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August 13, 2007

Litchi Sauce and a Guessing Game



The season's been over a long time now. But Sig chose this fruit over all others after the season was over. At least here in India. And when there are so many fresh fruits available in the markets (and on the roadside), I really didn't feel like picking up a can of litchi. The markets are lined with melons, peaches, pears of all varieties and apples, so I stock up on those and bring them with me in my "fruit box".




This is one of the reasons I love summer. Let me rephrase that. This is one of the sights I love during summer. This picture was taken when S and I were on a weekend trip to Mussoorie. These litchies were huge and the seed inside was almost non existent. What more can one ask for?

Season or no season, we always Litchi Crush at home. This way, we can savour the flavour of the fruit long after the season has ended. So, I thought I could use that. Sig did allow it, so why not? But apart from using it as a mixer for vodka, or just making juice, I'd never done anything with the crush.





When I was researching for the AFAM Orange event, I came across lots of recipes that called for orange sauce. So I decided to make a Litchi sauce. I must admit I don't even remember where I came across this recipe. I didn't bookmark it because what I wanted to make for the event didn't require orange sauce.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Water
2 tsp Cornflour
2 tablespoons Icing sugar
2 tbsp Litchi Crush

Mix the corn flour with a little cold water. Add this mixture to the water and sugar. Allow this to boil for 5 minutes. Add the crush and blend.


Depending on the consistency you want, spreading or pouring, you can alter the water and cornflour ratio.




I am fairly certain that I can pour my sauce over pancakes and give myself a little treat instead of using the usual maple syrup. But do come back tomorrow to see what I really did with this Litchi Sauce. I haven't made pancakes yet, so I haven't yet tried that. Keep guessing. I'll be back.



Needless to say, this is my first entry to the A Fruit A Month (AFAM) event hosted by Sig of Live to Eat. Considering the fact that we just finished birthday week with loads of sweetmeats, I was fairly certain that a certain someone would either leave or make me leave. But he had a little surprise waiting on the table when he got home. And he asked for seconds before I could ask how it was. So, there... I had my answer.

21 comments:

Nags said...

wow! u have quite a spread here.. and i am so jealous u found something for AFAM.. and u have a video streaming in ur blog!! i was trying to figure out where the sound was coming from...

strange u cant see the pics.. please try again.. have reloaded them..

blogrolled you :)

Nags said...

ohhh :( :(

i have no idea why :(

maybe u can do me a favor and check back tomorrow and let me know..?

Sia said...

i still cant finalise what to cook for AFAM and here u r ready with ur yummy post and ready to post another dish tom!!! instead of sending it to sig just forward it to me;) i will post that in my blog and say i cooked it;)

sra said...

Mousse? Curry? :)

Richa said...

hey, that sure is a quick one to make & sounds so good :)
yeah, i remember this pic from ur other post. hmm, lets see what u put it in :)

Asha said...

Raaga,I tried to look for Lychees here too,couldn't get the fresh ones.I went to a Vietnamese store and bought cans and Juice, will post in Aroma today!:D
Looks great, glad you made it to the Lychee fest!:)

Sharmi said...

hey I liked the pic of the lychee vendor. will come back for the recipe.

Mallugirl said...

litchi crush and syrup sound so exotic!

Sandeepa said...

Love Lychee, but what do you mean by lychee crush ? You made a lychee juice and then the sauce ?

Sig said...

oh yumm lychee sauce... it will go with anything, so kinda hard to guess... but you baked a cake and poured it over that may be?
Anyway I'm sooo glad your marriage is intact girl... :D , thanks for the entry, can't wait to see tomorrow's post... hugs

Sreelu said...

Raaga,

Pic of the lychees is so beautiful, Its one tough AFAM, all I think of Lychee is just eat plain. Can't wait to see what you have used this syrup for

SeeC said...

Litchi sauce sounds new to me.
Simple and a must try.

Coffee said...

That sauce sounds absolutely divine! I am waiting to see what you pour that onto! :)

ramya said...

nice idea lychee sauce.i was thinking of skipping this event.good going.

Raaga said...

@Sia: I forgot to act on your orders... will I be forgiven??? :-)

Raaga said...

@Sra: Mousse does sound interesting. But I'll save it for dessert season resumes here :-)

Raaga said...

@Sandeepa: I think crush is made of Litchi pulp and sugar... I bought it as it is in the market. I used the crush to make the sauce :-)

Raaga said...

@Richa: Now you know what I put it in :-) its a great reminder of summer - that picture :-)

Raaga said...

@Asha, Sharmi, Shaheen, Coffee, Ramya, SeeC: Thanks and good luck to those who'd like to try it out.

Raaga said...

@Sreelu: Even I usually just pop them in my mouth :-)

Raaga said...

@Sig: Have a great time at the Niagara. :-) And you're the winner of this guessing game. As a prize, you receive this entry to the AFAM event :-)