28 May 2012

Guava Ice Cream


Temperatures are soaring and air is very warm indeed ... somehow I don't seem to enjoy summers here. But that is not the case for all my family around me.

They seem to jump in joy, run around with kites, swim in cool waters and eat loads and loads of ice creams. Tubs of cold treats are the only things to keep them happy.

I am quite lazy to whip up custard from scratch or go for exotic flavours. Fruity flavours are quite different from chocolate /toffee /caramel ones and they taste yummy. I love guavas as they have a very unique flavour.

We used to chop up unripe guavas, mix them with chilli powder and salt and enjoyed during the summer afternoons. The ripe ones have a sweet aroma and a wonderful soft almost gooey centre dotted with seeds.


Most of the Indian homes have a guava tree, so the yield can be made use in this delicious way. Did you know that the guava leaves have medicinal properties and are used as antiseptic and anti-diarrheal purposes.
 
This icecream is inspired from an authentic Caribbean recipe but adapted to my taste. It has the most wonderful aroma and the depth of flavour is intense...



For the Icecream:
Ripe guavas: 8 nos [small].
Whole milk: 100 mls + 3 tbsp extra.
Whole cardamom: 3.
Cloves: 2.
Cinnamon: one 1 inch piece.
Ginger powder: 1 tsp [optional]
Chilli powder: 1 tsp [optional]
Light muscavado sugar: 200 gms.
Corn flour: 1 and 1/2 tbsp.
Water : around 100 mls.


1.In a deep heavy bottomed vessel simmer the milk  and the aroma spices for 12-15 minutes.
2.Remove from heat. Cool completely and let the spices infuse with the milk overnight or atleast for 6 hours.
3.Strain the milk and reserve until further use in the refrigerator.
4.Wash and cut the top and the bottom bits of the guavas. Chop them finely and grind to a paste.
5.Transfer the paste to a container and add the 1/2 cup of water.
6.Rub the paste through a metal strainer with a spoon to extract the soft smooth pulp.


 7.The resulting pulp should be around 450-500 mls.
8. Mix the corn flour with 3 tbsp of milk. Place another pan on slim flame.
9.Add half the pulp, ginger powder, chilli powder and sugar. Whisk until all the sugar is melted and everything is evenly mixed.
10. After 4-5 minutes when the mixture comes together add the corn flour mix and whisk together.
11.Once thick remove from heat and cool.
12.Add the spiced chilled milk to the cooled pulp and mix well.
13. Transfer to a freezable bowl and freeze for 2 hours. Remove from freezer and whisk to break down the ice crystals.
14.Repeat a couple of time and freeze until firm.


Enjoy scoops of icecream garnished with crystallised ginger pieces and cloves.



Notes: There is no need to peel the skin of the guavas as ripe ones have very thin skin and peeling them you would lose essential vitamins. Leaving the skin doesn't impart any bitter flavour to the icecream.

The amount of sugar I have used imparts a mild sweetness to the icecream. You can add 50 gms mor if you prefer a sweeter treat. You can also use regular caster sugar in place of muscavado sugar.

The chilli powder and ginger powder are purely optional but it provides a wonderful depth to the icecream.

Enjoy..

Scribbled by Reva


34 comments:

Poonam Borkar said...

looks yum..very beautiful clicks!
Spicy-Aroma

Shobha said...

This is an amazing ice cream recipe with spices..must be tasting awesome..

Devi said...

That is something I've never come across any where.. looks delicious!!

Sangeetha said...

guava icecream sounds very delicious n flavorful...haven't tasted this fruit ice cream...beautiful pics as always!

Spicy Treats

Srimathi said...

This is a cool recipe. I wonder why I never thought of guava's in ice cream when I like the fruit a lot.

Anu said...

Looks yum and a nice twist with guava

simran said...

wow!an amazingly flavourful ice cream....wholesome and awesome!

Akila said...

Wow... Never heard of this... So delicious....

Shanavi said...

Perfect treat for this hot summer..Reva

Chitty Boy and Me said...

love the pictures!!!!
satya
http://chitty-boy.blogspot.com

Resh said...

delicious ice-cream with a hint of spice ;)...do link it to my ongoing event at www.daily-cuppa.blogspot.com

Non stick, Nutty and Sous chef said...

Never tried making or tasting a guava ice cream. This looks interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing!

Priya said...

Exotic and very impressive icecream.

radha said...

My daughter likes anything to do with guava. She would love this.

Paaka Shaale said...

The ice cream looks fantastic Reva. Loved the guava flavor and cinnamon. I can only imagine how it would have tasted. Great clicks as well :)

PJ said...

Wow love the idea of Guava ice cream. In this hot hot climate I wish someone would make this for me now..Looks so delicious....

Tina said...

Fabulous and perfect.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Lovely version of guava ice cream, beautiful.... clicks.

Shama Nagarajan said...

drooling ice cream

R.Punitha said...

Hi Reva Madhan ,

Very new ice cream !!!

I'm sure , it's a visual treat and

also it'll sounds well.

Keep it up Reva....

hemalata said...

Very innovative n delicious looking ice cream.

Bhamathy said...

Perfect treat on a sunny day!

KRUPA said...

Hey reva, thanks for dropping in PACHANTI and leaving your wonderful comments, you have a lovely blog with great recipes, happy to follow u.

Vijitha said...

Perfect treat to quench the summer heat. Love the flavor of guava. Yum!

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

I still remember the guava trees in my neighbourhood but not anymore where I am now. This is so unique and out of this world recipe. Looks so good and yes, splendid for our scoring hot weather.

Manju said...

Wow, its almost like a spicy apple pie or a spicy carrot cake flavor and I loved the Guava version :-) Super!

Do stop by my space when time permits...would be glad to make blog buddies with you !!!

Regards,
Manju
http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com

Shabbu said...

yummy icecream...
thanks for ur lovely comment in my space...happy to follow u...
Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

PT said...

never heard of guava ice cream.. its really wonderful.. glad to follow u back dear.. thanks for leaving lovely comments on my space..

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Rosh said...

Fantastic clicks! Would love to try a guava icecream...sounds so yummy!

Spice up the Curry said...

Ice cream looks just awesome. I wanted to make this but I am not able to get guava in USA where I live. this is just mouthwatering

Carrots and cherries said...

Guava icecream...very interesting .... you are really tempting me now !!
yumm !!

Cheers

Abhilasha

Rekha said...

ice cream looks awesome.. very good presentation..thanks for visiting my blog and ur lovable comments:)
http://indiantastyfoodrecipes.blogspot.com

dassana said...

liked the pics reva :-)

ANU said...

wow Reva this is awesome...i luv guava and ice cream out of it looks yummy!

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