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Mohanthaal

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My mother-in-law makes the most awesome Mohanthaal, a traditional Gujarati mithai. It is one of those versatile soul-satisfying sweets that fulfil several needs – a comfort food, a pick-me-up, or a celebratory offering.

This recipe is from the book Mithai.

Preparation Time :2.30-3 hour

Cooking time : 1.30-2 hour

Servings : 4

Mohanthaal

Main Ingredients

Coarse gram flour (besan), Ghee

Cuisine

Gujarati

Course

Mithais

Level Of Cooking

High

Ingredients

  • Coarse gram flour (besan)
    2 cups
  • Ghee
    180 grams
  • Milk
    3 tablespoons
  • Sugar
    1 1/2 cups
  • Green cardamom powder
    1/4 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg powder
    a large pinch
  • Milk
    2 teaspoons
  • Saffron (kesar)
    5-6 strand
  • Almonds blanched and slivered
    10
  • Pistachios blanched and slivered
    10

Method

Step 1


Place the gram flour in a bowl. Heat a non-stick pan; add one and a half tablespoons ghee and two tablespoons milk and warm slightly. Add this to the gram flour and mix with your fingertips till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pass through a thick sieve so that the crumbs are smooth. Grease an eight inch thali.

Step 2


Heat the remaining ghee in a thick-bottomed non-stick pan. Add the gram flour mixture and cook on medium heat till fragrant and darker in colour.

Step 3


Meanwhile, cook the sugar and half a cup of water, stirring till the sugar dissolves. Add the 2 teaspoons milk and collect the scum which rises to the surface with a ladle, and discard. Cook to make a syrup of one-and-a-half string consistency.

Step 4


Soak the saffron in one tablespoon of warm milk for ten minutes. Add it to sugar syrup and mix well.

Step 5


Add half the green cardamom powder and nutmeg powder to the gram flour and mix. Take the pan off the heat and keep stirring till the mixture cools completely.

Step 6


Add the syrup to the gram flour mixture and stir continuously, till all the liquid is absorbed and the mixture thickens and becomes a little dry.

Step 7


Pour the mixture into the greased thali and spread evenly. Smooth the top and sprinkle the almonds and pistachios. Sprinkle the remaining cardamom powder and set aside to cool.

Step 8


Cut into squares and serve. Makes 500 grams

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