Wednesday, March 24, 2010
TIDIPPU BOONDI OR SIHI BOONDI
Boondi Laddu is a sweet prepared on all auspicious occasions and feasts. Wedding ceremonies and temple festivals seem incomplete without the traditional Laddus. A pilgrimage to Thirupathi is consummate only after the devotee has savoured the Thirupathi Laddus as prasadam.
Every year we have a Vijayadasami procession for the family deity - Lord Sri Rama - in our native village. Rukmani prepares 8 Kgs of the customary Sundal for distribution after the pooja. We usually carry Laddus from a reputed sweet stall at Bangalore to distribute with the Sundal. On one such occasion there was an unexpected surge of devotees and to our utter discomfort we sensed a shortage of laddus.
Our manager's nephew Mani shocked all of us when he suddenly punched four or five times into the Laddu basket crumbling all the Laddus into mere boondies! We were all smiles when he efficiently distributed the sweet boondies in smaller portions to one and all who had gathered at the temple. We thanked smart Mani for his presence of mind and to this day we buy only Tidippu Boondies when it came to distribution of sweets for any occasion.
Tomorrow being Rama Navami, I prepared Sweet Boondies to celebrate Lord Sri Rama's birth day.
Besan or Bengal gram dal flour - 1 glass ( 250 gms)
Sugar - 1 glass ( 250 gms)
Milk - 2 tsps
Cashew nuts - 10
Raisins - a few
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Cardamom - 4 ( Powdered)
Cloves - 4
Edible camphor (Pache karpoora) - 1 small flake( Powdered along with cardamom)
Turmeric or saffron colour - 1 pinch
Oil - for frying
1. Add water little by little to the besan and make a thick and smooth batter, similar to dosa batter.
2. Take a heavy bottomed vessel and add sugar and one glass of water to it.
3. Add two tsps of milk to sugar and water mixture and continue to boil.
4. Remove the scum from the top with the help of a spoon thus cleaning the syrup.
5. Heat oil side by side in a kadai on the second burner of the stove.
6. Add colour and cardamom - camphor powder, and reduce flame when the sugar syrup becomes sticky.
7. Take a perforated ladle ( jarani) and hold it about 2 to 3 inches on top of hot oil.
8. Pour a cup of batter on the perforated ladle and gently tap the rim of the ladle, so that drops of batter fall into hot oil. The boondie drops will rise to the top immediately.
9. Drain the boondies when they stop sizzling and add it to the sugar syrup.
10. Switch off the flame under the sugar syrup to avoid crystallization.
11. Fry all the batter into boondies and add to the warm syrup.
12. Fry cashew nuts, raisins and cloves in ghee and mix into the boondies.
13. Spread the sugar soaked boondies on a plate and cool.
Share your joy and the golden yellow sweet boondies with your loved ones on all happy occasions.