INDIA - World Culinary ABC - Indian Milk Cake

The next stop under the ABC world culinary tour is INDIA. You can read about the announcement here.
The ambassador for this event is Cinzia. To know more about the event, click here.

I am glad we have all stopped in India. We will be here for a period of three weeks.

For the past few weeks I have been wondering what dish I have to make while we are here.

I wanted my first post to be something which I would not do otherwise. Most of the recipes on my blog are Indian, but this one had to be different. Indian cuisine, with all the differences is a great culinary adventure by itself. To pick a dish out of this endless list is impossible. So, I searched Google to see what people think is the list of must have / Must try Indian dishes.  And the list just scared me off. So I will just stick to things I have been putting off for a while or which according to my opinion is a great Indian dish.

Now, I am a native of Kerala, did my schooling in Tamil Nadu and have been living in Karnataka for the last 10 years. So I have almost the whole of south India covered. Just Andhra Pradesh is left. I once had a crush on a guy from Andhra. Does that count ? See, I can do anything to claim that I know the whole of south India.

My entry for the stay in India for World Culinary ABC is Indian Milk Cake.
It is an Indian custom to offer sweets to guests. So here is a sweet recipe, welcoming my fellow travelers to my country. Here is wishing you a happy and memorable stay in India.

One important ingredient you need for this recipe is time and patience. Due to the time involved, this dish is no more made in the Indian kitchens and is mostly bought from stores.

My kids love the milk cake from the local bakery. Bijoy (My brother in law)  makes sure he gets a box every time he visits. Now, Bijoy is the kind of person you can talk to whole day and not feel bored or tired. He is the most thoughtful person I have ever come across. 

In the initial days of my marriage, when I was settling in to a new family and was as lost as I could ever be,  Bijoy was one person who was kind and thoughtful. He made the settling-in easier for me. There were many instances when he took my side and saved me from embarrassing situations. 

I am not sure if he even remembers saying or doing what he did, but during that phase, it was really  comforting. In those few days, he became my brother instead of my brother-in-law.

I will forever be thankful to him for easing out the transition. He still is the same sweet guy he was years ago. Only that now,  he has a wife who is as thoughtful and a daughter as sweet.

Here is the recipe. My kids loved it.
I think I would still make an exception and let Bijoy get the milk cake from the local bakery. He loves buying the milk cakes for them as much as they love eating it.

Ingredients :

Milk _ 1 1/2 litres
Sugar - 1 cup
Semolina - 1 Tbsp
Yogurt - 2 Tbsp
Ghee - 3 Tbsp
Cardamom Powder - a pinch
Almond - 4 - Cut into small bits or whole - optional

Method :

1. Heat a deep pan and add one Tablespoon of ghee.
2. Add the semolina and roast till it changes color and gives out a nice aroma. Now add the milk and allow it to boil.
3. Add the yogurt and wait for the milk to curdle. Add sugar. Stir well.
4. Keep the flame medium and keep stirring occasionally. Ensure that the milk does not get burnt at the bottom.
5. This takes quiet some time, so get going with any other work you have in the kitchen. Stay close though so that the milk does not get burnt.
6. The sweet is almost done when you see a curdled mixture and there is not much liquid left. Add the rest of the ghee. Mix well. Ensure that there is a little moisture left as this dish hardens on cooling.
7. Cook on low flame for another 3-4 minutes.
8. Switch off the flame. Add cardamom powder and give it a good mix. Transfer to a deep plate or bowl. 
9. Flatten the surface with the back of a spoon. While it is still warm, make cuts to make square or rectangular pieces.
10. Allow it to cool. Cut and serve. Instead of cutting into squares, you can also just scoop it into bowls and serve.
11. Garnish with almonds.

Note : This recipe took me around 2 hours. So venture into this only when you have enough time.


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