We are again in the festive mood, getting geared up for the festival of lights "Diwali". Like all Indian festivals offer, Diwali also treats all our palettes with an array of sweets and savories. It brings back memories of our moms starting to make different sweets and snacks before a week or two in preparation for the festival. And the best part its just not what you make at home, you exchange it with friends and neighbors to taste their share too. So apart from the fireworks, lighting up the place its time to go overboard on fun food delicacies.
Heres one such common sweet made at our homes. If you havent ever tried these, this is the perfect time to make some.
Prep Time: 20 mins
All purpose flour: 1 cup
Water: 1/4 cup (more or less)
Oil: 2 tablespoons
Salt: a pinch
Oil to deep fry
Coating (Sugar Syrup)
Sugar: 1/2 cup
Water: little less than 1/4 cup
* To get the exact color on the coating, you would have to use the white sugar, rather than organic raw sugar or brown sugar.
Heat the water in the microwave for 30 secs. Add salt to the all purpose flour. Pour the lukewarm water and make a medium soft dough. Pour the oil and smoothen as you work a little more on the dough. Make medium sized balls and flatten it out like you would for a roti. Then make strips and run the knife along to make diamond cuts all over (just like shown in the picture).
Heat some oil to deep fry these cuts. Turn each one over until puffed and lightly brown. Drain the excess oil onto a paper towel and keep aside to cool.
Now heat the sugar and water in a pot to make the syrup. Once the sugar has fully melted. Turn off the heat and toss the cooled diamond cuts in this sugar syrup. Let it just coat and move it onto a tray or a plate and let it cool. As it cools the sugar turns white.
* If you put the fried cuts into the sugar syrup before it fully cools, it will become soft and can lose the crunch.
The diamond cuts are ready to eat. Store them in a airtight container and can last upto a few weeks.