Hope the new year has started on a good note for all of you. As the first recipe post for this new year, I thought let me stick to the basic theme of this blog. So here is a traditional recipe of Gul papdi, a sweet that is especially consumed during winters. This sweet has lots of ghee and jaggery and is a good source of iron. However, dieters beware! It has sinful amounts of calories. Lastly thanks to my mom for sharing this recipe.
For Gul Papdi:
1 cup Whole wheat flour
1 cup Ghee
1 cup Jaggery Syrup
2 tbspns melon seeds (Magaz)
1 tspn cardamom powder
1/2 tspn nutmeg powder
For Jaggery Syrup :
1 cup Jaggery
1 tspn ghee
For Garnishing :
1 tspn roasted melon seeds
1 tbspn poppy seeds
Take ghee in a non stick pan and heat it on medium flame. Once the ghee melts, add whole wheat flour to it. Roast the wheat flour on a medium to low flame till it starts changing its colour and releases an aroma. Keep stirring the mixture constantly in order to avoid the flour from sticking to the pan and leaving a burnt smell and flavour.
Once you finish roasting, add melon seeds to the mixture. The seeds start popping up at once, so keep the lid of pan handy to cover the pan, if required. Switch off the flame and set this mixture aside.
Now in a separate pan, heat a tspn of ghee on medium flame. Add the pieces of jaggery (medium to finely grated) into the mixture and stir it continuously till the jaggery changes its form from solid to liquid. Once the jaggery melts, switch off the flame.
Now pour the jaggery syrup into the wheat flour mixture. Stir continously till both the components blend properly with each other. Thereafter, add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder into the mixture and mix it.
Grease a flat plate with adequate ghee (approx 1 tspn) and pour the mixture evenly in it. Sprinkle some poppy seeds and roasted melon seeds over the mixture. While the mixture is hot, use a knife to make squares marking on the mixture. This is because, the mixture hardens as it cool down, making it difficult to mark the squares. Leave the mixture to cool down for one or two hours. Once the mixture cools, separate each square and store them in an air-tight container.
You may add lightly roasted dry fruits of your choice while roasting the wheat flour mixture
Try to use a square plate so as to get even shapes
Stepwise Pictures :
Sending this entry to Diwali Bash Event hosted by Vardhini.