Kesar Rose Gulab Jamun Ice Cream Cake

All your favourite sweets in one delicious avatar? We’ve got it right here for you! Super simple to make and your guests will definitely be wowed. Stand out from the crowd of regular Indian ‘mithai’ without compromising on the unmistakable flavours.

Prep Time: Serves: 1 cake

Ingredients

Method

  1. Boil the milk, grind the almonds  and add them along with the spice extracts. Turn off the heat, cover and allow the flavors to infuse for ten minutes.
  2. Whisk egg yolks along with sugar. Strain the flavored, cooled milk onto the whisked eggs.
  3. Return to a gentle flame and keep stirring constantly until the milk thickens. Cool.
  4. Add cream and flavor with rose water, fresh chopped rose petals.
  5. Freeze until set.
  6. Remove from refrigerator and soften slightly. In a rectangular cake tin place a layer of the ice cream. Then place the gulab jamuns evenly in 2 lines.
  7. Cover with the remaining ice cream, so that the gulab jamuns are hidden.
  8. Freeze again.
  9. When serving, cut diagonally so that each slice has a section of gulab jamun in it. Sprinkle with pistachios and more rose petals.

15 Amazing Facts About Indian Food

Ah Indian food! Our ultimate source of comfort, be it a bowl of dal-chawal or puchka from the street. But just as India is a land of many cultures, Indian food as we know it today is a blend of many influences, drawn from the rich and diverse history of the nation. On this Independence Day eve, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about Indian food:

  1. Many now staple ingredients of Indian cuisine like humble potato and tomato do not have Indian origins. They were bought to India by the Portuguese. Not only this, the Portuguese also introduced us to refined sugar. Before that fruits and honey were used as sweeteners – much healthier if you ask us!
  2. According to the Indian food theory, our food has 6 different flavours- sweet, salty, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy. A proper Indian meal is said to have a balance of all these flavours with one or two standing out.
  3. Love eating samosa? Here’s a shocker for you – samosa existed as ‘sambosa’ in the Middle East much before the 13th/14th century when it came to India.
  4. India is the land of rice that grows an unbelievable number of variants – white, red, brown, sticky and even black. Black rice is also known as Magic rice and is popular in Manipur.
  5. India is the largest producer of spices in the world (though this is hardly a surprise!). 70% of the worlds spices come from India.
  6. Everyone’s favourite chicken tikka masala as we now know it, was actually ‘invented’ in the UK. The British tamed down the spices in more traditional Indian curries and added cream to come up with the now-famous, rich, delicious preparation.
  7. The first Indian restaurant is said to have opened in London in 1809. There are now more than 9000 Indian restaurants and curry houses across the UK! In fact, there are now more Indian restaurants in London than Mumbai!
  8. Greek, Roman and Arab traders have contributed a lot to the first foreign flavours in the Indian cuisine. Who did you think bought the amazing saffron to India?
  9. Wikipedia lists nearly 200 types of Indian desserts!
  10. Rajma originally belongs to Mexico and is a staple there.
  11. West Bengal is the hub of Bandel cheese production. It is an Indian variety of cheese which is said to have been inspired by Portuguese.
  12. India is home to ‘bhot jolokia’ one of the hottest chillies in the world also called ‘ghost chilli’. It is grown in the North East states and is more than 400 times hotter than Tabasco Sauce.
  13. India has the lowest meat consumption in the world per person, which does not come as a shocker since 40% of the population is vegetarian.
  14. Naan is most often associated with Indian cuisine. However, it is said to have been brought to India by the Mughals and it has Persian roots.
  15. Who doesn’t like chutneys? Indian food is incomplete without this delicious side dish. But do you know the Britishers loved our chutneys as much as we do? In fact, they named one of the chutneys as ‘Major Grey’s’ and it is still sold in India.

Wishing you all a Happy Independence Day from the Foodstree team. We hope you liked this glimpse of the amazing, diverse culture we live in –  truly ‘Mera Bharat Mahan!’.

5 Coachella Foods That You Need To Know About

Coachella – the mecca of flower crowns, boho ‘bindis’ and outrageous outfits. Formally known as the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, it attracts around 125,000 people each year – including some of Hollywood’s A-list stars – to the middle of the Californian desert each April for two much-awaited weekends. While fashion and music are certainly the main draw for this festival, the food here is always ‘on fleek’ too!

Since we’re right in the middle of this year’s festival and the food Instagrams are already going viral, let’s look at five of the most innovative and talked about Coachella dishes:

waffle pops foodstree

 

1.Waffle Pops

Easier, crunchier and more versatile than cake pops, waffles finally get the lollipop treatment that they always deserved. Simply put, they’re no more that waffles on a stick but it’s the variety of toppings, both sweet and savoury, that have us ogling. Whether it’s the staple Strawberries & Chocolate, or the more pioneering Cinnamon Toast, Smores or Oreo Cookie Crunch flavours – we can’t wait to try some of our own.

Check out @sweetcombforts in Instagram for more inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mac'n'Cheese Burger

 

2. Mac’n’Cheese Burger Bun

Yes please and thank you very much! Who needs bread for your burger, when you can get a bun made of Mac’n’Cheese. Filled with soft, cheesy, oozy goodness and a crispy breadcrumb exterior, this one of a kind delicacy is sure to up any burger game.

Take a look at @pigpendelicacy for more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Churros

 

3. Cereal-encrusted Oreos

As if plain churros weren’t sinful enough, the folks at Coachella have gone a step ahead and smothered them in all manner of delicious things and served them with ice-cream. Our favourite would definitely have to be the neon-coloured Fruity Pebble studded churro. Other enticing flavours we saw include Cookie Crunch, Mint Chocolate Chip, Caramel and Strawberry Shortcake.

Visit @ridgeschurrobar if you want to test your resolve to eat healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chana masala frech fries foodstree

 

4. Chana Masala Fries

Chana masala, French fries – what’s not to love? We’re amazed how this isn’t a thing already. In fact, why limit yourself to chana masala – there’s a whole host of Indian flavours that would pair fabulously with fries. Badaam chaat, paneer tikka, cheese & sheesh kebab – the variations are endless.

Look at @badmaashla on Instagram for more fusion food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kimchi quesadilla foodstree

 

5. Kimchi Quesadilla

Mexi-Korean is definitely a kind of fusion cuisine we haven’t heard of yet! This Kimchi Quesadilla is filled with melting cheeses and caramelized buttery kimchi. Judging by how quickly this has become popular, we’re sure that this unusual mix of flavours is sure to please.

Kogi BBQ are the mastermind behind this invention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re anything like us and can’t wait to try everything out  – stay tuned as we’ll be experimenting and uploading recipes soon!