Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes Blog turns ONE - Celebrating with Ghevar - घेवर

Hello Friends,


Wow, I was only dreaming to be writing this post when I used to read other people celebrating their milestones. But, here it is, time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I started this blog and already 1 whole year has passed. 


I have to start this post by saying thank you to all of you, my regular and some not-so regular blog readers who come and encourage me with your great words and motivate me. If you were not there, I wouldn't have seen this day and might have lost interest in it completely after few posts. Thanks Rupali for asking me to check out her blog which inspired me to start my own.


Let's see what else, a few milestones and other things I achieved that I would like to list.


My First/Second Post (first post was just introduction) - Choorma
My 100th Post - Started an event called Veggie/Fruit A Month, which has been a great success due to all my fellow bloggers
My 200th Post - Celebrated with Kesariya Peda


I started my very first event Veggie/Fruit A Month event in June 2010, then started an event called Bookmarked Recipes - Every Tuesday on 3rd August 2010, which I now co-host with US Masala, who is a wonderful friend of mine. I hope to receive your continuous encouragement and feedback on everything I blog about and I will not let you down and make you visit me again and again.


It is now time to celebrate it with something I made. Everyone usually makes sweets for celebrating. I wanted to make something Rajasthani, whether sweet or not. But, then I was like why not go for sweet itself as that seems to be the trend.


I am not sure how many of you have even heard of it. It is called GHEVAR. This is the most made sweet, actually not so made at home at all, as it is little tricky and you get it very commonly anywhere. So, people celebrate festivals by buying this. It is a sweet you MUST try, if you ever visit any of the cities in Rajasthan. Don't come back without trying it.


I have tried this recipe (of course I had to use a recipe from someone as I probably could not even dream of making it from scratch at home all by myself, know what I mean) from a blog I am very fond of called Nisha Madhulika. Please do visit her blog for video of how to make it as it is a bit tricky. I am just going to re-write the recipe as I want it to make it part of my blog and efforts too. Visit her blog as she has answered lot of questions from readers like mine and you will be benefited, if you really want to try making this.


I envy many of you who have great cameras and wonderful photography skills. I have good camera but, not so good at imagining and placing my food properly with appropriate props. So, here is what it looks like.




Ghevar - घेवर (A Western Indian Fried Sweet made with All Purpose Flour and Milk)
Ingredients
For Ghevar Batter
Maida (All Purpose Flour) - 1.5 cups
Milk (cold or room temp) - 1/2 cup
Ghee (Clarified Butter) - 1/2 cup for mixing the batter and about 3-4 cups for frying ghevar
Water - 2 cups
For Sugar Syrup
Sugar - 1.5 cups
Water - 1 cup
Preparation

  • I used my Kitchen Aid, but feel free to use your hand and whip or your mixer or anything to mix the batter.
  • Take milk and 1/2 cup ghee and mix (whip) nicely for 2-3 minutes
  • Now, add all purpose flour and mix well till there are no lumps.
  • Add water little by little and mix it well into a smooth consistency. If you take in a spoon and try to drop on a plate, it should be thin (check Nisha's video).
  • Now, heat the rest of the ghee in a small pan (usually the size of the ghevar you want to make). 
  • While the ghee is heating, make the syrup in the side and let it cool.
  • To check if the ghee is hot or not, drop little batter and make sure, it immediately comes on the top.
  • Now, take a big spoonful (about 1/3 cup sized) of batter and slow and steady start poring it right in the middle of the pan with ghee. You will immediately start seeing lot of bubbles, let them all subside.
  • Now, add another spoonful (only after bubbles are subsided, about 45-60 seconds) right in the middle and let bubbles come and subside.
  • If the middle of the pan is crowded by now, take a very thin spoon and with its end (or if you have a knife set, you can use the knife sharpener) and push the batter from the middle of the pan to the sides.
  • Continue this process till you have reached the desired thickness of ghevar. I only did 5 spoonfuls for one ghevar.
  • Now, reduce the flame to medium and let the ghevar cook till nice golden color (about 2-3 min.)
  • No need to flip it, as soon as you see golden brown spots on the top, drain it on a paper towel or plate. Keep it slanted to get rid of excell ghee.
  • Once it is slightly cooler, dip it in sugar syrup (for about 5-10 seconds) and drain it on another plate. Continue this process for all ghevars. I could make 4 from my batter quantity given above.
  • Once all syrup is drained, feel free to save in air-tight contained and use it for upto a week or so.

Serving
Usually, it is served as is. It tastes better, when it is slightly cold. Or, as Nisha suggested. top it with some nice rabri (reduced and thickened milk) and nuts serve. I like to eat it with warm milk, tastes superb :)


Sit back and enjoy and please keep visiting me again and again. That's all for now and take care till next post.

72 comments:

Anu Nandu said...

Congratulations Priya! Ghevar looks awesome!

Keep going with all the authentic recipes - wishing you many many more years of happy blogging!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Congrats Priya and the sweet luks very nice...

Priya said...

Happy blog anniversary Priya, keep rocking gal..

Ghevar looks soo marvellous and fabulous..

savitha ramesh said...

