Undu Walalu recipe

Undu Walalu /Pani Walalu “Gold Bangles” For Sinhala & Tamil New Year

undu walalu/pani walalu

Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka welocome this most prominent cultural festival known as Aluth Awurudda or New Year on the 14th of April annually. It is also known as the Sun festival, based on the astrological point of view that, Sun’s journey from the House of Pieces to the House of Aries is completed on this day.

The whole country gets together to celebrate this occassion on grand scale by making many traditional sweetmeats, dressing up in traditional costumes and playing traditional games.

These gold bangles are a very popular sweet during this time and I am thankful to my mum for passing this recipe on to me as I am now quite confident in making them myself.

I believe this is the easiest and the yummiest sweet that you can rustle up just before the New Year day. I am sure everybody will love to indulge on these, gladly forgetting their diet plans!

So let’s make them and pass them around to spread happiness and goodwill.

Ingredients needed;

Undu seeds /Urind whole (white)1 cup
Rice flour (shop bought)1/2 cup
Salt1/8 tsp
Fresh coconut milk or Maggi coconut milk1/4 cup
For the sugar syrup
Brown sugar4/3 cup
Water 2 cups
Salt4 pinches

Let’s make ;

Soak Undu/Urind

  • Soak Undu/Urind seeds in water overnight or at least for 6hrs
  • Next day, drain the water and drop the soaked Undu/Urind into the blender jar
  • Add salt, coconut milk, rice flour and blitz in high speed until it turns into a thick but very smooth consistancy. Add more water little by little until the expected consistency appears.
  • Cover and keep aside for 1hr
Batter is ready

Make the Sugar Syrup

  • Meanwhile, take a wide heavy bottom or a nonstick pan and pour in the sugar, salt and water
  • Boil twice
  • Simmer for 3-4 mins under medium flame until the liquid goes syrupy
  • Give a good stiring and check the taste. If more salt or sugar is needed, adjust the taste accordingly. Simmer for another couple of minutes, close the flame.

Fry and soak in sugar syrup – Final step

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Dip in the sugar syrup
  • Take a freezer bag/piping bag/thick plastic bag and cut one of the bottom edges slightly
  • Pour oil into a wide pan and heat under medium flame
  • Drop a small ball from the batter to the hot oil and fry. check the taste. Add a pinch or more salt if necessary.
  • Drape the bag inside a cup and pour the Undu/Urind batter into it
  • Gather the bag from the top
  • Carefully squeeze the batter into hot oil while making perfect rounds
  • Fry both sides until golden brown. Take out of the frying pan and keep aside for a minute. Fry again for 30 seconds. This will make them go crispier.
  • Drop the golden brown rounds into the sugar syrup
  • Start frying the next batch
  • Pick the batch that is already in the sugar syrup using a skewer and place on a plate
  • Continue the same process until the batter is finished (remember to keep the sugar syrup always warm. If it goes cold, warm it up under medium flame for a few mins)
  • You are now an owner of a tower of golden bangles!
  • Serve around and celebrate the festive occassion in good spirit!
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Important tips:

  • If you have access to Kitual/Coconut treacle and Jaggary, add both or just one kind in place of sugar for a healthier and tastier version of these. You can combine either of those and sugar too.
  • Remember to fry twice to make them crispier
  • Choose a flat pan so that you can fry several of them at the same time
  • Sugar syrup must be always hot. If it goes cold in the middle of the process, heat the pan again for a minute
  • It is advisable to make one and taste it first and adjust the taste if needed, before starting the whole process
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Chocolate Set Jelly

Chocolate Jelly Fudge – Delicious Treat For Easter

Chocolate Set Jelly

Happy Easter Everyone!

Colourful Easter Eggs
Easter Bunny Chocolate from Lindt

We know that any chocolaty treat during the Easter time is fondly embraced by kids and adults alike! Make this delicious chocolate jelly fudge bringing smiles and joy to everyone during this festive time. I picked the pretty apple flowers from the garden to keep by the side of my chocolate fudge to give it a real “Spring” look! So, gather up all the ingredients and let’s get busy!

I was very careful in bringing the calorie level down while experimenting with this recipe so that everybody could enjoy these beautiful dainty chocolate jelly fudge cubes without being anxious. Hence, I added 1 cup of water, something that you can replace with milk – if you desire a more milky taste.

