Monsoon is loved not just for the cooling showers and beautiful weather it brings; the season is also cherished by food enthusiasts for its delectable offerings. Amidst the splendour of the rain showers and the lush greenery, one traditional Indian dessert ignites sweet cravings the most - no points for guessing, it is Ghevar. This sweet treat hails from the northern regions of India and has become synonymous with the monsoon festivities, adding a delightful touch to the culinary traditions of the country.
Cultural Significance Of Ghevar
Ghevar's roots can be traced back to Rajasthan, where it holds deep cultural significance, especially during the Teej festival. Celebrated with fervour by married women, Teej sees families coming together to feast on various delicacies, with Ghevar taking centre stage. The preparation of Ghevar itself is a craft that has been passed down through generations, with each family adding its unique touch to the recipe.
What is ghevar made of?
Ghevar is a disc-shaped honeycombed dessert made from all-purpose flour (maida), desi ghee, milk, and sugar syrup and is usually topped with saffron, dry fruits, and silver 'varak'. It is important to pour the maida (flour) batter into boiling ghee at the right temperature, and this is precisely the reason why ghevar is made only during the monsoon as there is just the right amount of moisture in the air.
Even ghevar has been experimented with to create different toppings and flavours to cater to different palates. The following different recipes for ghevar can suit every monsoon mood.
Here are 5 Ghevar Recipes You Must Try In Monsoon:
1. Plain Ghevar:
The traditional and timeless version of Ghevar is the plain one, where the beauty lies in its simplicity. This type of Ghevar is usually without the extra layer of topping, allowing its latticework to shine through. Often served with a drizzle of sugar syrup, it boasts a delightful combination of textures - crunchy, porous, and mildly sweet. Click here for the recipe for basic plain Ghevar.
2. Malai Ghevar:
If you are seeking a more indulgent experience, Malai Ghevar is perfect. This variation is topped with a rich layer of clotted cream or malai, which adds a creamy, velvety element to the already delightful dessert. The malai is often flavoured with cardamom and saffron, elevating the overall taste to heavenly heights. Click here for the recipe for Malai Ghevar.
3. Mango Ghevar:
Monsoons bring with them a bounty of ripe, succulent mangoes, and what better way to celebrate the season's treasure than with Mango Ghevar. This creative twist incorporates fresh mango slices or a luscious mango puree, adding a burst of fruity flavour to the dessert. The sweet-tangy combination is a match made in monsoon heaven. Click here for the recipe for Mango Ghevar.
4. Multi-Layered Ghevar:
Can't stop at one? Have more and some more ghevar in this multi-layered ghevar recipe in which ghevars are stacked together to make a multi-tier attraction that screams indulgence to the maximum. Here's the recipe for the Multi-Layered Ghevar.
5. Quick Instant Ghevar:
While making traditional Ghevar requires time and patience, the quick Instant Ghevar is an excellent option for those craving a swift fix. This variation is prepared using ready-made rusk, which is a crispy snack that takes the place of fried flour, ensuring a hassle-free and equally delicious experience. Click here for the recipe for Instant Ghevar.
As the rains work up our appetite, ghevar adds to the charm of the gorgeous monsoon season.
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