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Jul 12, 2008 09:23 PM

South India cuisine

I had dinner the other night at an Indian restaurant in Santa Clara, CA. The meal was the best Southern Indian food I have ever had. The Masala Dosai was delicious. I finish my meal with an incredible desert called Amrutha Kala. Does anyone know the recipe for this?

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  1. what was it like? i've searched by name, but in vain. does it resemble any of these?

    kala is a city in maharastra, toward the west, between mumbai and goa. amrutha means "auspicious".

    "auspicious kala"? maybe it is a local specialty?

    was it like this?

    or maybe the "kala" is used as it is here: "Sherbets and fruit syrups (called Syroppi) flavouring crushed ice are also popular in Italy. In India, the version is popular in the form of kala-khatta." quoted from:

    was it like kala jamoon:

    kaala channa is black chickpeas:

    wow, this rabbit trail is getting rather twisted.....

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    1. re: alkapal

      No need to get twisted.

      1. Amritakala (amrutha and amrita are alternative spellings of the same Indian word 'amrita' meaning nectar; 'kala' pronounced like cullah means art, NOT like kaala which means black, the usage in kaala khatta or kaala channa etc) is a dessert supposedly created and popularized by some South Indian vegetarian chain restaurants, like Dasaprakash.
      Here's one description (see in the readers' comments way down):

      2. In general, there are several Bengali sweets (ie. not South Indian) which are milk / cheese based, with the suffix 'kala' (e.g. Chandrakala etc.). However, Amritakala seems to be a Southern restaurant invention.



        1. re: alkapal

          thanks rasam...for the benefit of all here is the description from the readers comments -

          amritakala is made with coconut cream, milk, sugar, ghee and saffron. i add cardamom too. the key is timing and the heat so it sets properly more than the ingredients which are rather straightforward.

          Saffron is the favor most recognizable.

    2. What does it look and taste like? I'm very familiar with South Asian sweets and may be able to figure out what it is by a different name.