I am sharing a pudding recipe that I first shared during last Eid. Wattalapam is originally a part of the Sri Lankan Malay cuisine but has become the most popular Sri Lankan dessert. This recipe of my mother is an adaptation of the traditional wattalapam into a jelly pudding. I would like to share it at Eid Eats 2014, which I learnt about from Jhuls, an Eid event hosted by Sarah and Asiyah.
I also wanted to share two music clips from MTV Coke Studio’s youTube channel. The first clip is of a Sufi music duo that I enjoy listening to – the Wadali brothers, Puranchand and Pyarelal Wadali, from Amritsar.
The second clip is a song I listened to for the first time last week when I was searching for youTube clips of the Wadali brothers. Composed by Salim and Sulaiman Merchant, the song is sung by Munawar Masoom and Kailash Kher.
Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating this day!
Wattalapam Jelly Pudding
- Thick coconut milk – 1 cup (this can be obtained by blending ¼ cup freshly scraped coconut with 1 cup of water)
- Egg – 1 (can use 2 tbsp corn starch as a substitute)
- Jaggery – ½ to 1 cup, depending on taste
- Cardamom – 3 or 4, crushed
- Vanilla extract – 2 tsp
- Agar agar – 2 tbsp
- Hot water – 6 tbsp
- Mix the coconut milk and jaggery.
- Lightly whisk the egg before adding the jaggery-milk mixture. Blend the mixture well.
- Add the crushed cardamom and vanilla extract to the mixture.
- Cook the pudding mixture on low heat, stirring continuously, for about 10 mins.
- Remove the thickened mixture from the heat and keep aside to cool.
- Take 2 tsp agar agar powder and mix with 6 tbsp hot water.
- Beat the agar agar mix into the slightly cooled pudding mixture.
- Cool and refrigerate.
Recipe Source: Raji Thillainathan.
I wanted to bake a special cake today to celebrate the birthday of a close friend undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and glaucoma. As there was a ripe mango in the fridge, I decided on a mango cake. Thinking of the spice that I could mix with mango in a cake, I decided to try saffron as I had recently tried out kesari in my muffin loaf and had also enjoyed the Cornish saffron bread that I had baked a couple of months back. Therefore, while both my exotic muffin loaf and this mango saffron cake look outwardly similar, the taste is different.
Of course, on this special day, I wish to feature a very special singer – K.S.Chitra whose birthday coincidentally happens to be today as well. One of my favourite singers, Chitra has won six Indian national awards during her 35 years of playback singing as well as was awarded the Padma Shri in 2005. She has had extensive training in Carnatic music.
As I had already shared her first award-winning movie song in the post featuring music composer Ilayarajaa, I will share a beautiful song clip from her devotional song album, Krishnapriya (2005).
The second clip is a lullaby she sang for the Craft (Center for research in assisted reproduction and fetal therapy) hospital and research center. The center shares this song for downloading from their website with the message, “For our emotionally stressed women and men we hereby give a small gift- A Lullaby of hope that will go straight to your hearts- soothe you and transcend you virtually to the wonderful world of parenthood.” Chitra lost her eight-year old daughter in 2011 and resumed her singing with this track.
The last song clip is her award-winning movie song from Cheran’s movie Autograph (2004) featuring actress Sneha and the Comaganin Raaga Priya orchestra. The music was composed by Bharadwaj and performed by the special blind orchestra while the lyrics was written by P.Vijay (who also won an award that year) and sung by Chitra. The clip I chose to share here has roughly translated subtitles (courtesy of YouTube user Antony Rajabala).
Hope you enjoyed today’s music by one of my favourite singers and the lovely cake!
Mango Saffron Cake
- All-purpose flour – 1 cup
- Roasted semolina – ½ cup
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Baking soda – ½ tsp
- Salt, pinch
- Vegetable oil margarine – 100g
- Sugar – 6 tbsp (can add more, as per your taste)
- Milk (non-fat or vegan substitute) – ½ cup
- Saffron threads – ¼ tsp
- Vanilla essence – ½ tsp
- Mango – 1, chopped
- Cashew nuts and raisins, to sprinkle
- Heat the milk with the saffron. Once bubbles start to form, remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool.
- Sift the flour together with baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the roasted semolina to the dry ingredients bowl and keep aside.
- Chop up the mango and add the vanilla essence to the chopped mangoes in a separate bowl. Let the fruits soak in the essence.
