Cardamom Kulfi

 Kulfi,the Indian version of Ice cream is very popular due its rich creamy texture and mostly seen in the form of a stick or matkas (little pots ) .Its  not churned and so is denser & creamier than western ice-cream, which makes it easy to make at home as you don’t need an ice-cream maker. I added one of my favorite spices cardamom, but it can be made with any fruit /spice you like.Cardamom is a spice which is widely & commonly used  in Indian Kitchen  and has a  unique aromatic flavor .

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Cardamom Kulfi

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2tsps cornstarch mixed into 3tsps milk
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 can 14ozSweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 can 12ozEvaporated Milk
  • 1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 20 Cardamom pods crushed into powdered form.
 Steps
  1. Take a chilled bowl and add heavy whipping cream and sugar . Use a hand blender & whip it for 3mins to form medium soft peaks. Do not over whip/beat otherwise it turns into butter.
  2. Now add evaporated milk, condensed milk,cornstarch mix and cardamom powder until completely dissolved with a spatula. Pour this mixture into in an ice-cream tub or a loaf pan.Freeze it for  2hrs
  3.  Remove the contents into a blender and blend it for 1-2 mins . You can add crushed nuts like pistachios or almonds if you want to at this point. I didn’t. Empty the contents back into the tub and freeze it for 4-6hrs. Now your kulfi is ready . Scoop into ice-cream bowls & Enjoy …IMG_7376

Tangerine Gladiator Lace ups

I don’t get to wear sandals, wedges or heels at work , but from Friday evening till Monday morning I live in sandals especially in summers. Lately I am loving the lace up trend so much that every time I am out and about shopping I end up picking a pair . I bought these bright orange lace ups at Target recently ( went to get something else but I always end up in shoe/clothes section :-)).They are super comfortable & go with everything from crop pants and shorts to dresses. These budget friendly sandals come in 3 colors .I wore them on a casual evening out with crop pants and lacy crochet top.

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Crochet Top – Old Navy | Crop Pants- New York & Company | Sandals- Target | Bracelet & Earings- Old | Bag – Kate Spade .Similar |

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Rajini

 

Rose Falooda

One of the purest pleasures of warm weather is enjoying the refreshing food. Back in India I remember the most loved dessert during hot , humid days was ice-cream . We occasionally got to eat at restaurants, and the most popular dessert was Falooda . It is said that the Mughals bought this dessert to South India .Falooda is a colorful  Persian dessert made with milk flavored with rose syrup(or any flavor u like but mostly rose) , silky vermicelli noodles, basil seeds topped with a scoop of your favorite ice-cream , fruits & nuts. Slurping on the rose milk with ice-cream is a unique combination of  fresh exotic flavors. Tastes better with Home made kulfi.

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Falooda

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Milk Chilled
  • 4tbsp Rose syrup
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2tbsp Basil seeds
  • Vermicelli Noodles
  • 2scoops Kulfi (any flavor)
  • Mixed fruits & nuts of your choice

Steps

  1. Add sugar & rose syrup to the chilled milk & mix until completely dissolved
  2. Soak basil in some water for 5mins.
  3. Boil vermicelli noodles in hot water for 2 mins  and transfer them to cold water
  4.  Now assembling the falooda is the fun part. Take 2 long glasses. Layer it with basil seeds, Falooda sev/noodles and Rose flavored milk .  Now top this with a scoop of cardamom kulfi or any of your favorite kulfi ,mixed fruits & nuts. Enjoy .

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Rajini

Chicken Tikka Tacos

When I moved to the U.S my first Meal (outside) was at  Baja Fresh Mexican Grill. I never ate Mexican food until then. I ordered tacos with grilled chicken which reminded me of something i ate in India called Frankie/Kati Roll. Frankie is a famous street food made with any kind of flavored meat , Veggies or Panner wrapped or rolled in a Roti . This inspired me to make Tacos with Indian flavor /spicy chicken. I love the smokey. spicy flavor of grilled chicken and the fresh ingredients /toppings.  

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Chicken Tikka Tacos

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Ingredients
2 lbs Boneless Chicken pieces cut into bite size cubes
Marinade for the Chicken
3 Tbsp Thick Yogurt
3 Tbsp Tomato paste
1 Tbsp Ginger & Garlic Paste
1&1/2 Tbsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder ( use more if u like it spicy)
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
1 Tsp Garam Masala Powder
½ Tsp Cumin powder
1 Tsp Chaat Masala
1/2 Tsp Turmeric
Salt as per taste
2Tbsp Vegetable Oil
Spread
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 tsp Dried Mint
½ Tsp Salt
Toppings
1 Onion Chopped
1 Tomato (seeds scooped out & chopped)
1 Avocado (Chopped )
Cilantro ( Chopped) &  Lime wedges
8 Soft Tacos
Steps:
• Wash the chicken pieces and pat them dry.
• Add all the marinade ingredients to the chicken and set aside for 4-6hrs or overnight.
• Soak 4-5 wooden Skewers in water for 5mins. Now arrange the chicken pieces to the Skewers and set them on a baking sheet.
• Preheat the Oven to 400*F. Bake the Chicken skewers for 20mins .Turn them once in b/w at 10mins.
• After 20 mins turn the Oven Setting to Broil and set it for 5-7mins to get a charred look.
• Mix the sour cream with Salt and dried Mint
• Warm the tacos lightly in a skillet .Spread a layer of sour cream mixture on the tacos followed by chicken pieces. Now add the Toppings & squeeze lime juice. Serve them immediately while they are warm.

Notes – For Vegetarian option you can use Panneer instead of Chicken but iam not sure of the baking time.

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Rajini

 

Summer Colors

I am loving  the weather here from last few weeks, which makes me want to go out more and enjoy Sunday brunch dates and evening walks.Summer is my favorite time of year as I get to wear lot of floral patterns and colors. I found this cute dress at Macys recently.It’s colorful with a fitted waist and flares out which is perfect for a curvy figure. The pattern on this dress gives a casual vibe & best part is the Halter neck and it has pockets. I wore simple heels, earrings & bracelet to complete the look. 

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Outfit Details -Dress – Macys| Heels – Zappos |Bracelet-Target | Lip Color – Ulta|

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Rajini