Thursday, October 27, 2016
Gateway to Sikhism
Patisa (Soan Papdi)


1 1/4 cup gramflour
1 1/4 cup plain flour (maida)
250 gms. ghee
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. cardamom seeds crushed coarsely
2 tsp. charmagaz (combination of 4 types of seeds) refer glossary
4 squares cut from a thin polythene sheet


Sift both flours together.
Heat ghee in a heavy saucepan.
Add flour mixture and roast on low till light golden.
Keep aside to cool a little, stirring occasionally.
Prepare syrup simultaneously.
Make syrup out of sugar, water and milk 

Following are the steps shown to make sugar syrup (chashni) in the right way.

  1. Take sugar and water in the ratio of 2 : 1 1/2 unless other wise mentioned.
  2. Put both in a deep saucepan to boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. When the mixture comes to a boil, add 1/2 cup milk.
  4. When a thick scum is formed on the surface of syrup, it is time to strain.
  5. Always use a metal strainer or moist cloth to strain the hot syrup, never plastic.
  6. Put back to boil, checking the consistency required as above.
  7. Check frequently, because once the first thread forms, it proceeds to thicken to the next stages very quickly.
  8. Use as required in the recipe.

Bring syrup to 2 1/2 thread consistency.
Pour at once into the flour mixture.
Beat well with a large fork till the mixture forms threadlike flakes.
Pour onto a greased surface or thali and roll to 1 thickness lightly.
Sprinkle the charmagaz seeds and elaichi and gently press down with palm.
Cool, cut into 1 squares, wrap individually into square pieces of thin plastic sheet.
Store in airtight container.

Making time: 45 minutes
Makes: 20 pieces (approx.)
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