North Indian winters can be a bit too much to handle, especially around Christmas when the temperature dips to new low. If you live in this part of the country and belong to a Punjabi family, you'll find one thing in your kitchen that can help you brave the vile season. Our families make panjiri or pinni in large quantities right at the break of the winter and store them in huge containers that last all the season. Many of us have grown up relishing these delicious sweet delights all through winter, which surprisingly, our parents gave us themselves to eat, unlike other sweet desserts. Ever wondered, why?
Our parents were handed down the wisdom of using the ancient knowledge of the benefits of various foods. Some recipes have been passed down generations owing to their time-tested usefulness. Panjiri is one such food that doesn't need to prove itself.
Panjiri Health Benefits:
The dry and sweet snack is made with whole wheat flour, combined with other healthy foods like ghee, dry fruits and edible gum. The whole package helps us in winter in many ways:
Panjiri is known to generate heat in the body.
The ingredients in panjiri help soothe sore muscles, lubricate joints and reduce body aches.
It fuels us with loads of energy and vigour.
It helps lactating mothers by stimulating breast milk flow and helping them regain strength post delivery.
This tasty sweet also helps boost immunity and ward off seasonal infections including cold and cough.
We have enough reasons to make this winter staple a part of our diet too. To help you out, here is a very simple and easy recipe you can pick to make healthy and tasty panjiri for your family.
How To Make Atte Ki Pinni? Panjiri Recipe:
This is the most basic recipe of pinni but works on our palate every single time.
Whole wheat flour, milk, nuts and desi ghee constitute this simple panjiri. To make it, roast whole wheat flour in ghee in a large pan till it turns brown. Then just add sugar and cardamom powder and mix well. Once the mixture cools down, shape it into various round balls and decorate them with lots of dry fruits like cashew nuts, almonds and raisins. You can even replace sugar with jaggery to make it healthier.
Do try this basic panjiri recipe and let this winter specialty help you stay hale and hearty all through the season.
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