Monday, November 26, 2007

Arusuvai Friendship Chain ~ Custard Malpua

It was waiting for me when I went home one evening. You have some packet said Athamma. I wondered what it was. When I saw a pouch couldn't understand what it might be. Then it struck me, oh yes the packet from Renuka. She had sent a mail asking if I have received the packet she had sent. I was so held up in work, that I completely forgot to ask when I reached home. All were eager to know what it was. I opened and saw some flour in yellow colour. Athamma was all eager to know what this was all about. Hubby explained that its something sent with which I will have to cook something new.

Well so easily said, if only he knew my plight. Athamma asked what the content was. By looking at the yellow colour, I said that it might be Basan/Chickpea flour. So many options opened up for me and I could imagine something wonderful other than the regular pakodas or bajjis being cooked up from that. Imagine my confusion on opening, I found myself feeling on a silky texture and knew it was custard powder! My Athamma and Konda were more interested in the pouch that carried the packet. They started imagining what they might carry in that! Athamma wanted to carry her jewels while konda wanted to carry her play things. I guess each one to their idiosyncrasies!

This is the beautiful logo created by Lakshmi, read about how Arusuvai Friendship Chain was started here.

I received a nice note from Renuka with a beautiful pouch containing the surprise ingredient.

I always liked touching a custard powder or corn flour, but other than making custard, have never really tried anything. This was an excellent opportunity for something new. I remembered the many times that I had enjoyed Amma's excellent custards and another recipe given by Amma's friend. She was an excellent cook but very stringy in sharing her recipes. She was of the opinion that one should safeguard their recipes and could never believe that Amma or I share ours so freely. I can imagine her shock if she visits my blog. The dish she made, was so delicious milkmaid and Marie Biscuits. I have long since wanted to try it. But things never work out as we want right. Hubby dear devised a plan which proved hard for me to enter this kitchen this Sunday, but I was hard pressed. I was determined that this custard gets to be something by this Sunday. So racked my brain for something nice and interesting. I have always seen Malpuas flashed across Custard cookbooks and they looked so delicious. But never really got down to do it.


First few details on Malpuas for myself.

Malpuas are banana fritters that are commonly served as a dessert or a snack in the Indian state of Orissa. They are also popular in other parts of eastern India, such as Bihar.

The batter for Malpuas are prepared by crushing ripe bananas into a pulp, adding flour, and either a little water or milk. The mixture is delicately seasoned with cardamoms. It is deep fried in oil, and served hot. In one version of the recipe, enough sugar is added to the batter to sweeten it before frying, as is done in Bihar, whereas in another method more prevalent in Orissa, the fritters are dipped in sugar syrup after frying, instead.

There are other variations of Malpua, where bananas are replaced with pineapples or mangoes.
Source - Wikipedia

Ok now if it can be replaced with other fruits why not with custard!

So here's what I did with the Custard sent to me. It called for Raspberry and Vanilla. I just used Vanilla for both. I trust that's what I got. I have never tried anything other than Vanilla or Mango Custard.

Preparation : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins.

Ingredients Needed:

For Malpua

Custard powder - 1/2 cup
All purpose Flour - quarter cup
Rice flour - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 3 tsp (Heaped)
Soda bicarbonate - pinch
Curd - 3 tsp
Ghee/ Oil for frying
Nuts and Raisins 2 tbsp

For custard:

Milk - 2 cups
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Custard powder - 1/4 cup
Cardamom pw - 1/2 tsp

Method to prepare:

For Malpua

Mix the flours and custard, sugar, soda and curd. Beat well to form a thick batter. Add little water if too thick. When you beat it, you will get a thick smooth batter. So try avoiding water as much as possible. Too much water can soak oil. Mix in half the chopped nuts and raisins to the batter. This need not rest, the consistency for soft malpuas are beating it well.

Heat oil. Once its hot, take a small ladleful of batter and gently put into the oil. It will nicely rise up. Turn to other side and cook well.till golden brown. Drain to a kitchen towel. Transfer to a serving bowl or tray.

For Custard

Dilute custard pw with 1/2 cup milk and boil the remaining milk with cardamom powder.

Remove from fire add the sugar and diluted custard pow and return to the fire.

Sim and cook for 2 min stirring constantly. Remove from the fire and pour over the fried malpuas.

Sprinkle the remaining nuts and raisins and serve hot.

It just tasted so great.

I had a neighbor dropping in and when she tasted, she couldn't believe that it was prepared at home. I felt really happy seeing her wonder struck face.

This was the simplest dessert I have ever prepare except of course bread halwa. Malpua is something that's going to be prepared again. Thanks Renuka for making me prepare this.

I am sending a surprise ingredient to Kamini and Anita. Both of them were so sweet enough to accept it from me. I am yet to choose what to send, but have to really think hard on what can be difficult to experts like them!



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43 comments :

Raaga said...

looks great :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats very new to me too...:))Looks beautiful srivalli!!

Padmaja said...

This chain of friendship is so amazing!!!
That dish which is very new to me but it looks pretty n yummy!!

Srivalli said...

Raaga, thank you.!

Rajeswari...yeah this is the first time I am making it...thank you

Padmaja, thanks, yes this does give us a lot to interact with people.

Asha said...

Beautiful colorful dish. Great going with Arusuvai Sri!:))

Srivalli said...

Thanks Asha, its good to have you back!, hope you had a great break!

bindiya said...

The chain concept is so nice, gives me a warm feeling, the malpuas look delicious Sri!

Happy cook said...

Yum yum they just look delicious. And who can say no to custard.
You girls are really having fun with this Arusuvai Friendship chain.

