Puran Poli: A Sweet Flat-bread From India

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Puran Poli or Puran Puri is an Indian flat-bread and is eaten as a dessert in Maharashtra or as a main dish in the state of Gujarat. Other states of its origin include Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This is a very famous dish and is prepared during Holi/Gudi padwa.

This sweet flat-bread is a favorite dish of Indians and has got many variations throughout India There are different names for this flat-bread, which include Puran Poli(Marathi), Bobbatlu(Telugu), Boli(Malayalam & Tamil), Obbattu(Kannada), Poli, Ubbatti etc.

The recipe of Puran Poli varies with places. . For example Maharashtrian Puran Poli is very different from Puran Puri of Gujarat. While toor dal is used for stuffing in Gujarat, chana dal is used in Maharashtra. Grated coconut is also used sometimes in Konkan, Maharashtra. Sometimes a mixture of jaggery and sugar can be used as a sweetener. In coastal areas, nutmeg is used for flavoring and sometimes cardamom is used. Both, nutmeg and cardamom can also be used. In addition, one can add Nuts, dates etc.

Puran Puri also varies in size and thickness. The stuffing used in Gujarat is Toor Dal. Due to this, the size of Puran Puri becomes small and thickness increases. Whereas in Holige, coconut is used which results in larger size and less thickness.

Try these recipes of Puran Poli:-

Puran Poli Recipe 1

Puran Poli Recipe 2(Gujarati Recipe)

Puran Poli Recipe 3

Puran Poli Recipe 4(Video)

Puran Poli Recipe 5(Maharashtrian Recipe)

JALEBI: THE KING(or some would say THE QUEEN) OF SWEETS

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If we talk about sweets, Jalebi is surely “The king of sweets”.

Jalebi is a popular sweet of India that is also prepared in Middle East and Pakistan. It is popular throughout South Asia, Middle-East, North and East Africa. It is made traditionally during many important celebrations and festivals. Jalebi is also known by the name of Zulbia.

It is prepared by deep-frying of wheat flour (maida) batter in circular shape. After frying, it is soaked in syrup of sugar. They are a popular sweet during the festivals of Diwali and Ramadan.

Jalebi can be eaten warm or cold. They are chewable from outside, with an exterior which is sugary and crystallized. The syrup for the Jalebi sometimes contains citric acid, lime juice or rose water. In North India, Jalebi is served with curd or rabri and added flavors like kewra or scented water.

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Jalebi is very similar to a West Asian dish. The word Jalebi has been derived from Zulabiya or Zalibiya(in Persian) which is a similar dish. In West Asia, it is served by Christians during the feast of Theophany or Epiphany. In Iran, there was a custom of giving Zulabiya sweet to the poor during the festival of Ramadan. A cookbook of 10th century contains many recipes of zulubiya. Many 13th century recipes of Jalebi are present. The most prominent is the one mentioned by “Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi” in a cookbook.

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The dish was introduced to Indian continent by the Persian invaders in 15th century. At that time, Jalebi was known as Jalavallika or Kundalika. Jalebi is mentioned in the works of a Jain author Jinasura of around 1450 CE. The ingredients and recipe of Jalebi are mentioned in a Sanskrit work of 1600 CE named “Gunyagunabodhini”.

In Iran, Jalebi is known as zulabia(Persian) and it is sweetened with sugar and honey. It is also flavoured with rose water and saffron.

It is also known as “zalabia” in Israel, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. It is known as “zilebi” in Maldives.  In Nepal, it is known as “jeri”.

Try Jalebi at home with the following different recipes:-

GANESH CHATURTHI SPECIAL: Different Modak Recipes

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A Modak is very popular in Eastern, Western and Southern India. Modaks are very important part of worshipping Ganesha(Hindu God). During the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, twenty one Modaks are offered to the deity after the puja(prayer). For more info about Modaks visit>>>MODAKS

This Ganesh Chaturthi, we have assembled 10 different recipes for Modaks. We are sure you will like them.

