life’s back to normal…and the jahangiri recipe as promised

Just as I desperately wanted the nightmare to end….it did…. Amma got better….i got the better of all the chocolate orders…. K missed me so much he’s imposed strict working hours so we can spend more time at home…… can a girl ask for anything more?? Just seeing amma back to her normal self sent my spirits (err…no not the liquid kind) soaring….. She’s back in Bangalore and regales me with tales of her granddaughter….what they’ve been up to and all the “tricks” she’s been showing her grand mother….. Especially how she can expertly hunt for chappals and put them into her mouth!! I sent a big batch of my handmade chocolates and my brother thought they were worthy of their own brand and told me that I needed to think seriously about doing something on a permanent basis…. I believe the latest fan of my chocolates is my 10 month old niece who has been walloping them with glee……..I sure like to see her in the act…possibly take some pictures and make her my poster girl??

So now that the pieces of my mind have reached a state of normalcy and hopefully peace of mind, I spent the first hour of the morning trawling all my favourite blogs and lapping up the stuff on show….i also finally get to post the recipe for jahangiri’s ……

This recipe is from amma’s close friends….. it is a sister duo living in Chennai…. A couple of the most interesting people one can come across in life…..they’re so full of joie de vivre… show the world how a full and interesting life is led …both in their 80’s they still pursue their intellectual callings…having achieved the highest success and recognition in their chosen fields, are busy with assignments…and are testimony to the adage “a healthy mind in a healthy body” ……… the fact that they have a jahangiri recipe is testament to what they extract from life!!

Recipe for jahangiris – makes about 30 medium ones

200 gms urad dal – soaked for 20 minutes

1 tbspn rice – soaked for ½ hour

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Ghee for frying

Orange liquid food colour (optional)

Grind the soaked urad dal and rice without water to make a ball of batter. This is the most difficult part. Since no water is added, it is advisable to grind a little at a time so as to not overheat the food processor.

Float the ground batter in a bowl of water and regrind batch wise as required to a soft texture. The batter will float in the water like butter.

Make a thick syrup of the water and sugar, remove scum from the surface and set aside.

In a thick bottomed pan heat about 2 cups of ghee. Make a cone from a sheet of a plastic bag, or simply use a plastic bag (Ziploc or even a milk packet does well), spoon in about two-three tablespoons of the batter (to which colour has been added). Cut off one end to make a small hole. Press the batter into the ghee (like murukku or jalebi) like spirals, if you can take the heat of the hot ghee and are adventurous, go for the jahangiri like curls.

Fry till crisp on both sides, remove from the ghee, drain a bit, dunk it in the sugar syrup for about 15 minutes.

When all is done, remove from the syrup and store in a container.

If keeping more than 2 days, refrigerate. the leftover cooked ghee turned rancid quickly, so use it up as rapidly as possible. Makes about 30 medium jahangiris.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. srivalli says:

    okie…thats a good girl..I am off to try this and will let you know!

    :)….. deep frying in ghee is better left to the “pure ghee sweet” shops….trust me, it is very difficult to shake it off your conscience (not to mention your hips!!)….good luck!! tell me how you liked it….

  2. Srivalli says:

    we can cook this in oil too arundati or only ghee?

    Dear Srivalli, this was the first time i have made anything in ghee…ofcourse the aroma and flavour is wonderful, but i think any refined oil will be good to use.

  3. bee says:

    good to hear your mom’s well now. i always associate jahangri with something you buy from the store. it doesn’t sound that difficult t make.

    hey thanks bee…. i used to think the same thing till i made it….for a first attempt, i must tell you it didnt make me sweat or fret at all!!

  4. arundati says:

    Dear Raaga: no babes….online tutorial isnt available anywhere…. i think i should put one up!! boy!! am i glad that things are normal again or what!!

    Hey Srivalli: thanks dear….it sure is great to be back….i feel like i have been out of circulation forever…..i didnt post a pic, since the previous post had the pic of the jahangiris anyway….. tell me if you’re unable to see it….

    Dear Asha: i agree…..i would sneak up in the night to gobble the leftovers when jahangiris were bought at home…..

  5. Asha says:

    Oh, I always loved Jahangir as opposed to Jalebis! Sounds great!:))

  6. Srivalli says:

    good to have you back!…thats a nice recipe..where is the picture??

  7. Raaga says:

    And do you have chocolate recipes somewhere I can find them… need an online tutorial girl 🙂

    Glad things are back to normal… 🙂

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