Remember to add double the amount of water to gelatine so that the cubes will come out firm and nice. Also, washing the dish with cold tap water, before pouring the mixture in it, is vital as it helps cut neat pieces without jaggered edges. The other important tip is that you must place the dish in the fridge overnight, which in turn will bring out real fudge like texture.

You will need the following ingredients :

Milk chocolates ( I used Cadbury milk choc)100 g
Fresh milk1 1/2 Cups
Water1 cup
Gelatine 3 tbsp + 6tbsp water
Cocoa powder1 tbsp
White sugar5 tbsp
Vanilla esssence
Pyrex glass Borosilicatae dish

Let’s make it;

  • Mix gelatine and water and keep aside until gelatine is soft
  • Meanwhile, pour milk and water into a wide pan
  • Into the same pan, add cocoa powder, white sugar and chocolates
  • Boil
  • Reduce the flame and add the soften gelatine
  • Boil
  • Reduce flame, add vanilla, cover and simmer for 3 mins. This will help in dissolving chocolates quickly
  • Wash a pyrex dish in cold water to make it easier to cut dainy jellly pieces
  • Now pour the mixture to the dish
  • Leave to cool
  • Place in the fridge (Ideally overnight for the jelly to set firmly)
  • Cut into neat squares
  • Serve in pretty dessert cups
  • Yummy!
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Diwali tuti fruiti laddoos

No Ghee Diwali Semolina/Sooji Laddoos – Tuti Fruiti For A Festive Look

Diwali Sweets

These Semolina laddos are so easy to make; you can rustle them up just before Diwali.  I deliberately avoided ghee in this recipe, because  all Diwali sweets contain ghee, the staple in making Indian sweets.

This whole process takes less than 15mins.  You can double up the amount and make a larger quantity and store in the fridge for a couple of days ahead of Diwali.

I added tuti fruiti to give it a cheerful festive look and to make them stand out from other usual sweets.  Also, kids will love the colourful look and the dainty sweetness of tuti fruiti along with the creamy taste of the laddoos.  In place of tuti fruiti, you can add butter roasted cashews, almonds or sultanas.

Wish you all a very happy Diwali!




You will need the following ingredients to make these:

Corse Semolina / Sooji 1 full cup
Castor Sugar(if you are taking granulate sugar grind until smooth) 1/2 cup
Milk 3 tbsp
Butter 2 tbsp
Salt 2 pinches
Tuti Fruiti
Cardamom powder 2 pinches
Vanilla 2 drops

Let’s Make :




  • In a heavy bottom pan melt butter
  • Add semolina and fry for 5 mins
  • Add sugar and stir a couple of mins
  • Mix cardamom powder, vanilla and Salt
  • Add milk gradually while mixing everything rapidly under a very low flame
  • When all comes together empty it into a bowl
  • Before it cools down add a handful of  tuti fruiti and quickly make balls
  • Decorate with more tuti fruiti sprinkled on top
  • Keep aside for 1/2 hr and they will be ready to devour



mango lassi

Mango Lassi – Delicious Summer Delight

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Who can resist the fleshy, sweet and subtly-sour mangoes that are in abundance in the summer months.  Mango lassi is a well-known quench buster in the Indian sub continent which acts it’s way to cool you down within and refreshes in a delightful way!

I personally prefer canned Kesar or Badami mango pulp which are made from fresh mangoes and has a distinct creamy and silky texture.  The advantage of using the pulped mango is that you can enjoy this dring  even when the mango season is not around.

You just have to load everything to the blender jar in one go, including the ice cubes and then process for about 1 min.   Churning with ice cubes enfolds a beautiful texture and overall coolness, so mark it as a must.




You will need :

 Mango pulp  1 cup
 Plain yogurt (Full Fat or Fat Free) add full fat yogurt for a silky texture  1 cup
 Sugar  3 tbsp
 Water  2 cups
 Ice cubes  5

Let’s make it :




  • Drop everything into your blender jar and churn in high speed for 1 min.
  • Serve immediately!
  • Yummy !!

 

Fruit Custard – Fresh Fruits In Delicious Banana Custard Cream

fruit custard

When served chilled with a scoop of ice-cream or just on its own, no dessert can compete with this beautiful, relatively-healthy fruit custard.

