Starting the year on a sweet note is usually what everybody wants to do. Sometimes we don’t realize that the upcoming year is usually a repercussion of what has already happened in the previous years. I really don’t want to muddle over it, but would rather leave you all with a little poem that really made an impact on me during the end of 2019:
Miss Me, But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little, but not for long,
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love we once shared,
Miss me, but let me go!
For this a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone;
It’s all a part of the master’s plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
Miss me, but let me go.
– Robyn Rancman
I would like to call Pola as Malabar’s contribution to cakes to the world, albeit in a different format. This dessert is quite loaded with eggs but that is the way it is loved by the community. It is not necessarily sweet, it can be savory too. I have been very behind in sharing even basic pola recipes, apart from the few I already have – Kai Pola – the most loved, Podipola, Erachi Pola and a more modern Carrot Pola. I am planning to concentrate on posting a lot of basic recipes this year, which I hope I can stick to, and that surely includes some of the polas as well. 🙂
Today’s recipe of the Apple Pola is a recent variation, just like the Carrot Pola. Apple is something that is in my pantry all the time, so I made this when I had some tart apples that nobody would want to eat. Please do ensure that the apples are sweet enough, since the tart apples do add its flavor to the dessert. The recipe is very straight forward. If you want a little sturdy pola, then feel free to add a couple of tablespoons of all purpose flour while blending the mixture. Off to the recipe…
- 2 large apples, peeled and chopped
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ cup sugar
- A fat pinch of cardamom powder
- A pinch of salt
- 2 heaped tbsp milk powder
- A pinch baking soda
- 1 tsp ghee
- A handful of cashews and raisins
- Add the ingredients from apples to soda in a blender and blend till smooth and fluffy.
- In a saucepan, heat ghee, fry the cashews and raisins. Pour the blend mixture into the pan.
- Keep the flame on the lowest and cook till the top is not sticky and a skewer comes out clean.