Dessert Recipes With Summer Fruits

As much as summers bring in bright, crispy days, they also bring along with them exhaustion and fatigue. The best way to deal with summer heat effectively is by ensuring a substantial intake of fruits in our diets. Summers bring along with them, a host of seasonal fruits- heavenly mangoes, tantalizing pineapple, juicy oranges, luscious strawberries, nutrient rich bananas and many more. Though consuming raw seasonal fruits provide an instant energy boost, one can also enjoy them by making mouth watering and delicious dessert recipes with these summer stars. Some summer fruits are known to keep you hydrated whereas some provide nutrients to combat summer health issues.

Here are some delicious dessert recipes with summer fruits. Simple to make and loved by the entire family, these recipe are a great way to enjoy some summer fruits.

Orange Kulfi

Who does not love kulfis? Try this kulfi recipe with juicy oranges - a definite crowd pleaser.

Take about 1 litre of full cream milk and boil it in a nonstick deep pan. Continue to boil on low to medium heat till it is reduced to ½ in quantity. Stir occasionally. Add about 100 grams of sugar and continue boiling till the mixture thickens and reduces further in quantity. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool off. Now take about 6 oranges and gently scoop out the pulp out of each piece of orange. Squeeze the juice out of the pulp, strain and keep aside the orange remnants. Boil freshly squeezed orange juice with sugar till it reduces to half and let it cool. Add to the thickened milk and mix well in a blender. Once this is done add the orange remains to this and mix well again. Pour this mixture in kulfi moulds or any other dessert-serving bowl. Freeze it overnight and remove it only before serving. 

Mango Shrikhand

Cold, creamy shrikhand is a delight. Shrikhand can be enjoyed in many flavors, especially king of summer fruit- mango

Take some hung curd (yogurt which has been completely drained off by straining in a muslin / cotton cloth for 2 – 3 hours). Puree some mangoes and add them to the hung curd. You can put this mixture in the blender and blend well. Alternately you could whisk the yogurt and puree till they mix completely. Add sugar to adjust sweetness and blend again. Garnish them with powdered cardamoms and saffron before serving.

Pineapple Kheer

Enjoy the ever popular kheer with some sassy pineapples.

Pour two spoons of ghee in a pressure cooker. Add dry fruits of your choice like cashew & raisins. Add some sago (sabudaana) and fry till they puff up. Add chopped pineapple pieces and 1 cup of water to this. Give this a good mix and shut the cooker. Allow it to cook till the cooker gives out one whistle and continue for 5 minutes thereafter on slow flame. Once the cooker cools down, add some sugar. Allow it to dissolve and then add 1 carton of coconut milk. Give everything a good mix and keep cooking and stirring continuously on slow flame till the kheer comes to the desired level of thickness and consistency. Perfect post meal dessert !

Strawberry Phirni

Phirni is a soothing rice dish, enjoyed cold. It is made with ground rice unlike kheer, which is made with whole rice.

Boil milk in a deep non – stick pan. Chop the strawberries and place in another non – stick pan separately. Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of sugar and cook on low heat. In another bowl, mix 2 cups of cooked ground rice with 2 – 3 tablespoons of milk and blend this mixture well till it becomes smooth. Add this to the boiling milk and stir. Allow it cook on low heat, stirring a few times in between. Add cardamom powder, some dry fruits like almonds and pistachios and give it a good mix.

Cook till the phirni thickens. Add 1 more cup of sugar and stir till it dissolves. Switch off the flame and add the strawberry mixture to this phirni and mix well. Phirni is traditionally enjoyed in earthen pot. Pour this dish into the pots and set aside to cool down to room temperature. Garnish with saffron and dry fruits. Chill in a refrigerator and serve.

Banana Halwa

Halwa is one of the simpler desserts to cook at home and the banana variant is no different.

Take 3 – 4 tablespoons of ghee in a heavy bottomed pan. Add 2 cups of pre – roasted semolina (rawa) to the ghee and cook for a few minutes. Ensure that the semolina does not turn brown. To this add 1 – 1 ½ cups of sugar and continue mixing. When evenly mixed, add about 2 cups of water and continue stirring and cooking on medium flame. Then add chopped bananas, dry fruits of your choice and continue stirring. Cook well for 5 minutes and the halwa is ready.