Now that the summer is around the corner and different varieties of fruits and berries are in abundance, making this delicious fruity dessert is a real joy!  As a matter of fact, the oranges and clementines taste more delicious in the summer months so, adding a lot of them will give this dish a noticeable zing !

As for the custard, no other flavour will beat the  banana flavour as it goes deliciously well with this dessert. Also, to give an exotic look you can add vanilla ice cream topped with coloured sprinklers or scatter some jelly cubes.

I believe that this is the best way to sneak a lots of fruits into kids’ diet without much cajoling.  If you are serving for kids under 5 years, make sure to cut the fruits into small pieces to avoid any chocking hazards.

Let’s make it: 

Make the custard first

  • Follow the instructions in the back of the packet and make the custard and leave it to cool
  • Cover with a cling film and place in the fridge

Slice the fruits

  • 1/2 hr before serving, sllice fruits and collect them in a bowl

Go for bananas, oranges, apples, mangoes, kiwis, red / green grapes, cherries, blue berries, papaya, pinapple

Chill them

  • Add the fruits to the custard cream and give a good mix
  • Cover with a cling film and place back in the fridge until chilled



Serve it

  • Fill the cups with the fruity custard
  • Scoop vamilla ice cream and place on the top or toss some jelly cubes and sulthanas just before serving.  You can add a few cashew nuts for an exotic taste
  • Serve within an hour because the fruits can go stale and change colour
  • Enjoy the delicious melody of fruits laced with scented banana flavour custard



Tips :

  • Remember to mix the required amount of custard powder in a small amount of milk first and then gradually add to the boiling milk while stirring as per the instructions in the packet.



  • Keep stirring the boiling milk with custard until it thickens slightly.  Do not stop stirring or else it will burn from the bottom.  Also, you have to stir it even after taking out of the flame to avoid forming any lumps.
  • I add 2 tbsp of sugar to 2 tbsp of custard powder for a sweeter taste.

Creme’ Caramel Pudding – Made with condensed milk and baked in the oven







This is my  easier version of Creme’ Caramel Pudding, made with condensed milk and baked in the oven.

This oven baked version is a real bliss on a busy day, when you’re cooking 4 dishes at the same time for a party or fixing an elaborate meal.  Just stick the pudding into the oven, set the timer and forget about it.  While you are attending to numerous other stuff, the oven will bake it to the perfection!

Let’s make it:







You will need these few ingredients :

 Condensed milk can  380g or 400 g (small size)
 White sugar  1 tbsp
 Water 2 cans from the empty condensed milk can
 Lemon zest/Vanilla  1 lemon peel grated into tiny pieces and  Vanilla 2 tsp
 Eggs 6 large

Set the oven to 180 C




Make The Caramel 

  • Sugar 5 tbsp
  • Water 1/2 cup

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  • Place sugar and water in a pan and boil in high heat
  • Do not stir with a spoon because the caramel can stick on it.  Hold from both ends and shake the pan from time to time
  • The caramel will turn into a lovely golden colour after a several minutes
  • Immediately,  switch off the flame and take the pan out
  • Straightaway, pour the caramel on to the bottom of the pudding bowl or tray and spread it all over

(This will stick like glossy glass onto the bottom but do not worry.  While baking, it just adjusts into a lovely treacle.)







Rub Butter

  • Just after pouring caramel into the tray, take a little butter onto your hand and rub it around the tray so that the pudding will not stick to the tray/bowl once baked

All in to the Blender

Into your blender jar pour all the following;

  • Condenced milk tin – all of it
  • Wash the tin and two tins of water
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla and lemon zest

Blend in high speed exactly for 30 seconds.

Into the dish

  • Pour the creamy liquid into a tray or a pyrex dish leaving some space from the top for the pudding to rise
  • Place the pudding tray on another wider tray filled 1/4 of it with water. (Double boiling)

Bake 

  • Cover the pudding tray loosely with a foil or you can opt for not covering it
  • Gently place the double trays in the oven and bake for 40mins (Stab a skewer and check. If the tip of the skewer comes out clean then the pudding is done!)

Serve 

  • Let the pudding sit until completely cooled off
  • Place in the fridge
  • Cut into equal size squares and scrape them out, dipping a flat knife or a spatula to the bottom Then, scoop out some caramel juices and pour over the pudding squares before serving
  • Yummy!!

