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 )
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
Yeast - 1.5 tea spoon
Luke warm water - 1 cup
Rum - 2 spoon (optional)
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 .!!!!
- 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.