The other day, my preschooler picked up the word ‘humongous’ from Sesame Street’s word of the day and threw it into every possible sentence he could make. He managed to use the word fittingly at most times. Picking up the fat Oxford dictionary he quipped “Mama, this book is humongous”. Looking up at his dad he admiringly declared “Papa is humongous”., “I have a humongous thomaph ache” he whined, calling for attention. I was pretty pleased at his newly adopted vocabulary until, he caught me while cleaning up his toys, sprawled on my fours with my rear end jutting right into his face. “Wow! Mama has a humongous bum” he exclaimed, sending me fleeing to the bathroom’s full sized mirrors, glutted with self doubt and loath, wondering and checking if it was a pertinent use of his new lexis or was it his inexperience. Like the time he called the ant or his pinkie humongous? Or, was my binge eating finally catching up on me?
Nah!! The eternal optimist in me quickly brushed it off as an innocent inappropriate remark. After all he was only a naive 3 year old who had just called his dad humongous (no offence Hon, 5 ft 8’’ does not a tall man make). OK agreed, I thrive on denial and like to lash out on others when I’m victimized. But, I was certain it was just a bad choice of words and to show off how convinced I was, I decided on indulging in one of the richest possible Indian desserts.
Disclaimer:This dessert is solely for proving my conviction and is not recommended for people who are worried about their waist line and definitely not for those who take their 3 year olds outcries seriously.
This is one of the easiest recipe for an Indian dessert, that is just impossible to go wrong with. If you are really calorie conscious, but find it hard to resist this treat, you can use 3 slices of bread with sides trimmed off, blended to a smooth powder, instead of the 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream. It provides the creamy texture to the kulfis without adding fat. And frankly, there is no difference in taste.
2 , 12 oz cans of evaporated milk
1/2 pt (8 oz) heavy whipping cream or 3 slices of white bread with sides trimmed out.
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp chopped pistachios
1/4 -1/2 tsp crushed cardamom seeds
pinch of saffron