Monday, October 17, 2011

Makkhan Vada For Karwa Chauth / Balushahi/ Badushaa/ Sugar Dipped Sweet Pastries




Karva Chauth is a centuries old tradition observed annually in North India  with great pomp & fervor where all married women dress up & observe  a fast for the day , for the health , wealth,  prosperity & longevity  of their husband's &  seek the blessings of Godess Gauri for a blissful marital life. This festival comes 9 days before Diwali on Kartik Ki Chauth i.e on the fourth day of the new moon. The term" Chauth "means the fourth day &" Karwa" is an earthen pot with a spout - a symbol of peace & prosperity which is necessary for the pooja hence the name Karwa Chauth.

The fast begins at daybreak around 4 am  when women get up &  feast on Sargi ( sweets & fruits , sweets mainly consisting of pheniyan, ghevar & many other sweets) In the earlier times the married girls would visit their parents for the festival season beginning as of Teej & Raksha Bandhan & their stay  at the parents house would end at the auspicious Karva Chauth when the Husband would arrive to spend the day with his wife & bring along with him ( Sargi) sweets & fruits , new clothes mainly consisting of a saree & also jewellery  sent by the girl's inlaws & the girl would begin her fast by having this Sargi at daybreak. Although it is a tough fast as it begins before daybreak & ends only after moonrise when women offer prayers & water to the moon , it is still a much awaited event for northern Indian women.



 I always remember my Mom waking us up early morning to have Sargi with her & we would all enjoy the sweets & savouries with her. And the day would be longer for  us than for her coz we would wait for the time when we would get to eat all that she made during the day. It was really amazing to see her dish out awesome sweets & savouries all day long without even drooling at them even though she had not had anything to eat all day. I think we have really run out of the energy & gusto that she had & the love & patience she prepared the dishes with. So whatever little I could manage is here in this recipe.

Ingredients: 


1 & 1/2 cup all purpose flour ( 150 Grams)
1/4 cup Desi Ghee / Clarified Butter ( 50 Grams)
2 tablespoons Yogurt ( 25 Grams)
1/8th tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
water for kneading the dough
Oil for frying the Vadas

For the Sugar Syrup:

1 cup Sugar ( I used Brown sugar)
1/2 cup water
3-4 pods Cardamom
1/2 tsp lemon juice




Method:

For the dough:

Start with sifting the flour, soda & cardamom powder together a couple of times ( This helps in equal distribution of soda in the flour & the vadas will be more flaky)

Now add the Ghee &  Yogurt & start kneading . The flour will be crumbly but will start getting together . When the ghee & yogurt is well combined in the flour, sprinkle some water & try to bring the dough together( i used only 1/8 cup of water)  The dough should be soft but not smooth. We do not have to knead the dough for a long time to make it smooth. All we need to do is bring the dough together in a lump that will take only 1-2 minutes. You will see a lot of crackles in the dough. when the dough is done , cover & keep it aside for 20-25 minutes.
After the waiting time is over knead the dough again for 1 minute light handedly . Divide the dough in 10-12 equal parts & roll them gently into small balls. We do not need to make perfect balls as we need the edges of the dough to be imperfect with a lot of crackes so they cook well in the oil. Once the dough is rolled into a ball make a dent in the centre with your finger .

For Frying the vadas, heat oil in a wok ( kadhai). Now comes the tricky part, the oil should be medium hot. To test if the oil is  hot enough drop a pinch of dough into the oil , the dough should sizzle but come up very slowly , if the dough comes up immediately means the oil is too hot - in this case switch off the heat for a couple of minutes .
If the oil is perfect , at first the vadas will just sink into the oil & the oil will sizzle a little, it will take about 2 minutes for the vadas to puff up & start to float on the oil. Do not touch or try to turn the vadas at this time , let them fry on one side for 4-5 minutes & then turn. It will take about 15 minutes for one batch of 6 vadas to fry perfectly pink.
In the meantime make the sugar syrup on the other stove by adding 1/2 cup of water to 1 cup of sugar . Add the cardamom pods &  lemon juice ,make the sugar syrup to one thread consistency , keep aside.

Once all the vadas are done frying , put them in sugar syrup & turn them very gently with a spatula so they soak the syrup on al sides. Let the Makkhan vadas sit in the syrup for about an hour. Garnish with Pistachios & saffron strings. The vadas are very very soft & flaky & just melt in the mouth like butter hence the name Makkhan Vada.





