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Friday, December 21, 2007


100 grams fresh ginger root
2 kgs sugar
6 limes / lemons (extract the juice)
3 pieces cinnamon
6 litres water

Peel and wash the ginger root and cut into thin strips. Put the ginger pieces, sugar and cinnamon together and bring to boil on high heat. Lower the heat, then simmer for atleast 2 hours on low heat till the water reduces and the mixture becomes slightly thick and coloured. Remove from heat then add the lime /lemon juice and mix well. When cold, strain through a thin cloth. Bottle and use as a digestive after all the heavy Christmas fare. This wine lasts for 3 months in a refrigerator.


1 kg black sweet grapes

1 kg sugar

2 litres water

1/4 teaspoon baker's yeast

Wash the grapes we.. crush them well with the sugar. Add water and yeast and leave aside in a jar or a suitable vessel for 21 days. Open and stir the mixture every alternate day. After 21 days strain the mixture and leave aside for the sediments to settle. Strain once again then transfer to bottles.

To add more colour to the wine. Burn some sugar with a little rum / brandy/ wine in a saucepan. When the sugar gets caramelised add to the wine and mix well. It will then have a lovely rich colour.

Note: For making larger quantities of wine, increase the ingredients accordingly


2 cups coconut scrapings

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 tablespoon butter or ghee

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/2 teaspoon pink or green food colouring

Take a thick bottomed vessel and heat the sugar and 1/4 cup water on high heat. When the sugar melts, add the coconut, vanilla essence, ghee / butter and the milk. Cook on medium heat stirring all the time till the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the vessel. Drop a teaspoon of the mixture in a cup of water and if it forms a ball when rolled between the thumb and fingers, the right consistency is reached. Grease a flat plate and pour the mixture on it. Spread well and flatten with the back of a spoon dipped in water. Cut into squares when slightly cool.

Thursday, December 13, 2007



1 kg Sugar
500 grams Almonds chopped
300 grams find Semolina / Rava (Roasted lightly with a little ghee)
500 grams ghee or clarified butter
5 cups thick coconut milk extracted from 3 coconuts or 5 packs of ready coconut milk
1 kg Puttu Rice or Red Rice Flour


In a fairly big vessel, boil the sugar and coconut milk together till it forms a syrup. Mix the Rice flour and Semolina together and add to the syrup a little at a time, stirring constantly. Add the ghee and almonds. Stirring continuously, keep cooking on low heat till the mixture is thick and leaves the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and pour onto a greased plate. Cut into squares when cold. The Doldol will be black in colour.

Monday, December 03, 2007


Serves 6 Preparation time 1 hour

200 grams fresh bread crumbs
200 grams butter
2 teaspoons instant coffee (Nescafe or Bru)
2 teaspoons golden or caramel syrup
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs beaten well
¼ cup rum
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and cloves
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
100 grams raisins
100 grams chopped sultanas
100 grams mixed peel
½ teaspoon salt
100 grams sugar

Cream the butter and sugar together then add the eggs and mix well. Gradually add all the other ingredients and mix well. Grease a Pudding Mould or any suitable bowl with butter. Pour the pudding mixture into it then steam the pudding for about 1 hour on low heat till it is firm to touch.

Note: This pudding can be made in advance and refrigerated till required. Steam for 10 minute or microwave for 3 minutes before serving


Serves 6 Preparation time 1 hour

200 grams refined flour or maida
2 eggs
200 grams sugar
200 grams butter
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 tablespoons broken cashew nuts of walnuts

Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, salt, cocoa powder and vanilla essence together till creamy. Add the flour and mix well. If mixture is too thick add a little milk. Pour the mixture into a buttered and floured cake tin and sprinkle the broken cashew nuts or walnuts on the top. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in a moderate oven. The top should be brown and crisp.

Sunday, December 02, 2007



KAL KALS (Fried sweetened balls of dough)
Serves 6 Preparation time 1 hour

I kg refined flour or maida
6 eggs beaten well
2 cups thick coconut milk
½ teaspoon salt
300 grams sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
Oil for deep frying

Mix the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder together. Add the coconut milk and eggs and knead to a soft dough. Keep aside for an hour. Form kalkals by taking small lumps of the dough and roll on the back of a fork or a wooden kalkal mould, to form a scroll. Alternately, roll out the dough and cut into fancy shapes with kalkal or cookie cutters. Heat oil in a deep pan and fry as many kalkals as possible at a time. Keep aside.

To ice the kalkals, melt 1 cup of sugar with ½ cup of water and when the sugar syrup crystallizes pour over the kalkals and mix well. Store in airtight boxes when cold.

Serves 6 Preparation time 1 hour

½ kg refined flour or maida
250 grams rice flour (optional)
1 cup coconut milk
200 grams sugar
6 eggs beaten well
½ teaspoon salt
1 litre oil for frying
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix all the ingredients together to form a smooth slightly thick batter.
Heat oil in a deep pan till it reaches boiling point. Now place the rose cookie mould into the oil to get hot. When the mould is hot enough dip it half way only into the batter and put it back immediately into the boiling oil. Shake the mould to separate the cookie from it. Heat the mould again and repeat the process. Fry rose cookies till brown. Continue in this way till the batter is finished.

Note: The batter will stick to the rose cookie mould with a hissing sound only if it is sufficiently hot otherwise it will just slide off the mould