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I received a nice note from Renuka with a beautiful pouch containing the surprise ingredient.
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!
Preparation : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins.
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
Milk - 2 cups
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Custard powder - 1/4 cup
Cardamom pw - 1/2 tsp
Method to prepare:
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.
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!