Nimi's Culinary Ventures

Red red melony red!

Drinks, icecreams, veg | April 19, 2014 | By



A few more days to go for the school spree to start off…and back to the busy bee schedules. It was wonderful to be at my hus’s house to celebrate Vishu. As usual a wonderful get together with my co-sisters nephews and nieces. Being married into a joint family the best part is when you all come under one roof for celebrations. Kids have a blastJ.  Being in Munnar and getting used to the cool climate the hardest part of moving over to tropical parts of Kerala during the summer really gets on your nerves.



The start of Summer and you find Watermelons all piled up in most fruit shops and road sides. These bright red fleshy beauties makes you crave for more..Todays post is on Watermelon Popsicles..I have had the moulds for quite some time in my cupboard… the start of summer was a good excuse to set off my batch of popsicles..





Watermelon popsicles
480 calories
124 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
0 g
413 g
5 g
119 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480
Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 5mg
Total Carbohydrates 124g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 119g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups of watermelon cubes desseded and de-skinned
  2. ½ cup of sugar
  3. Juice of ½ lemon
  1. Blend the watermelon cubes, sugar and lemon juice in a blender to make watermelon
  2. juice.
  3.  Pour the juice in to the moulds and freeze them till they are set.
  4.  Once freeze slightly pour hot water over the mould and de mould them by pulling the
  5. sticks.
  6. Enjoy licking and slurping over your watermelon popsicles…
Adapted from Nimis Culinary Ventures
Adapted from Nimis Culinary Ventures
Nimi's Culinary Ventures





Beat the heat with Mango& Dates Smoothie!


Mangoes these yellow beauties have always been my fav since childhood.I remember the fights that I would pick up to slurp the mango seed.This tropical fruit is high in prebiotic dietary fiber,Vitamin A , vitamin C ..etc

Be it ripe or green ones , I love playing with them in my food preparations.The school was closed for about 15 days before the new academic year started.Here in Munnar,  my sons normally have their vacation in June-July months when its pouring all day.The rains are pretty difficult to handle in Munnar when you have to board the bus cold & drenched.So the school closes during that time here as a relief to the kids.The 15 day holiday break flew out for me this time with my classes, printing of my new cookbook and Vishu celebration.Heres a snap from the Vishu Kani..


Mango & Dates Smoothie

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Pulp of 3 medium sized ripe mangoes

6-7 dates ,deseeded

3 scoops of vanilla icecream

2 cups of milk

Chocolate shavings

sugar to taste



In a juicer grind the dates and mango pulp with sugar first.Slowly add in the milk and vanilla icecream scoops and blend  well.Pour this in to serving glasses and top it with chocolate shavings.It is best served chilled.Beat the heat and freshen up with this mango fever!

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Fruity choco muffins with a punch!

Baking, cakes, flour, veg | August 8, 2011 | By

Hi foodies..I’m back after my holiday break.July has been a month with heavy rains in Munnar.The holidays fly by with ease and I’m all over again in my busy bee schedule. Today’s  post goes out to the Sweet punch team.The recipe for this month sought out for strawberries..but the sad prt was that I couldnt get hold of any to pop into my batter.So I thought of giving it a bit of twist.If you love a fruit blast for your kids heres one Banana Apple choco muffins..

Banana Apple Choco Muffins

1/2 cup unsaltedbutter, melted
2eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanillaextract

2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 cup of apple cut into bite sized pieces
2 1/4 cups all-purposeflour
3/4 cup light brownsugar
1 1/2 teaspoonsbaking powder

1/4 teaspoonbaking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup choco chips
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Place a rack in the center of the oven. Line a muffin pan with paper liners .

In a small saucepan melt the butter. Let it  cool to room temperature.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract,milk and mashed banana. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.  
In another large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gently fold in the choco chips and apple pieces coated with flour. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are just combined. Do not over mix the batter . 
Divide the batter into muffin cups and  bake them  until a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 to25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. 

Hopin u all will enjoy this Muffin break!:D

A creamy and crunchy treat for this months DB!

Baking, cookies, Snacks | February 27, 2011 | By

This months DB was quite a yummy challenge ..thanks to Mallory of Sofa In the Kitchen.The month of Feb has been quite tiring after my sons birthday, they were both infected by chicken pox.So I was lagged up in my posts..
This months challenge was Panna cotta and Florentine cookies.For the Panna cotta my first choice of fruit was strawberries..but when I looked through my window and saw the ripe tree tomatoes in my garden I dropped the strawberry idea .


1 cup  milk
1 tablespoon  unflavored powdered gelatin
3 cups whipping cream
1/3 cup  honey
1 tablespoon  granulated sugar
pinch of salt
  • Pour the milk into a bowl or pot and sprinkle gelatin evenly and thinly over the milk . Let it stand for 5 minutes .
  • Pour the milk into the saucepan and place over medium heat on the stove. Heat this mixture until it is hot, but not boiling, about five minutes whisking a few times.
  • Next, add the cream, honey, sugar, and pinch of salt. Making sure the mixture doesn’t boil, continue to heat and stir occasionally until the sugar and honey have dissolved 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, allow it to sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. Then pour into the glass or ramekin.
  • Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. 


 230 gm tree tomatoes
3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup  granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons  unflavored powdered gelatin

  • Sprinkle gelatin over water.
  • Place fruit and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Now mix the gelatin into the tree tomato mixture and stir until gelatin has dissolved.

  • Remove from heat and allow to cool 
  • Now layer it with the panacotta in the glass.After layering with the gelee refrigerate it for 45 minutes.

The Oatmeal Florentine cookies were a mere delight for my kiddos. :)It was super Crunchy!


2/3 cup  unsalted butter
2 cups quick oats
1 cup  granulated sugar
2/3 cup plain (all purpose) flour
1/4 cup  dark corn syrup
1/4 cup  whole milk
1 tsp  vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1½ cups  dark or milk chocolate

Preheat oven to moderately hot 190°C. Prepare your baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan, then remove from the heat.
To the melted butter add oats, sugar, flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Drop a tablespoon full, three inches apart, onto your prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of your tablespoon, or use a spatula.
While the cookies are cooling melt your chocolate until smooth either in the microwave or by double boiling method. 
Peel the cookies from the silpat or parchment and place face down on a wire rack set over a sheet of wax/parchment paper 
Spread a tablespoon of chocolate on the bottom/flat side of your cookie, sandwiching another (flat end) cookie atop the chocolate.
Wishin u all a crunchy creamy baking :)!

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