Friday, October 20, 2006

!! Happy Diwali !! with Malpoa!

Diwali is a festival of light encompassing all human. It is to spread the message of righteousness and wishes prosperity to all. As a child in India, we celebrated with lighting candles or earthen lamps all over the house, and sharing sweets and yes, with firecrakers, the small ones as well as charki and fuljhuri (don't know their English/Hindi names), and sharing sweets with one and all. This is my mother's sweet dish that I absolutely loved.
Wishing you all happiness, prosperity and peace with all on the occasion of Diwali with these sweet dishes called 'Malpoa'

Evaporated Milk- 2 cans ( This ready-made thickened milk. Traditionally this would be made by thickening the milk first, but I found this short-cut).
Flour - 1/2 cup
Fennel Seeds - 1.5 Tblsp ( Can use saffron or cardamom instead, but I like this)
Sugar - 2 cups
Water - 2 cups
Oil for frying

Mix the flour with the evaporated milk such that there is almost no lumps and the mixture is thick enough to pour like a batter (No sugar in batter). Meanwhile make a sugar syrup of 1 thread consistency with the sugar and water. In a pan heat about 1tsp of oil, put batter and fry it on both sides. Once done, transfer it to the sugar syrup. Continue this process. Transfer the Malpoa from the syrup container to another clean container. Serve it hot or cold.