Monday, June 12, 2006

Amrutham - food of the Gods

Amrutham (a dessert of carrots,almonds cooked in milk)
Bowl in pic was robbed from A's kitchen

Well, it really does taste like food of the Gods. Ambrosia would be the closest translation to the Sanskrit word Amrutham. One of our friends Mohan had brought this dessert to a potluck party on Tamil New Year day back in April. I really liked the dessert so I asked him for a recipe. He sent the recipe to me the very next day but I somehow never got around to making it. Finally, this last weekend, I made it at another of our friend A's home. It is definitely much more fun cooking in A's big, spacious and airy kitchen. It makes cooking all the more fun.

I am just doing a copy paste of the recipe that Mohan had sent me. Yes, folks he really did send me the detailed instructions :) that you see. Thank you Mohan for the recipe and thank you A for giving me a chance to actually make it :).

  • 4-6 carrots
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee/Clarified butter
  • ½ gallon milk - whole or 2%
  • 1 cup almonds peeled, unpeeled, or sliced, powdered
  • 15 kernels cashews, split into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar (optional)
  • 6 cardamom pods, powdered
  • 6 cloves, powdered
  • One grater
  • One sauce pan
  • Wash and peel 4-6 medium sized carrots, and grate them finely.
  • In a big pan, saute the grated carrots with 2-3 table sppons of ghee.
  • Once the carrots are partly cooked, pour 3-4 cups of milk, let ot boil, and stir occasionally until carrots are very softly cooked.
  • Carefully mix powdered almonds adding required amount of milk; break any lumps, and make a smooth paste.
  • In instalments, add the almond paste to the cooked carrots; stir continuously to avoid lumping.
  • Add condensed milk, stir to make a homogeneous mixture.
  • Add the sugar, stir to dissolve; allow to boil for a while.
  • The required consistency is like a payasam/paramanam. Add more milk, or boil to thicken as needed.
  • Taste the Amrutham, add more sugar, if needed.
  • If the consistency and sweetness are OK, remove the pan from heat.
  • Add powdered elaichi and cloves.
  • Heat a smaller pan with 1 table spoon of ghee; stir & fry cashews until light brown; add to Amrutham.
  • Reheat the smaller pan with 1 table spoon of ghee; stir & fry raisins until 75% of raisins bulge; add to Amrutham.
  • Mix the Amrutham well, serve either hot or cold or however.
Since this has carrots in it, a great antioxidant rich veggie, I am sending this over to lovely Cate of Sweetnicks for her weekly ARF/5-a-day roundup.


At June 12, 2006 9:01 PM, Blogger Inji Pennu said...

haha! I too posted a good of the Gods today! :-) Same pinch! thats funny!

At June 13, 2006 5:28 AM, Blogger Puspha said...

Sounds yummy. I'm gonna try this out.

At June 13, 2006 5:43 AM, Blogger wheresmymind said...

I love that bowl..perfect for the dish :)

At June 13, 2006 7:58 AM, Anonymous Lera said...

Carrots and Almonds combo sounds great...would love to get this on my to-try list for this month..

At June 13, 2006 10:27 AM, Anonymous shilpa said...

Good one :). I still have a big stock of carrots, I will try it today :D.

At June 13, 2006 11:59 AM, Blogger RP said...

Sounds yummy. All the ingredients are my favorites, especially condensed milk. yum!

At June 13, 2006 12:22 PM, Blogger Vineela said...

Hi l2c,
Amrutham looks yummy.
I will try this .

At June 13, 2006 5:40 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

Oh my, this looks delicious... no such thing as plain old carrots at your house, L2C :)

At June 14, 2006 5:09 AM, Blogger Krithika said...

Looks delicious.

At June 14, 2006 1:17 PM, Blogger archana said...

I have never heard of this before.Thank you for posting the recipe

At June 14, 2006 1:30 PM, Blogger Vaishali said...

I am tagging you. Now come on, do your post. Quick quick! :)

At June 14, 2006 1:41 PM, Blogger Vaishali said...

You can also call this the 'C dish'. So many ingredients start with a c - carrots,clarified butter, (cow's) milk, cashews, condensed milk, (cane) sugar, cardamom, cloves.
And all of them in one dish with almonds. Can't go wrong. Not possible.

At June 14, 2006 2:25 PM, Blogger Luv2cook said...


That is cool. I never thought about it that way - the C dish :)..good catch..

At June 15, 2006 11:09 PM, Blogger Aakarsh said...

Thanks for dropping by, Yours is the first completely 'Culinary-Blog' i have across. read couple of them..interesting,..but cant try the stunts in my kitchen,although i would love to..

At June 16, 2006 9:52 AM, Blogger Ashwini said...

That sounds like a lovely dish LC..I have to give this a try

At June 16, 2006 11:53 AM, Blogger Sumitha said...

This dish can be a nice variation to gajar ka halwa!Great!

At June 16, 2006 12:03 PM, Anonymous sailaja said...

Absolutely, its amrutham..:)

At June 16, 2006 1:23 PM, Blogger sudhav said...

Thats really an amrutham for us..Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe..

At June 19, 2006 2:28 PM, Anonymous santhi said...

U have been tagged...
come by my kitchen and check..

At June 20, 2006 10:00 PM, Blogger Annita said...

Looks very delicious..i'm drooling over...

At June 22, 2006 12:59 AM, Blogger Sowjanya said...

A perfect name for a perfect dish. I would definetly try this.

At June 28, 2006 7:30 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

Just checking up on you, hope all's well. Miss your great recipes! :)

At July 06, 2006 4:23 PM, Blogger Inji Pennu said...

Hi, Where are you?

At July 10, 2006 4:55 PM, Blogger Ashwini said...

Hey Sam remember you had posted a dudhi dish waay back - daaplam? I tried it today (finally!) and it was fabulous. Thanks for a great recipe.
I notice its been a long time since you posted. Hope everythings fine. Cheers


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