Exotic Fruit Ice Lollies

Exotic Fruit Ice Lollies

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Each year as the mango season is upon us we enjoy eating it just as it is meant to be – plain and simple. The other favourite is to have mango pulp (ras) with our meal (it is great served with puri and any curry). Just so as we can prolong the taste and enjoy them well after the season has ended, it is always a good idea to freeze the pulp.

In the Indian culture mangoes are considered to be the king of all fruits, a place which is rightly deserved as the taste, aroma and juice of the fruit are all beyond comparison. In recent times it has become quite the trend to label the food that we eat as super foods or foods that are good for us. In my opinion all food if eaten in the correct quantity is a super food as it is all good for us, some may have qualities that other fruits don’t but that does not mean we eat any less of it. Having said that mangoes are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and dietary minerals &  fibre, hence qualifying as a ideal superfruit.

When I made these ice lollies last year, with my son, they were with just plain mango. So this year I thought I will do two batches, one with just mango and the other with some other fruit mixed in. So I thought of the 5 a day campaign and tried to incorporate as many fruits as I had at the time. Four out of five is not bad and considering they are all rich in vitamin C, A & E and in potassium, phytochemicals, and nutrients. This is one of the main reasons why I like to make these kind of foods at home as I know that it is 100% fruit, not from concentrate and not ladled with sugar and addatives. I know exactly what goes into the lollies and I control the content of fruit and sugar. This is exactly how  it was when we young, as there were no sell by dates on the food we ate nor did it give us any allergies or side effects. The fact that it is so quick and easy to make should be the other deciding factor in making these lollies.

Coincidently when we made the lollies, my son was learning about freezing water to make ice, so this was a perfect way of teaching him the process of creating something that he enjoys eating. He was very excited as a result to see the process, however was quite anxious as the waiting time was too long (freezing time).

Exotic Fruit Ice Lollies

As mentioned I used the fruit I had at home at the time, however you can choose what ever combination you like and perhaps you could even add some herbs. I did this when I made some at my parents place after we went strawberry picking and added some fresh mint to the purée mix, it just adds an extra zing to the lollies. Another thing you can do with this lolly mixture is what I have done, place them in some ice cube trays and use as ice cubes for cocktails and punches.

Ingredients

Preparation time: 15 mins        Serves: 8 to 10

1 mango chopped

1/2 pineapple chopped

2 peaches chopped

2 kiwi fruits chopped into cubes

sugar to taste

Method

1) Purée all the fruit apart from the kiwi fruit in a hand blender, adding sugar to taste.

2) Once you have the correct taste then check to make sure the mixture is not too thick, you can add water at this point to make it a pouring consistency. Pour into the lolly moulds or ice cube trays and freeze for a few hours, enjoy on a lovely hot day.

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13 Responses to “Exotic Fruit Ice Lollies”

  1. pavithra Says:

    Oh wow its perfect for summer..looks so good
    Kiran ~ Thanks they taste great :)

  2. Parita Says:

    Perfect treat for summers!

  3. Divya Vikram Says:

    Bliss to have these during summer. Love the first picture.

  4. Diana Says:

    Brilliant! I usually freeze OJ in ice cube trays to ward off the heat. We are having temps in the nineties right now and my husband and I LOVE mango so we’ll definitely give this a try.

    Kiran ~ It is a great way to eat fruit as I said, and the next batch that I did had mango, peach, strawberry and mint. The fresh mint gave it a great depth of taste. Let me know how yours turn out and what combination you use 🙂

  5. Brandi Says:

    Love this! How do you suggest keeping them from sticking to the mold?

    Kiran ~ I just loosen them slightly by placing them under some warm to hot running water and they come out very nicely. Let me know how you get along 🙂

  6. chaitra Says:

    Lovely presentation!!!Lollies with fruits sounds perfect n healthy.Love it!!!
    Drop in sometime to my blog

  7. Diana Says:

    I ended up doing pineapple, mango, and papaya since I had one of each leftover from my luau. We don’t have molds so I just poured them into ice cube trays. They’re good not only to suck on, but as a replacement for regular ice cubes in water, or thrown into smoothies. Yum!

    Kiran ~ That sounds great combination also, I like the smoothie idea also it is just perfect for making in a instant.

  8. The Purple Foodie Says:

    Love the fruit combination you’ve used.Great photos as well!

  9. anushruti Says:

    These look so delicious Kiran.

  10. Lubna Karim Says:

    Oh wow…..those are some gorgeous looking lollies….feel like having one right now….

  11. Nithya Says:

    This looks so refreshing for the hot summer here. 🙂 you have a lovely blog. will keep coming.

    Kiran ~ My son is still enjoying the ones we made and yesterday was giving me ideas of new combinations so watch this space…. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  12. Priti Says:

    Wow this is so tempting…nice clicks 🙂

  13. Ivy Says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. I wish I had one of those lollipops right now, it’s so hot now they would be perfect.

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