Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Potato burfi/Aloo burfi-Raksha Bandhan special

I am posting this sweet today on the eve of Raksha Bandhan/Rakhi.This festival celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters and is celebrated almost in all parts of India.Since potato is an item which is always present in our homes this burfi can be made without much prior preparation.And if you have never heard of this sweet before and are wondering how this would taste then please do try it :)

Ingredients -
freshly grated coconut(2 tbspns)
cardamom/elaichi powder(1 tspn)
ghee for greasing

Method -
Wash and boil the potatoes with the skin and mash them.
Measure this mixture in a bowl.This is important because you need to take the measure of sugar from this.
Take exactly the same quantity of sugar as the mashed potato.
Heat a pan,add the sugar and potato mixture to it.
Stir it continuously till the mixture gets hard.
After its alomst done add coconut and sprinkle elaichi powder.
Grease a plate with ghee.
When the mixture is done transfer it to the greased plate.
Flatten it with a spatula and cut into desired shapes.
Once the mixture hardens it is not possible to cut it hence cut it when hot.
Once cooled potato burfis are ready :-)
You can refrigerate and store the burfis. 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Puran Poli/Pooran Poli

Puran poli is a type of sweet flat bread which is made in the states of Maharashtra,Goa,Gujarat and Karnataka.This dessert is served during auspicious occasions like Holi or Gudi Padwa.The stuffing is known as puran and the outer cover is known as poli.So if you have never tried this one out then you are definitely missing on a very yummy Indian sweet :)

split bengal gram/chana dal-1cup
jaggery/gur grated-1cup
cardamom/elaichi powder
all purpose flour/maida-2cups
turmeric powder-a pinch
salt-a pinch
ghee for serving

Wash the chana dal and soak it overnight or for 7-8 hours in water.
Grind the dal and jaggery together to form a paste.
Heat a non-stick pan.
Add this mixture to the pan and keep on stirring till all the moisture evaporates.
Add elaichi powder to it and continue stirring.
The mixture should be dry and a little hard.This is called as puran.
To prepare the dough -
Add a pinch of salt and turmeric powder to the maida.
Add water and start kneading.
Use oil while kneading so that you get a soft dough.
Make small balls out of the dough.
Take one ball of dough and make a small roti with the help of a rolling pin.
Take a ball of puran and place it in the center of the roti.
Seal the edges and roll into a roti.
Heat a non-stick tawa.
Cook the roti on both sides.
Once done apply ghee on both sides and serve hot :-)