My aunt is expecting a baby girl in June and she’s having her valaikaappu ceremony next Sunday. This essentially is a Hindu ritual where the 7-month pregnant mother-to-be is dolled up in her wedding finery and all the elders in the family come calling to give their blessings. They will also put on bangles for her. Glass, gold, metal…in every which color. She’s pretty much gonna be the queen for the days, all decked out. And as with every Indian event, there’s gonna be a truckload of food, with an emphasis on sweetmeats… an age-old parallel for good fortune and sweet tidings.
My contribution for the ceremony is this 7-cup sweet… and I wanted to try my hand at it once before the big day for practice.
And I’m glad I did cos the 3 cups of sugar it called for was really too much. I only added about 2 1/2, and even that was a little too sweet for me. And mind you, I love my sugar! haha… So yup, when I make this next week, I most probably will add just a little more than 2 cups of sugar, and call it my very own 7 minus 1 cup sweet! *grin*
Other than that, this is a super easy recipe. All you have to do is make sure you are stirring the mixture carefully. Everything else is so simple and the taste is amazing… what can go wrong with milk, coconut, ghee and sugar anyway??