Nov 12, 2007

Puri Pal (Puris in milk)



I came across WYF-Dessert/Sweet on SnackORama so decided that this would be my contribution to it.

Diwali Day 3
This is another favourite of mine. Sigh I love all sweets! This particular dish is also a favourite with my grandma. She loves it when my mom makes this at home. I dedicate this post to my grandma who we all fondly call Manni.

What you need to make Puri Pal
For the dough
  • Maida - 1 cup
  • Wheat flour - 1 cup
  • Ghee/Butter - 2 tbsp
  • Water - 1 cup

For the sweet gravy

  • Milk - 6 cups
  • Sugar - 1-2 cups depending on how sweet you want it, can add as you progress with dish
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Saffron - 4-5 strands
  • Cashewnuts - 10
  • Raisins - 10

Preparation to make Puri

  • Mix the maida and the wheat flour together in a bowl.
  • Add the ghee/butter to this (a little at a time) and knead well.
  • Add water if required, and little by little, we dont want a flood in the bowl.
  • At the end of the process you must have well kneaded dough ball (non sticky). Keep aside for ten minutes

Method to make Puri
There are two ways of doing this :

First (Shankarpoli)

  • Flatten the dough till its a thin base. You could do this with hand (like you do pizza base, I did this for lack of a rolling pin) or with a rolling pin.
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut this thin base into 1/2'*1/2' pieces.
  • Get the pieces put and layout on a tray.
  • Heat some oil in a heavy bottomed vessel.
  • Deep fry the pieces till its golden brown. Do not make it too brown or crisp.
  • Remove when fried and put it in the tray layered with the tissue paper.
Second


  • Make regular palm sized puris
  • When cool tear the puris into small pieces and keep aside.
  • Heat some oil in a heavy bottomed vessel.
  • Deep fry the puris till its golden brown. Do not make it too brown or crisp.
  • Remove when fried and put it in the tray layered with the tissue paper.
Method to make Puri Pal


  • Heat the milk in a heavy bottomed vessel.
  • This is one of those "patience" dishes.
  • You need to allow the milk to boil on simmer till it condenses to 3/4 its quantity and starts thickening.
  • Add required amount of sugar to it.
  • Add the puri pieces to this milk and allow it to boil for some time till the puris soften (you should be able to break the piece with least effort).
  • Add the cardamom, saffron, cashewnuts and raisins and get it to a final boil.

My fundas
  • In case the milk does not thicken add a handful of Rava (Semolina / cream of wheat).
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