Well,sadly the “faral”(diwali snack making) get together did not quite happen.Shraddha fell ill,Preity went sight seeing while my back is aching back to back.So,the plan got shelved.
However,its “Dhantryodashi” or “Dhanteras” today.Welcoming Diwali with sadness would be the last thing on my mind.Hence,I geared up for the day enthusiastically.
Since my friends weren't coming my plans to prepare “Rawa-kele” (semolina-banana) cake had to be re-scheduled.I decided to make wheat & rice –chickpea fritters (चकली) and sweet diamond shaped cookies (शंकरपाळे).
So,I began with “कणिक-बेसन-तांदुळाच्या पिठीच्या चकल्या” (Broken Mixed Grain Fritters).Wheat based fritters are not very common.Most of us know about mixed grain ones.However,the roasted mixed grain flour that Aai had sent was very little,so opted for this recipe from Ruchira!
Total Time=Cooking Time+Preparation Time=30-40 minutes.
- 2 muffin-full bowls of wheat flour
- 1 muffin-full bowl of chickpea/gram flour (my addition)
- 1 muffin-full bowl of rice flour (my addition)
- salt to taste
- red chili powder ( add as per taste)
- turmeric powder
- cumin seeds and cumin powder (i added both,you can add either of it)
- white sesame ( i used white ones since nothing in particular was mentioned)
- coriander powder (my addition)
- hot oil to be added for kneading the dough.
- oil for frying-I baked them so skipped some calories!
- Kirkland's granulated garlic powder (my addition)
Merry Go Straight This Time
As suggested by the book I mixed all the dry ingredients into a muslin cloth and tied it (knotting is similar to the one for sweet yogurt).I put it into another container and transferred the whole arrangement into pressure cooker.Let it steam for 10 min without the whistle.
Then,I moved it our and untied the knot.The solid pumic stone like mass was broken into fine powder and kneaded into a dough with usage of hot oil (hot oil is my suggestion,you may use oil at room temperature too).
If it were India,I would traditionally use a special instrument used for making such kind of fritters called “सोऱ्या” (pronounced as SORYA).However,I did not have it in US.One gets such tools at some Indian stores for minimum 25 $ which is sold in India for 100 Rs max (@ 2 USD)! Cannot afford such splurge! Instead would prefer to buy expensive cushion sets from KOHL’s !
After finishing the making the “raw fritters” ,I moved them into the oven into the Broiling mode for some minutes.
Feast over the broken Chakli! :)