Month: September 2009
Anxious wait for taxis and buses
With schools starting and most expatriates back from holidays, we are facing the same old problem: no taxi or bus available in the morning. During post-iftar time, the scene is no different. Everywhere, huge crowds wait anxiously for a taxi or bus to come. I request the authorities consider more transport services during peak hours.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
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I believe cooking as an art. I enjoy doing it as I do passionately several other hobbies. Starting on this auspicious day of Onam, a new series for my blog. Taste It. A delicacy each time, tested and tasted. Hope to recieve your comments.
– Fresh Coconut grated – 4 nos
– Jaggery – 500gms
– Ghee – 25gms
– Roasted cashew nut
– cardamom powder add to taste
Take jaggery in pan, add water and boil it to melt it uniformly so that it forms a smooth syrup. Sieve it well so that any unwanted particles of stone etc are removed from it.
Now add this jaggery syrup to a heavy bottomed pan and keep it on medium heat.
Once it starts boiling, add the freshly grated coconut to this syrup solution.
Stir continuously and let the coconut cook well in the jaggery syrup.
Add the ghee and cardamom powder to this syrup.
You may add little water if the mixture is looking too dry.
Keep stirring until the mixture comes close to a thick form.
Turn off the heat and keep it aside for few minutes.
When the mixture is still warm grease your palm with ghee and start making small oval or round shaped vadas with the mixture.
Display it nicely on a plate and then garnish each one of them by placing a roasted cashew nut on top.
Enjoy your Onam or Iftar evening with a Taste It recipe and let me have your comments. I dedicate the first of the series to the Sharadechi, wife of late M N Vijayan. This was one of the delicacies she served to us when we visited her during our recent holidays.