Sunday, October 4, 2009

GoLPapdi


Did you all see how cool Google's tribute to Mahatma Gandhi was? I really loved it. Just a few years back, my co-worker, C , mentioned that his twins were studying "India" in their school. and they just got mesmerized by Gandhiji and his philosophy. To encourage the kids, C and his wife, showed them the film "Gandhi" which made a huge impact on the kids. It was a month of August. On 15th, C said that his daughter made something special for me. I was surprised because I had never met the kid and had seen her only in pictures on her dad's desk. I opened the envelope and there it was - a beautiful friendship band woven with orange, white, green and blue colors, with a note - Happy Independence Day! She made it herself by weaving an intricate design with yarns. It was very touching. C's daughter who was probably 12 or so then, just had few nagging questions. Why doesn't Meera know how to weave/spin on Charkha and why doesn't she wear Khadi?

I do feel that in today's world, we need Gandhiji and his philosophy which is definitely very difficult to follow. Let there be peace on this earth!

Alrighty, let's see today's recipe. This was one of the snacks/sweets, I grew up eating. In spite of not liking most of the sweets, I used to love GoLpapdi a lot. Many of my non-Gujarati friends ask me why GoLpapdi is called "gol/goal" but it's not a circular in shape? Well, gol here is not for the shape but for goL as in jaggery.


GoLpapdi

Wheat-Jaggery Fudge
Ingredients
1 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp ghee
1/2 cup jaggery
2 tsp sesame seeds

Method
0. Melt 1/4 cup ghee/clarified butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan.
1. Roast the wheat flour on medium low flame for 25 minutes. If looks very dry, add ghee
2. Switch off the gas. Now, add grated jaggery and sesame seeds. mix till jaggery is melted.
3. Pour in a greased thali.
4. Let it cool down. Cut into squares or diamonds.
5. Store in an airtight container.

Note -
1. A good quality jaggery plays a major role in achieving the authentic golpapdi. I find the Indian stores jaggery a little harder than the usual jaggery available in India.
2. My MIL follows the exact same recipe for making Ragi GoLPapdi. Use ragi/nachni/finger millet flour instead of wheat flour and follow the same recipe.
This post is my entry to Sireesha's CFK: Wheat Event.
CFK is started by Sharmi of Neivedyam.

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