Roasted Plum Icecream

Years ago we used to have home made icecream all the time in Summer, but since our house became vegetarian, we haven’t been able to get our heads around making icecream without an egg based custard. So our making and eating of icecream diminished considerably. Shop bought icecream never tasted good – too fatty rather than creamy – and we assumed that home made without a custard base would be icy.

Well, it is different. There, I have said it. But it is also good. It is more like creamy-ice rather than ice-cream. But if you make the flavours intense, it is wonderful. Our strawberry icecream seemed to improve with time, rather than be depleted by it, as most icecream instructions will tell you. But I do have to say that it does always taste best on the day that it is made.

It is Plum season here and our friend has a huge tree. We have been roasting them a lot (we adore roasted summer fruits). Today we took a dozen roasted plums and made icecream. Delicious. I will say that this icecream can be a little hard (common with this eggless icecream), so take it out of the freezer in plenty of time, so it can soften enough to serve.

Similar recipes include Strawberry Icecream with Black Pepper.

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Thick Thick Yoghurt with Zaatar, Walnuts and Olive Oil | Labneh with Walnuts and Zaatar

While others may call drained yoghurt as Labneh, I have always made it myself and began calling it Thick Thick Yoghurt all those years ago, before I had ever heard of Labneh and before labneh became trendy.

It is a versatile product that can be used in a multitude of savoury and sweet ways. Salt it and add spices to use as a spread, dip, dressing or filling. Serve with wedges of toasted pita bread. Sweeten it a little (or not) and use it with fruits, jam, on scones, on toast and jam and it is a great alternative to cream.

Countries from India through the Middle East and into the Mediterranean make and use thick thick yoghurt. This dish is one that uses golpar, that tangy, slightly tart powder made from Persian hogweed. Speaking in terms of traditional medicine, the use of golpar with yoghurt counteracts the cold property of yoghurt. You can buy it from Middle Eastern, Afghan and some Asian groceries. You can substitute some grated lemon rind – it is a different flavour but will still be very very good.

Use this as a mezze dish, a dip, with tomatoes and cucumbers (and radishes), a spread in a sandwich or wrap, slavered over baked vegetables, in place of sour cream.

To get you started, this is how you make Thick Thick Yoghurt. And read more about Golpar.

Similar dishes include Yoghurt and Kaffir Lime Spread, Ways to Use Thick Thick Yoghurt, Salty, Garlicky Thick Thick Yoghurt, and Blueberry Shrikand.

Browse all Thick Thick Yoghurt dishes and our Dips and Spreads. Or explore our Late Summer dishes.

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Bondi Bircher Muesli | Bondi Overnight Oats

Muesli is a breakfast and brunch dish of raw rolled oats and other ingredients including grains, fresh or dried fruits, seeds and nuts, and may be mixed with cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, other forms of plant milk, yogurt and/or fruit juice. (Thanks, Wikipedia.)

Bircher Muesli was developed around 1900 by Maximilian Bircher-Brenner, a Swiss doctor and nutritionist, for his patients at his Zurich sanatorium as a way of getting more raw fruit into their diets. It is still a very popular breakfast in Switzerland and Germany, as well as many other parts of the world. The original recipe called for a higher ratio of fresh fruit to grain, and soaked the raw oats overnight since they took some time to soften. Each day the patients began their day with this mushy fruity mixture. Perhaps it was not an inspirational dish at the time, but in the past 12 decades, the dish has been refined and is an attractive start to the day.

Bircher Muesli traditionally contains a lot of apples, by way of juice and grated fruit. Bircher-Benner believed apples cured him of jaundice in his youth, and he strongly advocated the healing powers of diets high in fruit and vegetables. Thus originally it had few oats (about 1 Tblspn per person) and lots of fruit.

I guess Bircher Muesli was the original Overnight Oats! Here in Australia it is a perfect Summer breakfast. Fruit is plentiful in Summer – beautiful, perfect peaches, apricots, peacharines, nectarines, berries, plums, …. all and more freely available. This breakfast dish – the Australian version – celebrates our sunshine and Summer.

You must also try Overnight Oats. Other dishes include Shrikand and Besan Payasam, both interesting dishes for breakfast.

Have a look at all of our Breakfast dishes here, or browse our easy Mid Summer recipes.

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Lemony Yoghurt Dressing

A creamy delightful dressing.

This dressing is so delicious you will want to smother your salad in it. The trick is to sweeten the dressing with a little honey.

Looking for similar recipes? Try Garlic-Yoghurt Dressing, Roast Capsicum Sauce and Dressing and Tahini Dip and Dressing.

