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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gokul Pithe - Makar Sankranti Special Bengali Sweet

                                                                            
Pithey is one of the most traditional sweet /dessert that we Bengalis prepare on the occasion of Poush Sankranti. Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival which is widely celebrated across various parts of India and given various names. We Bengalis prepare a lot of traditional Bewgali sweets, specially made with 'palm jaggery', 'rice flour', coconut and milk.


 I have learnt this from my mother who every year on Sankranti used to make this delectable sweet along with Patishapta, Nolen Gurer Payesh and both me and my sister would wait in the kitchen to grab the first hot gokul pithey.


Ingredients:
For  the Outer Coating / Batter-:
1 cup All purpose flour
2 tbsp Sooji
3-4 tsp Ghee
1/4 cup Milk
Pinch of salt


To make the outer coating:-
Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and make a thick batter. If you find the batter too tight , then sprinkle little water but remember batter should be thick. Keep aside. 






For the Filling:
2 cups grated Coconut
1/2 Palm jaggery (optional)
2-3 tsp Sugar
1 cup Kheer (boil 1 1/2 litres of milk in a saucepan and stir occasionally till it reduces to 1 cup)


To make the filling-:
Melt palm jaggery in a kadhai on low flame, stir continuously to avoid burning from bottom and add coconut. Continue stirring for 5-6 minutes, add kheer, sugar and keep stirring till the mixture becomes dry and sticky. Remove from heat and let it cool down. 


This is how Palm jaggery (/khejurer /patali gur) looks like




For syrup:
3 cups 
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2-3 Cardamom pods
Pinch of saffron strands


To make syrup:-
Mix sugar and water in a heavy bottomed pan on low heat and bring it to boil. Stir continuously until sugar dissolves completely, add cardamom pods and saffron strands. When the consistency of syrup is single string, remove from heat. The ugar syrup is ready.


To make Gokul Pithey:




Divide the palm jaggery-coconut mixture into 18-20 small balls. Slightly flatten the balls, dip in flour batter and immediately immerse the flatten ball into piping hot oil in a frying pan. At a time you can fry 2-3 flatten balls and deep fry until golden brown. Take out the fried ones and dip them into sugar syrup. Repeat the process until all the flatten balls are finished in the form of Gokul Pithey.

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62 comments:

  1. sweet looks delicious and very soft.

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  2. Yum ...looks so delicious and nice clicks

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  3. I remember the ladies from the Benagali community making them and distributing to us during Sankranthi. It has been many years since I had them. Thanks for sharing this one Deepa.

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  4. This looks so mouthwatering ...yum!

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  5. this is so new to me, never geard of it... looks very very interesting :)

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  6. Hey, I didn't know Makara sankranti has a special sweet too, we celebrate this with simple pooja.
    Great dish, love anything with jaggery :)

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  7. Slurp!!! Absolutely mouthwatering!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  8. So tempting sweet dear......superb

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  9. This is totally new to me..I wud love to try it!

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  10. Wow Deepa is so inviting with all the sugar syrup and all....YUM. Can i join u :D

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  11. Awww...this looks so pulpy, sugary and wow!!
    I've never heard about this even but I'm sure in love with Bengali sweets even more now. :)

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  12. This looks lovely and amazing. Never heard about this before. Yummy....

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  13. Simply mouth watering dear!!!!

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  14. This is quite a new sweet to me. nice traditional one

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  15. This recipe is so good...Mouthwatering Dear..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  16. Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting dish..

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  17. uff ki bhalo bhalo ranna korcho tumi Deepa. dekhei lobh hochhe.

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  18. This is new to me,mouthwatering..thanks for sharing..

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  19. Droolworthy.......thanks for sharing .

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  20. Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting Bengali special..excellent.

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  21. Mouth watering authentic dish. Looks awesome.

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  22. looks amazing and delicious...heard about this...but never had this....i wish I could now...is palm jaggery different from regular?

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  23. New dish to me..looks absolutely delicious! :P

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  24. This is new to me, looks delicious and i am mouthwatering

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  25. What a wonderful treat! It sounds delicious!

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  26. I have been collecting few traditional recipes for the past one month. Thanks for sharing now. I am book marking this to do.

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  27. Wow that is the first time I am hearing about this dessert - looks delightfully delicious!

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  28. A traditional and authentic recipe...looks very delicious.

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  29. love bengali sweets... this looks yummy and tempting.

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  30. New to me !! looks very tempting !!

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  31. This sweet looks so delicious I am sure it tastes as good as it looks.Thanks dear for sharing this traditional dish with us.

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  32. Plate theke tule kheye nite ichchce korche, Deepa, konodin try korini, ekhuni banate ichche korche, jeve jal asche je...darun dekhte hoyeche

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  33. this is a new sweet for me and sounds great

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  34. delicious and very tempting..never tried this before..bookmarked it .will try this soon..lovely clicks and great recipe dear!!

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  35. didn't know you are a Bengali and that Bengalis make mithais other than Paneer's...this looks such mouth watering.

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  36. Sankranti sweets make me drool.Nice recipe dear. Pithe is one I have never tasted till now. Must try for a special occasion.

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  37. I ve seen in another Bong blog this one, very delicious looking sweet!

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  38. Ma always raved about Gokul pithe, never had the opportunity of eating them, you see Ma made pithes but the non- gur variety, here in Bombay we are depended on friends who visit Calcutta often and take pity on us and occasionally give us some gur which is quite rare.

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  39. New sweet for me...sounds truly tempting.

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  40. Wish you a Happy Sankranti too. Loved the Bengali sweet.

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  41. Very nice , new to me. looks yummy.

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  42. Palm jaggery is not something that I am familiar with- very interesting.

    Enjoy your holiday!

    Velva

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  43. I am glad to present you some awards, please get them at your leisure time dear.

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  44. Very new to me...looks like melt in mouth...drool worthy recipe...

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  45. Darun baniyechho gokul pithe. Dekhe to lobh lagchhe. Ufff khide peye gechhe. Chhobi dekhei pet bhorate hobe.
    Shomoy pele amar blog e esho.

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  46. Gokul Pithey looks awesome Deepa!! Mouthwatering, truly! Thanks dear for all your comments on my posts - as I was travelling and then back to the crazy routine I couldn't not respond to any of them. I am waiting to check your previous posts!

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  47. Looks really traditional and delicious.

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  48. Thanks all for the lovely comments...

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