- Whisk the margarine and sugar together until creamy.
- Stir in the saffron milk and continue whisking.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl, continuously stirring.
- Fold in the chopped mangoes and transfer to lightly greased baking pan.
- Sprinkle chopped cashew nuts and raisins.
- Bake the cake at 170⁰C for around 30 mins. The time will vary depending on the oven.
- Let the cake cool off before slicing and serving with a hot cup of Sri Lankan tea. Enjoy!
Last week, I went for an Iftar with some friends. Each of us took a dish or two. I made the vegetarian version of Linda’s Chorba M’katfa and Amal’s Basbousa which turned out nicely. The hostess, Hafsa, had made a delicious pot of wheat kanji which she said was a staple she made during the Ramadan season for her family. I requested her to share her recipe on this blog. So, here is the wheat kanji recipe of Hafsa Farook which I am bringing to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #26 co-hosted by lovely bloggers Prudy and Jess. Hafsa did mention that people who were not fond of wheat could substitute the wheat with rice or use half and half of each.
For today’s music feature, I decided to share some Punjabi music, composed by Pritam Chakraborty, from three fun Hindi movies that will be sure to get you on your feet and dancing. :)
The first song is from Anurag Singh’s movie Dil Bole Hadibba (translation: Heart says Hadibba/ hurray, 2009) starring Rani Mukerji and Shahid Kapoor and sung by playback singers, Mika Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan.
The second song is from Imtiaz Ali’s movie Jab We Met (translation: When we met, 2007) starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor and sung by Sonu Nigam and Javed Ali.
The last song clip is from Ayan Mukerji’s movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (translation: This youth is crazy, 2013) starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone and sung by Arijit Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan.
Enjoy the music and the kanji! :)
- Wheat – 2 cups
- Onion – 1 large
- Ground ginger and garlic
- Cinnamon – piece
- Rampe/ pandan leaf – a piece
- Curry leaves – 1 or 2 sprigs
- Ground cumin seeds
- Tomato – 1
- Chilli powder, to taste
- Corn kernels – 1 can
- Mushroom – 1 can
- Coconut milk – 1 cup (thin consistency) and ½ cup (thick consistency)
- Fresh coriander – a small bunch
- Salt, to taste
- Oil, for sautéing
- Soak wheat for at least 5 hours.
- Chop up the onion.
- Heat oil and fry the chopped onions, ground ginger garlic, piece of cinnamon, rampe and curry leaves. Sauté until it becomes golden brown.
- Add ground cumin seeds.
- Grate a tomato and add to the pan. Add a little chilli powder and cook for a while.
- Drain the soaked wheat and add to the sauté pan together with at least three cups of water. Add more water if the liquid dries up before the wheat is cooked. When cooked, the wheat should not be transparent.
- The corn kernels can be added now along with chopped mushrooms. Add a little water if the liquid dries up. Cook for a few minutes.
- Add 1 cup of thin coconut milk and ½ cup thick coconut milk to the pan and cook.
- Just before removing from heat, add the chopped coriander and salt to taste and cook for a few minutes.
- Serve warm.
Recipe source: Hafsa Farook.
Today’s drink has been sent in by Trevor Martil. Apologies for the lack of a photo of the drink. I am sharing this at the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck.
Today’s music features two relatively new composers who are making a niche for themselves in south Indian cinema. The music for the first song clip has been composed by G.V Prakash Kumar, the nephew of A.R.Rahman. Having sung his first song in one of his uncle’s movies, G.V Prakash Kumar started his movie soundtrack composing career at the age of 16. This is a lovely song from his first movie that was released – Veyil (translation: hot sun, 2006) with playback singers Jassie Gift, Kailash Kher, Tippu and Prasanna.
The next song is from Balakrishnan’s debut movie Rummy (2014) with music composed by D.Imman who started his music career in 2002. The playback singers are Prasanna and Vandana Srinivasan, a psychologist and an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Hope you enjoy the music and the drink!
- 2 tablespoons mango delight cordial
- 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup chilled plain soda
- Crushed mint leaves
- Finely chopped apple
- Crushed ice
- Blend the first four ingredients together.
- Add crushed mint leaves, chopped apple pieces, crushed ice and serve.
Recipe source: Trevor Martil.
The recipe for today has been sent in by Trevor Martil and I am sharing it at Fiesta Friday. I shared his mother’s savoury rice dish recipe last week.
