Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bora (बोरं)

Wishing the followers and readers a very Happy and prosperous Diwali from Amu’s Recipes. This time I am posting a lost recipe from Konkan region called – Bora, which was commonly made during Diwali in Konkan.

Bora is a recipe from Konkan region of Maharashtra. These are made during Diwali in rural areas of Konkan. As narrated by my grandmother, in olden days, while Diwali faraal was made for home consumption , Bora were made for distributing to under-privileged people who used to visit home for alms.  Even though these were made for distribution, children at home used to love this snack like anything.  The children while going out for playing used to fill up their pockets with Bora and eat these between breaks. 

Serving:  40-45 Pieces
Approx. Time:  30-40 minutes 

1 cup Rice Flour
1 tbspn Sesame Seeds
½ cup scrapped fresh Coconut
¼ tspn Cardamom Powder
A pinch of Salt
1 tbpsn Ghee (for Moan)
¾ cup Jaggery
¼ cup Hot Water (Approx.)
Oil / Ghee for frying

To make Jaggery Syrup:
Heat some water till it starts boiling. Turn off the flame. Then take Jaggery in a mixing bowl and add approximately quarter cup of hot water in it. Jaggery starts melting. Stir the mixture to make Jaggery Syrup. Set it aside for cooling to be used while kneading the dough. 

To make Bora:
Take Sesame Seeds in a pan and dry roast it for 2-3 minutes on medium flame. Transfer it in a bowl. Similarly dry roast Rice flour for approximately 3-4 minutes on medium flame and transfer it in a separate bowl. Also dry roast scrapped Coconut on medium flame till it becomes dry and starts releasing aroma. Set it aside for cooling. 

Take a mixing bowl and add the dry roasted Rice flour, dry roasted Sesame seeds, dry roasted scrapped Coconut, Cardamom Powder and Salt.  Mix it well. Simultaneously heat Ghee in a pan and pour it on the mixture. Again mix well. Now start adding  Jaggery Syrup to the mixture. Knead it into a dough of medium  to hard consistency. Rest the dough for 20-30 minutes. Then make tiny balls of the dough with the help of palms of your hand. 

Heat Oil or Ghee in a frying pan. Once the oil/ghee is hot, turn the flame to low and deep fry the balls till it changes the colour to golden brown. Transfer the balls on an absorbent paper. Store it in an air-tight container. It has a shelf life for 1-2 weeks. 

1. In an alternate method, equal quantity of Rice flour and wheat flour is used to make this recipe instead of using only the Rice flour.
2. Instead of making Jaggery Syrup, you may add grated Jaggery to the mixture. However in this case you may have to use warm water to knead the dough.
3. Moan of Oil may be used instead of Ghee. 
4. Few people also skip usage of Coconut. Instead an additional teaspoon of roasted Sesame Seeds is used. 

Stepwise Pictures

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