Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mohanthal (Gram Flour Fudge)

Welcome everybody.Its more than 2 years i have been away from blogging. I can't believe that i was away this long. I am happy to be back and post a lot of recipes which i have been cooking lately.
I hope all of my fellow bloggers are doing well. You all have been in my thoughts.
I missed reading your blogs. I will strive to update my blog regularly and keep you all posted with my endeavors in cooking.

Lately i made a traditional Gujarati sweet delicacy called Mohanthal. The basic ingredient is Gram flour (Besan/Kadalai Maavu) and is quite easy to make. It was a little time consuming but the final outcome of the sweet was awesome. Everybody in my house relished it. My sister-in-law's kids loved the sweet a lot.

I followed the recipe from Bhavana's Kitchen with little modifications.

Here goes the recipe,
Time taken: 45 minutes

2 1/2 cups Gram Flour/Besan/Kadalai Maavu
3/4 cup Ghee
1 1/4 cup Mawa/Khoya
1/4 cup Milk
1 1/4 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
Saffron as per your need
1 table spoon Cardamom powder
Almonds and Pistachios for Garnishing

Method to make Mawa/Khoya:
3 tea spoon Ghee
1/4 cup Milk
2 cups Instant Milk powder

In a pan combine the milk and ghee and warm until the ghee melts and switch off the stove.
Add the combined mixture to the Milk powder and mix well with a spoon until it forms a crumble texture. let it rest for 5 minutes.

Method to make the sweet:
Grease a 8*8 inch pan with ghee and set it aside.
In a bowl add the 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup ghee and warm till the ghee melts.
In a large bowl combine the mixture of ghee and milk to the Gram Flour and mix well.
Let it rest for 10 minutes.
Combine the mixture well with both the palms until it turns into coarse and crumbly texture.
(Alternatively you can also sieve the mixture to bring the coarse texture).
Heat the remaining ghee in a pan and add the Gram flour mixture , Mawa and saute until it turns golden brown in color. (Stir continuously in medium flame until a nice roasted aroma comes).
This will take about 8-10 minutes.
Add the cardamom powder and little nuts and mix well. Switch off the stove.

For the Sugar Syrup,
In a pan add the sugar, water and saffron and boil well until it thickens and forms double string consistency. Switch off the stove.
(To check- After the sugar syrup thickens, Pour a drop in a plate and rub the syrup with your hands and check if more than two strings are formed)

Final step,
Remove the sugar syrup and the gram flour mixture from the stove.
Mix the sugar syrup with the Gram flour mixture and mix nicely till it combines well.
Spread the mixture in a greased 8*8 pan and garnish the nuts on top and let it rest for 1 hour.
After one hour, Cut into desired shape. Serve them.

You can store it in a air tight container for 2-3 weeks. Keep them refrigerated.
Alternatively you can use Ladoo Besan also which is available here in the Indian stores.
Amount of sugar can be altered based on your needs
Any type of nuts can be used (Almonds, Pistachio, cashew).

I will add more pictures step by step next time when i make and will update the blog to get better picture.
Enjoy and please add your valuable comments. Please try and let and let me know how it turned out!

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