Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Raisin Syrup

Raisin Syrup

It's been quite a long time since I blogged. And blame it all on the hard drive crash which left me pretty disabled for more than a fortnight. Family recipes, treasured photographs along with a plethora of documents went down with the hard drive. I chided myself for not taking a backup, but it was too late. However DH fished them all out diligently. My prayers were answered, but the lessons were learnt the hard way.

Coming to today's post, the focus is on dried grapes or raisins for AFAM's Grapes hosted by Swapna of Swad. In one of my previous posts, I had professed my love for milk and as usual I was on the hunt for a new recipe to flavor my favorite calcium rich food. To keep it simple I made a syrup which could be used to flavor milk, but it can be used to dress up any fruit salad, pudding or as a drizzle on cakes.


Recipe:

Raisins - 1/2 Cup
Water - 1 cup
Cardamom - 1

Simmer all the ingredients on low heat till the water evaporates. Let it cool and blend to a honey consistency using a little water if necessary. To serve mix two tablespoons of this syrup with milk and serve warm or cold.

Raisin syrup keeps well in the refrigerator for about 10 days.

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UPDATE: Date Syrup can be made the same way using dried dates. The simmering time and the blending time would increase. You can remove the skin of the dates for a very smooth syrup and can substitute cinnamon for cardamom.

26 comments:

Nags said...

unique and lovely :)

Suganya said...

This is such a wonderful recipe. Thx!

Chandrika said...

Thanks Nags!

bindiya said...

very nice, i am sure it is very versatile too!

Balaji S Rajan said...

Welcome back. A backup is always required.

Padma said...

Thats was so quick n easy drink...never flashed in my mind..before! hey nice to see u back n I hope this time u r b/u thing...

TBC said...

It's good to have you back. Too bad about the hard drive crash but glad you could recover the data.

bee said...

raisin syrup is a brilliant idea. i guess this would work with dates as well.

Chandrika said...

Thanks Suganya!

Oh yes Bindiya, it's very versatile,as with any other syrup..Using it with milk is just one idea...

Chandrika said...

Thanks Balaji...Yes, backups are so essential..I was just lazy and kept procrastinating...

Chandrika said...

Thanks Padma...I feel glad to be back too...Gosh I missed so many events...Got to catch up soon...
I am careful about my data nowadays...

Chandrika said...

Thanks a lot TBC...I feel really good to be back...It was an awful feeling being cutoff from the rest of the clan..:-) Ya. God heard my prayers and gave me back my data..:-) I never thought I would be praying for data one day though!

Chandrika said...

Thanks Bee! Yes, date syrup can be made the same way...That's how I make it...In India, I used to buy Lion Brand Date Syrup..But now it's homemade..

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Chandrika said...

Thanks Jeena...Sure I will visit your blog...

Kribha said...

Nice idea. I wish to try this with dates. Thanks for sharing.

Chandrika said...

Thanks Kribha! Sure, try with dates..it's yummy and healthy too...

Roopa(KitchenAromas) said...

What a great idea!

Sharmi said...

sorry to hear about the crash. I know how it feels. you have a simple and elegant one for the grapes entry. lovely.

Puspha said...

Very innovative!!!!

Rasa Malaysia said...

Interesting combination, I have never tried this.

Chandrika said...

Thanks Roopa! :-)

Chandrika said...

Thanks Sharmi! It was bad but I was lucky to get the data back! :-)

Chandrika said...

Welcome to my blog, Rasa Malaysia...Give it a try..U will like it..

Mansi Desai said...

I think we can use it for pancakes, right? sounds healthier than the regular syrup:)

Chandrika said...

Oh yes, Mansi..U can use it for pancakes...