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salymander wrote in eat_tasty
I made this tonight for the first time. It was super easy. This Indian dessert, for those who don't know, is basically a combination between funnel cake and candy. Using a pancake type batter you swirl it around in hot oil and then soak it in sugar syrup flavored with rose water & cardamom (although I didn't have cardamom so I used a dash of all spice). The rose water is the dominant flavor in any case, so the spice doesn't really matter. I think you could even omit it.


2 cups All purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup to 1 cup plain yogurt
warm water
1/2 tsp saffron threads, slowly dry-roasted and powdered
3 cups sugar
2 2/3rd cups water
1/2 tsp green cardamom seeds or powder
2 Tbs rose water
Oil for frying
Orange food coloring

Mix the flour, baking powder and yogurt into a batter and keep aside for 2-24 hours. Pour batter into bottle, pastry bag, or similar.

Melt the sugar with the rose water and boil to soft ball stage. Basically, boil until a drop of sugar syrup will keep its form by itself when you drop it onto a spoon or plate. You can find temperatures online and use a candy thermometer if you want. Add the saffron strands and cardamom and stir well. If you're afraid to use cardamom you can also substiture all spice which is more tolerable for IC bladders. You can also simply omit the spice. Add food coloring.

Heat the oil in a deep pan on high heat, but not the highest heat. When its hot, drizzle the batter into the hot oil in circular motions, or really any way you like. Stars, hearts, and diamonds are also acceptable! Fry until golden on both sides, but don't burn it. It really only takes about 30 seconds on each side. Soak in sugar syrup for approx 3 minutes. Serve.


My version

More professional version
s. As you can see theirs is shinier--my syrup wasn't as syrupy. I probably needed more water in my recipe. Theirs is also more orange. You can use as much or as little food coloring as you like.



Note: Plain Yogurt is not on the IC diet, so if you want you can also try omitting this and using milk instead. If you do you should also omit the water in the recipe. You don't want the batter to be too thin.


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