Browse our Salad Dressing recipes here and here, and our Salad recipes here and here. Our yoghurt recipes are here and here. Or be inspired by our Summer recipes here and here.

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Jeera Lassi | Cumin Lassi | Traditional Indian Yoghurt Drink

Lassis are so beautiful to drink, they deserve special glassware. Enjoy!

A lassi is a blend of yogurt, water, often spices and sometimes, fruit. Traditional lassi (also known as salted lassi, or simply, lassi) is a savoury drink, flavoured with ground and roasted spices. Sweet lassi, however, contains sugar or fruits, instead of spices. Also there is a salted mint lassi that is highly favoured in Bangladesh.

Cumin Lassi is a much-loved beverage of Rajasthan. It is ubtly flavoured with dry roasted cumin seeds and limes or lemons. The zest of the citrus is often added to the milk before making yoghurt, and the oils infuse with it as the milk warms.

Lassis are enjoyed chilled as a hot-weather refreshment, mostly taken with lunch.

We have numerous Lassi Recipes for you. Or browse our relaxing teas here and here. Explore all of our Indian recipes here and here.

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Chilli and Coriander Salt Lassi | Indian Yoghurt Drink

Another beautiful lassi, this time with a hint of chilli and green coriander.

A lassi is a yoghurt based Indian drink that cools the effect of hot summers. It is originally from the Punjab and Multan in India and is usually taken with breakfast or lunch. It really is an ancient smoothie, originating around 1000 BCE.

We have numerous Lassi Recipes for you. Or browse our relaxing teas here and here. Explore all of our Indian recipes here and here.

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Lassi Khara | Neer More | Salt Lassi with Asafoetida (Hing)

Yoghurt is such a great food it is great to start the day with some. My preference in summer is to begin with a lassi taken slowly on the balcony, watching the sun rise, before the day begins. It sure beats a coffee!

A Lassi is an Indian sweet or savoury drink made from a yoghurt or buttermilk base, perhaps with water, and with flavourings. The flavourings are either fruits or spices. You may of course know the ubiquitous Mango Lassi, and perhaps the Salt Lassi (great in very hot weather).

Are you looking for other lassi recipes? We have numerous Lassi Recipes for you. Or browse our relaxing teas here and here. Explore all of our Indian recipes here and here.

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Overnight Oats for Amazing Breakfasts

My predilection for pre-paring and pre-cooked prep took a new turn when I was introduced to Overnight Oats – oats that require no cooking but are simply soaked overnight for an instant morning breakfast. Firstly, it really does make a magnificent breakfast, so tasty. Then it is extraordinarily healthy. And most of all, it is quick and easy. Do what I do and take it to work for lunch sometimes too.

Although you can put the ingredients together for individual serves, it is more convenient to make a month’s worth of oats mixture at a time. About once per month, I take 15 – 20 medium jars, and prepare the  mixture. The jars line up on my bench, waiting patiently for their ingredients one by one. Then they go into the pantry cupboard.

Are you looking for other Breakfast Ideas? Try these – Bondi Bircher Muesli/Overnight Oats, Prunes in Tea with Spices, and Porridge, Indian Style.

You can browse all of our Breakfast recipes here, and all of our Oats dishes here. Or simply browse all of our Mid Spring recipes.

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Salty, Garlicky Labneh | Thick Thick Yoghurt

A beautiful, garlicky thick yoghurt for salads, soups and dips.

Labneh is a particular favourite, going into salads, soups, pasta dishes, dips, vegetable dishes, deserts and breakfast dishes.

We call it Thick Thick Yoghurt. See these previous posts on our love for this wonderful food. And this is how to make it: Making Thick Thick Yoghurt. Recently we began making it pre-flavoured with salt and garlic. You will love it too.

Similar recipes include Green Peppers and Yoghurt, and Thick Thick Yoghurt with Walnuts and Zaatar.

You might like to browse all of our yoghurt recipes, our Middle Eastern dishes and all of our Salads. Our Dips are here if you are after dips and sauces. Or simply take some time to explore our Mid Autumn dishes.

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BBQ Roasted Pears, Strawberries, and Grapes

Make these in the oven or on the BBQ, they are delicious!

A BBQ is tremendous, even in winter, even in the cold. We use it more than in non-summer months than in the heat.

If you haven’t see it already, take a look at Part 1 of this BBQ series to see Grilled Fennel with Lemon and Parmesan and Grilled Broccoli with Preserved Lemon and Part 2 of this BBQ Series to see Roasted Carrots with Pomegranate Molasses, Melty Cheese and Baked Bananas. You can also browse the complete BBQ Series of recipes, including Baked Garlicky Eggplant, Baked Apricots, and Hot Tomato Salad. Find inspiration in our Winter recipes here and here.

