[Sca-cooks] Another not-Mughal Indian recipe
ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Sat Feb 6 13:05:42 PST 2010
You get edible camphor by trying lots of Indian
grocery stores until you find one that carries it.
I don't think actual musk is available any more;
I believe it comes from musk deer which are a
protected species. I haven 't found a substitute,
but it sounds as though Madhavi has.
>So...where do you get edible camphor and musk? So far I've not been able to
>On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 12:11 AM, <jimandandi at cox.net> wrote:
>> Sakhran- Nimatnama, p.93
>> Now the method for making sakhran has been written: take good mast, put
>> ground potherbs into it, and strain it through a cloth. Add camphor, musk,
>> cardamom, cloves and rosewater and prepare it with the perfume of flowers.
>> When the flower perfume has been absorbed, throw away the flowers. Then cut
>> up sections of the fruit of bananas very small and put them into it. Put the
>> pulp of twelve bananas into the mast.
>> My redaction:
>> 4 cups plain, full-fat yogurt (do not use low fat yogurt of any variety,
>> only "cream top")
>> 2 cups fresh spinach
>> 8-10 fresh mint leaves
>> 1/4 c fresh dill
>> 8 fresh curry leaves
>> a few leaves of fresh sorrel
>> 6 bruised cardamom pods
>> 4 whole cloves, bruised
>> 1/4 tsp edible musk
>> 1/4 tsp ground edible camphor
>> 1/4 tsp. rosewater
>> 2 firm yellow bananas
>> Beat yogurt well. Take all fresh herbs and mince finely. Place potherbs in
>> mortar and pound until it becomes a thick homogeneous paste. Add herb paste
>> to yogurt and mix thoroughly. Line a large bowl with a piece of cheesecloth
>> folded over several times or any kind of fine cloth. Dump yogurt and potherb
>> mixture into cloth. Quickly gather the corners and edges and tie with a
>> string. Hang the cloth over the sink for 3-4 hours.
>> Take the yogurt down and dump into a bowl Add all spices and beat
>> thoroughly. Chill mixture. Just before serving, add chopped banana and stir
>> in, and add salt to taste.
>> This is a surprisingly delicious relish, similar to a modern raita. I have
>> never tried soaking flowers in the mixture to imbue it with their essence,
>> as the flowers I know they would have used for this purpose I have not been
>> able to find here.
>> *winking at Cariadoc*
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