Sri Lanka Aluwa
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
14 1/2 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
4 ozs. butter
1 cup cooked mashed potato
1 cup finely chopped cashewnuts
2 tablespoons rose water
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
Put sugar, milk, condensed milk and ghee into a large
heated non-stick saucepan. Cook over medium heat,
stirring constantly, until mixture reaches soft ball
stage or 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. (To test
for softball stage, drop a little into a cup of ice
cold water. If it firms enough to be molded into a
soft ball. it has reached the required temperature.
Remove from heat, add smoothly mashed potato and beat
with a rotary beater until all lumps are beaten out.
If using a pan with non-stick lining, pour mixture
into a bowl before doing this or the metal beaters
will scratch the non stick surface. Return to heat and
cook to soft ball stage or 116°C (240°F) once more.
Remove from heat, stir in nuts, rose water and
cardamom and mix well. Pour into a well buttered
shallow dish or baking tin. Press lightly with a piece
of buttered banana leaf or plastic wrap to smooth and
flatten the surface. Allow to cool and set, then cut
into diamond shapes, and offer.
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