Home Made Grape Wine - Recreating a Taste of Kerala


What , if anything , will be spared time's depredations? Oh dont think i have become a yogi or a philosopher all of a sudden. Its just that this thought got on my head from a book i was reading and made me ponder over how I spent my time and what can I spare without time taking it away........

So i tried my best to unplug myself from everything virtual , vazhayila , FB , Orkut ....for a week . Even my Tablet , i used it only to check some mails and read some books. I was in a world ,clearly my own,viewing it as it is , not from a third person observer , but as I am , enjoying the warmth , radiance and little precious moments of grace . I am happy that I did...

Thanks to all the lovely emails asking about my well being . I am doing good , in fact never been better. Nothing exotic been cooking in my kitchen other than salads and sandwiches , as i was better making use of my time than cooking. 

The recipe of the day is from Deepa Praveen's mom . It all started as a casual conversation with Deepa on Vazhayila.com FB page. After 5 minutes or so of exchanging some messages we found ourselves committing to this weekend project. We tried it for easter , for gracing the easter table with its very presence.. Deepa's moms recipe and my aunts tips worked well together to this magnificent final outcome.

Home made Grape wine was such a big deal on all easter and Christmas celebrations while growing up back home right? My mom never had to make it as my aunts or her friends used to send the wine baskets as holiday gifts all the time. After coming here , with all the varieties available here , i never bothered to make this too...But I am happy that I did this time , and know for sure , nothing can beat the home made ones. Thanks to Deepa and her Mom.


Recipe for Kerala Style Home Made Grape Wine  
(Recipe courtesy - Deepa Praveen and her Mom)
Total cooking time - 21 days + 2-3 weeks to get the clear liquid

see notes @ the end of this post for tips )

Ingredients:-
Grapes - 1 kg ( I used black seedless grapes)
Sugar - 2 kg 
Boiled and cooled water - 3 to 4.5 litres.  (i used only almost 3 litres of water , to make it strong )
Wheat ( whole) / godhambu - 1 cup
Cloves - 7-8
Cinnamon stick - 2
Cardamom -3-4
Yeast - 1.5 tea spoon
Luke warm water - 1 cup
Rum - 2 spoon (optional)

Directions:-
In a clean vessel, boil 3 liters of water . Remove from heat .Let it cool completely.
Take a cup of lukewarm water in a bowl and add yeast and set aside for 10-15 minutes
Remove grapes from its stalk ,Wash clean it and pat dry well( there shouldn't be any moisture,) and crush it with clean hands. 
Take a clean( pat dry well) ,big glass jar( which can fit double the quantity of mix) with a tight lid , make a layer of crushed grapes in the bottom and sprinkle sugar ( either add half now and half later after 21 days or you can add full now)Wheat and spices and continue until you finish. 
Add the yeast ,the cooled water and cover the mouth of the jar with a clean cloth and tie it securely.( If you are adding rum , add it now or after 21 days) 
Cover it with a lid and keep it in a dark corner for 21 days.Take this everyday and stir it well with a clean spoon. 
On the 21st day , strain the mixture in a cotton cloth and remove the grapes and take only the liquid( add the rest of the sugar and rum , if you did not add it it in the beginning)  and keep it in the glass jar ( clean the jar and pat dry). 
Keep it for another 2-3 weeks, remove the sediments at the bottom every 2-3 days , until you get the clear water. 
After you get the clear wine , Keep refrigerated  in dark wine bottles to preserve the color .!!!!

Notes:-
  • Take a big glass jar that can hold at least more than twice the quantity of water 
  • Keep in mind , the final liquid you get will roughly be less than half of the total water you added
  • The picture was taken during Easter , which was like a week after I strain it. The liquid was not that clear at that time , but we couldn't resist the temptation to taste it and it was oh so good.
  • The color of the wine depends a lot on the grapes you use . I forgot the name of the grape I used , but i guess it was a chilean one.
  • I did not add Rum in this prep, but i added when i made it later, and it gave me a different color.
  • Mine turned out be a bit strong wine , since i added only 3 ltrs of water . Adding more water makes it light n thin.



Sarah

65 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks super yumm...and lovely color of the drink

Midhun said...

looks great!! will make this

Jaleela Kamal said...

super cool

Zareena said...

Loved the snaps dear.Wonderful colour.

