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Sooji Kakara Pitha

Written by lipsa.chowdhury

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Ganesh Chathurthi is around the corner! It is time for prayers, merriment and a whole lot of good food! This year vary your menu, try something new! Kakara Pitha, one of the most popular dishes from the Odia cuisine, is a sweet dish you will love cooking and eating alike! This deep-fried cake is offered to god as bhog during festivals in most Odia households.

Each year on Ganesh Chaturthi, my family lines up at the door, with their hands outstretched for the first batch of these flavoursome Pithas. The waft and aroma of this mouth watering dish, will leave you wanting more.

Preparation time-30 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Sooji -150 gm
  • Coconut- one half, shredded
  • Sugar -75gm
  • Cardamom- 4 pcs
  • Refined Oil- As per requirement to fry
  • Salt – as per taste

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Method of preparation

  1. Powder cardamom in a spice grinder, or simply using your traditional Indian mortar and pestle!

 

  1. In a large deep heated pan, combine the shredded coconut, sugar, and cardamom powder.

 

  1. Roast this powder for 10-15 minutes in a frying pan on low flame. Be sure to keep spooning it to avoid burning. Keep mixture aside.

 

  1. Take water (double the amount of sooji) in a deep pan. Add, sugar and salt as per the taste and bring it to a boil.

 

  1. When the water begins to boil, add a small amount of Rawa and stir it. Do the same for the rest of Rawa. Stir it continiously to avoid lumps from forming. Let the mixture stay on a low flame for 2 min. Remove from flame and keep aside, this makes your dough!

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  1. Wait till the dough cools down to room temperature knead the dough with oil to make it softer.

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  1. Make small balls from the dough. Rollout each ball and place some coconut stuffing (from step-2) and fold. Now, roll it again to make a ball.

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  1. Make the above balls into flat shape like puris, using your palms.

 

  1. Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the flattened balls on a low flame, till it turns golden brown on all sides.

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  1. Your Pithas are ready! Serve warm!

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Try this sweet dish that is an integral part of the Odia cuisine, and trust me when I say you will not be disappointed.

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Ganesh Chathurthi is around the corner! It is time for prayers, merriment and a whole lot of good food! This year vary your menu, try something new! Kakara Pitha, one of the most popular dishes from the Odia cuisine, is a sweet dish you will love cooking and eating...
<a href="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/9_ccok.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-1009" src="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/9_ccok.jpg" alt="9_ccok" width="670" height="502" /></a> Ganesh Chathurthi is around the corner! It is time for prayers, merriment and a whole lot of good food! This year vary your menu, try something new! <em>Kakara Pitha, </em>one of the most popular dishes from the Odia cuisine, is a sweet dish you will love cooking and eating alike! This deep-fried cake is offered to god as bhog during festivals in most Odia households. Each year on Ganesh Chaturthi, my family lines up at the door, with their hands outstretched for the first batch of these flavoursome <em>Pithas</em>. The waft and aroma of this mouth watering dish, will leave you wanting more. Preparation time-30 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes <strong>Ingredients </strong> <ul> <li><em>Sooji</em> -150 gm</li> <li>Coconut- one half, shredded</li> <li>Sugar -75gm</li> <li>Cardamom- 4 pcs</li> <li>Refined Oil- As per requirement to fry</li> <li>Salt – as per taste</li> </ul> <strong> <a href="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2_cook.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-1011" src="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2_cook.jpg" alt="2_cook" width="671" height="503" /></a></strong> <strong>Method of preparation</strong> <ol> <li>Powder cardamom in a spice grinder, or simply using your traditional Indian mortar and pestle!</li> </ol>   <ol start="2"> <li>In a large deep heated pan, combine the shredded coconut, sugar, and cardamom powder.</li> </ol>   <ol start="3"> <li>Roast this powder for 10-15 minutes in a frying pan on low flame. Be sure to keep spooning it to avoid burning. Keep mixture aside.</li> </ol>   <ol start="4"> <li>Take water (double the amount of <em>sooji</em>) in a deep pan. Add, sugar and salt as per the taste and bring it to a boil.</li> </ol>   <ol start="5"> <li>When the water begins to boil, add a small amount of Rawa and stir it. Do the same for the rest of Rawa. Stir it continiously to avoid lumps from forming. Let the mixture stay on a low flame for 2 min. Remove from flame and keep aside, this makes your dough!</li> </ol> <a href="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/3_cook.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-1012" src="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/3_cook.jpg" alt="3_cook" width="670" height="604" /></a> <ol start="6"> <li>Wait till the dough cools down to room temperature knead the dough with oil to make it softer.</li> </ol> <a href="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/4_cook.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-1013" src="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/4_cook.jpg" alt="4_cook" width="671" height="503" /></a> <a href="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/5_cook.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-1014" src="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/5_cook.jpg" alt="5_cook" width="672" height="504" /></a> <ol start="7"> <li>Make small balls from the dough. Rollout each ball and place some coconut stuffing (from step-2) and fold. Now, roll it again to make a ball.</li> </ol> <a href="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/6_cook.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1006" src="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/6_cook.jpg" alt="6_cook" width="676" height="507" /></a> <ol start="8"> <li>Make the above balls into flat shape like <em>puris</em>, using your palms.</li> </ol>   <ol start="9"> <li>Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the flattened balls on a low flame, till it turns golden brown on all sides.</li> </ol> <a href="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/7_cook.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1007" src="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/7_cook.jpg" alt="7_cook" width="678" height="508" /></a> <ol start="10"> <li>Your <em>Pithas</em> are ready! Serve warm!</li> </ol> <a href="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/9_ccok.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1009" src="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/9_ccok.jpg" alt="9_ccok" width="685" height="513" /></a> Try this sweet dish that is an integral part of the Odia cuisine, and trust me when I say you will not be disappointed.

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