Worldwide Locations

Worldwide Locations

Asia Blog

Vattalappam (Spicy Coconut Custard)

Vattalappam (Photo by <a href=Sandy Austin/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/food_spicy_coconut_custard.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz dark palm sugar (jaggery)
6 eggs
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup canned coconut milk
375 ml/12 fl oz can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons rose water or 1/4 teaspoon rose essence

Directions

Shrikhand

(Photo by yuichi.sakuraba/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

500 ml/1 pint/2 cups thick yogurt
3-4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 drops rose essence
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom or 4 drops cardamom extract
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
1 tablespoon pistachio kernels

Directions

Sesame Seed and Palm Sugar Balls

(Photo by Sifu Renka/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

Ingredients

2 cups sesame seeds
500 g/1 lb palm sugar (jaggery)
generous pinch of salt

Directions

Semolina Pudding

Semolina Pudding (<a href=Umair Moshin/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/semolinapudding.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

185 g/6 oz/3/4 cup sugar
300 ml/10 fl oz water
60 ml/2 fl oz milk
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
125 g/4 oz ghee
90 g/3 oz/1/2 cup medium semolina
2 tablespoons sultanas (golden raisins)
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions

Sago Pudding (Gula Melaka)

Gula Melaka (Photo by <a href=sue_jan/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/gulamelaka.jpg">
Food & Recipes

This is the famous pudding which has changed many people's feelings about the dreaded sago.

Serves 6-8.

Ingredients

2.5 litres/5 pints/10 cups water
300 g/10 oz/2 cups sago
2 tablespoons fresh milk or coconut milk
pinch of salt

For serving
250 g/8 oz palm sugar (gula melaka)
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup water
2 strips pandan leaves
300 ml/10 fl oz/1 1/4 cups coconut milk
pinch salt

Directions

Gulab Jamun (Rose-Flavored Milk Balls in Syrup)

Photo by <a href=awhiffoflemongrass/flickr" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/gulabjamun_0.jpg">
Food & Recipes

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)

(Photo by stu_spivack/Flickr)
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

(Photo by rashmi1979/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

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

Photo by <a href=chotda/flickr" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/rasmalai_0.jpg">
Food & Recipes

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)

(Photo by HD41117/Flickr)
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