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Potato Alluwa (Potato and Cashew Nut Fudge)

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Food & Recipes

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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Food & Recipes

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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Food & Recipes

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

Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream)

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Food & Recipes

Serves 12.

Ingredients

1 litre/2 pints/4 cups full cream milk
400 ml/14 oz can full cream evaporated milk
400 ml/14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
300 ml/10 fl oz dairy cream
1 small can reduced cream (optional)
2 tablespoons sugar
5 bruised cardamom pods
1/4 cup pistachio kernels
1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch)
4 drops kewra essence
few drops green food colouring (optional)

Directions

Australia/New Zealand Pavlova

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Food & Recipes

Being careful not to attribute this famous dessert to one country or the other. For the softer, higher Australian pavlova, pile the meringue thickly, about 6 cm (2 1/2 in) high. For the slightly flatter but crisper New Zealand version, spread it out a bit more thinly into a larger circle.

Serves 8.

Ingredients

Bhel Puri

Bhel Puri
Food & Recipes

This is a miniature version, rolled very thinly and cut into small (5 cm, 2 in) rounds. Deep fry until puffed, golden and crisp. They are combined with spicy sev, chopped onions, coriander, fresh chillies and tamarind sauce just before serving.

Ingredients

Samosas

Food & Recipes

Makes about 20 large or 36 small samosas.

Ingredients