Grandma’s cook book! Sukhdi (Gud papdi) by Laxmiben Shamji Gala

absThe best sukhdi I have eaten in my life was in the Mahudi. If you are from Gujarat then you must have been there. There is the Jain temple in the Mahudi (a small town in Gujarat) where you will get sukhdi there as a prasad.

In that temple, the texture of the sukhdi is the best. They serve the warm sukhdi. Ghee is floating from the sides and top. Devotees offer sukhdi to god. After the offering, it is consumed by devotees within the temple premises. Tradition forbids the carrying away of such offerings outside premises. Why is that? It was and is still a mystery to me.

Wheat flour- 1 cup (150 gms)
Grated Jaggery- 1/ 2cup (125 gms)
Ghee- 1/ 2cup (125 gms)
Almonds- 5 to 6 finely chopped Green Cardamom Powder- 1/ 4 tsp
Nutmeg – 1

Brush the plate with ghee. Grate the jaggery finely and chop five to six almonds finely for garnishing. Put a pan on flame to heat. Pour a little less than ½ cup ghee into it and save the rest. Melt the ghee. Add 1 cup wheat flour to it.

Roast the flour till it is golden brown in colour. Keep the flame low and medium. Flour is roasted and fragrant. Ghee has separated from the flour. Flour is ready. Turn off the flame. Stir the flour at regular interval, because the pan heats up from the base. If not stirred, the flour will burn at the bottom. Let the flour cool. We need to add jaggery to the flour only when it cools a bit. Take ¼ tsp cardamom powder. Or you can add four to five cardamoms peeled and ground cardamom. Take one whole nutmeg and grate it or take a pinch of nutmeg powder. Mix well. Place the wok on stand. Now the flour has cooled down. Take 1/ 2 cup grated jaggery and add to the flour. Mix it well till the jaggery melts and mixes well with the flour. Flour and jaggery are now mixed well. Put the mix out in the plate that was brushed with ghee. Press it well and spread evenly. Spread finely chopped almonds over it. Fix them well by pressing with spoon. Now mark it. You can keep the pieces big or small as desired. Let it cool then cut and separate the pieces.

Cut it as desired. Take out the cut pieces. Scrumptious Gud Papdi is ready to be served. It is very easy to prepare this scrumptious Gud papdi.

As told to Harsha Wadhwani
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