Posts Tagged food
Mango unniappams is what we call ’em. Unniappam is a snack down south in the state of Kerala in India. The regular unniappams or ennappams are a popular snack in rural kerala. And they are given as ‘prasadam’ in Ayyapa Temple in Sabarimala. They are quite tasty, if a bit bland, but take care not to drop them or u’ll crack the floor!!!
Its always a special occasion when my family (Dad, Mum, my 4-legged bro n I). More often than not, my Gran’s sisters come for a visit on Sundays. No one comes without at least one packet of Homemade-something-spicy marinated fish to be fried, banana fritters, vellaiappam, savory vadas or soft unniappams. But there is one strict rule! No snacks till tea time.
Tea Time is always fun… everything is set out on plates on the dining table or if the weather is especially mild, in the veranda,. There would be laughter, chatter, Did-you-knows, cooking tips, beauty tips, plans made for the next weekend and the ceaseless gossip.
Now-a-days, we don’t get together so much…but traditional snacks will always bring to our minds the fun we had before…
Mango unniappam is a variation of that…
- 2 ripe mangoes-cut into pieces after removing the skin.
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup wheat flour (u can use rice flour also)
- 1 tbsp clarified butter or ghee (optional)
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp elaichi or cardamom powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder (optional)
- Oil-for frying
- Blend the mango pieces and sugar into a pulp.
- Mix the pulp with flour, baking powder, sesame seeds, ghee and cardamom powder.
- If the mixture is too thick, thin it with a little water till it’s a smooth paste.
- Scoop a spoonful of mixture into hot oil and fry till brown.
- Serve hot with a large appetite and a sweet tooth
- Powdered Glucose biscuits or butter cookies-10
For the Base: (you can use a 5 ounce packet of pound cake or 20 ladyfingers)
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup diet sugar
- 1/2 cup low fat butter
- 1/2 cup yoghurt
- 5 tbsp low fat milk
- 1/2 tsp soda-bi-carbonate
- 1 tsp baking powder
For the coffee mixture:
- 2-1/2 tsps gelatin in 1/3 cup cold water
- 4 egg yolks
- 3 cups low fat milk
- 1/3 cup diet sugar
- 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsps instant coffee powder
For the Cheese mixture:
- 1 8-ounce low fat cream cheese
- 1 tbsp diet sugar
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 1/2 tbsp gelatin in 3 tbsp cold water
- Beat butter, sugar and yoghurt till light and fluffy.
- Add flour, baking powder, cocoa, soda-bi-carb and milk to form a smooth batter.
- Pour into a greased tin and microwave at 160 for 7-8 mins.
- beat egg yolks and sugar until thick.
- Reduce the milk to half its content.
- Add the instant coffee powder, vanilla. Bring to a simmer
- (Discard the vanilla bean)
- Pour 1 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Return all to the saucepan.
- Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and just bubbly.
- Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in gelatin mixture.
- Set aside to cool
- mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and the cooled gelatin mixture.
- Stir in the 1/4 cup apple juice.
- Line a bowl with plastic cling film. Line 1/4 inch pieces of the base.
- Pour half of the coffee mixture over this.
- Add a thin layer of finely powdered glucose biscuits followed by the cheese mixture.
- Another layer of the biscuit powder and then the remaining coffee mixture.
- Place in the refrigerator till set or overnight.
- Note: I’ve tried to reduce the calorie intake….hence the long winded recipe….to get the original recipe go to betterrecipes.com
9:30 A.M. Another typical day in the Indian summer. I’m in the kitchen making tiramisu from scratch.
10:00 A.M The pound cake for the base is ready and I’m lazily stirring the coffee mixture over the stove. My dogs sticks his head into the kitchen and gives me his poor little puppy look. I’m a sucker for that. I give him a blob of butter and bodily deposit him outside the door.
10:30 P.M. Made cream cheese. Making tiramisu is starting to look like a Herculanean task. Still I persevere even when I’m starting to think I should have made something simpler…foresight is a real pain!!!
11:00 A.M Finally the cheese mixture is also ready and I’m assembling the Tiramisu (finally!) to strains of ‘What have you done to my kitchen’ my mum in the background.
Dad puts in his bit of wisdom “there’s no way you are going to lose weight!”
I ignore them both and put the finished tiramisu into the fridge to set
4:30 P.M. Time for dad’s evening tea. I plop down two bowls of tiramisu (for mum and dad)They eye it warily as if I’ve served them a ticking time bomb. Honestly!!!
6:00 P.M. I’m reading Da Vinci code for the umpteenth time on the sofa….my parents??? They are scraping the last few pieces of their second helping of Tiramisu…Smug smile!!!