Kulfi is sometimes known as Indian ice cream. I have tried many varieties of kulfi throughout the country; this recipe produces by far the best I have ever eaten. It serves eight.
Preparation and cooking time: 1hr 30 minutes approx.
- 4 pints (2¼ litres) whole milk
- 12 green cardamoms
- 10 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons flaked almonds
- ½ pint (275ml) single cream
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped unsalted pistachios
Bring the milk to the boil in a heavy pot. Turn down the heat so as to allow the milk to simmer vigorously without boiling over.
The milk must reduce considerably, to about one third of its original amount. Stir frequently as the milk simmers, incorporating the skin which forms on the top, and scrape and stir the milk that dries and sticks to the sides of the pot.
While the milk is simmering, take the seeds out of the cardamom pods and grind finely. Stir them into the milk.
When the milk has reduced sufficiently, stir in the sugar and the almonds. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sugar dissolves completely.
Take the milk off the heat and allow it to cool slightly. Stir in the cream and half the pistachios.
Put it into a square or rectangular vessel that will allow the mixture to sit 2-3 inches (5-7.5cm) deep. Cool completely. Cover and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle over the remaining pistachios and return to the freezer until set. Remove the kulfi from the freezer 15 minutes before serving and cut into ½ inch (1cm) cubes.
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Delicious tender chunks of chicken are produced following this recipe, lightly spiced but absolutely oozing with flavour.
Preparation and cooking time: 20 minutes (excluding marinating time).
3 large chicken fillets
4 tablespoon plain yoghurt
½ teaspoon red chilli powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cooking oil
Pinch yellow food colouring
Cut each chicken fillet into six equal sized chunks. Wash and drain.
Place all remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix again making sure that all the pieces are well coated with the yoghurt.
Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or a maximum of three days.
Preheat oven to maximum temperature.
Place the chicken pieces on a rack in a shallow baking tray in a single layer.
Bake near the top of the oven for 7-8 minutes.
Serve immediately with a green salad, lemon wedges, and yoghurt mint sauce .
Note. Instead of baking you may grill the fish pieces under a hot grill, without turning, for 6-7 minutes.
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- 500 gm (or 3-4 palm size slices) of king fish/surmai/iswon or pomfret
- 1/2 tsp tamarind paste or 1 marble size tamarind dissolved in 1 tbsp water
- 1 medium size onion sliced
- 1 green chilli (optional) * see notes
- 1 tsp vinegar (option) * see notes
- 2 tbsp oil for frying
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander for garnishing (optional)
For the masala
- 6-7 long dry red chillies (Bedgi) * see notes
- 5 peppercorns (kali mirch)
- 2 cloves (laung)
- 1/2 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
- 1 pod of cardamom (elaichi)
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
- 1/2 tsp cumin (jeera)
- 1/2 tsp mustard (rai)
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 6 flakes of garlic (Indian) with skin
- 3 tbsp coconut milk powder or 3-4 tbsp grated coconut (optional) *see notes
- 1/2 onion (optional) * seet notes
1. Wash & drain the fish on a colander. Using a little water grind all the ingredients mentioned in ‘For the masala‘ to a fine paste. Reserve the masala water from the mixer jar.
2. In a large pan or wok heat the oil & fry the sliced onion till golden brown. Add the green chilli (optional) and fry till it turns translucent. Add the ground masala paste & fry on a slow flame till the oil leaves the sides of the pan.
3. Add the reserved masala water, salt to taste, tamarind juice, vinegar (optional) and bring the gravy to a boil. Add the fish pieces gently and carefully cover them with gravy. Cover & cook on a medium flame for about 2-3 minutes.
4. Turn off the flame, garnish with chopped coriander & serve hot with rice
1. I skipped the green chilli & vinegar and adjusted the tamarind juice as per my taste.
2. The original recipe asked for 10 long chillies and 10 peppercorns. I reduced these quantities as I prefer moderately spicy curries. However, you can add the extra chillies by deseeding them. Instead of doing this I added the coconut milk powder & onion (mentioned as optional items above) as they help in increasing the quantity of gravy.
3. If you are using very large slices of Surmai fish wash them carefully as they break easily.