Really interesting Indian sweet

Discussion in 'Recipes' started by chrose, Jul 11, 2002.

  1. chrose


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    While visitng a friend of my wife recently (they are Indian, India type) they were quite hospitable and brought out a tray of what looked like Halvah. I like Halvah so I picked up a piece. The first thing I noticed was that while it looked just like Halvah it was 1/2 the weight. (Halvah is pretty dense) It also had some things just below the surface that I couldn't quite place. On tasting it tasted nothing like Halvah. It held its texture like Halvah but was MUCH lighter. It had a depth of flavor that was really unique and quite tasty. I couldn't distinguish the flavor though it was familiar. After seeing the recipe I'm thinking the depth of flavor that I tasted was like sweet buttery pastry due to the ingredients.
    I did a search on the recipe and found it. I am posting if any of you adventurous souls want to try it. I am going to try it perhaps this weekend.

    Soan Papdi

    1 1/4 cup gramflour
    1 1/4 cup plain flour (maida)
    250 gms. ghee
    2 1/2 cups sugar
    1 1/2 cup water
    2 tbsp. milk
    1/2 tsp. cardamom seeds crushed coarsely
    2 tsp. charmagaz (See below) probably unnecessary.
    4" squares cut from a thin polythene sheet


    Sift both flours together.
    Heat ghee in a heavy saucepan.
    Add flour mixture and roast on low till light golden.
    Keep aside to cool a little, stirring occasionally.
    Prepare syrup simultaneously.
    Make syrup out of sugar, water and milk as shown in introduction.
    Bring syrup to 2 1/2 thread consistency.
    Pour at once into the flour mixture.
    Beat well with a large fork till the mixture forms threadlike flakes.
    Pour onto a greased surface or thali and roll to 1" thickness lightly.
    Sprinkle the charmagaz seeds and elaichi and gently press down with palm.
    Cool, cut into 1" squares, wrap individually into square pieces of thin plastic sheet.
    Store in airtight container.

    Making time: 45 minutes
    Makes: 20 pieces (approx.)
    Shelflife: 2 weeks

    Charmagaz paste: Seed mixture - muskmelon, watermelon, pumpkin, cucumber seeds in equal quantites.

    click here for the link to the website
  2. suzanne


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    Isn't that a great website? Just watch out; if you have a sweet tooth, you will find so many things to get addicted to! ;) A little of an Indian sweet goes a long way.