Jaggery is a superfood packed with vitamins and minerals. This natural sweetener provides instant energy to the body and helps in digestion. It also can cure throat problems and it keeps the body warm. That's probably the reason why many jaggery-based sweets are perfect during the winter season. Showing us the way to make one such sweet delight is celebrity chef Pankaj Bhadouria. In an Instagram video, we can see Pankaj making what she calls “masala gud”. She demonstrated the entire process of making the sweet, and captioned the post, “Let us get ready for the winters”.
She added, “Here is a recipe of jaggery strengthened with the goodness of spices that help improve digestion and fight cold as well. So now, whenever at the end of a meal, someone asks you “meetha mein kya hai”, offer them this healthy and delicious option: masala gud!”
To make Pankaj's “masala gud”, you'd need:
1) 1/2 tsp ghee
2) 1 cup fox nuts (makhana)
3) 2 cups grated jaggery
4) 1 tsp dry ginger powder
5) 1/2 tsp carom seeds
6) 1/4 tsp black salt
7) 1/2 cup toasted peanuts
8) 1/4 cup almonds
9) 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Here's how you can make it:
1) First, put ghee into a pan and saute a cup of Makhanas (fox nuts) into it. Keep it aside.
2) Now, in the same pan, take grated jaggery and mix dry ginger powder, carom seeds, black salt and add the ghee sauteed makhanas to it. Mix well. Add toasted peanuts, almonds and cumin seeds.
3) Take a plate spread butter all over it. Pour the mixture into a tray or thali (plate) and allow it to get settled.
4) You can now cut them into pieces and relish.
Take a look at the video here:
Before this, in an earlier post, Pankaj had shared a few golden rules of deep-frying. She said that the oil should be medium hot to hot. Do to add anything in cold oil for frying. She stated that always slide the food from the side to prevent it from burning. Let the food fry on high heat for a minute, and then on medium flame, let the food cool well from inside, she added. To know more tricks about deep-frying, click here.
With winter almost here, don't forget to make masala gud by following the recipe of chef Pankaj Bhadouria.