Smitha said...

the drink and the color...both are wonderfully delicious!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Reshmi said...

this one z absolutely delcious...hey sarah...i once made this at home bt tht was on christmas time...tht time i didint open the blog...

Reshmi said...

this one z absolutely delcious...hey sarah...i once made this at home bt tht was on christmas time...tht time i didint open the blog...

Lyndsey ~The Tiny Skillet~ said...

I would love to try this. I have been wanting to make some wine. Sounds good with the cloves and cinnamon, and the color looks great! Thanks for sharing.

Padhu said...

Looks great!

sojo said...

looks wow...really really wow!!!!... my mom never used to make it...but its such a big celebration at my inlaws place that I religiously make all sorts of wine after marriage!!!

Prathima Rao said...

Looks gorgeous & elegant!!! Loved the rich color!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

jaya pratheesh said...

cannot understand why you would serve this to someone who does not drink alcohol...

Torviewtoronto said...

haven't had this but it looks beautiful love the presentation

Treat and Trick said...

Such a lovely color and refreshing!

Suja said...

Adipoli..lovely color

Sayantani said...

I wanted to make this for a really long time. but something or the other always came in between. you did a splendid job. love the presentation.
between can we make it in summer (i stay in Kolkata where the weather is very hot and humid)?

S.Menaga said...

looks gr8..love the colour...

Deepa Praveen said...

Wow so tempting to open my wine jar which is still sleeping in a dark corner..I send your link to my mom..she will be so happy to see this. Thanks again Sara for this...We had a great wine time together.

(the first comment was from MR.Ps account kindly remove it :P)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi there

Wine looks so tempting. Would definitely love to prepare it one day.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

An Open Book said...

i have forgotten how home made wine tastes like..like u said with all the varieties here, you just take things for granted :)

Biny Anoop said...

OOOOO dear...i tried it last time i was home at my in laws...dey make really nice wine...i tot anu's mum had the recipe similar to urs...i loved it.....we bot some with us on the way back

Nitha said...

Would like to try this out once.. nokkatte... eppola ente number varuka ennu :)

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Jaya Pratheesh.... I dont have nothing much to talk about your concern , but i believe its just personal choice whether one wanna drink beer , alcohol or wine..I have many friends who drink wine but no liquor or even beer... If "my friends " wanna have some wine that "I" made , without the bit of alcohol in it , Its "my" choice !!

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Deepa...oh yeah girlie , we had a great wine making :)...tell me what ur mom say about it okie :)

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Sayantani ....Oh dear i am not so sure about how it would turn it Kolkata..But i think kerala and kolkata have similar climate ...my aunts make it all the time in kerala ..so i guess it should be fine.

aipi said...

Oh my gosh this stole my heart! How absolutely amazing does this look! Great work as always..
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Nisha said...

Adipoli Sarah , I never even our Kerala has a wine recipe.

Beautiful post.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Super with that beautiful look...sure that it tasted awesome..

julie said...

great thought to put up this recipe..I like d home made wine ,my mom used to prepare it for us!
do visit my space wen u find time.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

I really wish to have one of those blissful week to stay disconnect with world, let me know the name of the book Sarah! would be an inspiration for me, home grap wine sounds scintillation and out pic are fab!

Deepti said...

lovely recipe with the Perfect clicks

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Priya said...

Never thought of making wines at home, grape wine looks absolutely fantastic..

Indie.Tea said...

The Kerala wine I've seen is never as pretty as yours (usually the color is more rust than red-violet)...yours looks enchanting! And sounds quite good.

Pavithra said...

Honey the first picture is just stunning.. please pass me that glass ..want to have a sip rightaway.

Reva said...

U amaze me with both your pics and your "honesty"... The recipe and the pics are superb as ever... good that u had a week for yourself:) This is a must try one..
Reva

Nandini's Food said...

Beautiful color! Lovely clicks!!

Sobha Shyam said...

Beautiful clicks..wine looks really nice !!

jaya said...

hey, i dint mean to offend you.. i enjoy your blog, love the stories that come with your recipes..
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its just that you know wine has alcohol in it.(Wine is an alcoholic beverage, made of fermented fruit juice, usually from grapes.-google).
and from the phrasing of your post, i thought they were teetotalers.. but from your response i get that they just dont drink hard liquor.

no offence meant!!

p.s. your pics remind me of mom-made christmas wine.. i dint mean to be a heckler you know.(pardon the pun)

Madhura Manoj said...

