4 June 2007

Mango Coconut Icecream


Here's to two of my best friends from the blogosphere -
Meeta who celebrated her Birthday on 2nd June and Sig who is celebrating her anniversary today !!

This is my first ever attempt at making ice cream at home. With Natural Ice Cream's main outlet a stone's throw away from home, I really can't be blamed right? Musk melon, Fresh strawberry and Papaya-Pineapple have been my season's favourites and Custard Apple & Tender coconut are my all time favourites.

Their natural fruity ice creams have only 3 ingredients - Milk, Sugar and Fruit pulp / chunks. It can't get fresher and simpler than this. A half kilo box costs around Rs.150 ( under $4.00 ). I wont be wrong if I say this is Mumbai's favourite icecream brand. While I like trying out the gelatos that are taking the city by the storm, nothing can beat Naturals!!

Anita's Roasted Banana icecream truly inspired me to try my own, especially because she made with without any fancy schmancy gadgets. Meeta's dark chocolate raspberry icecream made me feel like hiding my own simple creation right at the back of the freezer LOL!! And there's Priya's Mango icecream giving company to my own...




Mango Coconut Icecream
Category: Dessert, Icecream, Fruits
Serves 6
Recipe source: Rediff.com

Ingredients

500 ml cold milk (3% or higher fat content)
200 ml tetrapack of coconut milk
1 cup skimmed milk powder
3/4 cup sugar or equivalent Splenda for those who avoid sugar
1 tsp mango essence or vanilla extract or cardamom powder
1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped into small pieces

Directions

1. Turn your freezer control to 'quick chill' or lowest temperature one hour before you start with the ingredients.

2. Take all of the ingredients except chopped mango in a large deep bowl and churn with a handblender for 10 minutes till frothy. It's good to take some breaks of a few seconds each so as not to overheat the blender's motor.

3. Put in the mango pieces and blend for another 2 minutes.

4. You may either turn this mixture into your ice cream maker and follow instructions or pour it into an airtight plastic jar / aluminium tin and freeze for 4-5 hours.

5. Remove the contents back into the bowl and churn with hand blender for 5 minutes or so, until all the frozen chunks are broken and frothy.

6. Repeat as in 4.

7. Icecream should be set and ready. Scoop out into chilled bowls and garnish with mint leaves or cardamom powder or mango slices.

Notes

The coconut flavour happened as a result of laziness. I didn't have the cream on hand to use in the recipe, and since coconut milk is as thick as cream, I decided to give it a try. Coconut and mango both being tropical flavours, blend quite well. If you are a person who loves pinacolada type flavours, you are sure to love this one.

If you do not have a hand blender, by all means use your regular food processor / mixer to beat the frozen icecream.

This is my entry to Meeta's BIG BIRTHDAY BANG!




22 comments:

Anita said...

Way to go N! Very innovative substitution of coconut milk for cream - and you're right, there is no reason it will not go with mangoes. Meeta's gonna love it!

Viji said...

Heyy,This is a very innovative ice cream from ur side.Good mannnnn...

Priya said...

That really looks delectable, love the color too. I am all set to try another ice cream flavor with the plastic tub in the freezer getting empty. In Hyd, during the summer there would be this sudden rise of local ice cream makers who would make wonderful ice cream at half the price of the branded ones. It was a weekly ritual at our place to to buy from them. Now all I get is my mother's commentary while she savors the ice cream :(

Its time to ask Meeta for a Birthday treat :) I can't wait to see this event's round-up.

Sreelu said...

Naditha,

Mango & coconut yum, love the flavors. we have a local indian ice cream store which churns out of the best Indianized icecreams like Ghulkand, saffron and sapota.

Yours should be tried !!

Richa said...

you are absolutely right, nothing can beat naturals :) aah! sitaphal & tender coconut, what else does one need :) unfortunately on my last visit sitaphal was not in season :(

good to know this combo turned out yum!

Meeta said...

No way - you ain't hiding that from me!! LOL! It looks great!

Suganya said...

Hmm... You know I am thinking I can try this with pineapple...Going with yr Pina Colada theme..

Swapna said...

Wow..lovely ice-cream and a great entry for Meeta's bday bang

Cynthia said...

Nandita, you are a temptress :) two of my favourite flavours combined, mango and coconut?! What is not to love.

Let me share something with you, just today I was saying to myself that I want to get an ice cream maker then I come on your blog in the evening and here you are tempting me with this wicked combination :D

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Nice Video Nandita! You are a gorgeous lady! I can see you on foodtv next.....

Kanch

Vcuisine said...

A seasonal treat Nandita. Tempting really. Viji

Nandita said...

Glad that you all liked this combination....do let me know if anyone tries it out!!

Raaga said...

Rasayan as an icecream... I must try this.

ushaprashanth said...

Hi!
That's a great combo!!!!!!Mango and coconut....... Tempting...

Urmila said...

Hi Nandita,

First time reader & commenter but will surely be back. I really liked your blog & your recipes look & sound yummy (esp this one, mago icecream at home, yum yum)... if only someone could make them for me, I'm lazy ;)! I am especially happy to have found your blog as a fellow TamBram, many of your Tam recipes are very similar to my mom's so this will reduce my daily phone calls home to Amma to get the recipes! As I currently live in the US, this should be a big savings! :) While I usually find most of my Indian recipes through Google or Bawarchi, I hadn't found a site that gives me authentic TamBram cusine. You are now my go-to site.
Urmila

Nandita said...

Raaga- What rasayan? puriyalai!

Urmila- thanks for that wonderful feedback...since all my Tambram recipes are from the authentic sources (mom, grandmom, chithis etc.) you can be sure I'm not goofing up with them LOLL WHile I like to mix and match everything, I don't like to mess with traditional recipes, well, atleast most of the times ...hope to cya around

Roopa said...

nandita this is yummy tempting feel like having a scoop right now!Thanks for dropping by my blog!

junoesque said...

hey n...two questions -

i dont want to use cream - and i dont like the coconut flavour. so then what do i use ?

and please pretty please do me a chocolate variant...

love

r

Raaga said...

Remember my dish with mango pieces, demerara sugar, coconut milk and cardamom?

http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2007/05/rasayan.html

Sig said...

Wow sweetie pie, you are such a darling..... I've no idea how I missed this post... been too busy with my parents in town... That icecream looks super delicious... xoxo

Pearlsofeast said...

Nandita,The ice creams looks and sounds delicious.Love to try out soon.
Since mango is in season, I am tempted to try this version with coconut!!!!!!!

Jaya Wagle said...

Nandita, glad to connect with you on this beautiful trail. I have made mango gelato before using mango pulp and coconut milk, but your version sounds like a creamier version of mine. And I too am a big fan of Naturals. Love their tender coconut.

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