The Winter Chill is Fast Approaching!!!!!!!!!!
“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.”
Make this traditional Punjabi sweet prepared with whole wheat flour, semolina, loads of clarified butter, nuts and mix melon seeds … Don’t forget to add the Desi Khand (Organic unrefined cane sugar).
Preparation Time:05 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients and Quantity:
Whole-wheat flour- 01 cup
Semolina, dry roasted- 1/4th cup
Clarified Butter (Desi Ghee)- 06 tbsp.
Carom seeds (Ajwain), lightly roasted- 1/4th tsp.
Dry ginger powder (Sonth)- a pinch
Green Cardamom powder- 1/4th tsp.
Fennel seed powder- 1/4th tsp.
Fenugreek seeds powdered- a pinch
Lotus seeds (Makhana) fried and coarsely ground- 1/4th tbsp
Raw cane sugar (Desi Khand), powdered– 1/4th cup
Almonds, fried- 1/4th tbsp.
Cashew nuts, fried- 16 nos.
Mix Melon seeds (Char-magaz seeds), fried- 1/4th tbsp.
Charoli, fried- 15 gm.
In a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, dry roast the whole wheat flour till it gets a nutty aroma i.e. approx.10 to 12 minutes.
Add the ghee, cook till it is well combined on a slow flame. Add the semolina.
Ensure stirring it with a spatula.
You will see the beautiful brown colour of the flour and semolina, do not overcook, cook for another 5 to 6 minutes only till the raw aroma of the flour disappears.
Add the powdered dry ginger, green cardamom, fennel seeds , fenugreek seeds, carom seeds and coarsely ground lotus seeds.
Add the fried almonds, cashew nuts, charoli and mixed melon seeds.
Switch off the flame and let it be a little cooler, add the powdered sugar and mix well till well combined.
Cool the Panjiri completely.
Store in a sterilized and dry air-tight glass jar. It may be consumed as and when required.
Shelf Life of Panjiri is 03 months at Room Temperature and 06 months if refrigerated.
- You may add lightly roasted desiccated coconut to the panjiri.
- You may add dried dates (Chuara) coarsely ground, pistachio nuts and raisins.
- Usually edible gum (Gond) is roasted in clarified butter till it puffs and is added but I have prepared panjiri without adding it.