Awesome!!Lovely colour...
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kaveri said...

Wow...lovely color...took me back to my hostel days when my friend used to get this from her house...

Sarah Naveen said...

@jaya.....i m exremely sorry if you felt bad...ITS TOTALLY MY ignorance and misconceptions..pardon me for that.....i shouldnt have said alcohol, but liquor....thanks for guiding me to the obvious......i did nt mean to offend you too... i didnt get the tone from ur first msg n replied blankly:-)

Sayantani said...

yes you are right the climates are quite same. will gie it a try soon. thanks for your reply.

Sathya Sankar said...

Home-Made grape wine looks wonderful, love the colour!

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Kairali sisters said...

Ohhoo, now i miss rani anuty :(

Grape vine always reminds me of her (she is my neighbour and runs a catering shop). She makes the best wine i ever tasted!!

This looks awesome Sarah, i shall try this for xmas :)

divya said...

Wonderful presentation, tempting n looks fabulous..

Hema Mahen said...

Wow...great work and nice presentation..

Nostalgia said...

Very nice! Home made wine hm...!

Angie's Recipes said...

Never try making grape wine at home...looks really good.

Yummy Team said...

It looks amazing Sarah..Ente veettil sthiram pala type wine undakkarundu..Eppravshyam nellikka wine okke undarunnu pakshe pics edukkan marannu

Kristen said...

I am so impressed by this project. It looks like it turned out perfectly.

Chocolate Shavings said...

This looks so refreshing and I love the photos!

Now Serving said...

What a delicious looking drink and how nice to read about how it came about :) Awesome pics :)

Gulmohar said...

enikkithu kurachu vanamallo..thalakku pidichalum saramilla...lol

Sarah Naveen said...

Njan ship cheyyam :)..

Sarah Naveen said...

Njan ship cheyyam :)..

Pushpa said...

Absolutely gorgeous and delicious wine.

lissie said...

nice clicks! looks tempting..

JEJ said...

iloved this , looks great.i am planning to make this for christmas.from which shop i get black wine grapes in NewJersy ?
i always see red seedless grapes in all shops.
Please share ur thoughts.

Sarah Naveen said...

JEJ..
I think its just luck that i got black grapes that time..
Its not a different variety like the red and green grapes.
Its just sooo dark red that they call by the name black i guess.
You can use the regular red grapes.But i am not sure whether you will get this color. Color vary with grapes from pale lavender to maroon red :)
I got this grapes from Shoprite in NJ ..Hope this helps!

JEJ said...

thanks for ur reply Sarah.I got the black grapes from SAMS club.I have already kept it for making wine.Waiting for the yummy wine and lovely red colour.i didn't add rum :-).

Reji Philip said...

Hi Honey, is the proportion of grapes, sugar and water alright? 2kg sugar for 1kg grapes and 4 ltrs water. I just wanted to confirm before I make. Thank you. Reji

Sarah Naveen said...

Reji , I think the proportion is alright. Grapes has a lot to do with the final outcome and color, just to remind you :)..When i made with 4 litres of water last time , i added 1 more pidi of Wheat , in addition to 1 cup wheat okie :)..make sure the jar can fit at least 8 litres of water , because the mix is gonna rise up day by day ..So take a big glass jar..
Are you planning it for christmas? Better be hurry then :)..U need 21 days plus 2-3 weeks to get clear liquid :)...

Johnson said...

Hello Sarah,

Great Post. I have a question. Do I need to close the jar air tight with the lid or just leave it loosely on top of the cloth?

By the way, my wife has been impressing me with some of your recopies. I will say a Thanks for her...

JJ.

Johnson said...

Hello Sarah,

Great Post. Have a question. Do you keep the jar air tight with the lid or simply leave the lid on top of the cloth?

By the way, Thanks for your meticulous and elegant blogging of recipes. I know it has helped many including my wife.

Sarah Naveen said...

Hey Johnson ....
I try to keep it air tight all the time , but the lid i have is not like the one we twist and tighten , so It just equal to simply keeping it on top.! but i am sure with the cloth below , its air tight ;)

Thanks a lot about my blog ;)..
See you around here !

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