Let's just agree that a typical Indian meal is never complete without a hint of sweet. Be it a full-fledged dinner or just a round of snacks during tea-time, a plate full of sweet treat remains our constant. And when it comes to sweet treats, Indian cuisine has a plethora of options to satiate our sweet tooth. No, we aren't talking just gulab jamuns, jalebis, rabdi, kulfis or rasgullas (even though we know you are slurping), there are so many drool-worthy regional Indian sweets that haven't got their fair share of limelight.
Laung Latta/Lavang Lata or Latika, for instance, is a traditional Bengali sweet that is also extremely popular Varanasi and Bihar. Rich, aromatic, fried and delicious, Latika is usually served after Durga Puja in Bengal. While one can always find it in the sweet shops across the state, it would be tough to find it anywhere outside of UP or Bengal. But there's absolutely nothing like a warm, fresh and homemade Laung Latta which has an exotic aroma due to the outer layer which is sealed using laung/lavang (clove). Hence, the name!
Crispy from outside and soft and succulent from inside, this sweet treat has a rich filling of khoya, cardamom and chironji sautéed together. It is then stuffed inside rotis, folded into a loop and sealed with clove. The rotis are deep-fried in hot oil till crisp and dipped in a sugar syrup right before serving warm. Isn't it super easy and quick?!
Find the full recipe of laung latta here.
This warm Bengali sweet is a perfect one to prepare this winter season and relish post dinner. The goodness of cardamom and clove lends a rich flavour, besides which you can always add a few more nuts and dry fruits of your choice. Many people also add a little milk to the stuffing.
Try this wonderful soul-satiating sweet treat at home and share your experience with us in the comments section below.
About Aanchal MathurAanchal doesn't share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.