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It’s been a while since I posted a new recipe, and some of my friends have been asking me about it. So for my recipe update, I present to you, Puto!Puto is a famous native delicacy in the Philippines. In every province and island, the people has it’s own version of it. Whenever we have special occasions in our house, my mother would make sure that puto is part of the menu. Will, actually even if there’s no occasion at all, I can still avail it, but only the ordinary plane flavored ones. Originally, puto is made of grinded sticky rice that is soak in water for 24 hours, but now a days, it can be made by regular rice flour ( can be purchase at any Asian store) mixed with regular flour. I found some recipes online, and from there, I just made my own for my convenience.Also, when steaming puto, it is usually placed in banana leaves, but since it’s hard to find it here in Florida, I just simply omit it.In this recipe, I made a strawberry flavored one, but plain puto is also good just add vanilla essence for more aromatic experience. Making puto is really easy, but eating it is more delightful. Offer and enjoy :o)

Puto

Ingredients:

2 cups rice flour

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup sugar

5 tsp coconut oil (canola oil is ok too)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp strawberry essence

1 tsp red food coloring

2 cups fresh coconut milk ( evaporated milk is fine if coconut is not available)

1/4 cup water

Procedure:

1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Slowly add the milk and stir for couple of mins until no more lumps is visible.

3. Add the oil.

4. If the batter is too thick, slowy add the water, and continue stirring.

5. Fill butter lined prepared puto cups 3/4 full and steam for 25 to 30 mins.

6. Serve with grated coconut or cheese of your choice.

Note: You can make any flavor you want (don’t be afraid of experimenting), all you have to do is to add the flavoring or the essence you’d like.

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In order to keep myself updated with my so outdated Krishna (God) Consciousness life, I decided to make a new page dedicated to the Bhagavad-Gita. In this way, I’ll be able to read, or I may say, force myself to read (I’d been lazy lately), and associate more my mind with Krishna conscious thoughts. If somehow, I won’t be able to post a new verse each day, prabhus and matajis, please don’t hesitate to bash me. The first verse I posted is one of my favorite verse because it truely shows a firm conviction on how mercifull Krishna is to the fully conditioned hedonistic soul. Hare Krishna!

Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

Chapter 4 Text 36

Transcendental Knowledge

api ced asi päpebhyaù
sarvebhyaù päpa-kåt-tamaù
sarvaà jïäna-plavenaiva
våjinaà santariñyasi

Translation

Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge, you will be able yo cross over the ocean of miseries.

Purport

Proper understanding of one’s constitutional position in relationship to Krishna is so nice that it can at once lift one from the struggle for existence which goes on in the ocean of nescience. This material world is sometimes regarded as the ocean of nescience and sometimes as a blazing forest. In the ocean, however expert a swimmer one may be, the struggle for existence is very severe. If someone comes forward and lifts the struggling swimmer from the ocean, he is the greatest savior. Perfect knowledge received form the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the path of liberation. The boat of Krishna Consciousness is very simple, but at the same time the most sublime.

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