Undu Walalu recipe

Undu Walalu /Pani Walalu “Gold Bangles”

undu walalu/pani walalu

Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka welcome 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 occasion 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 in 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 consistency. 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 stirring 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

Making swirls
Deep frying until golden
Tefal Non-stick frying pan perfect for the job
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 occasion in good spirit!

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 – Heavenly Chocolaty Dessert

Chocolate Set Jelly

Let’s indulge in this beautiful, yummy, chocolaty jelly dessert!

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 feeling guilty after eating. 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 in cutting neat pieces without any broken edges. The other important tip is that you must place the dish in the fridge overnight, which in turn will bring out the 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 essence
Pyrex glass Borosilicate 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 dainty jelly 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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KFC Style Chicken Nuggets

These golden chicken nuggets are a hit among kids and adults alike! The extra crunchiness in them is the secret of the unique taste of these.

I used a novelty idea of coating the chicken pieces with crushed cornflakes to give them a beautiful golden crust that will stay crispy for a long time.

If you stick a piece of these between a burger bun with lettuce and a dollop of Ketchup, you will have an instant chicken burger!

Next time, when you are jotting down your weekly shopping list, remember to add garlic powder and onion powder into it because those two ingredients contribute to the taste in a great deal. Do not worry, if you don’t have them, you can always trust salt and pepper to adjust the taste.

Easy peasy recipe, even kids can try this out!

So let’s make it;

Chicken Breast300 g
Eggs 2
Cornflakes2 cups
Plain flour1 1/2 cups
For Seasoning
Salt to taste
Garlic powder 1 tsp
Red chili powder or paprika1 tsp
Onion powder (optional)1/2 tsp
Pepper powder to taste

Let’s make;

  • Cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper and keep aside
  • Place corn flakes in a plastic bag and crush into crumbs using a rolling pin
  • Beat the egg in a bowl, mix a pinch of salt and pepper
  • Mix  plain flour, garlic powder, a few pinches of salt, onion powder, red chili powder and pepper powder and place in a flat plate
  • Now take a piece of chicken, dust in plain flour, dip in the beaten egg and finally roll in the cornflakes crumbs
  • Deep fry until golden
  • Serve with Ketchup
  • You can make a round shape and place it between a burger bun with lettuce and squeeze a dollop of ketchup and make a delicious crusty chicken burger for your kid’s lunch box or as a snack
Chicken breast pieces, flour, egg, crushed corn flakes
First dust with flour
Secondly, dip in egg
Finally, wrap with corn flakes

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chocolate butter icing

Chocolate Butter Icing – Silky and Smooth

butter icing
chocolate cupcakes

You will fall in love with this silky smooth chocolate butter icing which is in deed the most delicious, perfect frosting for your chocolate cake !

Make this beautiful icing in advance and store it in a plastic box and place in the fridge to use it whenever you need to frost a cake. Super easy! It will stay fresh for several weeks!

Never forget to add the required amount of lemon juice. It creates magic! Do an experiment without it and with it! You will instantly notice the beautiful blend of sweet flavours enhanced by lemon juice.

Also, its very important to stick to the 2:1 proportions in measuring icing sugar and margerine to achieve the best results. Always the amount of margerine should be exact half of icing sugar.

You will need the following ingredients;

Icing sugar300 g
Margerine / Spread125 g
Cocoa powder4-5 tbsp
Lemon juice1 tsp
Salt and Vanilla essence 3 pinches and 1 tsp
Milk2 tbsp
The best electric hand mixer for cakes – Kenwood HM520

Let’s whip it;

  • Using a seive, swift the icing sugar until no hard bits remain
  • In a large bowl add margerine and beat in high speed with an electric hand mixure, until creamy
  • Add icing sugar, cocoa powder, lemon juice, salt and milk
  • Beat for several rounds until everything blends into a smooth and creamy texture
  • You chocolate butter icing is ready to use
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butter icing

Delicious Frosting/Icing For Cakes

1 Buttercream Icing

Buttercream icing

Whip up this creamy butter icing in less than 2 mins for frosting your cake and it will whisper a delicious story to anyone who tastes a slice from it!

My personal opinion is that you should never use butter for this recipe despite it is being named as ‘Butter Icing’. Butter leaves a lumpy heap and melts soon. Also, it is very dense and sticky too. Good quality spread or margarine is the best choice to make butter icing which will never let you down in taste. It will come out light, creamy and satin silk, making it a joy to frost your cake!

Ingredients:

Icing sugar (Swift using a sieve to get rid of hard bits)300 g
Margarine or Spread (I use Stork UK brand)
Under room temperature
125 g
Fresh milk3 tbsp
Lemon juice1 tsp
Vanilla essence1 from bottle cap

Let’s whip it:

  • Swift icing sugar to get rid of hard bits
  • Beat icing sugar and margarine together
  • Add milk, vanilla and lemon.
  • Beat in high speed until the consistency is creamy
  • You can frost your cake now!

2 Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

Icing sugar (Swift using a sieve to get rid of hard bits)300 g
Margarine or Spread (I use Stork UK brand)
Under room temperature
125 g
Fresh milk3 tbsp
Cocoa Powder4-5 tbsp
Lemon juice1 tsp
Vanilla essence1 from bottle cap

Let’s whip it;

  • Swift icing sugar to get rid of hard bits
  • Beat icing sugar and margarine together until creamy
  • Add cocoa powder and mix
  • Add milk, vanilla and lemon.
  • Beat in high speed until the consistency is silky and creamy
  • You can frost your cake now
  • The excess frosting could be stored in a plastic box and place in the fridge up to a month

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