Mango Lassi

I’ve told you that we have been falling in love with Indian food lately. Sometimes I cannot get enough of it. Maybe it’s that smoothness of the curry sauces, of the simplicity of the ingredients, or heck all of the spices that just make for a wonderful meal. I can tell you that my freezer is pretty much loaded with garlic naan right now as well, and my closet is full of a variety of dal. Yes, we are true fans.

There is however a wide variety of desserts and drinks that the Indian culture bring to the table, and one of those are lassi. Think of lassi as the Indian smoothie. The basic version is really yogurt, water, and spices, however there are also savory types, and sweet types of lassi. I’m a fan of the sweet type, and hence the mango lassi. This mango lassi is not only delicious, but it is super refreshing on a hot afternoon.

Mango Lassi Recipe
Mango Lassi

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cardamom seed
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Add everything to a blender, and blend until smooth.

Mango Lassi Ingredients

The result is nothing short of amazing. It’s smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet. It’s perfect on any summer afternoon, and one that my daughter and I fell in love with. Hope you enjoy!

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Indian Coconut Soup

Not too long ago, I had asked my wife if she was interested in going out to lunch. Obviously she was ecstatic (I think), and then I gave her a couple of choices. I was leaning very heavily on Indian food, and while I never thought my wife to be all that interested in Indian cuisine, she happily agreed. We checked out this local place called India Garden in Milwaukee. The restaurant was hidden back in a strange area just off a busy street, but the exterior looked nice, and there were plenty of cars in the lot which is most likely a good sign. Upon entering, the interior was super clean and nice, and the service from the start was awesome. Good signs.

This place was packed with natives, which to me, is always a great sign. We took a look at their buffet, and it looked really, really good.

Indian Coconut Soup Recipe

After we devoured pretty much everything they had to offer (and what they offered was probably the best I have had in Milwaukee), my wife said she wanted to try to the coconut soup. Coconut soup? She was in heaven, and insisted I had to try it. So, as a good husband would, I did, and only did because I knew that I would be making this for her in the very near future. That’s when I did, and she was, again, back in love.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 14 oz can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt

I know… It’s a bit sweet, and strange (in a good way) to say the least, and that’s what makes this one pretty exciting. Think of it as a soup dessert, and a perfect way to end a meal. I also thought that this would be great served chilled (and it was), and blended up with some ice, almost like a Mexican horchata.

This is super easy to make and can be served immediately.

Start by heating a sauce pan on medium heat. Add in the butter, and let it melt.

Once melted, add in the shredded coconut, and give it a good stir with a wooden spoon. Keep stirring it around for about 4 minutes or so.

How to make Indian coconut soup

 

Next add in the cardamon, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and give another good stir. Lightly toast all of this for about a minute, then pour in the coconut milk, and regular milk. Throw in the pinch of salt, stir, and reduce the heat to a simmer, cooking for about 20 minutes.

Now you are ready to serve.

Ladle in the Indian coconut soup into a small soup bowl, and dig in.

Sweet and delicious, this Indian coconut soup is a total surprise and is a perfect finish to practically any meal. Did I mention how awesome cardamon was? If you have never tried it, just let me tell you it goes very, very well with cinnamon and nutmeg, and has this perfect citrus and floral note that will definitely get your taste buds moving. Hope you enjoy!

Indian Coconut Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 14 oz can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of milk
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. know… It’s a bit sweet, and strange (in a good way) to say the least, and that’s what makes this one pretty exciting. Think of it as a soup dessert, and a perfect way to end a meal. I also thought that this would be great served chilled (and it was), and blended up with some ice, almost like a Mexican horchata.
  2. This is super easy to make and can be served immediately.
  3. Start by heating a sauce pan on medium heat. Add in the butter, and let it melt.
  4. Once melted, add in the shredded coconut, and give it a good stir with a wooden spoon. Keep stirring it around for about 4 minutes or so.
  5. Next add in the cardamon, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and give another good stir. Lightly toast all of this for about a minute, then pour in the coconut milk, and regular milk. Throw in the pinch of salt, stir, and reduce the heat to a simmer, cooking for about 20 minutes.
  6. Now you are ready to serve.
  7. Ladle in the Indian coconut soup into a small soup bowl, and dig in.

