In my hometown, I have grown up eating all kind of stone fruits – plums, peaches, apricots, cherries during summers. Throughout that time I never use to relish them and instead, detested them like any other rebellious teenager. Later, after shifting to South changed my whole perspective about the stone fruits, not only stone fruits but most of the ingredients around, now I try my best to get each ingredient into best use, which I am quite happy about. And I definitely miss the best of local produce available at the hills. This plum kulfi is one of those recipes you create when loads of fresh plums brought by your mom from the native, sitting in the fridge.
Talking about stone fruits in South India you will not find very good quality stone fruits, I compare them with those available in Nainital which has soft exterior, sweet taste, rich color, which grows in the best of climatic conditions without any use of pesticides, hand-picked by the natives and reaches the local market very next morning, here the stone fruits are smaller in size, not very aromatic and taste is also quite sour so the idea of snacking on it just like that is out of question, and yea I forgot to mention sometimes it is bit challenging also to find stone fruits in Bangalore, plums and cherries still you can find but searching other stone fruits like peaches/apricots is like hunting golden goose until and unless you are ready to pay bomb like prices for it.
One day I was walking around Kormangala for a photo shoot luckily I bumped into a fruit vendor selling plums on his handcart so I bought a kilo or so, that time I had no recipe in mind so to preserve those plums I made puree and kept in the fridge, coincidently few days later IFBM
(Indian Food Blogger’s Meet
), the first ever Blogger’s meet in India which is happening in Bangalore announced the Kitchen Aid Contest
. The winner of the contest wins a Kitchen Aid Chopper and I could not resist missing any single opportunity to be proud owner of KitchenAid gadget. First I thought of tarts, pies, cakes to be made from plum but then I thought of giving very popular Indian dessert kulfi a twist – a plum twist.
When I started making it I was very much skeptical about the taste with confused thoughts and fingers crossed I waited until it was frozen, me and “he” had first our bite of Plum Kulfi together, both of us loved it from the very first bite, the tartness of plums complemented the sweetness of khova perfectly, the coarse puree gave great texture to the kulfi and to forget that beautiful color.
So here is my entry for KitchenAid Contest
at the IFBM 2014
. Hope next time I will chop the plums with the KitchenAid Chopper for the Plum Kulfi, wish me luck!!!!