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Monday, August 1, 2011

" Sweet Treats" - Filo Cups with Sweet Coconut, Raisins and Nuts

I love taking traditional recipes and using the ingredients involved, in different manner or presenting them differently.It can create a whole new dish or can brighten up the recipe so much that you end up making the newly created dish often rather than the traditional one!
Here is one example of this!

I love the 'Sweet Coconut' Karanjis that are typically made as dessert for Indian festivals. I took the 'coconut filling' idea from the karanjis, brightened it up with nuts and raisins and filled it in the buttery, crunchy filo cups!Now you have a whole new 'dessert' which is sweet-crunchy-eye pleasing-classy looking and tasty too!
Come on ...dig in with your Sweet tooth!

Ingredients:
1 box of Filo cups,pre baked( 15 cups)
3/4 cup fresh grated/ frozen coconut
1/3rd cup sugar(use less for less sweet filling)
1tsp poppy seeds
1/2tsp Cardamom powder
1/4tsp Nutmeg powder
1tbsp raisins
1tsp cashews
1tsp Pistachios
1tsp almonds
2 tbsp milk

Method:
1) Mix together coconut, sugar,milk, cardamom, nutmeg, raisin, poppy seeds and other nuts and cook on low flame till cooked and the filling is translucent and dry.Let it cool

2) Warm the Filo cups for 3-4 mins at 350 F for added crispness(as directed on the package)
3) Fill a spoonful of the coconut filling in the filo cups.Garnish with poppy seeds, sliced almonds and pistachios.

You will love the Sweet Coconut-Raisin-Nuts in the crisp Filo Shells!

"Sweet Treats"- Quick-Easy-Delicious homemade Saffron-Mango Icecream

Recipe Idea: Ananya Joshi

This was so far the BEST homemade ice cream I have ever had. Really....it was soooo creamy, smooth
,"non greasy',delicious and Best of all .....quick quick quick!!!! It took 2 mins to' make' the ice cream mixture and then 3-4 hrs to set it in the freezer! There was no mixing every 1/2 hour, no tedious work involved, no ice crystals.....and the results were still luscious and heavenly!!

Last time when I was at Ananya's house, her husband had made 'Anjeer icecream' at home with same recipe.It was so delicious and creamy, that I couldn't wait to try out myself....
It tasted just as good as 'Kaware Mango Icecream' back home in Pune. I wish I could send this homemade ice cream to my mom in Pune who just lovessssss Mango ice cream!

Ingredients:

This is all you need!
1) 1- 32oz can of Kesar Mango pulp( found in Indian stores)
2) 1- 8 oz tub of Kraft Cool Whip
3) 1- 14 oz can of Sweetened condensed milk
4) 1 tbsp milk
5) few strands of Saffron

Method:
1) Warm the 1 tbsp milk.Add the saffron strands to the milk to make 'Saffron milk'.Keep few strands for garnishing.
2) Mix to together Mango pulp, Cool Whip, saffron milk and condensed milk, till all the cool whips lumps are gone.

3) Pour into a freezer safe container and freeze! Done!!!
Enjoy the cold-creamy-sweet Mango ice cream with hint of saffron!