Hearty congratulations dear and ur blog will grow more than 20 years....lovely dessert..

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

congrats darling..hope to c many many more funfilled years of blogging with more recipes from rajasthan and around the world..ghevar looks perfect...round,falky and porous..like honeycomb...always a hit @ our home with gatte ki curry,dal batti and patod sabji...hugs..

Suja Sugathan said...

Congrats dear..keep rocking!
This sweet is new to me, sounds super delicious

Torviewtoronto said...

happy blog anniversary
this looks delicious beautiful presentation

Vatsala. said...

Hey dear,
Congrats! This ghevar looks yummy. I wish I could eat it right now. Definately going to give it a try.
Can you pls give the link of Nishas vedio?

Reshmi said...

hey priya! Congrats and I wish u many more years of blogging.. Ghevar looks yummy..

Anshu said...

Simply Superb...I can't even think of making Ghevar at home..
Your Ghevar looks absolutely perfect... and inspiring me to give at least one try in my kitchen :))

Happy Blog Anniversary!!!

Do visit my Rajasthani Blog:
http://anshu-rajasthanicuisine.blogspot.com/

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Happy Blog Anniversary... Keep Rocking!

Deepika said...

Congratulations Priya. Can't believe you actually made Ghevar!! Looks yum. Can't stop my moth from watering.

Smitha said...

congrats!! wishing u many many more! the ghevar looks awesome!!...it looks professional!
Smitha

Vidhya said...

Congrats on the blog anniversary.Though I don't comment here often I come here often,and I love your space as it has a wide array of dishes.I am looking forward for many more wonderful posts from you.

harini-jaya said...

Hey Congratulations!! Never heard about this delectable sweet!! Gr8 click too..

Priya (elaichii) said...

Hearty Congratulations! keep rocking gal!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Congrats on your 1st Blog Anniversary Priya. Your blog is one of the best I have seen. Where is my return gift dear : ) ?

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

aipi said...

A BIG bIG hearty congratulations on reaching the one year mark and that too with such style n success! I totally love how you cook n present the authentic rajasthani recipes..love them all..

Guess what I too had this recipe bookmarked since I saw the masterchef episode..lol..but never could gather enough courage to attempt it. You have made it sooooo perfectly ..I mean nailed it!! And I also loved your presentation..especially loved the beautifully chunari saree:)

Good luck n lots of hugs :)

US Masala

Swathi said...

congrats on your blog anniversary. ghevar looks delicious.

? said...

Congratulations Priya!
And a perfect dish for the post!
Last time I had it was in Delhi during a festival time; could not have enough of the sweet.
Thankyou for sharing the recipe; bookmarked!

Nithu Bala said...

Congrats Priya:-)
Thanks for the grevar recipe..

My attempt at The Julie/Julia project said...

Happy blog anniversary priya :)
First of all that gheva looks so amazing :) and secondly i love the backdrop of dupatta :)

Kurinji said...

Congrats!!! Wish u many more!!!

kurinjikathambam

Aparna S Mallya said...

Congratulations on completing a whole year of blogging, Priya. May yr blog prosper for many many more years!!

Madhavi said...

Congo congo..Happy Anniversary to your blogbaby...And this Ghevar looks divine, awesome..Keep rocking gal :))

Usha said...

Congratulations Priya ! Looking forward to many more yum recipes from you in the years to come....

I do not think I have ever tasted ghevar, looks and sounds delicious!

Seema Kamath alias Seema Abbas Ali said...

Hey Priya,

Congratulations on completion of one successful year and wish you many more to come. The Ghevar looks just perfect. I have never tasted it. I had seen it in Master Chef India where participants where challenged to make a 3 tier Ghevar cke with different toppings. Yumm...

Regards,
Seema
amchi-bong-konnexion.blogpot.com
seemabbas.blogspot.com

Prathibha said...

Congrats priya....I wish u many more blogging years ahead...
When I saw this first time here in Mumbai,was amazed 2 see the porous looking one...urs also has come out just amazing..I wish I could taste it off the screen right now

Vidhya said...

Hearty congratulations dear...wish you many more years..Ghever looks delicious.

Sanjeeta kk said...

Congrats, Priya! And love the authentic recipe of Ghewar from my native :)

Paaka Shaale said...

Congrats on your milestone priya. The ghevar looks amazing :)

Saras said...

Congrats Priya!! Ghever looks so cute & perfect & it is in my list for long time, will post it soon......

Pushpa said...

Congratulations Priya,wishing you many more happy years,sweet looks delicious.

Cooking Foodie said...

Congratulations on ur blogging anniversary!
The Ghevar looks amazing... I always thought it was one of those things which are difficult to make at home... but urs looks fabulous!

sowmya's creative saga said...

i tasted this once at my brother in laws wedding..and u made this..lovely..yumm..

PALATABLE said...

Congratulations dear! The sweet looks fabulous and your presentation is just amazing. How you get that honeycomb texture?

Shobha said...

Congrats Priya on your blog's first anniversary !
Such lovely ghevar..I am still not able to master this one....will try out with your recipe..

Srivalli said...

Congratulations Priya..Ghevar looks stunning..will surely try this out..:)

Panchpakwan said...

