Sometimes you need a little something sweet to go along with your meal, but most of the times we don't have time to create those elaborate desserts which requires numerous ingredients and endless amount of preparation. Here is my own creation which I thought of one crazy afternoon as kids wanted something sweet ,but they were so impatient that I just threw in whatever I had in the refrigerator and Voila I had this delicious mouthwatering recipe . The best thing about this dessert is that you can change the quantities of the ingredients that goes into it, without worrying about messing it's taste. If you want extra creamy add more yogurt or if you want more liquid like consistency add more milk. My recipe is just a base, you can play around it according to your fancy.
1 or 1.5 cup : Organic Mango Pulp
1/2 cup : Yogurt(I used Trader Joe's low fat plain yogurt)
4 Tbsp: Pista Kulfi Icecream *
1/2 Cup : whole Milk
Sugar: 1-2 tsp (optional)
1 1/2 Cup: Mixed fresh fruits (Grapes, Strawberries,Pear,Papaya, Pomegranate kernels )
1 Tbsp: slivered almonds (optional) for garnishing
1-2: sliced strawberries for garnishing.
In a bowl add yogurt , whisk it .Now add mango pulp, ice cream and milk. Mix everything well. Hold on to sugar, After adding fruits if you feel you need it more sweeter you can add 1-2 tsp sugar if you wish. Keep this mix in the refrigerator and meanwhile get the fruits ready. chop the strawberries,and cut the grapes also in two pieces. Peel the pear and the Papaya, cut it into small pieces. If you don't have pomegranate Kernels, that ok, you can add whatever fruits you like or replace it what is seasonal or according to your taste buds. Fresh fruits are better than the frozen. Couple of times I have replaces apples with Pear and added Blueberries (cut into half) instead of grapes. Add all the fruits in the yogurt mix. If you like your sweets really sweet, this is the time to add sugar and incorporate well. Keep it in the refrigerator for 20 mins before serving. You got yourself a luscious dessert. Granish it with silvered almonds and sliced strawberries and soon you will be devouring it with spoonfuls after spoonfuls.
* Pista Kulfi Icecream is easily available in any Indian grocery store here in US.
" Dessert is like a feel -good song and the best ones make you dance". Chef Edward Lee