Sunday, January 1, 2017

INSTANT KHARVAS

INSTANT KHARVAS

Here's wishing all of you a very Happy, Bright, and Prosperous New Year. May 2017 bring for you the best of health and every happiness. To start the New Year on a sweet note, today I share how we make Instant Kharvas or Possu. This also happens to be the 500th post in my blog!

When we were children a sweet dish called Posu in my mother tongue, Konkani used to be made at home. The speciality of this dish was that it was made from the colostrum milk of the cow that had just calved. This dish is called Kharvas in Marathi and Ginnu in Kannada.

These days getting colostrum milk is itself a problem in our cities. Today's recipe is for making Instant Kharvas where we use store bought condensed milk and milk powder instead of the traditional colostrum milk.

In making this dish, please ensure that you do not place the weight on the pressure cooker when the posu/kharvas is being steamed. In this recipe, 1 cup = 200 ml.



Ingredients:

  • Amul Mithai Mate Condensed Milk, 200 gms
  • Milk, 1 cup
  • Fresh Curds, 1 cup
  • Nandini Milk Powder, 1/2 cup
  • Sugar, 2 tbsp or to taste
  • Cardamom, 3-4
  • Saffron, a few strands

Method:

Crush the cardamoms adding a pinch of sugar to a fine powder. Keep aside
Mix together the condensed milk and the milk in a large bowl
Add curds and milk powder
Stir well and make sure that there are no lumps
Add sugar and mix well till the sugar fully dissolves
Add a little of the cardamom powder 
Now pour this mixture into a flat container
Sprinkle of the rest of the cardamom powder and the saffron strands
Add adequate water in the pressure cooker, and place the container in it uncovered
Steam for about 25-30 minutes without placing the weight of the pressure cooker
Switch off the gas, remove the container and check to see if the posu/kharvas is cooked by poking a toothpick in it
It should come out clean when properly cooked


Allow it to cool and refrigerate it for a few hours
Cut the posu/kharvas into pieces of the desired shape 
Serve chilled