Cheese Makkai Cake

An Indian version of the North African Polenta.

Preparation time:15mins
Cooking time:30 mins
Serves:4
Recipe Ingredients: for Cheese & Thyme Polenta Cakes
5 cups water/stock
2 teaspoons salt
1 tsp chopped thyme
1 ¾ cups yellow cornmeal / makki ka atta
3½ tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup mozzarella cheese
Recipe Method: :
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a heavy large saucepan. Add 2 teaspoons of salt.
Gradually whisk in the cornmeal & thyme.
Reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, stirring often, about 15 mins. Turn off the heat.
Add the butter & mozzarella cheese and stir until melted. Then pour in a baking tray lined with butter and let cool. Then cut and serve.
Recipe Ingredients: for Spicy Berry Chutney
2 large Tomatoes, Chopped
2 Cups of Chopped Strawberry (Fresh or Frozen)
2 Plums (Take out the pit & chop them)
½ Cup Pitted Dates
1 Red Apple chopped into small pieces
1 teaspoon of Mustard Seeds
1 Red Dry Chilli
2″  Cinnamon Sticks
2 Hot Green Chilli Peppers
1″ Ginger Peeled & sliced into very thin slices or grated
1 Cup Sugar (or Brown sugar)
1 Tablespoon Vinegar
1 Cup Orange Juice
Note: You can use any juicy fruits. Raisins, craisins, prunes & other dry fruits can be added too.
Recipe Method: :
Heat a pot. Add the mustard seeds, Red Dry Chilli & the Cinnamon sticks.
When the mustard seeds start to dance, add all the other ingredients and simmer at low heat, till the Fruits are soft & mushy & the consistency gets thick enough to coat a spoon.
Pour the Chutney mixture into sterilized jars whilst still hot. Fill to ½ inch below the top. Cover with an airtight, plastic lid. Do not use a metal lid, because the action of the spices and vinegar will cause corrosion.
 

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