Wednesday, September 12, 2007


thinking of what to do for breakfast this evening? we indian muslims will break fast with thosai, idli, murthabak, prata, idiyappam (puttu mayam) and etc. chaya (tea) is a must during break fast. in my house my mom makes lovely karupatti chaya or inji chaya. and she makes nice soft puttu also. she'll use rice flour or ragi flour. in singapore we usually take this with banana, ghee & red sugar. but whenever we go kerala, puttu is served with kadala curry or nenthrapazham (banana) and ghee.
it's always nice to start the breakfast with a dessert. today i'll give you 2 dessert recipes. Abok Abok Sago & Suji Kheer are my favourite desserts:


100g pearl sago
150g gula Melaka, finely grated
150g castor sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp pandan juice (blend three screwpine pandan leaves with a little water and squeeze out for juice)
A few drops green food colouring
250g grated white coconut


Soak sago in cold water for 10-15 minutes. Wash under running tap to get rid of excess starch. Drain well in a metal strainer. Mix sago with grated white coconut, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Divide into two portions. To one portion, add pandan juice and green food colouring to mix. Add gula Melaka to the other portion. Grease a 10cm square baking tin lightly with corn oil. Spread the green portion on the base and press down firmly. Put into a steamer and steam for 10-12 minutes. Pour the gula Melaka portion over the steamed green portion and spread evenly. Press down firmly, then steam over boiling water for 20-25 minutes. Remove the tin from the steamer and leave aside to cool completely before cutting.




50 gms sooji
3 tblsp sugar
a pinch cardamom powder
Raisins (roasted in ghee)
Almonds (sliced & roasted in ghee)
cashew nuts (sliced & roasted in ghee)
200 ml Milk
2 tblsp ghee (or oil, the flavour is nice with ghee)


Heat a fry pan on slow heat. Put the sooji (semolina) in it and dry roast it for few minutes, until it starts to change the colour. Add the ghee or oil and then mix it for 2 minutes. (the ghee can also be added in the beginning in step 2 along with sooji (semolina). But if you add the Ghee later then you can manage with less amount of ghee. Once done add the milk and mix it thoroughly so that there are no lumps. Add the sugar and mix. Add the raisins, almonds and cardomon powder. Serve hot.

Tips: It just takes 5 minutes to make this recipe and it is especially good on wintery days, it helps settle the dryness of throat, and relieves soar throat symptoms as well.

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