Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Halubayi (Milk burfi)

It's a special sweet dish quite famous in households in and around Udupi, the abode of lord Sri Krishna. It's a favourite dish of children.

Ingredients :
Dosa rice -1 cup
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Jaggery -1 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - 4 spoons
Salt to taste.
Plantain leaf - 1
Ghee - 2 spoons

Preparation :
Soak dosa rice in water for 6 hours. Add grated coconut, jaggery and salt. Grind it while adding sufficient water.

Now take the mixture in a pan, placed on a stove with low flame and add 3 cups of water to it. Go on stirring till it gets completely baked. Take care to see that the mixture remains evenly thick by constant stirring. Approximately it may take, say, 10 to 15 minutes to get baked well. With wet fingers test a sample of the preparation. The baking is said to be complete if it doesn't stick to your fingers.

Now spread ghee on a plantain leaf or a plate. Pour the above preparation to this and spread it equally. Allow it to settle for half an hour. Cut it into pieces of required size. Delicious halubayi is now ready for being served.

Traditionally, halubayi is prepared on plantain leaves as that would give a special delicious flavour to it.

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