Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mini Sweet Pizza/Malpua with kheer

Should I call these mini sweet pizzas or sweet pancakes, whatever.... these traditional Indian Malpuas are a delightful dessert to enjoy in the summers, especially in the Monsoon season and when made by your Mom. This weekend has been a relief from hot & humid weather we have had in New Jersey recently, and we welcomed little rain we had yesterday. Yeah, it feels like Monsoon & for once I took the backseat and waited patiently for my platter to be served as I jotted down the recipe. There are many versions of this recipe, but the most famous way of making it in Northern India is making a batter by mixing all purpose flour with semolina and milk. These sweet and soft pancakes are enjoyed with Rabdi (Reduced caramelized Milk) or Kheer (Rice Pudding) made with rice and milk. I used Kheer mix by Gits to make Instant Kheer and made it rich by adding chopped nuts.

All Purpose Flour: 1/2 cup
Semolina: 2 tsp
Whole Wheat Flour: 2 tsp
Milk: 1/4 cup
Water: 1/4 cup
Fennel seeds: 1/2 tsp
Almond meal: 1 tsp (finely crushed almonds)
Cardamom Powder: a pinch
Saffron strands: a pinch
Sliced Pistachio/Almonds: 2 tsp for garnishing
Oil/Ghee for frying

For Sugar Syrup:
Water: 2 cups
Sugar: 1 cup
Cardamom pods: 3-4
Saffron Strands: few

For Kheer (Rice Pudding)
Kheer Mix by Gits
Milk: 1 cup
Raisins: few
Sliced Nuts: 2 tsp

In a bowl sieve all three flours together for 2 to 3 times.
Add fennel seeds, almond meal and a pinch of saffron and cardamom powder.
Add water and milk to make a thick batter of pouring consistency.
Let the batter stand for 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a shallow pan and pour a teaspoon full into the batter to make mini Malpuas.
To make a bigger size, pour a ladder full into the oil.
Fry till it becomes light golden brown from both sides.
Soak it in the sugar syrup and take it out on towel paper.
Garnish with sliced pistachios and almonds.

For Kheer:
Boil a cup of milk in a pan.
Mix kheer mix in little quantity of milk and add to the milk.
Simmer for a while and cook for 5-6 minutes.
Garnish with raisins and nuts.

Serving Malpua with Kheer: -
The best way to enjoy this treat is by dipping Malpua in Kheer (immersing it fully) and having it.
Crispy texture of fried Malpua & caramelized flavors of Kheer create magic.

Believe me, these Malpuas were simply SCRUMPTOUS.

Can you resist a bite here ???

We enjoyed our Feast, Hope you guys give it a try and like it...

And let me know, if you do !!!!!


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