Vegan Pista Kulfi

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IMG_3191‘Dessert might be tricky….he can skip it!’

‘Nah…I can do tricky!’

My last conversation before I set my tiny brain to fire!

Vegan cooking can appear really daunting especially when it comes to desserts. And if you’re going down the Indian road, well…lets just say its challenging!

So, do we not serve dessert to a dear, newly turned vegan, friend?

No way….negative!

We raid the internet, find out what they eat, and get inventing.

The key word here, as in everything I do, is ‘EASY’ ! It has to be quick, hassle free and of course delectable.

The birth of ‘kulfi a la me’ ! The vegan pistachio kind.

The best part, no cooking needed!

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Here’s what we need

  • 125 g raw unprocessed pistachio
  • 125 g raw unrefined sugar
  • 1 pack (250 g) oat cream
  • 1 pack (525 g) soya custard

IMG_3166OK, so mix in the sugar with the oat cream and the soy custard. Make sure its nicely dissolved. Use a whisk…its easier.

Now grind the Pistachio, fine or coarse…anyway you like, and stir it in.

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That’s it.. you’re done!

Pour into moulds and freeze up!

Unmould , serve and enjoy!

But the proof of the pudding is in the seconds!

‘Another one?’ I ask.

My heart racing, I’m waiting for a response.

‘Yes please!’

Phew! This Vegan cooking….me like!

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Easiest COCONUT LADDU ever!

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Have you ever found yourself stuck between ‘I can’t be bothered!’ and ‘I must!’ ? Well I’m almost always stuck in the middle there!

Not that I’m lazy (which I am!), but why does Diwali have to be on the day we arrive back from our ‘Oh so relaxing’ vacation? And why do I have to conjure up a delicious homemade Indian confection that very day? No I don’t have to! No one expects me to!…. Except that I should want to !

So can I produce a scrumptious piece of heaven without the pain of slavery? Of course I can! I’m a master at it! What follows is the easiest Coconut Laddu recipe in the universe! No cooking. No hassle. Just mix and roll!

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Two things….icing and coconut!

I had this tub of Vanilla buttercream icing in the pantry and desiccated coconut. Use fresh coconut if you want. All I did was knead the two together and rolled into balls!

 

Here goes the recipe

400 grams Icing

400 grams Coconut

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Tip all the icing in a big bowl and mix in the coconut, little by little.

 

 

 

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Knead the mixture by hand.  It does seem a little dry to start with, but then the icing loosens up a bit. I had to go in with both hands!

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Now take little portions in your hand and squeeze till it starts to bind together. This should warm up the icing making it easier to roll into laddus!

 

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Now that is indeed a piece of heaven!

Mission accomplished! 

 

 

 

 

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OK, so what if one doesn’t have the ingredients available? What if one doesn’t like one of them? You see…there are no rules when it comes to the matters of the palate! So, just use whatever pleases your taste buds!

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s explore some alternatives. Instead of Vanilla icing, use chocolate icing or condensed milk or even peanut butter! And with coconut, add some left over nuts or chocolate chips? Or else, simply roll them in some cocoa powder or crushed nuts or cover them in melted chocolate…!

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Here are peanut butter, chocolate chips, cocoa rolled and chocolate covered one’s!

ENJOY!!