Saturday, July 23, 2011

kulfi two ways

In our house, we love kulfi.  Kulfi is a popular indian ice-cream. It is 3 types of milk mixed together and frozen in a mold.  It's easy, and can be made by anyone since an ice cream machine is not needed.

Using my mom's recipe, I made some kulfi and froze it in a glass dish, topped with some roasted almonds.  I got to thinking though (since I've kidnapped my dad's ice cream machine) - would it taste better if placed in an ice cream machine?  Would the addition of air actually change the taste?  Using the same recipe, I placed it in the machine to compare.

The answer - YES!  The ice cream that came from the machine was more decadent than the kulfi that was just frozen.  Hubby was convinced that I used a different recipe since it tasted so different.  Don't get me wrong, we love the kulfi that I have been eating for most of my life.  The machine version though, turned it into something very different, in a good way.  I just love ice cream experiments!


Kulfi

1 cup whipping cream
1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
3 splashes of kewra essence
roasted almonds

Mix the milks and essence together and pour into a shallow dish and top with almonds.  The mixture can alternately be put into popsicle molds.  If using an ice cream machine, add the almonds in the last five minutes.

Friday, July 8, 2011

chicken kebabs

I can't believe it's already July.  Time is just flying by!  We spent Canada Day at Calaway Park which Q totally enjoyed.  Luckily he enjoyed the rides, unlike his mamma, and he can't wait to go back.  We just had to finish the day with a bbq.  I wanted something easy, that would take a few minutes to pull together.  I made the meat mixture for the kebabs before we left for some amusement park fun.  Food didn't take long once we got home and threw the chicken on the grill.
Chicken Kebabs

1 lb ground chicken
1/2 onion, grated
4 cloves garlic, grated
handful cilantro, finely chopped
handful mint, finely chopped
2 TB yogurt
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp paprika
salt
pepper

In a large bowl mix all ingredients together.  Let the meat sit for an hour or two in the fridge.  Make small logs out of the meat mixture using the back of a wooden spoon.  I placed the kebabs in a grill basket and placed it on the grill to avoid it from sticking and falling in.  Serve with pita and tzatziki.

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