Today we are going to Chattisgarh which is situated at the central part of India. Chattisgarh was separated from Madhya Pradesh in 2000 and shares it boundaries with Orissa, Jharkand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Three years before when we went to Shirdi, we stayed at a hotel in Bijapur on our road trip. I am a person who is not very much interested in geography and so didn’t know that Bijapur is in Chattisgarh. Now when I was going through the map of India for the sake of this marathon, I realised it.
Jalebi and petha are quite popular here. At first I selected a recipe from a blog which had only Chattisgarhi recipes and then saw that so many of my fellow marathoners are referring to the same blog. So I had to change the dish. When I was going through the specialities of Chattisgarh, one site mentioned about gulgule. Gulgule are small wheat flour based sweet fritters and are common in many states of North India. As Chattisgarh shares boundary with many states, its cuisine surely is infuenced by all the neighbouring states. So I selected Gulgule. These are quite easy to make and look so cute with a small tail. Small quantity of batter is pinched and dropped in hot oil and cooked until nicely browned. They taste so delicious when served piping hot with a cup of coffee.
Recipe Source: Manjula’s Kitchen
Makes 2 dozens of small gulgule
Wheat Flour-1/2 cup
Fennel Seeds-1/2 tsp
Curd/ Yogurt- 2 tbs
Oil-To Deep Fry
1. In a bowl mix together all the ingredients except water.
2. Mix water by tablespoons and for a thick batter.
3. Heat oil in a pan.
4. Take small portion of the batter in your hand and drop tiny balls into medium hot oil.
5. If the oil is too hot, the gulgule will turn very dark brown and the centre will be raw. So fry on medium heat.
6. When the colour is brown, remove the gulgule from oil and transfer to a serving plate.
7. Relish it while still hot along with a cup of coffee.
Take all the ingredients in a bowl.
Mix tbs of water to make a thick batter.
Drop it into oil and deep fry until brown. Enjoy with a cup of coffee..