After an addictive snack from Maharashtra, it is time to take a quick peek into Manipur, another North Eastern state for a unique dessert.
One thing which strikes a chord about Manipur is their famous Manipuri dance. It is mesmerizing, to say the least!
Anyway, coming to the research of vegetarian dishes, it was very hard for me to lay my hands on some authentic vegetarian dish. Luckily, I finally found this unique dessert which is very popular in Manipur.
This dessert calls for fried chickpea dumplings soaked in sweetened milk. I agree that our palates need some adjustment to appreciate this dessert. But my little one (so was I) was intrigued and enjoyed consuming this dessert!
Check if you are adventurous enough to taste this while I travel to the neighboring state of Meghalaya, which gave me an equally hard time figuring out their vegetarian options :).
Recipe Source - here
Besan / Chickpea Flour 1/2 cup
Salt a pinch
Baking Soda a pinch
Milk 2 cups
Nuts (as needed to enhance the taste)(I added Cashews and Almonds)
Sugar 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp (divided use)
Tej Patta 1 small
Coconut, grated 2 Tbsp (Optional)
Oil to deep fry
Method Of Preparation -
In a mixing bowl, add besan, salt, baking soda, a teaspoon of sugar, and knead into a stiff dough adding as much water as needed.
Heat the oil in a frying pan.
Make small lollipop size round pieces of the dough and gently slide them into the hot oil.
Fry them all until they are golden brown.
Remove onto paper towel to drain excess of oil.
Boil milk and sugar adding whatever nuts you prefer. Also add in the Tej Patta for the authentic taste!
Add in the fried besan pieces and coconut (if using) into the simmering milk and remove after about 3-4 minutes.
Garnish with more nuts and serve hot or cold.
Preparation Time 20 min
Makes 2 cups