Saturday, February 4, 2012

Ala kandhi (Yam dessert drink)

Today is 12th day of Rabi-al-Awwal, our Prophet Muhammad  Sal Allahu Alayhi Wasalam birthday. It is regarded as an auspicious day and on this day we used to cook special food and try to celebrate as much we can at our home. So today for dessert my mum cooked “Ala kandhi” yam sweet thick drink. While she was cooking I helped her to measure the ingredients and while she was preparing I took these pictures. Below is the recipe.
  Cubed yam or ala
11/2cup boiled or steamed yam or ala (chopped in to small cubes)
7cups water
4cups sugar
5tbs corn flour
2cups thick coconut milk
1/2cup thin coconut milk
7piece 3inch pandan leaves (raanbaa fai)
3 cinnamon sticks
12cardomom pods
maafen (Jasmine flower infused water) Rahalaavarah 

Boil water, pandan leaves, cinnamon & cardamom until sweet smell of aroma is released.

Add about 3cups of sugar boil until sugar dissolve, while the water and sugar are cooking dissolve corn flour in thin milk set aside.

When all the sugar is dissolved add the yam or ala give a stir, now add the corn flour mixture slowly stirring constantly.

Cook this mixture until corn flour is cooked (turns white to translucent). Now taste and adjust the sweetness with rest of sugar, add coconut milk & jasmine water give a good stir and serve hot or cold……………………………………..enjoy.

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