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Recipe for family meals :


This recipe comes from Monica Bhides's book The Spice is Right.

A new young voice in Indian cooking, Monica Bhide was probably born with a mixing spoon in her mouth! Since the age of ten, cooking has been a lifelong passion for this accomplished caterer and home chef. Monica specialises in Indian cuisine and has prepared everything from an intimate dinner for two to large parties of 40. A graduate of several formal cooking courses in her native India, she is also a voracious cookbook reader and counts hundreds of cookbooks in her collection.

Frustrated by the lack of straightforward Indian cookbooks, Monica became inspired several years ago to develop simplified and healthful versions of her favorite Indian dishes. The result is the collection of mouthwatering Indian recipes in her book The Spice is Right, where Monica, in her down-to-earth and lively writing style, guides Indian food lovers on a non-intimidating and flavourful foray into home-style Indian cooking.

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"This recipe was an open secret among our friends in Bahrain. I heard an advertisement on TV the other night that described this dish perfectly: 'Sunday taste, Tuesday effort!' ".


1 can (14 oz.) fat-free evaporated milk
1 cup light cream
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened low-fat condensed milk
2 teaspoons ground cardamom (optional)

A few drops of rose water (available at most Indian speciality shops)

  • In a large bowl, stir together well the evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream, and cardamom.
  • Pour into popsicle molds, Indian stainless steel kulfi moulds, or even a small bowl.
  • Freeze overnight.
  • Remove from the moulds.
  • Serve sprinkled with rose water.


Before serving, dip the ice-cream mold in warm water to make it easier to remove the ice cream.


The possibilities are endless. Instead of the cardamom, you can add your own favorite flavoring. I love crushed unsalted pistachios.- Another favorite is 1/4 cup of mango pulp. My sister loves hers plain topped with crushed almonds. In most Indian grocery stores you will find a delicious rose syrup called Rooh Afsa; top each serving with a teaspoonful.

Serves 12

Monica Bhide
The Spice is right

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