A deliciously flaky and layered Indian Sweet that shimmers in a sugary coat.
By Priya Sreeram
Diwali, the festival of lights was a host of happy celebrations. Binging on sweets and savouries, decking up house hold with earthen lamps and guilty merriment by lighting up crackers were a few highlights. The entire city was alive with the festive buzz not to mention the ear shattering sounds of crackers. My in-laws who are holidaying with us added to the fervour and the week saw me adding a few pounds. Mother-in-law made these sugary delights that was a treat to the senses. The layered texture of these beauties and the sugary coat made us come back for more.
This traditional Indian sweet is very easy to make and is a usual feature in festivals at South Indian Homes.
- All Purpose Flour - 4 cups - sieved
- Dalda/Vanaspati/Shortening/Butter/Ghee -1 cup
- Curd/Yogurt - 1 cup
- Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) - 1 heaped spoon
- Water - as required
- Oil - For deep frying
- Sugar - 2 cups
- water- 1 cup
- Cardamom Powder - a generous pinch
- Rose Essence- a few drops- optional
- Saffron Strands
- Nuts like pistachios
- In a bowl mix the shortening & baking soda well with the tips of your fingers.Let it blend well till the mix is fuzzy.
- Add yogurt/curd little by little and continue mixing it with finger tips for a few minutes.
- Add the sieved flour to it and combine well. Tip in water as required (very little) and knead the mix to a fine, soft and fluffy dough.
- Transfer the dough to an airtight container and let it rest for at least 3 hrs.
- After the resting time divide the dough in to lemon sized balls and flatten it gently with the finger.Make a small depression in the middle and set aside.
- Heat Oil for deep frying and gently drop the prepared rounds in to it. Let it fry till golden brown on both sides under low-medium flame.Set aside
- In a separate pan,prepare the sugar syrup by boiling water & sugar along with cardamom powder and rose essence (if required) to string consistency and set aside.
- Drop them to the sugar syrup and let it bathe in it for 5 minutes.
- Remove it from the sugar syrup and wait till the sugary coat dries up.
- Garnish with nuts or saffron strands (optional)