August 9, 2008
It is Saturday, and it is raining! What a bummer... What would have otherwise been an awesome day to head out, turned out to be sitting-and-moping-around-at-home-day :(
Well, time for some experiments, and I wanted something different.
This is an Indian sweet dish, I would'nt exactly call it a dessert, it is mostly made during Indian festivals (those days when we just eat fried junk food the whole day) and it is also one of the rarer sweets that people make. I like it because of its very simple flavors and rarity.
It is originally fried, but here is the baked trial. I must admit it is not as good as the fried ones, but then anything fried tastes good, is'nt? But this is not bad as well.
If you like to try it low-cal like I did, then here is the recipe.
I used whole-wheat pastry flour entirely for the crust, but for people who dont like the taste of that type of crust, then feel free to substitute all-purpose flour partially or entirely.
Whole wheat pastry flour - 1 cup
All-purpose flour - 1 cup
Ghee - 4 tbsp
Salt - A pinch
Water - Just enough to make a dough (consistency of a pie crust)
Sooji/Ravai/Cream of wheat - 1 cup
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cardamom - 1 tsp
Nutmeg - 1/4 tsp
Roasted cashewnuts (broken)- 3 tbsp
Mix the flour, salt, ghee and crumble with fingers. Add water little by little and knead it into a dough like consistency. Something like a puri/pie crust dough.
To prepare the filling, heat a pan over medium heat and add the ghee and mix in the Sooji/Cream of wheat. Roast it till it turns light brown.
Add the coconut, cardamom, nutmeg and roasted cashewnuts.
Next, add the sugar and heat through till slightly damp. (The mixture is a dry one, so don't wait for it to turn wet)
Now, take the dough and make large balls out of it, roll it out with the help of a rolling pin and cut into circles using a large cookie cutter.
Use the scrap dough for the next batch.
Place the filling in the middle and fold over into a semi-circle. Seal the edges by pressing firmly with a fork.
Place on a baking sheet and brush with melted butter and sprinkle some sugar on top.
Bake for 15-20 min or till lightly brown.
Let rest for 10 min and serve... serve yourself :)