“Alcohol and desserts are pretty great on their own. When combined, the results are often epic”. – Ash
Diwali is right out the corner. Colors, lights, fireworks, clothes, family, friends, parties, dancing, and, of course, we can’t forget about the food. There is so much food and sweets. I love the spirit of this festival. It has the spirit of coming together, laughing over mugs of coffee and tea, snacking, and just relaxing. One of the specialties of Diwali is the snacks that are prepared days before the actual festival…
It’s summer here, and it’s monsoon season in India where I am right now. Monsoon in Bangalore is beautiful. The weather is quite perfect, not too cold or chilly. It rains, but not crazily. Being here, travelling around, and trying different foods is an amazing feeling.
There’s a huge selection of food here. From the authentic Karnataka Ragi Roti (finger millet tortilla) to a Belgian waffle flavored with rich Indian spices, everything is easily accessible.
The palette right now is wide. The ice cream flavors are numerous, with wine ice cream, cherry-mango ice cream, and butterscotch pistachio ice cream. Throughout my childhood years, I don’t remember having fruit based ice creams or desserts at all. It wasn’t that popular then. The ice cream that were fruit based were probably artificially flavored, so it was a natural instinct to go for the nutty cardamom or saffron ones. It’s all so different now.
Although I do like the fruit ones, I still have a strong bond to the ones I grew up with. This is one of them.
Who wouldn’t like a luscious, smooth, sweet nutty ice cream? We Indians have a strong relationship with cardamom. The no churn was a popular method to make ice cream, since regular households didn’t have an ice cream machine then. I stuck to that method with slight changes after seeing Nigella Lawson’s Popular No-Churn Ice Cream.
This is one of our favorite flavors and it works so well together. I made cones using my recipe for Pizzelle.
Have a lovely week my friends!!
Pistachio-Coconut Cardamom Icecream with Chocolate
Recipe type: Dessert
- 4 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream chilled
- 1 can condensed milk
- ⅓ cup coconut cream
- ½ cup pistachio coarse paste
- ½ tsp green cardamom powder or powder for 3-4 cardamom pods
- Semi sweet melted chocolate
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Cones to serve in
- Clean the whipping bowl and the whisk very well and dry it. You can leave the bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes before whipping the cream.
- Add the condensed milk, coconut cream and the chilled whipping cream and whip it on low speed, around 3 for 3 minutes so it can slowly whip. Then whip it on medium high for another 5 minutes at high speed until it is almost to a stiff peak stage. Stop the machine and add the pistachio paste and whip it for another 30 seconds to a minute until stiff peak and stop immediately. Pour in a ice cream pan or box and chill overnight.
- Melt the chocolate on double broiler, add coconut oil in it and drizzle on the icecream once it is completely chilled.
It’s that time again for Indians to slap colors on each other. A festival which brings people together, a festival of camaraderie and jollity. Holi – the festival of COLORS.
India does have a lot of festivals, and the whole country turns into a colorful atmosphere. Among these festivals, some are religious, some are based on seasons, and some are of national importance. I consider this festival in particular to be a more free spirited, joyous occasion for the young and old and everyone in between. It’s a festival where people forget anger, sadness and join in for a day of fun, food and become kids at heart.
Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to all who celebrate!!
It is one of the biggest festivals of India this week. It is the birth of Ganesha, the Elephant God. To me, I love the vibes that this festival brings. I’m enamored with the colors and the mood it creates.
It’s Holi!!! It’s the Festival of Colors.
I didn’t really experience Holi when I grew up. We South Indians did not celebrate it. So, my memories are just seeing few of neighbors running around and dunking each other in color.
That changed though after coming to the States. It was a Culture Adventure overload.
Some things are deceptively simple; if not, you have to make it simple :). Desserts sometimes look quite deceitful, like this Jalebi. For years I was overwhelmed and never ventured out to make it. I agree, this was not my favorite Indian sweet, until I made it at home. The intense crunch with the sugary syrup coating is simply joyful, a pleasure for your senses.
Oh, it’s Sunday! I really want to curl up on my sofa, laze around watching Netflix all day.
I slowly maneuver myself towards my coffee pot. I ask my little baby bear, who’s watching his favorite show, if he’s eaten something. He then issues a quick sweet demand: “Can you please make me pancakes?” Turning away from him, I let out an annoyed sigh, with eyebrows almost touching the back of my head. I feel sort of obligated to make him some, as I denied him pancakes even last week for the same reason: we didn’t have eggs. I didn’t have eggs today too. He has to go to his cricket practice at 9.00 a.m. I have to wake my mind up.
The next option was to make these Indian style pancake/crepes. He ate them and quickly gave me a kiss with a happy smile. Off he went to cricket.
It has been a while since I’ve posted and visited your page my friends. Well, now glad to be back in this space to wish you all a beautiful and colorful year ahead.
This truly is the Festival of lights in many ways to our family. We feel very blessed, especially this year.
Friendship Day was the most popular college celebration I knew of when I was growing up. Seriously, I never celebrated Valentine’s Day until the last year of my graduation. It was so interesting and fun to see girls buying cards for their Valentine. They got so giddy over it!
On Valentine’s Day, you could see girls dressed their best. They wait for their Valentine to come with red roses. Few guys did come, and the rest were jealous. The four(my friends and I) did not have much excitement on the day and tried to get past the day without being too embarrassed or annoyed. This happened for years.
A Very Very Happy New Year to you my dear friends!!
I wish all of you a wonderful year ahead with everything you desire. I wish you a Healthy, Happy New Year!!
I really appreciate all your visits and your comments. Thanks for the constant support. I am looking forward to learning and sharing many things this year.