SANTA

(Deep Fried Flour Cakes with Sugar Coating)

 

Ingredients

Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup
Refined Flour – 1 cup
Curd – 2 tsp.
Ghee – ½ cup
Till seeds- ¼ tsp.
Water (for dough) – 20 ml.
Ghee – for frying
Sugar – ½ cup
Water (for sugar syrup) – ¾ cup
Rose petals (Red – for garnish) – 5 – 6 nos.
Saffron (for garnish) – a few strands
Pistachio (unsalted -chopped – for garnish) – 5 nos.

Method

  1. In a paat, combine whole-wheat flour and refined flour. Add till seeds, ghee, curd and water for the dough. Mix well to form a semi-soft dough.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 equal balls and flatten each of them into discs with the palm of your hand. The flattened discs should be on the thicker side.
  3. Heat the ghee for frying on a medium flame. When hot, lower the flame and deep-fry these discs on both the sides till they are golden brown in colour. Remove and drain off the excess ghee. Cool them for 2 hours.
  4. In a separate pan, make sugar syrup of 2-string consistency (Heat water. Add the sugar to it. Cook till the sugar caramelizes and the consistency becomes that of 2 strings.) Keep the sugar syrup warm at all times.
  5. Dip the fried Santas in the sugar syrup – 1 at a time.
  6. Remove the Santa from the sugar syrup and allow it to cool. The sugar syrup will dry up on the Santa and form a white sugary coat on it.
  7. Garnish each Santa with a rose petal, chopped pistachio and saffron.

To serve

Santa can be served as a sweet dish with any meal. It is also distributed to guests during a Chaati (child naming ceremony). Santas are usually served with Kachori.  Santas are always made during the festival of Dassera.

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