Laavanya said...

Great idea with custard Srivalli. Looks absolutely mouthwatering.

Anita said...

That was innovative - using malpua to soak up custard!
I am looking forward to what I might receive soon...the mystery heightens the curiosity!

remya said...

thats a new to me...very glad that u guys are rocking wid this chain event...dish sounds yumm....

Mandira said...

wow, that looks delicious :)

sagari said...

maipua in custardd nice idea looks soo delecious

Seema said...

Great dish.. Looks awesome & yummy!!

Siri said...

Such a beautiful bag sent my Renuka.. Wish I would be back in India and be a part of Arusuvai..:DD
The Malpuas look heavenly Srii, I am sure they must have tasted the same..:) thanks for such a nice, elaborative post.. will make next time I get custard powder from Indian stores.. take care and cya..

~ Siri

Kamini said...

What creativity!

SUGARCRAFT INDIA said...

Wow!! Thats really new to me....always had them seperately...Must give it a try!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Lovely recipe dear! This is a sure try for me! :) Love the way this chain is continuing!:) I would love to see the picture of that attractive bag! :D

Suganya said...

You gals are having fun. If only you could slip a package to an overseas blogger.

Vcuisine said...

It is interesting to know this recipe Valli. Viji

renuka said...

I knew that you would find out the ingredient.I first thought of some flour but good i sent you this,there you are srivalli with such a new recipe hats off to you

bhags said...

The friendship chain is getting the better of everyone....nice creation and looks very tasty

Cynthia said...

Oh this looks sooooo good.

Meera said...

Wow! What a unique idea of Malpua in custard!!

Srivalli said...

bindiya, yeah its very interesting to check out what the ingredient is!

sagari, Kamini, Meera, Cynthia, Seema, Happy cook, thank you...

Laavanya, yeah it was very delicious

Anita, hahah..yeah I am still planning what to send you!..

remya, thanks..this was the first time I did..

Mandira, thanks...it was indeed

Siri, you are most welcome to come down!..:D

Swati, thanks ..do try and let me know!

Lathamma..thank you, do try and let me know!

Suganya, hhaha...will see what can be done!..:)

Viji, thank you..

renuka, thanks for sending this. It was very tasty. If not for this I wouldn't have tried it.

bhags, glad you started it!

Bharathy said...

How did I miss this one??Oops I was in Chennai and seems I had to catch up with lots!! :)
I told renuka to send you something complicated..:)..
Brilliant guess!!!So as the recipe selection!:)

Jayashree said...

Nice recipe, Sri....
I do blog from India and am definitely interested in being a part of the chain. how do i go about it???

Srivalli said...

Cynthia, thank you!

Meera, thank you thank you...I am glad you liked it

Bharathy, yeah how did you misss..very mean!!...hahah...thanks for the tips given to renuka...

Jayashree, thank you...glad to know you are interested...can you drop me a line at cooking4allseasons@gmail.com...

Madhavi said...

looks like a great keeper recipe Srivalli.Will definetly try this one.

Kajal said...

Hi srivalli,

I read all things and like it very much. I also like to be your fiend for this Arusuvai Friendship Chain. I also check the Latha blog for that. This is excellent idea. You made excellent item form Custard powder. It is very lovely dish I will also make it. Thanks for your lovely comment.

jayasree said...

Very creative to have used custard powder to make malpuas. BTW, I blog from India and would love to be part of the arasuvai chain.

Kalpana said...

You have got a nice blog here and I am interested to be part of this chain.............

Sunshinemom said...

Hey!! That was quick! Thanks so much for visiting - and yes! yes! I would love to be part of the chain - though I wonder whether I can be so innovative!!

Simran said...

Thanks for vising, Srivalli. I never knew there were so many food bloggers in India! I would love to be a part of Arusuvai Friendship Chain. But I know absolutely no one else who blogs. Does that matter?

And by the way, great site! I see some really cool recipes I want to try.

Sunshinemom said...

Hi Srivalli, may I say Sri?, I just posted my recipe with Jayashree's secret ingredient. Do look! I still haven't summoned courage to make malpuas!

DG said...

The custard malpua looks amazing! Want a creative recipe.
I am a new blogger from Pune,India. Was amazed to find so many India bloggers here. Cant wait to visit ur other recipes and other indian blogs and make new friends. (+ try out new things.)

cheers,
DG

Swati Raman Garg said...

OMG ... so much gonig on and i just want to be everywhere...:)
tell me how do i go about...
and custard malpua is such an interesting combi...

Swati Raman Garg said...

sri my mail bounces back everytime.. let me know how do i get into the loop

Aditi..............:) said...

looks wow!!!!!!!!1 wish i could eat it just now!!!!!!! will tyr it sometime soon!!!

Anonymous said...

hey,
i tried this recipe. and actually the puri was little hard. rest, the taste was really good. can you suggest me any ideas to get it better. loved the taste though :)

Srivalli said...

Hello Anon, Thanks for trying this dish. I remember the puri being very soft. So not sure how yours turned hard. It might be crispy sometimes, mostly when the batter is little thin. But try adding a pinch more of soda. Resting it for more time, can result in absorbing more oil.

Do try again and let me know..I know it was very delicious..

aparna said...

hi i am making this for diwali celebrations tonight and i am havigna asmall problem. When I mixed the batter for malpuas the batter becomes very thick, there is no moisture to mix it, am i doing something wrong? Am i supposed to heat sugar and add it?

Srivalli said...

Aparna, try beating it well. if needed add few drops of water. No need to add sugar. When it is cooked the sugar will naturally melt and gives softness.

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