Wish you all a HAPPY RAKSHA BANDHAN
Thought of preparing something innovative for RAKSHA BANDHAN. Why not to mingle two states for a dish. As a tamilian, tamil cuisine is my favorite and next coming to the other state, recently I tried out Gujiya (Nuts Gujiya) and my family liked it to the core, so thought why not to take Gujiya for the other state.
Gujiya is a sweet dumpling made with maida and stuffed with khoya, nuts… Maa urundai (Rice flour balls) is one of the traditional and authentic Tamil dish which is shaped as lamp known as Maa Vilakku and offer to god. We lit this lamp with ghee and cotton wig, and do prayers.
As a result here comes my “MAA GUJIYA”, I stuffed this Maa urudai to the gujiya and fried it. As it was trial, I was little scared whether it will work out. But the dish was mind-blowing and heavenly, which got over in minutes. My kids wants to prepare once in a while. Let me share the recipe…
Taking it to the Fiesta Friday #133 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.
- Rice flour – 1 cup
- Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
- Coconut Jaggery (crushed) – 1 cup
- Ghee/Clarified butter – ¾ cup
- Maida – 2 cups
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep frying
Maa urundai rolled to fill in Gujiya
Filling getting ready
Ready to fry
- Stuffing – Maa urundai
- Crush the jaggery using mortar and pestle.
- In a wide mouth bowl, mix rice flour, jaggery and ½ cup of ghee. Mix them well with your hands for a min.
- Take these rice flour mixture in a blender and blend them just for a min and transfer it to a same bowl.
- Hold them to small balls (lengthwise) and let it rest for 10 mins.
- If you are not able them tight pour the leftover ghee and continue the process.
- For dough:
- Take maida, ¼ tsp of salt together in a bowl, mix them well.
- Pour water little by little and start kneading the flour to a dough.
- Divide small portions of dough, roll them to small balls (lemon size) and keep it aside.
- For Maa Gujiya:
- Flatten the maida balls with a rolling pin.
- Place it in the gujiya press, keep the maa urundai at the center, and close the lid tightly.
- Remove the excess dough from the press, gently remove the gujiya from the press.
- Continue this process with leftover dough.
- Heat oil in a kadai, once it’s hot, gently drop in the gujiya’s one by one, and cook until they turn golden brown.
- Cook in medium flame, swap the sides and cook them.
- Drain the oil and continue this for all the gujiya.
Serve hot by drizzling little condensed milk or colorful tutty frutty and finely chopped cherries.
Note: Stays fresh in an air tight container for a week.
Also check out my other Raksha Bandhan recipes – Jeera Poli, Milk Poli, Phirni, Maa Gujiya.
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Badhusha is my all-time favorite, right from my childhood. I could very well remember during the 7th month of my first pregnancy I had almost 1/2 kg of Badusha a day, and when later diagnosed high sugar level, stopped having them, so badusha has special place in my life 🙂
Making of Badusha / Badhusha at home –
Badhusha is prepared using maida/all-purpose flour, yoghurt/curd and butter, later deep fried in oil and then soaked in sugar sryup. Very easy and simple Diwali sweet recipe, that can be prepared perfectly by beginners too. Let us move on to the recipe…
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- All-purpose flour / Maida – 1 ½ cups
- Melted butter – ¼ cup + 1 tbsp (room temperature)
- Curd / Yogurt – 1 ¼ tbsp.
- Cooking soda – ¼ tsp
- Water – very little
- Salt – a pinch
- Oil for frying
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Water – ½ cup
- Lemon juice – ½ tsp
- Pistachios – 10 nos
Butter, curd/yogurt and cooking soda
Whisked to a creamy paste
With maida/all purpose flour
Rolled to a soft dough
flatten and then pierced at the center
Again pierced at the center
Getting deep fried in the oil
Removed from the oil
Getting soaked in sugar syrup
- Soak pistachios in warm water for 20 mins, drain the water, peel the skin and chop them ito fine pieces.
- Take melted butter, cooking soda and curd/yogurt in a wide mouth bowl. Mix it well, until it becomes a creamy paste.
- Add maida/all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt to the paste and mix well with your hands, ot would form as bread crumbs.
- Pour in a tbsp of water and softly knead the dough to a ball (can add if water if needed, but only add little by little).
- Allow the dough to rest for 30 mins, so that the dough would become soft.
- Take 1 cup of sugar and ½ cup of water in a kadai and keep it in medium flame, stir once in a while until it reaches the one string consistency (sugar syrup).
- Divide the dough into small balls, flatten them, pierce a hole in the center, and again continue rolling it a balls and continue the above steps for 3 times.
- Heat oil in a kadai (medium flame), gently drop the flatten badhusha one by one, swap the sides and cook until they turn golden brown (should be cooked in medium of low flame, else badhusha would be burnt and inside would not be cooked).
- Once when the sugar syrup starts thickening, pour in the lemon juice, give a stir, so that it would not crystalize. Remove from fire.
- Gently drop in the badusha to the sugar syrup and swap the side after 5 mins, after another 5 mins, remove it to a plate.
- Garnish with finely chopped Pistachios.
Store it in an air-tight container, once the badhushas are completely cooled, it stays fresh for 2-3 days.
Milk Poli is one among the festive recipe which is simple, easy and delicious. It stays fresh for a day, so prepare only the quantity you require. In case when it’s leftover, this can also be refrigerated for a day, bring it room temperature and slightly heat them before you serve. A perfect sweet Diwali and RakshaBandhan to decorate the plate.
Let us move on to the recipe…
It’s Friday, I am taking it to Fiesta Friday #88 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.
Milk Poli / Paal Poli
Milk Poli / Paal Poli
- Maida / All-purpose flour – 1 cup
- Salt – ¼ tsp
- Water – as required
- Oil – for deep frying
- Milk – ½ litre
- Coconut (grated) – 1 cup
- Sugar – 5 tbsp
- Food colour (red, yellow, green) – a pinch
- Saffron strands – few strands
Flour rolled and cut to flower shape
Getting soaked in milk
Grated coconut getting fried in ghee/clarified butter
Milk Poli / Paal Poli
Milk Poli / Paal Poli
- Take the all-purpose flour/maida along with salt and mix it well, pour in water little by little and start kneading the flour, roll it a ball.
- Pour in 3 tsp of oil, knead it again and roll it to a ball.
- Take small portions of the dough, roll it to small balls, flatten then with the rolling pin, and keep it aside. Cut them to desired shape if required.
- Meanwhile boil the milk, add in sugar and keep in medium flame until it reduces to half the quantity. Remove from fire and let it cool down.
- Heat oil the kadai for deep frying, gently drop the flatten poli one by one and swap the sides and fry them until golden brown.
- Drain the oil, soak the poli in the milk for few seconds and remove it to a plate (continue this with all the poli).
- Heat a tbsp. of ghee/clarified butter in a kadhai, add in the grated coconut and cook until the raw smell goes off.
- Transfer only the grated coconut to a plate, divide them to three portions, sprinkle the food color, powdered sugar over them and mix it well with your hands.
- Keep the leftover milk in low flame and let it reduce in quantity and thicken to a paste.
- Arrange all the poli’s in a plate, sprinkle the colored grated coconut, saffron strands and finally drizzle the thicken milk over it.
Do check out my Jeera Poli recipe in this link: https://madraasi.com/2015/08/30/jeera-poli/.
Do check out my other sweet recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/recipes/snacks/