Hi Priya,
Congrats on your milestone dear..Wish you many more and hope to all your delicious rajastani recipes..

Ghevar is new to me but looks delicious..Loved the sari:)

Leena said...

Congratulations Priya on completion of one and wish you many more years to come..Wow ghevar looks so perfect and delicious...

Shama Nagarajan said...

congrats dear....yummy seet..keep rocking

BangaloreBaker said...

Congratulations. The bowl is awesome.
To answer your question, I put up the calories chart. It is about 140 calories per slice if you make 20 slices out of that. There are lot of easy focaccia recipe for a beginner. Try that. It is not hard at all.

Now Serving said...

Heartiest congrats and many many more happy returns and more wonderful recipes from you -:) Ghevar looks totally interesting and yummy - almost thought it was a papad when I saw only the picture :)

Now Serving said...

I have one more thing to add, Priya - props are ok, but the dish should speak for itself and look appealing and yours definitely does that and needs no props. xoxo

divya said...

Congratulations,The ghevar looks fantastic. Superb!!! :)

Shanavi said...

Congrats Priya, Wish u reach many many more milestones like this..This dish totally new tome and it looks porous ,very crisp..sweet..

Sailaja said...

Hey Congratulations Girl. Lovely sweet.

Padma said...

Happy Blog Anniversary Priya. Ghevar looks perfect and very tempting.

Amritha Kalyani said...

ghevar looks delicious.... congrats Priya!!!!!! Wish you great success!!!!!!!

Kiran said...

Dear Priya,

Congratulations on your 1st Blog Anniversary.Loved the presentation of Ghevar,looks very delicious.Wish you many more wonderful and successful years of blogging.

Reeni said...

Congratulations on your year anniversary Priya! Have another great year of blogging. This is a new dish for me - sounds delicious!s

Rujuta said...

Dear Priya...
Heartiest Congratulations on ur blog turning one...
The ghevar looks gr8..yummy and tempting....
First time here and loved ur blog...
Happy to be now following you..
Happy Blogging & Best Wishes
Rujuta
http://theworldaccordingtorujuta.blogspot.com/

निशा मधुलिका said...

प्रिया, ब्लॉग के एक साल होने की बधाई. आपने घेवर बहुत अच्छा बनाया है.

sangeeta said...

Congratulations Priya !!!
What a nice sweet to celebrate a birthday of 'mharo rajasthan blog', this ghrewar is synonymous with the month of sawan in this part.... ghee laden and spongy like honeycomb...i am greedy for this.

Kanchan said...

Congratss babes !!! and what a way to celebrate .. Ghevar .. awesome .. Bookmarked !!

savitha ramesh said...

Priya,
Can I host veggie fruit a month event on october? If so,can I choose the fruit orange?.I am intereted in it.If u r ok,plz reply me.thanks

Fajeeda said...

congrats dear......keep on going for many more yrs......god bless.....ghevar looks awesome....

Priya Sreeram said...

first of all hearty congratulations and wishing u many more milestones Priya !

nivedita said...

Hi Priya,

sorry for delayed wishes.
Congratulations. And all the best for the future also. Expecting more yummy recipes here.
Great work,

Anonymous said...

Congrats Priya on your first blog anniversary,really it's a proud moment and the ghevar recipe you posted to celebrate it was simply great.First time I saw this recipe in master chef india and it was looking so difficult to make,but always wanted to make it and taste it,thanks to you for sharing this recipe.

Yummy Team said...

Never heard of this before..Looks absolutely delicious!!

Kamakshi Prasanna said...

Congrats, Priya. I wish you many more milestones!!Thanks for the wonderful recipes

Pari said...

Congrats Priya,
I'm surely late to wish u on that. The ghevar is something I want to attempt some day but have not dared yet. Looks great with the perfect net.

FOODELICIOUS

Jayashree said...

Congratulations on completing a year.

Anonymous said...

Ghevar very popular Indian Sweets from Rajasthani cuisine. look delicious and mouth watering.

honeybeecooksjackfruit said...

I had not heard of ghevar but it sounds delicious! I will take some with rabri. mmmmm

Happy Blogiversary dear!!!

Archana said...

First I heard of Ghevar was in the movie Akbar Jodha. Then I googled for it but did not dare to try i out. Now Iam tempted to. Will make it on a holiday. Thanks for sharing.

Also I would like to hoast the veggi/fruit foe Nov 2011 which happens to be open. Can I?

SS blogs here said...

Hey Priya!! Congratulations for the 1st anniversary! I remember thinking when I first spotted your blog.. how much you cook and post! And its still true haan! Your enthusiasm is truly infectious!! Thanks for sharing it with us through your lovely blog, Priya! :)

SS blogs here said...

Btw.. your ghevar is quite spectacular!! And that click is just too good!!

Suma Gandlur said...

Priya, I wish you many many more such milestones.
And your recipe has been bookmarked. :)

lamb recipes said...

Priya, My wish for you is to be more successful to your career...

And I am always visited your blog coz you really helps especially to mother's out there

MyLife nSyle said...

I bookmark the recipe nice dear :)

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