Thursday, April 22, 2010

Green Chilli Ice Cream (Serves 2)

Hi all. I know I have been apologizing a lot lately. It has been a while since I posted. One reason was my trip to India due to which I couldn't post for a few weeks. The reason now is that I have been in great pain due to a herniated disc I activated again after slipping and falling, because of which I haven't been able to stand for more than a few minutes at a time. Well a least I am recovering, although very slowly.

I went into my google docs and dug out some recipes I had made a long while ago that I hadn't posted. The picture I took of some of the dishes weren't good and I was waiting to make them again, take a better picture and then post. I dislike so much gap between posts hence decided to post them anyway.

I started experimenting with ice cream with some interesting flavors. Since I don't have an ice cream machine and I wanted the process to be awfully simple I took the help of some readily available good quality ice cream and added my ingredients to it.

Hope you enjoy these creations and the imagination behind it.

2 small green chillis (each 1 1/2 inches of length)
1/8 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups natural vanilla ice cream

Keep the ice cream at room temperature (so that it is easy to scoop and mix the ice cream) while you do the prep work.

Cut one green chilli into small fine pieces (as small as you can cut it), including the seeds. Set aside.

Take the other green chilli and cut it into slanted 1/3 inch pieces, and add them to 1/8 cup of heavy cream in a bowl. Bring the bowl of heavy cream with the cut green chilli just about to a boil. Take a spoon and mash the green chilli so that you can get as much flavor and juice out of the chillis into the heavy cream. Filter the heavy cream through a strainer to remove the green chilli chunks, and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, take the 1 1/2 cups of vanilla ice cream, and to it add the chilli flavored heavy cream, and the minced green chilli, including the seeds. Mix everything together well until it forms a smooth texture and refreeze the ice cream for a few hours. Scoop it up and enjoy!

The best way to describe this ice cream is that when you lick it or put a spoonful into your mouth you get the lovely sweet and creamy taste of the vanilla ice cream. As the ice cream goes down your throat, the hotness of the green chili hits you suddenly, taking you almost by surprise.