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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Diwali sweet from Assam

Over the last few days, most TV channels have been featuring recipes for Diwali. One such recipe that caught my attention is this sweet from Assam. I am not sure what it is called.....the lady said something that sounded like Bihu Mitha. If any of you are familiar with this dish and know its name, please do let me know.

To make it, you need:
Maida/all purpose flour - 1 cup
Rice flour - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Curd - 2 tbsp
Oil - for deep frying

Knead all these ingredients together to a smooth pliable dough. It should be similar to chapati dough. If you follow these measurements, you need not add any water while kneading. However, if you feel the dough is too hard, add a little bit of water and knead.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai. Pinch small balls of the dough. Pat it into a thick circle using your palms. Make a small depression in the middle and deep fry in hot oil, turning over once or twice until both sides are brown in colour.
Drain excess oil.

What I think of the dish:
This is definitely an easy-to-make sweet. It tastes really good - almost like adhirasam. The outer part turns nice and crisp with a bite to it on cooling and the inner part remains soft, giving it a wonderful texture.

13 comments:

jayasree said...

Yes, it does remind me of athirasam, but sounds a lot easier to make...
Happy Diwali in advance.

sanjeeta kk said...

Looks easy and delicious to make. Nice variation to Mal puas from Rajasthan.

Shifa Firoz said...

looks good :) looks something like neyyappam :)

Jyoti said...

its pitha.. during the bihu festival these are wide made in assam.. i love them too..

Nithya said...

yummy.. its lot similar to adhirasam. may be the maida would make a slight difference. Anyways I am sure I would like it :)

Priya said...

Wow this sweets sounds exactly like our athirasams..soo tempting..

Cham said...

Maida makes this sweet different than our attirasam! But looks tasty!

sra said...

It looks delicious, esp with that butter-yellow soft centre. I'm surprised, though, that just 2 tbsp of curds is enough to knead two cups of flour, but then I know nothing about kneading.

Himanshu said...

The precise Assamese name for this preparation is Ghila Pitha.

Happy Cook said...

How i wish i could grab one to taste them. Looks yumm. maybe some one from assam will tell you hwat it is called.

Uma said...

looks yum!! Happy Diwali to you and your family!!

Cynthia said...

We make something very similar but with rice flour, only ap flour.We call it roar (rooh with a t sound at the end) :)

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