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Monday 2 November 2015

Shahi Malpua (Sweet Pancakes in thick Creamy Sauce)

          Shahi Malpuas are delicious sweet Pancakes, very popular in West Bengal and other Northern regions. There are many versions to this recipe where the ingredients differ from one region to the other. This is my family recipe that I am sharing. 

          In this recipe, I shallow fried them for a healthier option. They are then dipped in sugar syrup and topped with chopped nuts on a bed of rabdi (thickened milk).  The rabri can also be drizzled over it while serving. So check out the step by step pictorial recipe to prepare it.

  • 1/2 cup sooji (semolina)
  • 1/2 cup maida (Plain flour)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar for the malpua batter
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
  • milk as required
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • sugar to taste for the instant rabri
  • ghee for shallow frying
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar for the syrup
  • 2-3 pinches of cardamom powder  
  • 4-5 cardamoms
  • 1 tsp. chopped nuts 

          Batter -  In a bowl, mix together sooji, maida, coconut, 1 tbsp. sugar, 1 pinch of cardamom powder, fennel seeds and required quantity of milk and prepare a batter. Leave aside for 30 minutes.

          Sugar Syrup - In a pan heat together 3/4 sugar, 3/4 cup water and remaining cardamom powder. Simmer on a low flame till the sugar is dissolved and you have a slightly thick syrup. Keep aside.

          Instant Rabdi - Mix together evaporated milk and sugar to taste. Keep aside.

          To prepared malpuas, adjust milk and add more if the batter has turned thick. Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp. of ghee.

          Pour a small ladleful of the batter and cook on both sides till light golden in colour. Make in batches of two or three.

          Immediately soak in the sugar syrup for few seconds till it is well coated. Place on a serving dish and top it up with the instant rabdi and chopped nuts. Refrigerate if preferred and enjoy them hot or cold.

For the rabri - you can go in for the lengthy process of thickening the milk till it is semi solid. 
For the batter - You can combine, atta(whole wheat flour), khoya / mawa (Milk solids), milk powder instead of sooji and maida as per choice.

                                In a bowl, mix together sooji (semolina),

                             .    .......maida,

                                Grind brown sugar along with cardamom into a powder.

                                Add ground sugar.

                                .....1 & 1/2 tbsp. fresh grated coconut.

                                Also add sugar & cardamom powder. Mix well.

                                 Add required quantity of milk....

                        ...and form a batter of pouring consistency. Set aside for 30 minutes

                                To make the sugar syrup, grind sugar and cardamoms. 

                                Add this to the pan....

                        ...along with water & cardamoms. Simmer till slightly thick. Keep aside.

                               Mix the batter well again. Adjust water if required.

                                The batter should be of pouring consistency.

                                Add fennel seeds & give it a mix.

                                Heat some ghee & pour two ladleful of the batter.

                                 Fry on both sides till light golden in colour.

                                 Transfer on to a plate.

                             Dip them into the sugar syrup for a few seconds till well coated.

                                Arrange on a serving plate & serve......

                               ........topped with the instant rabdi & chopped nuts.

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