Strawberry Jam – A very British, Strawberry Jam with white sugar in just 15 mins

Get the best British strawberries to make this jam for an unforgettable flavour! These beautiful strawberries, with their succulent juices and the beautiful red colour, will give a gorgeous ruby red shade to your jam and it will taste something from heaven!




I used normal granulated sugar in this recipe, which is bit more wallet-friendly than jam sugar used in my previous post of strawberry jam.  With jam sugar, you get a more jelly-like consistency, whereas, this recipe with white sugar,  gives a  softer, spreadable and more liquid like results.

I personally like this jam as it has a very homemade touch to it.  Lemon juice,  acts as pectin, in addition to  generously enhancing the taste.  The combination of these three ingredients is just heavenly and tastes very British too!

The most important advice about making this jam is that you should never exceed the cooking time even by a minute, which could potentially spoil everything right in front of your eyes.  Therefore, strictly stick to 20 minutes for the whole process of cooking.

You simply need the following 3 ingredients and a thick bottom wide pan :

 Juicy good quality strawberries washed and dried ( stem removed)  850
 White granulated sugar  740
 Lemon juice  1/2 lemon 


Summarised timings for your convenience:

  • 5 min – low flame – to  dissolve sugar
  • 15 min – high flame – to boil the syrup
  • 1 min – to settle



 Now, let’s make it,

  • Cut the strawberries into small pieces, leaving  little baby straws  or  bigger pieces here and there.  Finding a little whole strawberry, while spreading the jam on your toast, all unexpectedly  is a real joy!

  • Now drop sugar, lemon juice and strawberries in to a wide, heavy bottom pan.

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  • Heat the pan under low flame for 5 mins allowing the sugar to dissolve.
  • Give a good stir and increase the flame to high.
  • Rapidly boil the syrup for exactly 15 mins while stirring now and again.
  • Remove the scum from top while it is boiling.
  • Immediately after 15 min, give a good stir and switch the flame off.
  • Let the jam sit in the pan just for 1 min.
  • Quickly, empty the whole pot to prepared jars and let them cool down.

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  • Tightly  close the jars and place in the fridge, sticking a pretty label.
  • Mission accomplished !
  • Store in the fridge.



A very sweet afternoon tea time treat 

  • Warm up two crumpets in the microwave for 1 min.
  • Spread butter generously.
  • Spread a generous layer of jam on top.
  • Yum!

straw crum

Caramel pudding – Steamed caramel pudding made with milk

caramel pudding

My favourite dessert since childhood, caramel pudding, is now my little son’s favourite too.  My mum used to make this with condensed milk which, undoubtedly had a very smooth, rich and creamier texture.  In the process of trying to produce a more healhier version,  I came across this recipe from an old recipe collection.  You can either steam this or bake in the oven.  However, steamed puddings always have a distict delicate texture, which I am addicted to.




Get ready with the following items:

 Whole milk  2 cups
 White sugar 3/4 cups
 Eggs (large)  4
 Vanilla essence lemon zest  1 tsp
Lemon zest (optional)  1/2 ts
 For the caramel
 White sugar  5 tbsp
 Water 3 tbsp

Let’s make it 




Heat it :

  • Pour milk into a pan and  heat up until it reaches the boiling point. (Do not boil)
  • Mix vanilla, switch off the flame and let the milk cool down.

Blend it / Whip it:

  • Drop sugar and eggs to the blender
  • Whizz just 5 seconds. (do not over do it as the sponginess of the pudding will be affected)
  • Now, slowly pour into the m
  • Whip with a hand whisker until frothy
  • Add vanilla and lemon zest

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Make the Caramel 

  • Drop sugar and  water into a small pan
  • Bring to boil
  • Let the syrup turn light brown. (Do not let it turn too dark as the syrup will taste bitter)
  • Add 1 tbsp of hot water and let the syrup bubble away for a minute and switch off the flame.
  • The caramel is ready now

Steam 

  • Pour the caramel into the pudding bowl and circle around so that the caramel stick onto the sides of the bowl
  • Rub butter all around the bowl
  • Pour the milky liquid in
  • Cover the top tightly with a foil
  • Place a close fitting plate on
  • Fill a large pan half with water
  • Drop a tea towel or place a saucepan stand on the bottom (This will prevent the pudding bowl shake too much while boiling and spilling out the liquid)
  • Dip the pudding bowl slowly into the middle of the pan
  • Cover the large pan with a foil or a tea towel first and then close with the lid.

