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.
- 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
- 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.
- Make a thick paste of the wheat flour and two tablespoons ghee in a bowl and set aside.
- 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.
- Roll out another ball of the same size and place it over the first.
- Apply the wheat flour paste evenly on this too.
- Roll the layers.
- Cut the roll into equal size pieces.
- Take each roll and flatten a little with your hand.
- Using a rolling pin, flatten it a little more applying very little pressure.
- Deep fry till light brown. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.