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Gulab Jamun (Rose-Flavored Milk Balls in Syrup)

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Makes about 20.

Ingredients

8 tablespoons full-cream milk powder
3 tablespoons self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon soft butter or ghee
approximately 3 tablespoons water
ghee or oil for frying

Syrup
2 cups white sugar
4 cups water
5 bruised cardamom pods
2 tablespoons rose water or few drops
rose essence

Directions

Rabri (Reduced Milk Pudding)

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups fresh milk
4 tablespoons sugar
2 drops kewra essence or rose essence
1 tablespoon slivered blanched almonds
1 tablespoon slivered blanched pistachios*

Directions

Rasgullas

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Fresh cheese balls in syrup. These require skill and patience, but for those who have been introduced to the delights of this Bengali specialty, they are well worth the trouble taken.

Makes 12 balls.

Ingredients

Ras Malai

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Considered the queen of Indian sweets, it is a combination of fresh cheese balls (Rasgullas) and Rabri, both of which may be served independent of the other.

Directions

Potato Alluwa (Potato and Cashew Nut Fudge)

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This sublime candy depends on the humble potato for its texture and flavour and is a favorite in Sri Lanka.

Ingredients

375 g/12 oz/1 1/2 cups sugar
375 ml/12 fl oz/1 1/2 cups milk
400 g/14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
125 g/4 oz ghee or butter
1 cup cooked, smoothly mashed potato
185 g/6 oz finely chopped raw cashew nuts
2 tablespoons rose water
or 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)

Directions

Pistachio Barfi

Food & Recipes

In Indian and Middle Eastern shops, pistachio kernels are sold which are not the usual roasted, salted pistachios in shells. It is these softer kernels which are used whenever pistachios are called for in recipes.

Ingredients

125 g/4 oz raw pistachio kernels
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups full-cream milk
220 g/7 oz caster sugar
pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
gold or silver leaf (optional)

Directions

Peking Dust

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A surprisingly delicious dessert in spite of its extreme simplicity.

Serves 8.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb fresh chestnuts
300ml/10 fl oz/1 1/4 cups cream
4 tablespoons caster sugar
glazed walnuts (optional)

Directions

Balushahi (Pastries Coated in Syrup and Nuts)

Food & Recipes Balushahis, deep-fried pastry circles that are dipped in syrup and coated with crumbly nuts, go particularly well with after-dinner coffee. Almonds and pistachios are used here, but any other unsalted nuts may be substituted.

Ingredients

For the pastry:
250 g/8 oz plain flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of salt
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
4 tbsp melted ghee
3 tbsp yoghurt
1 1/2 tbsp cold water
Ghee for deep-frying
2 light-coloured cardamom pods, bruised

Passionfruit Flummery

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon unflavoured gelatine
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups water
250 g/8 oz/1 cup sugar
1 level tablespoon all-purpose flour
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup passionfruit pulp

Directions

Sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water and leave for 5 minutes to soften. Put remaining water and sugar into a pan and bring to the boil.

Luk Chup (Miniature Molded Fruits)

Food & Recipes

This is for when you have time for making life-like masterpieces of Lilliputian proportions which may be described as therapy by some and absolute waste of time by others. They create a sensation when served.

Ingredients