Baked yogurt marries mango

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Baked yogurt is not new to the Indian form of cooking – bhappa doi – steamed cardamom flavoured yogurt is a must in Bengali weddings. Its s cooled pot of pudding, that is dense and light and a little tart in flavour and has a great creamy texture. Its a rather simple combination of milk, hung yogurt and condensed milk.

With mangoes in season, i have realised that this king of fruit is not used enough in making desserts. The most common dessert made with ripe mangoes is aamras, pulped juicy fleshy mangoes mixed through with a splash of milk. 

So why not marry the 2 Indian sweet treats, bhapa doi + aamras. you could call the result baked mango yogurt. I had thought i would have to make many tweeps before it would turn out just right, but was first time lucky.

This dessert is also special because it does not have any added sugar. We are using the natural sugars from really ripe mangos to do the job

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Ingredients:

1 cup fresh mango puree
1 cup unsweetened condensed milk
1 cup hung yogurt

  1. Whisk together all the 3 ingredients in a bowl. The mixture should be of dropping consistency and coat the back of a spoon.
  2. Pour the ingredients into your favourite ramekins.
  3. Prepare a tray with water sufficient to half  immerse the ramekins.
  4. Bake in the oven at 180 degree C for 25-30 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean. Be careful with the time because if the yogurt bakes longer the top gets a caramelised spot of colour. It still remains delicious, but for the sake of golden unspoilt colour, keep a close watch.
  5. Serve cold.

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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

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Spicy Green Broth

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So you want to make the kids eat more greens. You yourself are bored with the kale and the chard in your salad day after day and you wish if only you could somehow have your greens and not feel bloated or constipated with all that iron either? Do you recollect that as a child chutneys made of fresh coriander or mint or a combination of both were a staple in India.

Or you think a green soup and you think it will have maybe blanched spinach or bok choy, which is boring. But what if we meant fresh coriander, mint, thai basil, green chillies, lemon, garlic, ginger, the nutty creaminess of cashew and melon seeds garnished with coconut cream. Seems a lot of work with the ingredient list, but its not. It is all about a quick blitz in the processes and a single boil and there you have it.

The soup requires very little cooking and will save your digestive track from over exerting while you are still recuperating from any illness or antibiotic course and still provide abundant nutrition in the spicy broth. This recipe is inspired by Heidi Swanson’s Near & Far Green Soup. If you have any nut or chilli allergies, please skip them altogether.

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Ingredients:
1 bunch mint leaves
1 bunch coriander leaves
1 bunch thai basil
4-5 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger
2-3 green chillies
1/2 cup cashew
1/2 cup melon seeds
1 tin coconut milk
1 lemon
3 cups water

Soak the nuts for 2 hours. This helps in getting a smoother texture.
In a food processor blend the mint, coriander, thai basil, ginger, garlic green chillies and the soaked nuts. Blend till very a creamy paste is formed.
Boil 3 cups of water. once it starts boiling add the coconut milk. Turn off the heat.
Add the paste to this hot liquid. Stir and serve.
I used basil flowers and coconut milk and a squirt of lemon juice as garnish. This soup is a great base for adding vegetables and noodles for a full dinner. On its own its a great broth to ease a congestion and cold and flu symptoms.
You can also let it rest and serve cold with grated/sliced cucumber.
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Poem -Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
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