The festival of Holi also known as the festival of colours is celebrated in the honour of Hindu god Vishnu and his follower Prahlada. The bonfire called Holika signify the symbolic victory of good over evil. Also, Holi is celebrated as a festival of love.
Holi is celebrated at the beginning of Spring. This signifies enjoying spring’s abundant colours and saying farewell to the winter season. This is the time to reset and renew ruptured relationships, conflicts and get rid of accumulated past emotional impurities.
The whole of India celebrates Holi with gusto and every region has some special Holi recipes to offer in North – Gujiya, Dal Kachori, Dahi Bhalla & Ram Laddoo made during Holi. The South Indian celebrates Holi with Unni Appam, Banana Halwa & Payasam, the Eastern part of India we find Malpua, Dhuska, Basanti Sandesh & Payash. In the west people celebrate Holi with Puranpoli, Sweet Khichdi & Gujiya.
In our country, there are unending festivals and there are unending varieties of dishes made during those festivals. One dish which is prepared pan India is Malpua. Malpua recipes vary from state to state. This recipe below is how Malpua is made in Bengali home.
Malpua – Deep fried mawa discs soaked in sugar syrup. It is a traditional Indian version of pancake which is served as desserts. In India, most regions have their own versions of this appealing dish.
For the batter
- 4 tbsps milk powder
- 1 tbsp suji or semolina
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsps all-purpose flour
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tbsp mawa
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- Ghee for frying
- Few Almond/Pista slivers
For the sugar syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup water
- 1 pinch cardamom powder
Prepare thick sugar syrup by boiling water, sugar and cardamom powder.
Mix milk powder, flour, milk, sugar, baking soda, semolina and mawa into a smooth batter. Rest it. (Preferably for one hour)
Heat ghee in a pan.
Drop one ladleful of batter. Shallow fry from both sides till golden brown. Follow the same process for the rest of the batter.
Dip the fried batter in the prepared sugar syrup. Malpua gets formed.
Garnish with mawa & almond/pista slivers.
Enjoy cooking and keep celebrating!
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