Monday, 31 October 2016

Easy-Pesy Diwali Snack/Faral - "Champakali"

When Diwali is right at the corner, we all start preparing for this festival of light. Along with the regular traditional Diwali snacks or faral, every year I ensure to make something with a twist. So this year the regular simple and easy Diwali faral ‘Champakali’ was made with double colour, which gave it a real flower bud look. In fact even I was surprised with the result. It not only looked beautiful but also tasted delicious.  The best thing of this Champakali is that it only looked complicated but actually it's so easy to make that even a child can make it. So I would love to share my easy, tasty and colourful Diwali Faral /Snack ‘Champakali’. In fact it one of my best Diwali Snack dish.


Champakali – Serving 14 pieces – Savory version  

Ingredients:

1 cup – maida
1 tbsp – ghee
Salt to taste
1-2 tsp – chilli pd
1-2 tsp – turmeric pd
1/4 tsp - ajwain or carom seeds (optional)
water for kneading the dough
few drops of green food colour
Oil for frying

Method:

1) Take maida in a parat or bowl.
2) Add salt to taste and mix well.
3) Heat 1 tbsp ghee.
4) Add this hot ghee to the maida.
5) Mix well. Initially use spoon to mix, as the ghee is hot and then use your finger tips. Mix till it resembles the texture of breadcrumbs.
6) Now divide this mixture in two parts.
7) In one part add turmeric powder. Mix well . This mixture will be your yellow dough.
8) To the second part add chilli powder, ajwain/carom seeds (optional) and mix well. This mixture will be your red dough.
9) Knead them both separately with warm water to form a firm dough.
10) Cover them with wet cloth and keep aside for 10 mins.
11) Form small balls and roll them into puris. You can roll out all puris at a time and keep aside and then start forming the champakali. However keep the puris covered with wet cloth.
  


To form the champakali: 

12) On a flat surface place the yellow puri and on top of it place the red puri. Even if the puris are uneven, its ok. You need not worry. 

13) Make vertical cuts on the puris, keeping  1/2 to 1”inch diameter space all over.


14) Hold both the ends and roll these puris together. Twist it tightly to form a Kali shape. 

15) Press both the tips and give it a proper kali or bud shape. 

16) Apply green food colour to one of the tips to give it a look of sepals and an real bud or kali.

17) Now heat the oil for frying and deep fry them on medium flame. 

18) Let it cool and then you can store them in a air-tight container 
19) Serve these cute little Champakali for Diwali or any festive season.
20) The above recipe is a savory version of Champakali.
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Tips for Sweet Version:  


a) If you want a sweet version then omit chilli pd and replace it with red food colour or beetroot juice and knead the dough. Please note by adding beetroot juice, it will give a different shade of red colour, but will add nutritive value.

b) For sweet version instead of salt to taste, just add a pinch of salt or can even omit it completely.

c) Make sugar syrup with 1 part of sugar to 2 part of water.  Boil till it reaches ½ - 1 thread consistency. Add cardamon powder and few strands of saffron. While the syrup is still warm add these champakali and let it soak for a 30 second – 1 mins. And remove it with slotted spoon to drain out the excess syrup.  Keep aside till it cools down completely. Now it's time to store or serve.


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Ingredients: Serving 14 pieces – Savory version

1 cup – maida
1 tbsp – ghee
Salt to taste
1-2 tsp – chilli pd
1-2 tsp – turmeric pd
1/4 tsp - ajwain or carom seeds (optional)
water for kneading the dough
few drops of green food colour
Oil for frying

Method:

1) Take maida in a parat or bowl.
2) Add salt to taste and mix well.
3) Heat 1 tbsp ghee.
4) Add this hot ghee to the maida.
5) Mix well. Initially use spoon to mix, as the ghee is hot and then use your finger tips. Mix till it resembles the texture of breadcrumbs.
6) Now divide this mixture in two parts.
7) In one part add turmeric powder. Mix well . This mixture will be your yellow dough.
8) To the second part add chilli powder, ajwain/carom seeds (optional) and mix well. This mixture will be your red dough.
9) Knead them both separately with warm water to form dough.
10) Cover them with wet cloth for 10 mins and keep aside.
11) Form small balls and roll them into puris. You can roll out all puris at a time and keep aside and then start forming the champakali. However keep the puris covered with wet cloth.

To form the champakali

12) On a flat surface place the yellow puri and on top of it place the red puri. Even if the size and shape of both puris differs, its ok. You need not worry.
13) Make vertical cuts on the puris, keeping  1”inch diameter space all over.
14) Hold both the ends and roll these puris together. Twist it tightly to form a Kali shape.
15) Press both the tips and give it a proper kali or bud shape.
16) Apply green food colour to one of the tips to give it a look of sepals and feel like a real bud or kali.
17) Now heat the oil for frying and deep fry them on medium flame.
18) Let it cool and then you can store them in a air-tight container
19) Serve these cute little Champakali for Diwali or any festive season.

Hope you will enjoy making this in your kitchen. Please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below ....


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