Thursday, December 13, 2012

लाल भोपळ्याचे घारगे /Sweet Pumpkin Puri

To finish up the Halloween Pumpkin I made this special treat that my mom makes and use to love it when we were kids. घारगे was one of my favorite after school snack. It surely pleases kids and comes in handy when they come home hungry after school. My mom suggested this easy method of making घारगे, it is so simple and quick that you can make it quite often. Somehow one of my whole Pumpkin from Halloween was still sitting windowsill because of my laziness :). But when my mom suggested this easy method, I thought it's about time to use up that Pumpkin. So here goes the recipe for घारगे.

1 Cup diced Pumpkin
3/4 Cup गुळ/Jaggery
1 Tbs बारिक रवा/Semolina
2 Tbs तांदुळ पीठी/Rice flour
1 Tbs oil
Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 cup कणिक/whole wheat flour
A small pinch of salt
Oil for deep frying

Microwave pumpkin with very little water in a bowl until soft, should take about 2-3 minutes depending on your microwave. Let it cool a bit and remove the excess water. Roughly mash the pumpkin with hand.
Now add Jaggery and let this mixture sit aside for 10-15 minutes. Mash this mixture again so that jaggery and pumpkin are nicely incorporated. 
This mixture will be runny. Add the remaining ingredients except whole wheat flour. Add the flour last little by little as required until a nice semi-stiff dough is formed. Keep aside for 10-12 minutes and divide the dough into equal balls. Roll each ball into round shape puri and deep fry until golden brown color. This recipe will yield approximately 10-11 घारगे.

Quick Tips-: Dust some whole wheat flour while rolling puri if your dough is little bit sticky.