Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Diwali Sweets~ Shankarpali & Malpuri

As Promised I am posting the recipes of the sweets that we made during Diwali. We had made Mysore Pak, Shankarpali and Malpuri. For Shakarpali we followed Vaishali's recipe with no changes and the end result was really good. Everyone loved it. Thanks Vaishali for your wonderful recipe with step by step pictures. It was impossible to mess it up :) Click here to view her recipe

Malpuri is a traditional sweet prepared with maida, Sugar and buttermilk. This is one of my favourite sweet but we had never made it at home. My dad usually buys these from TajMahal Cafe. This was usually made in the morning. When I was learning to drive dad used to take me for a drive on sunday mornings by 5. We used to go for a long drive and at around 6:30 we would reach the market buy fresh vegetables and then go to TajMahal Cafe. Dad would usually buy either Jelebi or Malpuri that are made fresh in the morning. It was great to eat them hot and fresh.
When Smitha, my dear friend suggested that we try our hands at making malpuri both of us were not sure as we had not seen anyone make malpuri. But that did not prevent us from trying it. I made a google search but did not get satisfying recipe. Then we looked upon Our GSB cooking Bible "Oota Upahara" by Jaya V. Shenoy and decided to follow the recipe. We did not get the texture perfect as in Hotels. Though there were crisped edges what we missed was the fluffed up centre. But then the taste was really good and both of us were glad. Well we can always improve!
Here is what's needed:
1 1/2 cup Maida
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 cup Sugar (Our's was mildly sweet add more if you like it to be sweeter)
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
Ghee to fry
1) In a large bowl mix Maida +  Buttermilk + Sugar well. It should be slightly thicker than dosa batter consistency. If not add little water. Let it sit for 3 hours.
2) After 3 hours add Cardamom powder and mix it well. 
3) Heat Ghee in a Kadai. When hot add one tbsp of the batter as if spreading the dosa on tawa. Bring heat to medium. Flip the Malpuri in ghee. Keep it pressed with the spatula and fry until the sides are crisp.
4) After you remove the malpuri from Ghee, press it with another spatula to remove the excess ghee. Let it drain on paper towel. Store once cooled completely.

P.S: Do not leave it without pressing with spatula when it is in Hot ghee. Else it puffs up completely like Puri and the sides do not get crisp. Even the batter needs to be spread  as if it is dosa, Initially we just scooped the mixture and it came out like Puri all puffed up. It was then Smitha suggested that we spread it like dosa and keep it pressed. It worked and we got nice Malpuri's. We fried it one at a time so it was time consuming. But the end result was worth the time we spent. I never expected that it was so easy to make :)

I am sending this over to Srivalli who is hosting JFI-Nov 08.

I am sending this over to Sunshinemom who is hosting FIC Brown.


Sunshinemom said...

Ujwal, thank you for the Diwali sweets - I too make shankarpali usually as it makes for a tasty evening snack with tea. Never tried malpuris though. Thanks for sharing the recipe at FIC!

anudivya said...

Wow Uj! Is Malpuri and Malpua the same?

Uj said...

That was quick :) yes it tastes good with evening tea :)

Malpua and Malpuri are not the same. Malpuri uses buttermilk and sugar is directly added to the batter where as Malpua is made with milk and after frying it is dunked in sugar syrup :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

mouthwatering snacks UJ.. nice posts.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the recipe for malpuri..very new to me..

Uj said...


Your welcome. Do try this :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Ujwal:
Simply delicious!
Brings back fond memories.

Is this the Taj Mahal Cafe in Mangalore?
They are related to us. :-)

Uj said...

Yes it is Taj Mahal Cafe in Mangalore, Cartstreet. Wow, related to them then next time do try their Malpuri for sure :) you wont regret it.. My dad's only hangout place :)Were you in Mangalore any time?

Purva Desai said...

Malpuas and shakkar para look perfect and drooling

Uj said...

Thanks :)

jayashree sundarraj said...

thanks a lot . i was trying this recepie from long time.

Unknown said...

Hi, when u say buttermilk is it youghurt or whey? a bit confused. will def try this recipe

Jemima said...

Btw you did not mention if you are deep frying it or cooking it on tawa. N if deep frying how can we spread the batter, will be difficult right???