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  • Place the pan on stove  under high flame and steam for 1 hr.  Check the water level half way and pour boiling water if needed.

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Cool it :

  • Take the pudding bowl out and let it cool off completely.
  • Place the bowl in the fridge.
  • Once chilled loosen from around

caramel pp

  • Then place a flat, wide plate on top of the pudding bowl and gently turn the bowl upside down
  • Give a gentle knock on the bottom of the bowl.
  • Slowly, lift the bowl up

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  • Voila !!! your pudding is out, sitting primly with a pool of caramel juices
  • Cut nice triangles and serve with juices
  • Yummy !!!



Caramel pudding -bigTip: To make cute individual puddings for kids, use several ramekin bowls .

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watalappan

Sri Lankan Watalappan – Made with jaggery and maggi coconut milk powder

watalappan

There is no better way to describe this pudding, usually reserved for special occasions as “a heavenly treat”.

This pudding has a Malay origin and is made with thick coconut milk and the solid form of coconut treacle, called “jaggery”.  Traditionally,  this is made by steaming in an aluminium pudding basin, dipped  into a large pan half filled with water.

However, you can also bake it in a Pyrex dish in the oven which is much easier.  If you fancy the original taste, do not hesitate to steam it . Either way, you will come to love it!!

I made this pudding using Maggi coconut milk powder which I found the best choice in the absence of real coconut milk and also, the texture of the pudding comes out  much firmer allowing you to cut into dainty squares.

So, give it a try today !!







What you need:

 Maggie Coconut Milk Powder 6 full tablespoons
Palm jaggery (Brown) 1 round
Brown sugar 2 tbsp
Nutmeg -grated (essential item for this pudding) 1 full tsp
Salt pinch
Eggs (large) 5
Water 1/2 cup






coconut jaggarypalm jaggery

Let’s make it :

  • Place the jaggery round in a bag and knock it with a rolling pin until powdered.

Blend it

    • Now, drop jaggery, eggs, coconut milk powder, grated nutmeg, salt and 2 tbsp of water into the blender jar.

 

    • Whiz only 30  seconds.  More mixing will loosen the pudding.

 

  • Sieve through a siever.

Oven it




 

    • Pour the liquid into a pudding basin, cover tightly with a foil and steam.  Or, pour into a Pyrex dish, cover with a foil, place the dish in a baking tray, half filled with water and bake in the oven at 200 C for 30 – 45 mins. (This is called double boiling method)

 

    • After 45 mins take the tray out, remove the cover slightly and insert a skewer and check if it comes clean.  If so, the pudding is ready!  If not, place it in the oven for another 10 mins.

 

  • Take the dish out, open the foil cover and let it cool off. (You can sprinkle some roasted or raw cashews on top at this point)

Serve it

  • Place the pudding in the fridge and cut into perfect squares before serving.
  • Yum !!



Blackberry Jam – Homemade summer treat

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Now that the summer is at its peak, blackberries are bursting on every bush, basking in golden sunshine, looking plump and juicy, trailing along, arching to the paths .  On our daily walks on tiny paths running through shady woods, I cannot resist picking handfuls of  juicy blackberries  with my little son in tow; we both end up gobbling them up.  Afterwards, it is all giggles and sticking our tongues out to check whose is the more purplish!!

The other day, I picked a basket of blackberries from the brambles and made this beautiful jam. I mentioned ‘beautiful’ because of its rich blend of  purple and magenta colours.  You can either pick them yourself  for free or just buy a punnet or two from the supermarket to make this jam.

 Not much complications, not many ingredients and as easy as it sounds, this is a real treat for this summer!!

All you need are :




  • 350 g Plump and juicy blackberries
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 1/4 lemon

Let’s make it:

  • Place blackberries  in a heavy bottom pan so that they wont easily burn out.
  • On medium flame let them boil for 3-4 mins.  You will see all the juices from the fruits run out and bubbles foam on the top.

blackberry jam

  • Add 350 g caster sugar and lemon.  Stir through.
  • On medium flame, let them bubble away for 8  mins.  Keep stiring.
  • Switch the flame off and let the jam cool off in the pan itself.



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  • Store in a glass bottle.
  • Enjoy on a buttered toast!!
  • Yummy !!

tip:




    • if you do not fancy the bits in it, mash the fruits with a wooden spoon while boiling.
  • store in the fridge.

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