This year, our Holi celebrations are going to be done on a very low key by just going to the temple to pray, as we feel that we shouldn't be celebrating in a big way whilst our friends in Japan are going through a tough time. Since childhood, Japan has always held a special place in our hearts. My husband and I have had several holidays in Japan and have wonderful memories of our time there. Our prayers are with the people of Japan.
Making Gor Papdi in the microwave was very much an experiment but the results were amazingly good. A fantastic sweet made in a matter of minutes.
Gor papdi is a very popular dish in most Gujarati households. For some reason, it's always made and served as a snack during the winter months but I have never known it served as a sweet dish when you invite guests. To make it a bit richer, I decided to add some almonds to the recipe. When my kids were young, I remember my parents always telling me to give almonds to them as it helps improve their brain power!! Not sure if it's true but I thought adding the almonds to gor papdi and giving it to my son during exam time may help him with his revision.
2 cups of wheat flour (you can use chappati flour)
1.5 cup of ghee (clarified butter)
1 cup of Jaggery (Often referred to as Gor)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons of dry ginger (oprional)
1 cup ground almonds ( I ground mine coarsly as we like the taste of almonds)
1. Mix the wheat flour and one cup of ghee in a microwave proof dish
2. Cook this for 2 minutes at a time for 4 times (total 8 minutes) . After each 2 minutes, remove the dish and stir the mixture.
3. The mixture will start to have a lovely scent and go golden brown. It should remain moist. If it looks dry, please add a tablespoon of ghee before warming it again.
4. After the 8 minutes, add the almonds, jaggery, ginger powder and sesame to the mixture, stir and add one tablespoon of ghee to the mixture.
5. Cook this for 1 minute intervals, stir and cook 3 times.
6. Grease a thali and spread the mixture. Using a flat bottomed spoon, pat the mixture down. Using a sharp knife, cut out the diamond shapes but allow the mixture to cool before removing the Gor papdi pieces.
7. Remove the Gor Papdi and enjoy it. Any left over slices can be stored in an airtight container.
Have a very Happy Holi.
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