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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Rosh Bora (Dal Vadas / Lentil Dumplings in Sugar Syrup - Bengali Style)


          It is a traditional Bengali homemade sweet, not usually found in sweet shops. Rosh means syrup and Bora means Vadas. So it is a very simple recipe of vadas made of urad dal (split black gram) and dunked in sugar syrup. It is that simple. It is lesser known among all the Bengali desserts, but nevertheless a very delicious one. For some variation,  a raisin or two can be put inside the vadas before frying them.

  • 1/2 cup urad dal (split black gram), soaked overnight
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • pinch of saffron 
  • chopped dry fruits to garnish (opt)
  • oil to deep fry

          For the syrup, take water and sugar in a pan and bring it to a boil. Simmer for 8-10 minutes. Add the saffron and keep aside. 

          Grind the urad dal to a smooth paste by using very little water. Add the fennel seeds and mix well.

          Heat oil. Make round balls out of the dal mix and deep fry them in batches till golden brown in colour. Drain and add them to the syrup. Soak for a couple of hours before serving.


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