Varattiyathu - Arrowroot Dessert spiced
is one of the recipes which we have been given permission
to reproduce by a fascinating site about India, Peppertrail.com.
The site is the work of Ammini Ramachandran who grew
up in the part of India known as Kerala and the site
tells you about its history and its traditions and cuisine.
This is a sample of one of the recipes you will find
on the site where there are also many interesting articles.
you would like to know more about its creator, Ammini
Ramachandran, take a look at her Biography page <click
here> or by visiting her web site <click
flour is pure starch, and when boiled in water or milk,
it yields a transparent and pleasant tasting jelly.
Different dishes are prepared with this flour during
the Tiruvathira festival.
cup arrowroot flour
3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds
the flour with a cup of milk in a heavy bottomed pan
and stir well to make a smooth paste.
the remaining milk and sugar and stir well.
this liquid over medium heat, stirring continually.
It will thicken and start leaving the sides of the
the cardamom powder over it and mix well.
from the stove and spread it evenly in a well greased
it cools it will thicken. Cut into one-inch squares
same flour that yields the mildly sweet jello-like desert
when combined with buttermilk and spices evolves into
a salty, spicy dish <click here>