 

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Coconut Dessert Bars

I’m back at in the baking zone, in particular because I have those sweet tooth’s in the house, in particular everyone but me. But let me stop there for the time being. I say stop because these coconut dessert bars are not only addicting, but holy moly are they delicious.

This all started because I bought a bag of shredded coconut some time ago, and yes it is still fresh, as I was going to knock out some coconut shrimp for my wife and kids. Well, that never happened. I got side tracked, and I will admit that. Three kids, a busy work schedule, well, sometimes I just get spent. But I ALWAYS LOOK AT THAT BAG OF SHREDDED COCONUT. That is when my daughter showed up in the kitchen while I was looking at that bag of coconut, and (she gets me every time as she loves to cook with me) I asked if she could help me with making a dessert. Of course she was sold on making these. What kid or adult would not be!

Coconut Dessert Bars

These bars not only are addicting, but they last a long time. A little bit will do you just fine.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ~ 3 cups of Quaker oatmeal flakes
  • 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ~ 2 cups shredded Mounds, sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2o Rolo chocolate candies
  • parchment paper

Simple, fun, awesome. Preheat your oven to 360 degrees.

Here we go.

To about an 8×8 or baking glass/pot to hold your materials (forgive me, I’m not a baker), line it with parchment paper.

To a bowl, add the oats, the salt, then drizzle in the melted butter. Stir.

Next take that baking glass/pot/sheet, what have you, and add the buttery flakes. Push down with the back of a wooden spoon.

loaded-dessert-bars-ingredients

Next, distribute your chocolate chips, and your butterscotch chips (love), along the top.

Top with the coconut flakes, add the Rolo’s, about an inch apart or so, then pour over the condensed milk. I NEVER DO THIS, I ONLY DO IT FOR THE KIDS.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Just make sure you take a peak as that coconut can turn on you, about 18-20 minutes in. Once the coconut is lightly golden, remove, and let cool.

Coconut Dessert Bars Recipe

Once cooled, slice into your bite-sized pieces, and go at it. Again, I’m not a sweet tooth, but holy moly, these coconut dessert bars are a winner. Kids loved them, I loved them (weird), and we brushed our teeth’s three times a day (or at least I did). Hope you enjoy!

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Thumbprint Cookies

As I noted in my previous post with the easy homemade turtles, I am not one for baking sweet treats, but this time of year always gets me, especially with my youngest daughter. She has that baking spirit in her, loves falling measurements (I do not), and has that look in her eye as though she just wants more and more Christmas cookies. I’ve done my share in the past, and typically only knock out one or two cookies per holiday season, but I decided I needed to make another cookie for her, along with her help, and decided to almost create a shortbread style thumbprint cookie.

Simple Thumbprint Cookies

Simple, easy, and quick. Perfect for me, and my daughter.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup of flour
  • Hershey Kisses

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Get a mixer out with a paddle attachment. Add the butter, salt, powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla, and beat on medium heat until it gets nice and creamy. Slowly pour the flour, continuing on medium heat. Once the flour is incorporated and a bit thick, slowly add in the milk and incorporate until you have a nice cookie dough.

Roll these into about teaspoon to tablespoon style balls, forming them with a pit of pressure as the dough is a bit rough. Place onto a non-greased cookie sheet, continuing until all balls are formed.

Place the cookie sheet into the preheated oven and cook for about 8-10 minutes, then remove and to each cookie, make a thumbprint in the middle of each cookie. They will be a bit hot, but my daughter could handle the heat, so it’s not all that bad.

How to make thumbprint cookiesReturn the cookie sheet back into the oven, and cook for about another 10 minutes or so, or until the edges get a bit golden brown.

During this time, start unwrapping the Hershey chocolate kisses.

Remove from the oven, and begin placing a Hershey kiss into each thumbprint.

Let them cool a bit, then pour yourself a nice glass of milk, and enjoy. These cookies, as though they are a bit dry like a shortbread style cookie, are simple, delicious, and perfect for the holidays. Merry Christmas everyone!

 

 

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