Pakatle Chirote

The auspicious festival of Ganeshotsav is celebrated with a lot of devotion across the country. Many different sweets are offered as Naivedya to the Elephant God. One such sweet that my mother made during Ganeshotsav was ‘Chirote’ – A layered puff dipped in a flavorful syrup – Every bite of which is sure to tinkle your taste buds. This is a Maharashtrian delicacy that is prepared on festive occasions and weddings.

Pakatle Chirote

A delicious sweet.

  • 2 Cups Maida
  • 1/2 Cup Rava/Sooji/Semolina
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 Cup Milk/Water
  • 2 Tbsp Warm ghee/oil
  • Ghee/Oil for frying
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • Water to make sugar syrup
  • Juice of Half lemon
  • 4 Tbsp Wheat Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  1. Take maida and rava in a bowl and add salt and knead a soft dough. You can use either Milk or Water to knead the dough. Cover and set the dough aside for 30 mins.
  2. Make a thick paste of the wheat flour and two tablespoons ghee in a bowl and set aside.
  3. After the rest time is over, take the dough and knead it a little to give it a uniform texture. Divide the dough into equal size balls. Roll out one ball to the size of a saucer and apply the wheat flour paste evenly.
  4. Roll out another ball of the same size and place it over the first.
  5. Apply the wheat flour paste evenly on this too.
  6. Roll the layers.

  7. Cut the roll into equal size pieces.
  8. Take each roll and flatten a little with your hand.
  9. Using a rolling pin, flatten it a little more applying very little pressure.
  10. Deep fry till light brown. Set aside.
  11. Take the sugar in a pan and add water just enough to cover the sugar. Boil and make a two string syrup. Add the lemon juice to this syrup and mix well.
  12. Dip the Chirote in the Sugar syrup and let them absorb the syrup. This should take 4-5 mins. Remove in a colander to drain the excess syrup. This will also prevent the Chirote from getting soggy.

Chirote taste best when served hot.