Keep the whites for kinnathappam. Strain the egg yolk through a muslin cloth into a clean dry bowl.
Clean a coconut shell and make a very small hole at the centre.
Put sugar and 2 cups of water in a wide heavy vessel. Add a little egg white, rubbing it well.
Place it on the fire. When it boils remove all the scum.
Remove it from the fire and strain through a muslin cloth.
Heat it again and make syrup of one string consistency.
Take the coconut shell and fill it with egg yolk, stopping the hole with the finger.
Remove your finger and pour the yolk in the boiling syrup in a circular motion to form chain like strings.
Pour it continuously until the egg yolk in the shell has all been used up. By this time the yolk will be cooked.
Reduce the heat and sprinkle a little cold water.
Remove the egg strings from the syrup without breaking them.
Spread in a thali and keep slightly raised to remove the excess syrup.
Use up all the eggs yolks this way. When the syrup becomes thick add a little water to bring it back to one string consistency.
Arrange the mutta mala or the garlands in a large plate and put kinnathappam in the middle.
The left over syrup can be used for kinnathappam.
Method for Kinnathappam:
Beat the egg whites well.
Cool the mutta mala syrup and add it to the egg white.
Beat till frothy. Add cardamom powder.
Heat water in pressure cooker.
Grease a wide vessel and pour in the beaten egg white.
Steam it in the pressure cooker till firm.
Remove and cool.
Cut into diamond shaped pieces and serves with the muttamala.
Note: Duck eggs are better because the yolk will be red.
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Bridget White-Kumar is a cookery book author, food consultant and culinary historian. Colonial Anglo-Indian food is her area of expertise. She has brought out 7 recipe books specialising in Anglo-Indian cuisine.