All those who read the comment entries on Golu would know that I made a maida (all-purpose flour) sweet for Navaratri. I am calling it “a maida sweet” cos I am not sure what I should call it 🙂 I started out making maida cake, and what I ended up with was not firm like a cake or runny like a halwa. Left with a sweet that tasted awesome (if I may say so) but was shapeless, I decide to roll them into balls and press them down like a peda.
Maida/All purpose flour – 1 cup
Sugar – 1.5 cup
Ghee – .5 cup
Vanilla Extract (or essence) – 1 tsp
Saffron – a few strands (mixed in warm milk)
Dry roast the flour till it gets a nutty flavor.
Add enough water to cover the sugar (about 1/4 cup) and make sugar syrup of one-string consistency. Mix in the flour stirring well, so that no lumps are formed. Add the ghee, vanilla essence and saffron-milk and cook till it separates out from the vessel with bubbles at the edges. This will take about 5-6 minutes in medium flame.
Pour into a ghee-greased plate and cut it into squares once it sets. You know what to do, if it doesn’t set 🙂