For this edition of Indian Cooking Challenge, Srivalli, upon the choice of Mireille suggested that we make these Meethay Ghodey (Sweet Horses??). Apparently the original recipe is from Zaiqa.
This is a traditional Hyderabadi dessert which is made for festivals. This reminds me of what we used to eat during our childhood - Crunchy Poori crushed in sweetened milk. That is absolute bliss! The additional work involved here was about the shaping the flowers which is time consuming.
I would love to just fry tiny pooris and boil in sweeteened milk. But this was a matter of challenge so I went ahead with the laborious process which resulted in a delectable result!
Wheat Flour ¾ cup
Canola Oil 1 tsp
Salt 1/8 tsp
Water to knead the dough
Oil to deep fry
Milk 1 1/2 cup
Water 1 cup
Sugar 1/2 cup (or more as per taste)
Roasted chopped or sliced Almonds and Raisins for garnish
Method Of Preparation -
In a mixing bowl, add the flour, salt and oil. Knead into a stiff dough adding as much water as is necessary. Cover and set aside for 30 min.
Make 3-4 portions of the dough and roll out thin (as thin as possible) circles. Using a pizza cutter or a knife, cut out one inch squares of dough and pinch the opposite ends to resemble a flower or an 'X'.
Make such flowers with the remaining dough. Let the flowers air dry for a few hours. (I let them dry for an hour. It is recommended that they dry for 6-8 hours).
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry these flowers until they are golden brown. Drain them onto paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
In a heavy bottomed pan, heat water (1 cup) and milk (1 1/2 cups). After the milk boils over add the deep fried dough flowers. Mix well and let it simmer covered for about 10-15 minutes until they are softened. Keep stirring once in a while.
Add sugar and mix. Add more water if you need to cook them more. Once cooked thoroughly, add the shallow fried raisins and sliced almonds. [I added shopped almonds and left out the raisins.]
Let it cool to room temperature. 'Meethay Ghoday' is ready to be served.Preparation Time hr
Makes 2 cups
Makes 2 cups