Pista Surprise

Flour cigars stuffed, deep fried and dipped in sugar syrup. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Pista Surprise
Main Ingredients Pistachios, Refined Flour
Cuisine Indian
Course Mithais
Prep Time 6-10 minutes
Cook time 31-40 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Sweet
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Pista Surprise

  • 1/4 cup + for garnishing Pistachios
  • 2 cups Refined Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Lemon
  • for deep-frying Oil
  • Icing sugar to dusting


  1. Knead together refined flour and ghee with sufficient water into a stiff dough. Cover with cling film and set aside for ten to fifteen minutes.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan, add sugar and two cups of water and stir sugar melts.
  3. Roughly chop pistachios.
  4. Squeeze lemon juice to the sugar syrup and mix well
  5. Divide dough into eight equal portions and shape them into balls. Roll out into circular discs and cut into rectangles.
  6. Take some water in a bowl.
  7. Place some pistachios in the center of a rectangle and roll into a cigar. Dampen the open edge and press lightly to seal.
  8. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.
  9. Remove the sugar syrup from heat and set aside.
  10. Deep-fry the cigars in hot oil till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.
  11. Soak the fried cigars in the sugar syrup for one to two minutes. Drain and place on a serving plate.
  12. Dust icing sugar on top of the cigars and garnish with some pistachios and serve.

Nutrition Info

Calories 2577
Carbohydrates 33.4
Protein 421.9
Fat 83.6