Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy Pongal

Wishing all a very happy and prosperous Pongal,

Pongal recipes:
Rich Sarkarai pongal
Sarkarai pongal
Pongal avial
Pongal puLi curry
Venn pongal 
Ketti paruppu 
Easy cooker Pongal

May this Pongal festival brings peace, good health, success, cheer, prosperity and every happiness
Happy Pongal! 
Viki Xavier 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mango custard fruit salad

Here is a very easy recipe to start the new year ....a new dessert !

Mango custard fruit salad is my newest innovation and I love it as a substitute for the original fruit custard salad.

Mango custard fruit salad

Ingredients:  (makes 8 - 10 servings)
Mango puree - 1 cup
Custard powder - 2 tbsp
milk - 1 cup
condensed milk - 2 tbsp (optional)
powdered sugar  or sugar - 4 tbsp (to taste)
mixed fruits - 2 cup 
(apple - 1/2 , pear - 1/2, banana - 1, seedless grapes - 10, pomegranate - 1/2 cup, dates - few)
cardamom powder - 3/4 tsp

Peel the apple, pears, pomegranate. Chop the apple, banana and pear into bite size cubes and keep aside. chop dates, grapes and keep aside.  Keep aside in fridge.
Bring milk  to boil  
Dissolve the custard powder in few tbsp of cold milk and add to the cooked custard. Start heating and cook for 2-3 minutes or till the custard gets thickened. Now add mango puree.
Add required sugar, condensed milk , cardamom powder.
Let cool completely.
Add chopped fruits and pomegranate arils. 
Keep refrigerated for 2-3 hours or till chilled.
Mango Fruit custard is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve chilled as dessert.

I am suggesting condensed milk, as we generally have fat-free milk only at home,  and adding condensed milk makes it rich.
Instead of fresh fruits, we can use canned fruits too, to save time.
Using a vegetable chopper to chop fruits will minimize the prep time.
This salad can stay  fresh for 3 days inside fridge.