Christmas is all about celebration, for me, for you, for us, for the entire world. Christmas brings with it the holiday memories, the nostalgic good times long gone.
As a child, I eagerly waited for Christmas holidays to come. Not for any gifts, toys or Santa, but to have a holiday blast with my cousins. We usually would have 10 days of vacation for Christmas. We would gather at my grandmother's place during the time; play, laugh, run and enjoy in all ways we can without any restrictions.
My grandmother used to enjoy all the naughty things we do and sometimes she would also join. During the Christmas eve, we would stop playing very early, take a bath and will eagerly wait for the Christmas carol to arrive. The only Santa we knew (and have ever seen) will come with the carol, sing and dance with us and finally, before going back, will give us some chocolates.
After the carol had gone, we would have dinner. Then everyone would gather in the dining room for the Christmas breakfast preparation, the yummy snow balls in rice soup. Each and everyone in the house would join in making the snow balls. My grandmother would give the instruction that every ball should be of the same size. After making the snow balls, we kids would go to sleep.
Today, on Christmas, being far away from home, I miss all those good times, the get-together and the fun times we enjoyed. I know each and every one of us will be missing it. Moreover, we miss our grandma badly.
I know, my son will never get a chance to celebrate Christmas like that. Of course, he will celebrate Christmas, but not like how we celebrated. But I just wanted him to experience the joy of being together as a family and the Christmas breakfast preparation; so me and my husband decided to make the snow balls for Christmas. Here goes the recipe for our tasty, yummy snow balls in rice soup.
Snow balls in rice soup It is a lengthy procedure, still you can give a try. This dish can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a spicy non-veg gravy.
Ingredients 2 cups of rice flour
1.5 cup fresh grated coconut
6-8 cups of water
1.5 teaspoon garlic paste or crushed garlic
1.5 teaspoon cumin seed
Salt as required
Dry fry the rice flour on medium-low heat for 5 minutes with continuous stirring. Make sure not to burn the flour. Remove from heat and keep aside.
In a deep bottomed vessel, bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add salt, 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed, 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste and 1 cup coconut into the boiling water. Stir well to combine.
Now switch off the flame. Add the fried flour little by little into the boiled water with continuous stirring. Stir and mix well with a wooden spoon. Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes.
When it is warm enough to handle, knead well to make a smooth dough.
In a large pan, sprinkle some rice flour. Apply the flour on both your palms also to avoid the mess. Make small half inch size balls from the dough, rolling between both the palms. Place it in the pan.
The rice flour will prevent it from sticking to the pan and to each other. Sprinkle more flour if necessary.
After making the balls, sprinkle some flour on top of the balls and roll to coat well.
Now bring 5-6 cups of water to boil. Add salt, remaining cumin seed, garlic paste and coconut into the boiling water. Stir and cook for a minute.
Now reduce the flame. Add the balls into the boiling water. Use a ladle to add the balls or you will burn the hands.
Cook on medium flame until the water becomes thick with occasional stirring.
Remove from heat. Transfer to a flat bowl and let it sit until warm. Serve hot with your favourite spicy non-veg curry or tomato curry for vegetarians.
I am not sure whether this dish exists in any other parts of the world. This is a rarely made dish even in my native, Kerala, a South Indian state.
The snow ball is the way of sharing without knowing who shared it. Since all balls are of same size, you will never know who made which ball.
Merry Christmas dear friends. Have a lovely holiday.
The lost days will never be back. Hug your loved ones, the best Christmas gift you can ever give them.