Sunday, December 18, 2011
SWEET MELANGE FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS
We tasted these poories at a food stall in Oregon zoo, Portland. They were soft, fluffy and sweet. They measured about a foot or more in diameter and were as big as elephant ears! Yes, they were known as 'Elephant Ears', a sweet snack sold at all fairs and carnivals.
Though they looked like huge poories topped with sugar powder, they tasted different from the normal poories that we ate with sugar in our childhood.
Elephant ears are prepared using plain flour and yeast. But Sugar Poories have been prepared using wheat flour.
Wheat flour - 1 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Sour curd - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 pinch
Cooking soda - 1 pinch
Powdered sugar - 1 tsp
Butter - 1 tsp
Oil - for frying
FOR THE TOPPING
Sugar powdered with a few cardamoms / cinnamon - 1/2 cup
1. Sift wheat flour, salt, sugar powder and cooking soda together into a bowl.
2. Make a well in the sifted ingredients and add butter and curds into it.
3. Add warmed up milk little by little as required and mix the ingredients into a smooth dough.
4. Cover and leave the dough in a warm place for six hours.
5. Divide the dough into four portions and make them into four balls.
6. Using a rolling pin flatten the dough balls into thin poories.
7. Heat oil and fry the poories on both sides till they puff up and become golden in colour.
8. Drain the poories on a paper towel.
9. Sprinkle or shower the sugar and cardamon /cinnamon powder over the fried poories as per your taste.
Eat ! Enjoy !