Serves: 5 – 6
You will need
½ cup (100 g) chopped dates (without seed)
½ cup (100 g) chopped good quality raisins
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup (100 ml) very hot water
1 cup (200 g) all purpose flour (maida)
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cooking soda (baking soda)
Sieve twice all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda. Keep aside.
In a wide bowl, mix chopped dates, raisins with sugar, butter and very hot water. Mix gently with a tablespoon.
Add sieved ingredients (flour) and mix well until all the ingredients well blended.
Pour mixture into pudding mould or flat bowl and cover this with aluminum foil or grease proof paper.
Steam in pressure cooker ( without weight ) or in a steamer for one hour on a medium heat until done (or skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean and also it leaves from the sides of the pan / brown in color)
Unmould and serve warm or cool ( Place a plate on top of the custard bowl and carefully flip it upside down ).
For custard sauce:
1 cup (200 ml) hot milk
1 teaspoon cornflour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
In a wide bowl, beat egg with corn flour and sugar until creamy. Add hot milk. Mix well.
Cook over a double boiler ( double boiler -a pair of saucepans, one of which fits above and partly inside the other: food is cooked in the upper one by water boiling in the lower and it helps even cooking ) till it starts thickening ( till it coats the back of the spoon slightly ). Keep the heat low . Approximate cooking time 10 - 12 minutes. Remove and keep aside to cool for 15 minutes. Add vanilla essence and mix well. Gently pour this thick custard sauce over pudding.