Jamun Popsicles/ Black Plum Ice Lollies #BlogchatterA2Z
Black plum, java plum, Jamun or Jambul, what’s in a name? I love the dark wine colour and I made Jamun Popsicles/ Black Plum Ice Lollies just because it is my favourite colour. I have childhood memories of foraging for fallen Jamun under the tree and then when we were more adventurous we plucked them off anyone’s tree and made a dash for it with our booty. I have actually planted a Jamun tree right outside my house and waiting for it to fruit. Mom bought them sometimes and for one rupee she used to get a pound and now it is available for a king’s ransom; INR400 for a kilo! At that time we never knew the nutritional value or benefits like we do today; Jamun is good for diabetics. Mom used to wash them and sprinkle some salt, toss and serve and the thrilling part was when the tongue would become a dark purple and there was a competition to see whose tongue was the darkest.
Golas versus Jamun Popsicles
We never got ice golas here in the market and Mom used to make me ice golas with Roohafza. Believe me, they were the happiest days of my life. Wish I could go back in a time machine. I have eaten one in Delhi and never found them anywhere else. That is why I decided to make them at home. It is like eating a frozen jamun itself.
Easy to make Jamun Popsicles/ Black Plum Ice Lollies
It is so easy to make popsicles and I wonder why everyone doesn’t make them for their kids at home with natural fruits which are healthy. You should teach your kids to make them and I am you’re your summer would be sorted. Just blend the fruit with sugar and pour into moulds. You don’t need to buy any fancy moulds; just use disposable paper or plastic cups and place a wooden stick in the centre.
Recipe for Jamun Popsicles/ Black Plum Ice Lollies
500 gms Jamun / Black Plum
2 cups Water
1 small cup sugar
Few mint leaves (optional)
Wash and deseed all the Jamun. Keep 2 tbsps. of chopped Jamun aside.
Take the rest in a blender and blitz with water, sugar and mint. Strain the juice as it could be really pulpy and squeeze half a lime. If you are making them for kids then do not add the lemon juice or mint as they may not relish it.
Add the chopped Jamun to the moulds and pour the juice into them. Place the wooden stick in the centre and if it doesn’t stick then try it after putting it in the fridge for an hour.
Freeze for 3-4 hours or leave it overnight.
If you do not have a Popsicle stand you can freeze the ice lollies in small steel glasses or disposable plastic or paper cups. Once the wooden stick is in cover the cups with aluminium foil. Make a tiny slit in the centre and push the ice cream stick through it.
To remove the Popsicle from a steel glass, just run it under water. If you are using paper cups or plastic cups then the lollies will slip out easily. In case they don’t just take scissors and cut them all around.
You will love the taste of these natural Jamun Popsicles/ Black Plum Ice Lollies, especially when the bits of fruit crunch under your teeth. It is like eating a frozen fruit of Jamun or Black Plum.
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