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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fruit salad in cake n custard

For the fruit salad ( serves 2-3 people)

1) Apples - 2
2) Orange - 1
3) Black grapes (seedless)- 1/2 cup
4) Green grapes (seedless)- 1/2 cup
5)Pineapple - 1/2 a medium sized fruit
6)Bananas - 2
7) Lemon juice - 2 teaspoons (10gms)
8) Honey - 2 teaspoons (10gms)
9) Assorted nuts (almonds, cashews, pine nuts etc) - 1/4 cup (optional)

Cut all the fruits. Add the lemon juice and honey. Refridgerate for 1/2 hour.

For the cake n custard

1) Ready to make custard powder(vanilla) - 2 dessertspoons (20 gms)
2)Milk - 1 litre
3) Sugar to taste
4) Ordinary sponge cake (tea cake) - 1 loaf

Keep 1 cup milk seperately and boil the rest of it. Into the cool milk add the custard powder and make a smooth paste (ensure there are no lumps). Pour this into the boiling milk along with sugar to taste. Keep stirring till it reaches a thick, pourable consistency. Note that we need to make this a little thicker than the ordinary custard. Let cool slightly.

Slice the cake.


In a flat glass dish (you should be able to see the colourful layers of this dish from the outside), place a layer of cake. Top this with a layer of fruit salad. On top add a layer of custard. Again a layer of cake, followed by fruit and then custard. Repeat process till everything is finished.

Note that the topmost layer should be custard. Sprinkle a few cherries or nuts to make the top more colourful.

Refridgerate till its time to serve.

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