In the evening women adorn new colourful sarees,  new bangles ,jewellery & makeup , henna is applied to the hands the day before , women from all over the neighbourhood gather & narrate mythological stories related to the significance of Karwa Chauth.



The fast of Karwa Chauth truly sets the merry tone of the fun & frolic , fasting , feasting & festivities that come in good measure during Diwali - The biggest of all Festivals.


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43 comments:

  1. beautiful recipe dear...love the presentation and pictorials....

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  2. Awww...lovely write up...thanx for the information about Karwa chauth...recipe sounds interesting and yummy...superb presentation n pic...

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  3. Loved your write up and also just beaautiful pics.

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  4. Lovely recipe...Love the presentation....

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  5. beautiful post and lovely clicks.

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  6. I loved reading this informative post.What a splendid festival and fasting.I have seen it in many hindi films.But this one you have given all details.And the makkhan vada looks auspicious for the occasion.Thank you dear.

    Btw,I loved the color combos you have used in clicks.rocks !

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  7. wonderful post dear, this dish is new to me, looks very yummy..

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  8. Wow!,deliciously yumm Balushahi,well-presented too.

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  9. wow!Alpana looks amazing and delicious with wonderful clicks.

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  10. looks yummy!! & very nice clicks

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  11. Known festival and unknown info. Thanks for sharing it. I know 50% of it and knowing it now completely. The recipe is new. But looks very inviting.

    Cheers,
    Uma
    My Kitchen Experiments

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  12. nice recipe...on my list to make now!..:) yum!

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  13. Omg, seriously u r killing me with ur beautiful clicks

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  14. Nice to know about this festival and yummy and delicious sweet recipe looks beautiful in between lovely pink color.

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  15. Wonderful sweet. Looks very Yummy... The pink colors and the pics are pretty, going with the festival theme...

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  16. Yummy sweet, lovely clicks and a very beautiful post.

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  17. nice post dear...
    badhusha looks delicious :)

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  18. Nice clicks and yummy looking badhusha...Enjoyed your post

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  19. Hey Alpana, thanks for stopping by and thus bringing me to your lovely blog.

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  20. Hi first time here..wow all ur recipe are mouth-watering..would like to go thru each once time permit...btw these basdhusha is my all time fav and they look tasty and yum mm mmy:)

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  21. balushahi is one of my fav mithai...lovely clicks...nice recipe...first time at ur blog...i m ur happy follower now...do visit mine when free !!
    charu

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  22. Flaky and nicely done bashusha. Cute presentation

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  23. Lovely presentation and sweet :)

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  24. wow lovely presentation and sweet looks delicious ...........

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  25. wow, what a great presentation and love this recipe. I got to try this. I ate it, but never made it.

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  26. yummlicious sweet n beautiful festive info...beautiful clicks. ..

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  27. Beautiful. Love that last image with the pot.

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  28. Amazing clicks.Looks super delicious

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  29. This looks really delicious..I should try this as soon as possible.thanks for the recipe dear..Following your blog straight away..If you have time Check out my blog too..

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  30. Wonderful and informative post. Sweet looks delicious, yummy and tempting. Lovely presentation.

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  31. im thoroughly amazed by the karwa chauth traditions..so romantic :)
    The sweet looks divine..

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  32. Hi Alpana! Thanks for visiting & for your lovely comments. Sorry, it took me some time to get back to you. Awesome clicks,looks really irresistible. I'm your happy new follower. I'd love if you would follow me back :)

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  33. Wow, they look so delicious!! Loved your presentation.
    Thanks for leaving a nice comment at my space..glad to follow u :)

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  34. Alpana, Balushai looks so flaky.....looking at the sweets U blog here I feel we got to meet urgently(I hardly make any sweets)....I use to miss karava chauth day here a lot in my beg. years, specially when all the ladies from the neighbourhood would dress up in pretty red saris & get together for katha......hope U had a wonderful day...

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  35. First time here...Luv ur pictures...balushahi luks so yum and inviting..hope u had wonderful karwa chauth

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  36. Those treats look really delicious ... btw, I love the sari - its gorgeous!!!

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  37. Delicious treats,looks so yummy and nice clicks too...

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  38. one of my fav...awesome clicks dear

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  39. Such pretty pictures!! i love the pink contrast!.. another yumm treat this festive season.. i am crazing some savory snack now after all the sweet!:)

    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog

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  40. what beautiful photos.., lovely photography, yummy sweet...

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  41. These balusahis look awesome, love your photography...

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