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Monday, 2 May 2016

Kheer~Indian Rice pudding with Strawberry Sauce.


Kheer is a very traditional Indian rice pudding that is very popular in the Gujarati community of India. This dessert is rich and creamy and traditionally  flavoured with cardamom, nutmeg , saffron and garnished with almonds. I have given this tradition Indian dessert a little western touch by serving it with a topping of homemade strawberry sauce.The Indian spices with the sweetness from the strawberry sauce makes this dessert simply delectable.




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Kheer ~Indian rice pudding with Strawberry Sauce
Traditional Indian rice pudding served with a delicious strawberry sauce.
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Full cream Milk
  • 1/2 cup Pre Cooked Pudding rice
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg powder
  • 1 tablespoon Finely sliced almonds
  • For garnishing few mint leaves and fresh strawberries 
  • 1/2 cup Strawberry sauce
Method:
1. In a heavy bottomed pan add the milk and bring it to boil, reduce heat and simmer the milk for 15 minutes until it's reduced and thickened , Keep stirring the milk to stop it catching at the bottom.2. Slightly mash the rice with the back of a spoon and add it to the milk, together with the sugar.Simmer the kheer on a low temperature for another 5 minutes until all the sugar has dissolved. Keep stirring the mixture constantly.3. Add the cardamom and nutmeg powder and the almonds and stir it in.4. Remove the kheer from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. The kheer will thicken as it cools.5. Spoon the kheer into tall serving glasses filling them 3/4 full.6. Spoon strawberry sauce on top of the kheer and garnish with mint leaves and fresh strawberries7. Chill before serving.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 mini servings


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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Virgin Strawberry Mojito


Mojito is a Cuban cocktail that is made using five key ingredients, rum, sugar, lime juice, mint leaves and sparkling water. This is a twist to the traditional Mojito where I have made it nonalcoholic by omitting the rum and adding a summer  flavouring to it with the use of strawberries.
















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Virgin Strawberry Mojito
Luscious strawberries, aromatic mint muddled to create this refreshing strawberry mojito.
Ingredients:
  • 200ml Sparkling water
  • 10 Mint leaves
  • 4 tablespoons Strawberry Syrup
  • 6 Fresh strawberries hulled and diced
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 cups Ice cubes
  • 2 Mint leaves for garnish
  • 2 Lime slices for garnish
  • 2, Strawberries whole for garnish
Method:
1. Cut the lime in half and cut two slices for garnish, cut the remaining lime in to quarters.

2. In a jug add the lime quarters, diced strawberries, mint leaves and muddle to release the flavours. Divide this mixture equally into two tall glasses.
3. Add two tablespoons of strawberry syrup into each glass and fill the glass with ice cubes.4. Pour sparkling water into the glasses and garnish with the reserved lime slices, mint leaves and strawberries.5. Serve immediately.
Details
Prep time: 10 minsCook time:none Total time: 10 mins Yield: Serves 2

NB-You can find the recipe for the strawberry sauce/syrup here, alternatively you can use shop bought.

Since the strawberries are now coming into season you may like some more ideas in which you can make sure of them.
Strawberry Icecream
Strawberry Marble cake
Strawberry Lemonade

Monday, 25 April 2016

Strawberry Sauce

My favorite berry is the strawberry, I love the tartness and the texture of it as it hits my lips. As soon as I see strawberries hit the shops I go mad and buy punnet loads, then of course I have strawberry fever in my kitchen and the dilemma as to what to create with them all. This simple strawberry sauce is one of my favorite recipes that I make when ever I can get my hands on ripe strawberries. Its perfect drizzled on pancakes, icecreams in drinks and also poured on porridge.



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Strawberry Sauce
A fruity and delicious Strawberry Sauce.
Ingredients:
  • 240g Strawberries hulled and cut into quarters.
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

Method:

1. Place the strawberries, lemon juice,sugar and water in a pan and bring the mixture to boil.2.Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce the temperature and simmer on a medium heat for 15 minutes until strawberries start to break and look mushy.3. Turn off the heat and sieve the mixture through a stainless steel sieve. If you want clear strawberry syrup than do not push the cooked strawberries through the sieve, just strain and keep the liquid.If you require thick strawberry sauce than push the strawberry through the sieve to get a thicker mixture.(In this recipe I pushed the strawberries through the sieve which is why mixture is thick and not clear.)4. Allow the sauce to cool and then transfer it to a bottle. You can use this in drinks or to drizzle over ice cream. Store the sauce in the fridge.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 small bottle

If like me you too love strawberries  then here are some more delicious recipes to create with them.
Strawberry Icecream
Strawberry Marble cake
Strawberry Lemonade

Friday, 15 April 2016

Green Bean Rice




In this delicious rice dish I have used the OXO vegetarian stock pot, which turned the plain boiled rice into a flavoursome and delectable dish that can be made in a jiffy. The stock posts are concentrated so don't be tempted to add extra spices and salt. The Oxo stock pots are packed with intense flavour and are perfect to add to your soups, stirfries, curries, rice dishes or pasta. They are versatile in use and available 3 different flavour combinations; Garden vegetable with parsley and bay, rich beef with onion and rosemary, succulent chicken with garlic and thyme.






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Green Bean Rice
Fragrant lemony rice with green beans and courgettes.
Ingredients:
  • 480g Cold boiled basmati rice
  • 120g Green beans
  • 1 Medium Courgette
  • 1 Small white onion finely sliced
  • 1 OXO stock pot (garden vegetable with parsley and bay)
  • 1 Green chilli finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice

Method:
1.Top and tail the green beans and cut them into 1 cm pieces.2.Top and tail the courgettes and cut it into 2cm julienne pieces.3.Add the oil into the wok and once it's hot add the onion, courgettes and green beans and stir fry them for about 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables start to take slight colour.4. Add the contents of 1 OXO stock pot to the vegetables and the lemon juice and turmeric and toss all the ingredients together until all the vegetables are coated.5. Add the rice and green chilli and stir fry the rice for 3-4 minutes until its full warmed through and is totally mixed with the vegetables and flavouring.6. Transfer the rice to serving bowls and enjoy with a curry or cucumber raita.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 4






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