Badam Puri

Badam puri also known as Surali puri is one of those old fashioned sweets which were very popular back in the days when everything home made was the only option. I remember my grand mother making this for important occasions. She made it for our house warming ceremony and for my cousins naming ceremony. Those were the days when women in family gathered to cook elaborate meals for 100-200 people. Catering was as common as it is today. Everything had to be cooked at home and offered to gods before it was served to guests. Today life is much simpler. Call a caterer and the food will arrive just in time and of course they will serve, clean etc. Our generation of women never got to huddle  in front of the giant temporary wood burning stoves and gossip as we stirred the giant vats of curry. Instead we can huddle up in front of the TV and comment on how silly the heroine looks!

We will need,

All purpose flour 1/2 cup
Chiroti Rawa (cream of wheat) 1/2 cup
Salt a pinch
Ghee 1/4 cup
Orange food colour (optional, I dont use it)
Sugar 1.5 cups
Saffron a few strands
Kopra 1/4 cup grated
Cardamon 2 pods
Refined oil to deep fry (I prefer sunflower oil)

Method:
  • Pour the flour, chiroti rawa, food colour and salt into a deep mixing bowl. Stir in water a little by little till the mixture forms a tight dough. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and set it aside to rest.
  • Mean time, heat sugar and 1 cup of water over medium heat. Bring it to a boil. Throw in the saffron. Simmer till it attains a single thread consistency i.e. when the syrup is pulled between the thumb and the fore finger, it forms a single thread. Remove from heat and set it aside.
  • Set a wok on the stove with the sunflower oil. Heat it till the oil shimmers. 
  • Meantime start rolling out the Puris. Pinch a lime size dough and roll it out like a roti. Brush it with ghee and fold it into a semi circle. Brush it once again with ghee and fold it once more to get something of a triangle.
  • Drop the triangles into hot oil. Deep fry till golden in color. The golden ones will be flaky and tender while a deeper golden brown color will yield Puris that are softer and chewier.
  • Dip the hot puris in the sugar syrup and set it aside. Repeat till all the dough is exhausted.
  • Crush the cardamon seeds and mix it with the Kopra.
  • Sprinkle the kopra-cardamon on top of the Puris. Store them in a air-tight box for upto a week.

8 comments:

Nagashree said...

Wow, such gorgeous looking badam puri! This is one of my favorite sweets :-)

Kavitha said...

Nice one, adding little milk while mixing the dough will help in getting better result. Also the same dipped in badam milk/khoya milk and garnished with dry fruits makes it my favorite chandrahara:)

radha said...

Oooh lovely !

Chitz said...

Very rightly said.. Our generation misses those elaborate meal preparations.. And lovely badam puri :)

Priya Suresh said...

Irresistible beauties, seriously i can finish that whole plate.

Sapana Behl said...

Wow ! I am drooling here!

Shobha Kamath said...

Looks very tempting! First time here. Loved your space.

Apu said...

Too tempting!! Wish I Could have a few for my tea right now!