaves
  • 150ml fresh cream
  • cheese spread – 2 spoon
  • ginger paste – 1 tea spoon
  • tomato ketchup – 1 tablespoon
  • chilli sauce – 3 tea spoon
  • chat masala
  • lemon juice – 2 tea spoon
  • honey – 2 tea spoon
  • salt to taste

How to make it:
Half boil the potatoes. I just kept them for 3 minutes in microwave and they were good enough. Now peel them and cut in cubes. Heat oil and fry these until golden brown and keep it aside.

For gravy:
In a grinder put cream, cheese, mint leaves, spinach leaves and lemon leaves, salt and make a smooth paste. Heat little oil and put ginger paste, tomato sauce and chilli sauce. Now fry it for sometime and add the paste we made above and fry till oil separates.

Now add friend potatoes and sprinkle chat masala and mix. Add lemon juice and honey as well and mix. Dish is ready for serving!

shahi paneer

The simple Shahi Paneer recipe

shahi paneerMom was not at home and I had two choices, go eat outside or cook at home. I decided to cook. With not much time in hand and already feeling hungry I decided to make something simple,, quick and delicious. Since I don’t know much about spices combination I just buy ready to use spice mix. Usually these packed spices are not the best option if you are trying to get the best out of your dish but for some recipes it just works equally well. For example if you want to make a chicken recipe, stay away from packed spices. Anyway sticking to our topic here are the stuff that you will need for shahi paneer:

 

  • MDH Shahi Paneer masala – 4 tea spoon
  • Amul Malai Paneer – 250 gms
  • Cooking oil – 1 cup
  • Two medium size onions
  • Tomato puree 150gms
  • Cashew nuts - 4
  • Salt
  • Heavy Milk Cream – 1 cup

 

Method:

I had paneer packet kept in freezer so if you are also using a frozen packet, cut open the packet and fill it with lukewarm water and keep it aside for 30 minutes. Make paste of onions in a grinder and keep it in a bowl. Now heat cooking oil in shallow pan and fry this onion paste till it start changing color and becomes slightly orange.  Now put tomato puree and fry for few minutes. Now put shahi paneer masala and again fry, here you can put little water if the gravy becomes too thick. Add salt according to your taste, 1 tsp works for me. Let it cook and in mean time make the paste of cashew nuts with little water. Once the masala is cooked well, the oil will separate from gravy. At this point add the cashew nut paste and mix gravy well. Now add some water (about 2 cup) and let the gravy cook for 5 minutes. Once done, put paneer and milk cream and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Your delicious shahi panner is ready! Enjoy it with naan or plain rice.