Sunday, March 11, 2012

Grape Wine

Grape wine is no doubt the most common home-made wine. It should be made well in advance so that it is ready for use during the Christmas season.

Ingredients

01. Purple grapes - 1 kg
02. Sugar - 2 kg
03. Egg white - 1
04. Yeast - 1½ tsp
05. Wheat - ¼ kg
06. Water (boiled and cooled) - 6 bottles (one bottle = 750 ml)

Preparation
01. Squeeze and mash the grapes well.
02. Add all the other ingredients to it and store it in a ceramic jar (bharani).
03. For twenty one days, open the jar daily and stir it once with a ladle.
04. On the twenty first day, sieve the wine and pour it into bottles.
05. One or two days later, once again pour the entire wine into a basin.
06. Then transfer it into clean glass bottles.
07. If the wine needs more colour, add caramelized sugar to it

Spicy Wine


Red chilies are probably seldom used in wine, but the combination of spices makes this spicy wine stand out!

Ingredients
01. Water - one bottle + one cup for boiling (one bottle is equivalent to 750 ml)
02. Sugar - 450 g (The quantity may be reduced a little, if desired)
03. Cardamom - 8
04. Cloves - 8
05. Nutmeg - one half
06. Red chilies (dry) - 2 (medium sized, seeds removed)
07. Lemon - 3
08. Cinnamon - 4 or 5 small pieces
09. Ginger - one inch piece
10. Caramelized sugar - a little (can be taken from the 450 grams of sugar)

Preparation

01. Mash together all the ingredients except the sugar, lemons and caramelized sugar.
02. Transfer these mashed ingredients into a vessel, add water and sugar and boil on a low flame for half an hour.
03. Next add the lemon juice and the caramelized sugar and boil for 5 minutes.
04. Remove from the flame and strain the mixture after it has cooled.
05. A little rum can be added for flavour.
06. This wine should be kept tightly closed at room temperature for around two to three weeks and then kept in the refrigerator.

Ginger Wine

Ginger along with lemon juice and honey are used to make this wine, which makes it both sweet and mildly spicy

Ingredients
01. Ginger - 250 g
02. Sugar - 100 g + 50 g
03. Water - 2 l
04. Cinnamon - 5 g
05. Cloves - 5
06. Cardamom - 4
07. Lemon juice - from 3 lemons
08. Honey - 10 ml
09. Brandy - 30 ml

Preparation
01. Mash the ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom together.
02. To this, add two litres of water and boil it for two hours till its quantity is reduced by half.
03. Caramelize 50 grams of sugar and add it to the boiled mixture.
04. After it cools, add the lemon juice and the honey.
05. Brandy is optional.

Honey Wine

Honey and spices combined to make a wine that will have a soothing effect to alleviate stress.

Ingredients
01. Honey - 5 kg
02. Water - 15 l
03. Cloves - 5
04. Cinnamon - 3" piece
05. Yeast - 3 tbsp

Preparation

01. Mix the honey and water and boil it well on the flame for ten minutes.
02. Tie the cloves and the cinnamon in a muslin cloth and lower it into this mixture.
03. Boil on a low flame for half an hour.

04. Discard the froth that appears on the surface and remove the mixture from the fire. Squeeze and remove the cloves and cinnamon cloth bag and leave the mixture aside to cool.

05. From this, take half a cup of honey, add the yeast to it, and add this to the other ingredients.
06. Now pour this wine into the ceramic jar and close and tie the mouth of the jar securely.
07. After twenty one days, sieve the wine and pour it into bottles.
08. Use the wine only after two months.

Banana Wine

This widely available variety of banana is best suited to make wine. The procedure is quite simple as well.

Ingredients
01. Bananas (Palayamkodan variety) - 10 (cut into pieces)
02. Sugar - 750 g
03. Yeast - 1 tsp (take the yeast in a small bowl and dissolve it in lukewarm water)
04. Water (boiled and cooled) - 2 bottles (one bottle = 750 ml)

Preparation
01. Mix together the Palayamkodan banana pieces, water, sugar and yeast.
02. Put this mixture into a large jar and securely close and tie the mouth of the jar.
03. For the first ten days, open the jar and stir its contents very well.
04. Later, strain it and pour it into bottles.
05. It will be ready to use after two or three months

Pine Apple Skin Wine


Getting ready to throw away those pineapple peels? Wait…here's how to make some delicious wine from it, with very little effort. Surprised? Read on...
Ingredients
01. Pineapple peels - from one medium-sized pineapple
02. Sugar - 1 ¾ cup
03. Cold water - 1 ½ cups
04. Egg white (beaten) - 1
05. Dried ginger - 1 tbsp
06. Cloves - 6
07. Cinnamon - a little
08. Yeast - ½ tsp

Preparation
01. Place all the ingredients inside a big ceramic jar, known as a bharani, tie the mouth of the jar securely with cloth and close the lid tightly. Keep it aside for ten days.
02. Then strain it through a clean muslin cloth and pour it into glass bottles.
03. It will be ready for use after twentyone days.


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About Me and My Kitchen

When I was a kid I remember when my mom had gone out I used to skip into the kitchen secretly and experiment what ever I could. One day I remember having prepared meat Puff and can you imagine a dog that does not eat something made with meat yes our Jimmy did so. I would have stopped experimenting at that time if it was not for my younger sister who ate the puffs and said "good, you could make it a bit more better. She was always like that though I knew I was a bad cook, she always used to taste what ever I prepared and encouraged me in preparing more and more.

Thus after many years, I cannot say I am an expert cook but my hubby especially encourages me to prepare more and more. But he always says rather than Naadan( local or common) food I am good in preparing some chinese or some continental food. So my experiments were more in that rather than the naadan food, may be because I am fond of that. Now my inspiration and support for cooking is my son who is my greatest fan and encourages me to try out variety..

So lets start of with some naadan food which I prepare and then later go into my experiments I think that would be much better.........