Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Narali Pak ( Coconut Barfi)

Today's post is a Narali Pournima Special. Traditionally called as Narali Paak , these coconut barfis are easy to make and a no fuss affair
So here is what you need
  • 2 cups of freshly grated coconut
  • 2 cups of Sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • A pinch of Cardamon powder
  • A few raisins/almonds for garnishing
Here is how you do it
  1. In a heavy bottom pan , mix coconut, milk and sugar and put on a medium flame.
  2. Stir continuously until the whole mixture gets together and starts leaving the sides of the pan
  3. This will take about 30 to 40 mins, Reduce the flame to low if needed.
  4. Once done remove the mixture on a greased plate and cut into diagonal shape.
  5. Garnish.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Caramel Custard

Caramel Custard is one of the most liked  desserts. The Indian version of this dessert is not baked in the oven , but cooked in a pressure cooker. The outcome, a totally perfect caramel custard.

 2 1/2 cups Whole Milk ( Do NOt substitute with low fat milk )
2 slices of White bread ( Remove the brown sides) 
1/2 + 2 tbsp White sugar
1/4 cup White sugar + 1 tsp Brown Sugar (Optional) For the Caramel.
1 tsp Vanilla essence
4 Eggs (Room Temp)
A steel container with tight fitting lid. ( I use my steel masala dabba )
Pressure cooker.

1. Heat the milk until it reaches the boiling point (Dnt boil)
2. Whisk eggs and sugar well. Add Vanilla Essence to it.
3. In 1/2 cup of Hot milk dissolve the bread.
4. Now pour the remaining milk in the egg + sugar mixture slowly but steadily . Keep whisking as you do it or else you might end up with scrambled eggs :)
5 . Now strain this mixture to get rid of the froth that form due to whisking.
6. Add the bread milk in this mixture.
7. In a pan , add 1/4 cup sugar and heat on low flame. Dnt mix the sugar until it starts dissolving. Now add a few drops of water to it and caramelize it .
8. In a container , pour this caramel slowly so that it covers the bottom of the container.
Let it cool for 2 mins.
9. Now pour the milk mixture , slowly in the container , taking care not to mix it with the caramel.
Now put the lid on .
10. In a pressure cooker add some water and place a small stand in it. Now place the container on the stand and close the cooker. Dnt use the whistle.
11. Cook the custard on high for 7 mins and then on medium low for 20 min. (POur enough water in the cooker or else your cooker bottom will burn )
12. Switch of the gas and let it cool for 10 mins before removing the container from the cooker. 
13. Dnt try and remove the container lid immediately. Let it cool for 15-20 mins and then slowly unmold the custard upside down. 
14. Refridgerate for atleast 8 hours or overnight.