I also felt like sharing some lovely Hindi movie music today from movies released within this decade but set in decades past. The first clip is from V.V.Chopra’s movie Parineeta (translation: The married woman, 2005), an adaptation of a 1914 Bengali novella starring Vidya Balan and Saif Ali Khan. The music was composed by Shantanu Moitra and the playback singers of this song are Sonu Nigam and Shreyal Ghoshal.
The second clip is from Anurag Basu’s movie Barfi! (2012), starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz. Set in the 70s, the music was composed by Pritam and this particular song has been sung by Arijit Singh.
The last clip is from V.Motwane’s movie Lootera (translation: Robber, 2013), set in the 50s and based on O.Henry’s 1907 short story ‘The last leaf,’ starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. The music for this song has been composed and sung by Amit Trivedi.
Hope you enjoyed the lovely songs and do let me know if you try out this recipe!
Chicken with Broccoli and Spinach
- 1 chicken breast
- 150g broccoli
- 100g spinach leaves
- ginger paste and garlic paste (Trevor’s mother prefers using the Sri Lankan MD brand)
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (Again, Trevor’s mother has mentioned the MD brand)
- oil, for tempering
- chili powder
- cumin seeds
- fresh ginger and garlic, to taste
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Grind the cumin seeds, ginger, garlic and 50g spinach leaves to a paste. Keep aside.
- Cut chicken into large pieces, marinate in ginger and garlic paste and sauce for 30 minutes.
- Allow to cook in own juice.
- Add oil and stir-fry, adding the chopped onions.
- Add ground ingredients, the remaining spinach and the broccoli.
- Add 1/2 cup milk together with chili powder and turmeric as per your taste. Allow to simmer.
- Serve with steamed rice.
Recipe source: Trevor Martil.
I had tried to get hold of some of the Sri Lankan Burgher cuisine recipes for some time now. While some of the dishes such as lamprais, frikkadels and some kinds of specialty cakes around Christmas time are very popular and are recreated by cafes and bakeries around the country, I was more interested in the home-cooking of Burgher families. Besides Refinceyaa who shared her aunt’s recipe for capsicum with eggs on this blog, I had also asked Trevor Martil who is another of my former colleagues. He recently sent me some of his mother’s favourite recipes. Today’s recipe is one such dish, which Trevor’s mother calls ‘savoury rice with a difference.’ This rice recipe (providing both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options) is what I am sharing at Fiesta Friday together with some special music clips.
The special song clip for today is a rendition, by Amitabh Bachchan, of renowned poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s beautiful Bengali poem Ekla Cholo Re written in 1905. This song is from Sujoy Ghosh’s acclaimed Hindi movie Kahaani (translation: Story, 2012) starring Vidya Balan. Translation of the lyrics can be found on Wikipedia.
The next song clip is from Aamir Khan’s talk show Satyamev Jayate (translation: Truth alone prevails). Composed by Ram Sampath for the lyrics written by Swanand Kirkire, Meenal Jain sings the beautiful Hindi song ‘Sakhi’ at the end of the episode on domestic violence. I think I must have watched all the episodes of the first season in 2012.
Hope you enjoyed the songs and do let me know if you tried out the recipe today!
- 250g cooked rice
- 150g chicken (vegetarians can substitute this with tofu or mushroom)
- 1 red pepper
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 capsicum chili
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon soya sauce (Trevor’s mother prefers to use Sri Lankan MD brand)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- chili powder
- ginger paste and garlic paste (Again, Trevor’s mother prefers the ready-made MD brand)
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 30g green peas
- 2 eggs
- cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, star anise
- curry leaves
- 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (vegetarians can substitute this with vegetable stock)
- coriander leaves
- Temper spices, star anise, onions, curry leaves.
- Add cooked rice, 1/4 cup milk, turmeric. Allow to simmer.
- Add green peas, eggs and stir in a tablespoon of butter.
- Serve and keep aside.
- Cut chicken into small pieces, marinate in soya sauce, and place in a pan.
- Cook till water is absorbed.
- Add oil and stir-fry adding all vegetables, onions, ginger, garlic sauces and 1/2 cup chicken stock.
- Cook and take off heat with gravy.
- Pour over rice.
- Sprinkle parsley and coriander leaves. Serve hot.
Recipe source: Trevor Martil