Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Gharge (JFI - Jagery)

It is the time to binge (on oily stuff)... I shall (happily) do away with all the 'low fat', zero oil food, sit back, and eat all the deep fried snacks with nothing to mar my conscience! Ok, so I shall go on a diet after ALL the sweets are exhausted....
Everywhere that one goes , pumpkins meet the eye.. Halloween time! To me it means making Gharge, pumpkin puri. This is a deep fried Indian flat bread which has for it's main ingredient- pumpkin.
I got some nice pumpkin at the Farmers Market.. it was so bright and colorful, I was almost sorry to have cut it up to grate it for making Gharge!But it was great work out for the arms!
Take :
2 cups Grated pumpkin
1.5 cup grated jaggery (this makes it mildly sweet, the original taste)
1/2 cup Farina (rawa/ sooji)
1/2 cup rice flour
Pinch salt
Wheat Flour
1/4 tsp. Cardamom powder
1 tsp ghee
Oil for deep frying

Grate the pumpkin

Grate the jaggery
In a heavy bottomed wok or saucepan, add the ghee, pumpkin and cook it, when it is almost done, add the jaggery. The mixture will look like so...

Cook the above mixture well and once the jaggery melts , switch off the heat. Add about a tsp. of oil, add in the Farina and rice flour , mix well , cover and keep for around 2 - 3 hrs.
Add wheat flour, Now add as much as you can to make a nice chapatti like dough.
Take a small ping pong size ball, but instead of using a rolling pin, use a plastic cover, keep the dough ball in between and flatten it with your palm.
Deep fry till a lovey golden color. Drain on a tissue.

This is also my entry for JFI hosted by Kay (Towards a Better Tomorrow)
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  1. WOW! great recipe with pumpkin ..never hear this typr recipe with pumpkin..though similar look a like sweets we do and we call "ARESELU" in telugu. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Hi,
    Nice pumpkin deep fried pan cake. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow manasi..... never heard of somehting like this..... though ppl at home are not too fond of pumpkin, but I guess this shouldn't be a problem :)

  4. Hi Meena : Thanx! Guess I need to look up Areselu....I'd luv to try a new variation!
    Hi Menu Today : Thanx for visiting!
    Hi Rooma: I used to feel that pumpkin is a boring type of vege.! but this is a nice preparation, and more over lasts well... can be used to pack at picnics etc. too!

  5. Interesting one, apt for the JFI's jaggery theme at Kay's this month. Diwali ho gaya and you still deep frying? Especially after all those goodies you made - chevda, chakli and the rest!
    Im sure you had a wonderful time...

  6. wow Meena, that looks so nice. I have a small pumpkin at my home, will give it a try.

  7. sorry there was a typo error in your name.

  8. Hi Nandita... Thank u.. and yes.. I was celebrating even after Diwali.. my parents flew down to Caifornia, to be with us, just for the festive season! I had a FAB! time...

    Hi Lakshmi, Thanx, do try this...

  9. Hi Manasi,
    Let me introduce Sangeeta Ambekar..staying in Sunnyvale CA.
    Recently visited your blog..must say, nice presentation and wonderful keep posting more !!
    By the way, where is CA do u stay?? U work here?? R u Kannada??
    Will sure try out the Gharges...
    U can mail me at
    Take Care !

  10. Hi Sangeeta, Thanx for visiting and ur kind words... I am in Torrance.. and waiting for my work permit :) Yes I am a Kannadiga, but cannot speak fluently (maybe just to save my life :D) but understand a lot better! Do try the Gharge and let me know how they turn out!

  11. Manasi, Very nice post + pictures! I have been looking for a good recipe for gharge and yours is truly the best one I've come across. Thank You for sharing! Smita

  12. can u please tell me how to pack this when travelling.i am tavelling from canada to orlando and staying there for 5 days

  13. Anonymous: U can pack them in a ziplock or a lunch box

  14. Hi,i tried this gharge recipie yesterday but it did not come out well.I followed the exact procedure at all stages.But when i tried to fry the gharge they dint get fried properly n started breaking and disintegrating. Somehow i fried 1-2 and checked if they are done but they seemed a total failure..Also they had absorbed lot of oil.So i just stopped making any furthur.Can u pls tell me where i cud have gone wrong..? I think the recipie u have mentioned to add the rava and riceflour to the hot pumpkin-jagerry mixture..that might be the reason for failure..Can u pls tell me any other alternative way/recipie to use up the dough..? because i do not want to waste it..I have refrigerated it.Thnks.Awaiting ur reply.


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