Thursday, 14 July 2011

Traditional Gujarati Lapsi for the Celebrate Sweets Event focusing on "Gujarati Sweets"

Lapsi is a traditional Gujarati sweet often served up on auspicious occasions.  I was looking for a partcular lapsi recipe that I had  often been heard my dad mention.   He used to tell us how when he was a young boy, he used to walk miles to see his sister on Veer Pasali day.  Veer Pasali  Day is very similar to Rakshabandhan Day.  On this brothers visit their sisters with  presents and the sister cooks a nice meal for him. I remember my dad mentioning that his sister would always make lapsi for him and serve it to him with lots of ghee.  Even today in Gujarat, when  Lapsi is served to guests, it is served  hot and lots of  ghee is drizzled over it.

I have to thank my very good friends  Pareshbhai and  Jayshreeben Joshi for today's recipe.   I had often seen on their Facebook page, pictures of the lovely dishes being made on their household so I asked Pareshbhai if he could ask Jayshreeben to make this traditional lapsi and send in the recipe for my Celebrate Sweets event.  Not only did Jayshreeben make the dish but she also wrote the recipe and provided me with lots and lots of pictures. Thank you very much for your recipe.  I would like to think that in years to come, lots of young newly married sister's will be looking at it and making for their brothers on Veer Pasali Day.

My message to my other Gujarati friends - Jagrutiben, Manjuben, Bhanuben and Mayuri : Please make some nice Gujarati  dish and send me the recipe so I can include it in my Celebrate Sweets Event

Traditional Gujarati Lapsi for 4 servings
Cooking time 30-40 minutes

1 bowl of wheat flour (course)
1 and a half bowls of water
Half a bowl of Gor (jaggery)
Half a bowl of ghee
2 table-spoons of oil (vegetable or sunflower)
2 table-spoons of fennel seed powder
Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder
¼ tea-spoon of saffron

Equipment/Utensils required:

1 large mixing bowl
1 measuring bowl
1 frying pan,
1 wooden spoon
1 tab-spoon
1 tea-spoon


1. In a large/medium mixing bowl, put 1 bowl of flour. In this flour rub in 2 tablespoons of oil. Mix the flour and oil until all the lumps break up.

2. Empty contents of the mixing bowl into a warm non-stick frying pan, heat the mixture at low heat roast the flour until golden brown, and be careful not to burn the mixture.

3. Empty frying pan contents back into the mixing bowl.

4. Pour one and a half bowls of water into the frying pan and begin heating, to this add the turmeric powder and the saffron. Heat until water boils.

5. Add the roasted mix to the boiling water, distribute it evenly and do not mix, let the flour absorb the water. Finally cover the frying pan with a tight lid for 15 minutes at medium heat.

6.  Switch off the heat and mix the contents of the frying pan.  Cover the frying pan again and leave it to cool for 5-10 minutes with no heat so that all the moisture is absorbed. The mixture should not be lumpy.

7. Now add 2 tab-spoons of finely crushed (powdered) funnel seeds, add half a bowl of grated jaggery. Now mix the contents of the frying pan until the jaggery has melted.

8. Now add half a bowl of melted ghee to the mixture and stir it well so the ghee coats all the flour evenly to give a shinny look. (note. More ghee and jiggery can be added to taste.)

9. Now place the mixture in a serving bowl and eat warm.

This recipe was written and created by Jayshree and Paresh Joshi and I am sending it to the Celebrate Sweets - Gujarati Sweets event which was started by Nivedita from Nivedita's Kitchen and  is  hosted by me this month.

If you enjoy reading my blog, please click on Follow or become a fan of my page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

My blog  is also available on Kindle.  


  1. Wow lovely step by step instructions and photos for this awesome dish.

  2. delicious looking sweet looks wonderful

  3. Wow,never tasted before, sure to try soon. Appreciate the illustrative clicks,thanks.

  4. pure genius...I will be doing this and linking back dear..
    Tasty Appetite

  5. Oh my son would love this! It's kinda like Laddoo, right? Sound delicious :)

  6. Looks so pretty and really delicious!

  7. wow... i can imagine the aroma in your kitchen. so tempting

  8. wow,
    its too tempting to wait :-)
    very helpful clicks.


I thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and posting a comment. I genuinely appreciate comments like yours on my blog and I hope you will visit again. Leave me your contact details if you would like me to visit your blog.
Any comments without contact details will be sent to the Spam box. Any comments with back links will also be sent to the Spam Box. Any rude comments will be reported to Google.