Alphabet W was probably one of the toughest alphabets to choose for the A-Z marathon considering I was doing only Karnataka & Tamilnadu recipes. Today's sweet is made generally for Diwali, and I have given it a mild twist adding pistachio meal and glazing it with sugar syrup and pistachios like the original Gulgula, which is the Indian equivalent of doughnuts. I made this for my lil one's first birthday this week and it tasted just perfect for a celebration...
Though not from either states (karnataka or Tamilnadu), you could consider making this for the festive season ahead with Navratri and Diwali barely a few weeks away. A sweet treat to celebrate a nearly-month long Alphabet Marathon thats to end in a few days..
Prep time : 20 mins , Resting time : 10 mins + 2 hours
Frying time : 15 mins | Makes : Approx a dozen pieces
- Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup
- Fine sooji / Chiroti Rave - 2 TBSP
- Salt - a pinch
- Milk Powder - 4 TBSP
- Pistachio meal - 1/4 cup
- Warm water - 1/4 cup, or as needed
- Oil - for frying (approx 1 cup)
- Powdered sugar - 1/2 cup
- Water - as required
- Saffron strands - few
Garnish : Chopped pistachios
Sieve wholewheat flour along with salt. Add Fine Sooji and milk powder and mix well. Now add pistachio meal (roasted and powdered pistachio) and mix well. Add warm water little by little and make a semi soft dough. Cover and rest for 10 mins
Make a syrup with sugar and water for 1 string consistency. Add saffron strands and keep aside.
Make small roundels from the dough of equal sizes (makes approx 12-13 roundels). Heat oil to moderate heat and fry them on low flame till the cover turns golden brown (like a gulab jamun). Drain on absorbent paper.
While still warm, drop them in the sugar solution and let them stay there for 2-3 hours till they swell and absorb the syrup.
Transfer to a serving dish, pour rest of the syrup if any and garnish with chopped pistachios