  1. Ukadiche Modak
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Ukadiche modak is very popular in Maharashtra. This sweet dumpling can be steamed or fried. The meaning of Ukadiche in Marathi is “Steamed.” The filling of the Modak is done with jaggery and coconut and its cover is prepared from Rice flour.

Here is the recipe>>>Ukadiche Modak

  1. Fried Modak

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Fried Modak is a crispy variant of modak. The outer covering of the modak is crispy and its interior is soft. The filling that is done inside remains the same. The only change is the recipe for outer cover.

Here is the recipe>>>Fried Modak

  1. Amrit Modak

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Amrit Modak is believed to be the favorite food of lord Ganesha. The pistachio-stuffed modaks add colours to festivities.

Here is the recipe>>>Amrit Modak

  1. Chocolate Modak

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Chocolate Modak is a tasty sweet that is everyone’s favorite. Although, Modak is a Ganesh Chaturthi recipe but Chocolate Modak is a treat for anytime.

Here is the recipe>>>Chocolate Modak

  1. Shrikhand Modak

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Easy to make, these delectable modaks will certainly tempt the lord!

Here is the recipe>>>Shrikhand Modak

  1. Choco-Coconut Modak
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A yummy variation of traditional modaks, Choco Coconut Modak is different from traditional Modaks and is choco-nutty.

Here is the recipe>>>Choco-Coconut Modak

  1. Mawa Modak
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Different kinds of Mawa Modaks are made during Ganpati utsav.

Here is the recipe>>>Mawa Modak

  1. Kanakeche Ukadiche Modak
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Ukadiche modak is a popular Maharashtrian delicacy and is made in every Maharashtrian family for Ganesh Chaturthi.

Here is the recipe>>>Kanakeche Ukadiche Modak

  1. Khoya Modak
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Khoya Modak is a rich Ganesh Chaturthi recipe that is very easy to make.

Here is the recipe>>>Khoya Modak

  1. Cheesy Potato Modak
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Delicious and unique Cheesy Potato Modak!!!

Here is the recipe>>>Cheesy Potato Modak

Ghevar: A Delight of Indian Cuisine

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A Rajasthani sweet, Ghevar is traditionally linked with Teej Festival which comes during the monsoon season. Teej represents the union of Goddess Parvati & Lord Shiva. Besides Rajasthan, the dessert is very famous in nearby states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Harayana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh etc.

Ghevar is normally made in January for Makar Sankranti festival, in March-April for Gangaur festival and in July-August for the festival of Teej.

This dessert has its origins in the city of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. Flour, sugar and oil are mixed with ghee forming thick and tempting batter. The batter is fried into a cake and then cooled, served with almonds, pistachios or cardamom powder.

The Indian cooks use good amount of sugar, oil, flour, milk and ghee to make Ghevar during Teej. Ghevar easily available throughout India in the days close to Teej. This dessert is first fried in a pot, then it is taken out and left to cool. The cakes of Ghevar are put in levels with three different layers cooled, sugar dipped and put on top of each other to give you a delicious dish.

There are many types of Ghevar that include Plain Ghevar, Mewa Ghevar & Malai Ghevar. When a layered Ghevar is made, sometime people add custard cream at the top of each layer. Many people use cardamom powder, pistachios and almonds on the top of these layers when they are wet with sugar. Another recipe for this sweet is made by making a hole in the center and filling the hole with cream or figs.

If you want to know more about Indian sweets, you can go to: South Asian Sweets

Try some Ghevar recipes at home:-

  1. Recipe 1 : http://bit.ly/1LwtiA7
  2. Recipe 2 : http://bit.ly/1EfWYPP
  3. Ghevar With Rabri Recipe : http://bit.ly/1PvsxoR
  4. Ghevar With Kesar Rabri Recipe: http://bit.ly/1hXh8Uy
  5. Video: http://bit.ly/1Nxe3Y2