Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Ingredients (makes 8 servings)
White sugar - 1.5 tbsp + 8tbsp = 9.5 tbsp
Milk - 2 cups
Eggs - 6
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg Powder - a pinch
Step 1 - Caramel Prep
Take 1.5 tbsp sugar and heat in the container you plan to set the caramel custard in. The sugar caramelizes and develops a wonderful golden red color. Spread it out over the entire bottom of the container. This will show up in the caramel custard when you invert it out of the container into a plate.
Tip - To ensure the caramel remains spread out, you can spread it out and then place the container in cold water such that the bottom cools down.
Step 2 - Custard Prep - Liquid mix
Beat the eggs with vanilla essence. Add this to the milk and sugar mixture. Make sure that the sugar is well mixed with the rest of the mixture.
Tip - Don't beat the eggs too hard. The more foam you develop, the custard becomes less soft in texture.
Step 3 - Custard Prep
Heat the pressure cooker with some water. Place the container with caramel from Step 1. Add the mixture from Step 2 to the container. Close the lid with the weight. Cook for 1 whistle on high heat (approx. 10 mins) and 5 mins on Medium heat after that. Put the heat off and let it stand till it cools down to room temperature.
Refrigerate the caramel custard and serve cold. There are definitely some exceptions like my dad who like it a little warm. Enjoy the subtle flavours of this easy dessert!
Update on 03/30/2008 - Alternative receipe from Paula's Home Cooking of Food Network (Thank you, Paula!)
1/2 cup sugar + few drops of water - for caramel
3cups milk - 5 eggs - 1/2 cup sugar - 1 tsp vanilla - pinch of salt - Mix well and fill up the individual containers.
Bake at 350 degree Fahreinheit for 1 hr in a hot-water bath
Update on 03/15/2012 - Sharing a lovely presentation of caramel custard we had in a resort in Cancun, Mexico.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Ingredients (Makes 1 loaf)
Pitted Seedless Dates - 18 (If normal dates are used, they need to be soaked with warm milk overnight)
Milk - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
All purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup
Canola Oil - 1/2 cup
Baking soda - 1 tspn
Cashews, raisins - handful each (optional)
Preheat the oven at 350F.
Seive together flour and baking soda.
Grind the dates, milk and sugar together till the dates are finely mixed with the rest of the mixture.
Add oil and mix. Add the flour+baking soda mixture 2-3 tablespoons at a time and mix slowly. Add the nuts and mix.
Bake the cake in a greased oven proof dish for 50 mins - 1 hr (or till a knife inserted in the cake comes out clean)
This tastes great fresh and warm out of the oven!!
Friday, January 11, 2008
1 Belgian Endive
Crabmeat 1/2 lb (I used Phillips Foods brand)
Onion - 1/2 small (or Green Onion - 2 stalks)
Yellow Capsicum - 1/4
Orange Capsicum - 1/4
Red Capsicum - 1/4
Celery - 1 stalk
Ranch Dressing - 2 tbsp
Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste
Hot sauce - few drops
Paprika Powder - 1/4 tsp
Chop the veggies into tiny pieces and then mix everything together. Easy, isn't it? :)
You can also add sour cream and cream cheese for added flavour. Check out one of those recipes here. Have fun!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Ingredients (Makes about 20)
Pumpkin Seeds 1 cup
Besan 2 tbsp
Salt 1 tsp
Tumeric powder 1/2 tsp
Ginger paste 1 tbsp
Cumin-Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Soak pumpkin seeds overnight. In the morning, remove the skin of the seeds. Grind the remaining portion with as little water as possible. 1/2 cup of water will most probably do.
Add besan, salt, turmeric powder, ginger paste and cumin-chilli powder to the above batter and mix well. It will form a batter as shown here.
Heat pan. Add a tablespoon of oil for every round of making pakoras on the pan. Take small portions of the batter in your hand and put in the pan. Let it stand so that one side stiffens and gets cooked. Once firm, turn the pakora over carefully so that the other side can cook. Use Medium to Medium-High heat throughout.
Enjoy them hot and crisp!!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
One of my earlier post about Chenna-Poda mentions the Pahala village. Apart from Chenna-poda, the Pahala village cooks are popular for their melt-in-the-mouth freshly made and warm rasagollas. If you are ever travelling between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack (in Orissa, India), don't miss the chance to taste this indigenous sweet.
A quick and easy recipe to make it at home is shown below.
Ingredients (Makes 25-30)
Whole milk - 1 gallon
Lemon juice of 1 lemon
Semolina - 2 tbsp
Sugar - 2.5 cup (syrup)
Water - 5 cup (syrup)
Cardamom - 3-4 (syrup)
Boil milk. Add lemon juice to split the milk and get chenna. Note - Don't let the chenna become hard boiling. Next, make it as dry as possible. Best option is to put it on a cheese-cloth and hang it free. Well, I could not come up with any innovative way to do this. So I just used a strainer and let it stand for a duration of 1-2 hrs. Mash the chenna and semolina with hand till it forms into a soft and smooth wet dough.
Take a pressure cooker. Add the water and sugar together. Mix them. Bring it to a boil. Crush the cardamom and add to this.
Once the sugar mixture boils, make small 2 inch diameter balls and drop them slowly into the syrup. If it holds itself in the syrup, you are good to go. Make similar sized balls with the rest of the chenna. Put the pressure cooker lid on. Cook it on high heat for 6 mins and on medium heat for 5 mins.
Enjoy the warm rasagollas! You can refrigerate them. When ready to eat, put it in the microwave for a few seconds and allure yourself :)