You might like to browse these – Pear recipes are here and here, Strawberry recipes are here and here, and Grape recipes are here and here.

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Drumstick Kadhi | Yoghurt Curry with Drumsticks

Yoghurt Curry with Drumstick Vegetables

After being given some drumsticks, home grown by a friend, Drumstick Kadhi was on the menu.

Kadhi is a slow cooked yogurt or buttermilk dish, thickened with besan (chana flour, chickpea flour) which is later tempered with spices. In Indian recipes the terms “curd”, “buttermilk” and “yoghurt” are used almost interchangeably.

You can use Western buttermilk especially if you are after that little sour tang that buttermilk provides. If you are using yoghurt, look for unsweetened natural yoghurt, eg Greek Yoghurt or yoghurt from your Indian grocery, and thin it a little.

You might like to browse the collection of yoghurt recipes here. and here. A favourite is Thick Yoghurt Tahina Dip with Herbs. Browse all of our Indian recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Winter dishes here and here.

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BBQ’d Carrots with Pomegranate, BBQ Melty Cheese Toast and BBQ’d Baked Bananas

BBQs are great, even in Winter.

Beautiful wintery days continue, clear skies, sunshine, happy moods. And it is perfect for weekend cooking on the BBQ in a no-fuss, not too much washing up, sort of a way.

Use baby carrots or normal carrots for this dish. Best cooked in a foil tray to minimise dishes and washing up, you could also cook it directly on a BBQ hot plate.

If you haven’t see it already, take a look at Part 1 of this BBQ series to see Grilled Fennel with Lemon and Parmesan and Grilled Broccoli with Preserved Lemon. You can also browse the complete BBQ Series of recipes. Find inspiration in our Winter recipes here and here. Continue reading “BBQ’d Carrots with Pomegranate, BBQ Melty Cheese Toast and BBQ’d Baked Bananas”

Moru Sambar | Buttermilk Sambar | Two Recipes

Delicious and easy to make

This wonderful, refreshing, soothing sambar is made with buttermilk. It is utterly delicious and very easy to make. Called Moru Sambar, Moar Sambar or More Sambar, it can be made with either buttermilk or yoghurt.

Are you wondering what defines a sambar? You might like to read this post that answers that question. If you like to explore sambars, you could browse all sambar recipes, kuzhambu recipes. This sambar is different to the classical, seasoned sambars, being made of yoghurt or buttermilk.

For how to cook vegetables for sambar, read On cooking Vegetables for Sambar. For making sambar powders, go to Sambar Powders and a Simple Sambar. Finally this one will also help –  Sambar – hot, sour or salty?. A lot of info for a simple dish:)

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Spinach Pachadi | Palak Pachadi | Spinach in Yoghurt

Last night I cooked a gorgeous spinach dish, a Pachadi. It is a gorgeous dish that can be used as a side dish or goes just as well over rice, on its own or with a yellow dal. It is a purée, so it would also go well drizzled over some chunks of pan-fried tofu, fresh made paneer or some roasted or pan-sautéed chunks of potato. With some crispy flatbreads. With a green salad of goodness.

Similar recipes include Asparagus Raita, Boondhi Pachadi, Carrot Sambol, and Cucumber Pachadi.

Please also browse our Pachadi recipes, and our Spinach recipes. You might like to read up on Indian Essentials and explore our Indian recipes. Or take some time to check out our Late Spring collection of dishes.

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Parsi Yoghurt Curry | Kadhi

Indian food is wholly and solely about the spices. Any other ingredient is simply a carrier for the spices.

I first had a yoghurt curry when it was cooked by a Persian (Irani) lady in Sydney for a group attending an Ayurvedic seminar. We helped ourselves to rice and curry and moved outside to sit in the sun, chatting and laughing as a group of like minded people do. Then suddenly there was silence. The absolute wonder of this curry carried us away and the only sound was sighs of great satisfaction.

Yoghurt Curry, no matter the type or style, is  wonderful spiced dish where the flavours are carried on silky, beautiful yoghurt. How special this easy curry is. This one is a fairly standard recipe, where a a double layer of spiciness is achieved through a spice paste for the yoghurt, and the tadka added at the end.

If you love yoghurt this dish will become a firm favourite.

Similar recipes include Pineapple Pulissery, Simple Yoghurt Pulissery, and Cucumber Yoghurt Pachadi.

Explore more Indian Yoghurt curries and dishes here. You might like to see more yoghurt dishes, or browse our Indian Recipes. Be inspired by our Early Spring recipes too.

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