I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July (Independence Day)! We are spending the day at a friend’s house – sort of an all day food-fest! Our town has a really neat Old Fashioned 4th of July parade as well, so that will be fun to watch. There will be lots of street venders and an antique car show. Basically your small-town America 4th of July! Then around 10:30 the city has a fireworks show over the bay. (Yes 10:30 is late for fireworks, but believe it or not it is still not completely dark!) There is something beautiful about fireworks over the water! Our friends who are hosting all of us for the day have a front row seat for the fireworks – since their house is situated right over the water. My only complaint (being a Texan girl) is that I usually have to wear a sweatshirt or jacket because it gets so cool. That is a completely foreign concept for me in the middle of summer!
My husband even gets into the festivities. He of course loves the FOOD and the fireworks. I think all Indians love fireworks – well maybe not ALL Indians. But fireworks are certainly a big part of the Diwali festival and other festivals in India. Of course, my husband likes setting off his own fireworks or “crackers” as he calls them, which we never did as kids – the best we got were sparklers!
So I’m responsible to bring some sort of dish to the party – I remember last year my Mother-in-law was here and she made this awesome Indian potato dish. Everyone loved it. I was thinking of doing something Indian as well. Then the idea struck me – 4th of July = homemade ice cream. Why not fuse East and West and make Kulfi? If you haven’t tried kulfi (an Indian ice cream with all sorts of yummy flavors like pistachios, cardamum, mango, etc…) you don’t know what you’re missing. I’ve made it once before, and it turned out great. You don’t even need an ice cream freezer (although I did use one when I made it).
So if you’re up for trying it out, here are a few recipes:Mango Kulfi (pista chips are pistachios)Cool Kulfi (with dried cranberries and pistachios)
I might give one of these recipes a try – the recipe that I tried earlier came from my favorite Indian cookbook. There seem to be lots of methods of making Kulfi – so the best way is to pick one and run with it! Your friends and family will thank you!
Anybody tried making Kulfi before? Success? Failure? I’d love to hear about it…