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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lobongo Lotika : Bengali Sweet



The word Lobongo (Clove) makes me wonder what a wonderful spice it is. It's utility can be judged by the fact that it can be used as a painkiller for toothache. If one is suffering from bad throat then also we look around for these small bullets. I remember during my early years my Mom used to stock the cloves as well as clove oil as home remedy and the best part is unlike allopathic drugs there are no side effects . Mom would always travel  with a small box containing cloves during train journeys as they would add as mouth freshner :-)

Lobongo Lotika  is a traditional Bengali Sweet which has khoya as stuffing  and wrapped like a small parcel then dipped into  thick sugar syrup. Lobongo (clove) is used as a star ingredient here to keep the parcel in place along with imparting its own flavor.


Ingredients:
To Make the Outer dough:
1 cup flour
Pinch of baking Soda
1 1/2 tbsp white oil (moyen)
Water to knead the dough
14-15 Cloves

To make the filling:
250 gms Khoya
Pinch of Clove powder
Pinch of Cardamom powder
Pinch of Nutmeg powder

To make the Sugar syrup:
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Water
2  green Cardamoms

Method:
Start with the sugar syrup, pour sugar and water into a bowl and cook on low heat. Add 2 crushed cardamoms into it and boil the syrup till it starts thickening. Two string consistency is good for this kind of sweet.

Mash mawa with hand and make it into a smooth ball. In a heavy bottomed pan heat mawa without any oil for 3-4 minutes. Add all the powders mentioned below filling section. Keep aside to cool. 



In a bowl add flour, baking soda and mix well. Make a well in the center and add oil and water to mix thoroughly. Make a soft dough and cover it for another 10-15 minutes. Divide the dough into 10-12 equal round balls.

Roll the dough like very small pooris(approx 4 inch), place 2 tsp khoya stuffing in the center and wrap the opposite ends to look similar like rectangles and then fold the remaining two ends to make a square wrap. Seal the center by inserting one clove and prepare the rest of the squares.

 Heat oil in a frying pan and slide 3-4 lobongo lotikas and fry on low heat. Flip frequently so that they turn brown evenly on both sides. Remove from pan once they turn light golden and dip them in sugar syrup. Make sure that both the sides are getting drenched in the syrup. Serve at room temperature.  



41 comments:

  1. Nice presentation..a new sweet for me...looks awesome..

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  2. You made me feel hungry!!!

    We use sweetened-coconut instead of khoya, try sometime ! tastes good

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  3. Ah, so the guess was right - Laung Latika...such lovely pics and patient explanation of steps. YOu rock!

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  4. My cosister makes this, i have tasted this but never tried on my own. And i never know it is a bengali sweet. nicely done and described

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  5. Looks delicious and tempting. Nice clicks. By the how did u get the border font in the last photo? looks nice.

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  6. Labongo latika looks so tasty... daroon korecho.

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  7. lovely presentation and labongo latika looks super delicious and tempting me dear :)

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  8. OMG..i don't want to say anything..just dig in...slurp...yummm..:)

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  9. Loved this recipe!!! I am bookmarking this :)

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  10. OMG! a tempting dish, yummy and delicious.

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  11. Droolworthy sweet, I can finish that plate in one go..looks so tempting :)

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  12. looks amazing, you present it beautifully too.

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  13. I love this sweet, looks delicious!

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  14. wow..looks so so delicious and tempting...wonderful pics n presentation Deepa!

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  15. Never had a chance to try this sweet! Looks cute and yummy!

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  16. OMG! they look absolutley stunning. Your lavanga dabbi(box) reminded me of my mom. Very well presented..

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  17. Long time I had or made this .looks so yum n temping Deepa ....

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  18. i cant imagine how much flavour will this sweet has....yummy

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  19. Lovely recipe and clicks Deepa :-)

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  20. Wow! Lobongo lotika looks absolutely smashing! Lobh samlano jacche na! :)
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  21. wow this sweet looks amazing and so beautifully made and captured on camera.

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  22. Wow!!super tempting sweet,I never know this sweet is a Bengali special...my dad got it from shops sold as Lavanga Lathika...thanks for sharing the recipe....

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  23. Wow..Looks exotic.I always wonder seeing this sweet that how people can be so creative with that clove there..truly amazing Deepa.

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  24. Perfectly made sweet. Looks delicious and as usual, beautiful presentation..

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  25. Lobongo lotika looks very gorgeous and delicious. Perfect baniyechho.

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  26. wow dear, these latikas are so inviting for me as i am having a very bad sweet tooth. never dared to try them. i think now i should try my hands on it.

    do visit me.

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  27. I know Bengali sweets are unbeatable....love this one too very much. I haven't tasted it yet. Good recipe dear.

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  28. O god..y u killing me..Looks osm n delicious Deeps, Fabulously prepared. Kindly visit my new domain and continue ur support as ever..
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  29. I love that sugary glaze on top, have had these long time back :)

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  30. Too good! I have been craving these since Diwali!

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  31. These look like labor of love - gorgeous

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  32. bah! amar portion ta ache ki na? ki khete iche hoche amar ..kemon acho? ..hugs and smiles

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  33. wow these labang latika are simply amazing ! Never tried it, always intimidated by its long process. You have made so perfect !

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  34. Wow...looks like a Mishti phase going on....m really inspired..thanks for posting the recipes...
    Happy Cooking!!!
    Gouri

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  35. Those lobongo lotika look scrumptious. Your photos are making me crave some right away. I did a round up of recipes for the Bengali new year and included this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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