Monday 28 November 2016

Apple & Orange Wine Recipe

How to make apple wine

Many of my readers have requested the recipe for Apple wine. Since Christmas is around the corner I hope you can try this at home. I thought combining few oranges along with Apples will enhance the taste of the wine and I was not wrong. This wine can be a little stubborn to clear, due to the high levels of pectin in apples, so you may require extra time and patience to get a clearer end result. I made this wine a year ago, hence it is crystal clear in the picture but please don’t expect that as soon as you make the wine. Please read my earlier post on Tipsfor wine making that will help you a lot if you are novice in the field of wine making.
Recipe for Apple Wine

Apple & Orange Wine 
Apples - 1 kg
Oranges - ½ kg
Sugar - 750 gms
Yeast - ½ tsp
Water - 3 litres

  • Wash, core and chop apples into small pieces including the peel. (You can chop the apples in a food processor).
  • Wash the oranges, with a citrus peeler or vegetable peeler thinly peel the orange zest without the white part. Extract juice from the oranges and keep aside.
  • Boil sugar and water in a big vessel. Once the mixture boils, turn off the heat. Add chopped apples, orange juice and orange zest to the hot water-sugar mixture.
  • When the mixture becomes lukewarm, add yeast and transfer the mixture to a sterilized glass bottle / bharani, cover it and leave for 21 days stirring daily.
  • After 21 days, strain the mixture through a cheese/muslin cloth in to a clean dry bottle.
  • Keep this again for 21 days untouched. After 21 days strain the wine again, pour it in to clean dry bottles and use. 

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Tuesday 22 November 2016

Shahi Falooda / Royal Falooda

Recipe for Shahi Falooda

Falooda is a popular Indian layered dessert with very different textures and components. The layers consist of rose syrup, vermicelli, tukmaria seeds, jelly, rose milk, fresh fruits and nuts and vanilla ice cream. The recipe and the process looks very elaborate but if you make all the things ahead of time it will be very easy to assemble just before serving. Tukmaria / Sabja seeds / sweet basil seeds are available in Indian stores and it is entirely different from Chia seeds. Tukmaria or sabja seeds are believed to have a lot of health benefits and you can read about it here.... There are a lot of different versions of Falooda recipes and I liked Ria’s version of vermicelli cooked in milk to a kheer than just boiling in water. So here is the recipe for one of the most beautiful looking desserts for you…

How to make Shahi Falooda

Shahi Falooda / Royal Falooda
For the Vermicelli Payasam / Kheer:
½ cup Semiya / Vermicelli
2 cups milk
⅓ cup Sugar
¼ tsp cardamom powder

For the Rose Milk:
1 ½ cups cold milk
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp Rooh-Afza / Rose Syrup

For the Tukmaria:
1 tbsp Tukmaria / Sabja seeds / Sweet Basil seeds
1 cup water

For Falooda:
1 packet Strawberry / Raspberry jelly / jello
2 tsp Rooh-Afza / Rose Syrup
Fruits of your choice like Straberries, banana, apple etc, chopped
Vanilla Ice Cream
Pistachios / Cashew Nuts / Almonds, to decorate
Mint Leaves to decorate

For the Vermicelli Payasam / Kheer:
Bring 2 cups milk to a boil, add ⅓ cup sugar and ½ cup Semiya / Vermicelli and cook till the vermicelli is soft and the mixture is thickened, stirring often.  Add cardamom powder, mix well and turn off the heat. Chill until use.

For the Jelly:
Make jelly by following the instructions on the packet. Cool and refrigerate. Once cool, cut into small cubes and set aside.

For the Rose Milk:
Add 2 tbsp Rooh-Afza and 1 tbsp sugar to 1 ½ cups cold milk and chill till needed.

For the Tukmaria:
Soak Tukmaria / sabja seeds / Sweet Basil seeds in 1 cup water for 20 minutes and allow to bloom. Drain the water and set aside.

To Assemble Falooda:
In a tall glass add a tea spoon of Rooh-Afza / Rose Syrup, followed by 2 tsp of tukmaria, a couple of table spoons of vermicelli kheer, chopped fruits and jelly cubes. Pour some rose milk to cover the assembly. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnish with sliced nuts and mint leaves and serve immediately.

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Wednesday 16 November 2016

Nadan Parippu Curry / Kerala Dal Curry

Kerala Dal Curry

Parippu curry is a typical Kerala side dish for rice and also one of the main dish of Kerala Sadya or Onam Sadya. I usually make parippu curry with toor dal, but some people make it with Moong dal (cherupayar parippu / split yellow gram). If using moong dal, you have to dry roast it first to enhance the flavour and then cook in a pressure cooker.  If Parippu curry is served with hot rice, pappad and ghee you don’t need any other curry for rice.

Recipe for Kerala Parippu Curry

Nadan Parippu Curry / Kerala Dal Curry
Toor Dal / Thuvara Parippu - 1 cup
A pinch of turmeric powder
Grind Together:
Grated Coconut - ½ cup
Cumin seeds / Jeerakom - ½ tsp
Shallots / Chumannulli - 2
Garlic – 1 clove
Green Chillies - 3-4
For Tempering:
Coconut Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee -2 tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - ½ tsp
Shallots / Chumannulli - 2, sliced
Curry Leaves - 2 strands
Red Chillies - 2, torn into 2 pieces
  • Grind coconut with the rest of the ingredients adding 3 to 4 table spoons water to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  • Pressure cook washed toor dal with 3 cups of water and a pinch of turmeric powder for 8 whistles on medium flame.  Once done, mash well to a smooth paste with the back of a spoon.
  • Add ground paste, salt and enough water to the mashed dal. Let it cook on low flame for 5-8 mins. Remove from heat.
  • Heat oil and ghee in another pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add small onion, curry leaves and red chillies. Fry till small onion becomes golden brown. Remove from fire and pour everything over cooked dal. Mix well.
  • Serve with rice and pappad and a drizzle of some ghee.
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