Monday, March 25, 2013

GHEEAR / GHEEYAR ( HOLI SPECIAL )


This is a Sindhi sweet traditionally made during the Holi Festival. Sweet shops are loaded with the special sweets during the Festive season. This may not be an authentic recipe of a Halwai, but I am quite happy with the result. Usually the dough is kept overnight for fermenting. But since the weather is cold here I used the instant method by adding a little yeast to it.

Ingredients:
All purpose flour / maida .... 2 cups
Corn starch ......................... 1 tbsp
Yogurt ( sour ) .................. 1 cup
Saffron ......................... a generous pinch
Cardamoms ................ 4-5
Baking powder ........... a small pinch
Salt ................. a pinch ( about 1/8 tsp )
Sugar ............... 2 cups
Yeast .............. 1 tsp ( if making the instant recipe )
Orange food colour
Pistachios & Silver varq for garnishing
Oil ...... for deep frying.

Method:
1. In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, corn starch.
2. Add the sour yogurt and sufficient water to make a smooth batter. Add the colour. Leave it covered overnight for fermenting.
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If you want to make it instantly, add yeast. I have just crumbled the fresh yeast directly into the dough. If you are using dry yeast, take a little lukewarm water, add half a tsp of sugar and put the yeast granules. Leave it for 5 minutes in a warm place for proving. When it becomes frothy it is ready to be added. Mix it into the dough. Leave the dough for 15 - 20 minutes, covered in a warm place and it is ready for use.

3. Meanwhile prepare the sugar syrup. Take sugar in a pan and add one cup water.
Bring it to a boil and add the cardamoms and saffron. Remove the impurities and boil until it is thick.

4. Pour the batter into a plastic bottle that we use for sauces. Or alternately you can also use a plastic bag making a tiny hole in it.


5. Heat oil in a flat bottomed frying pan. It should not be too hot. Pour out the batter to make a big round gheeyar, like you make jalebis.
6. Fry on low / medium flame to make it crisp turning it a couple of times very carefully.

7. Dip them into the hot syrup, remove into a plate and garnish with crushed pistachios and silver varq.
 I have not used silver varq as it is said to be harmful for health.



52 comments:

  1. yummy i like this

    ya jalebis r also kept overnite for fermenting
    i hv yet to try those jalebis

    love this shobha

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  2. I will try with dry yeast..Lets see..

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    1. It will never fail.. do let me know when you make

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  3. Wow very tempting n colorful dish yum...

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    1. Thanks Premlatha .. for Holi it is perfect

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  4. Lovely dish...wish you happy holi in advance..
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    1. Thanks Amrita.. wish you the same

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  5. nice recipe..... super tempting n colorful

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  6. very delicious, and festive! Happy Holi to you.

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  7. yumm color n too good.. Happy Holi

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  8. Totally awesome and fit to holi.
    Thanks for linking with my event

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  9. I don't know this..but looks delicious n orange colour luks great
    Maha

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  10. awesome recipe...very inviting ...love it

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  11. Looks yummy! Today's recipe: http://annarasaessenceoffood.blogspot.com/2013/03/til-chatni-sesame-seeds-powder-chutney.html

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  12. Very festive,colourful and fantastic dish..happy holi.

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  13. Festive dessert... lovely color... Happy Holi...

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    1. Thanks for liking my blog Neela.. will surely visit yours.. :)

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  15. this is totally new to me. looks great

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    1. Thanks.. Veena this is like jalebi

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  16. Hmmm so tempting. I'd love to try that holi recipe. My warmest holi wishes to you and to all Hindu around the world!

    Anne Walker
    http://easyday.snydle.com/holi-wishes-messages.html

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    1. Thanks for your wishes annewalker.. do try it out and send me the feedback.

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  17. I have never heard of this dessert but it looks like jalebi. Very delicious.

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    1. Right you are Nayna.. it is like jalebi but bigger in size.

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  18. you made it so easy and looks delicious.

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