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Praghree By Chef Akanksha Khatri

Praghree

Praghree is a traditional Sindhi sweet made during the Holi festival. Chef Akanksha Khatri shares the recipe for this crunchy sweet.
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Serves

3

Cooking Time

10-15 Min

Meal Type

sweet

Preparation Time

15-20 Min

Difficulty

MEDIUM

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INGREDIENTS

  • For the Dough/Puff pastry

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (maida)

    • ¼ cup ghee

    • water to knead the dough

  • For layering

    • ¾ cup melted ghee

    • ¼ cup refined flour

  • For Sugar syrup

    • 1 cup sugar

    • 3/4 cup water

    • few drops of rose essence

  • Other Ingredients

    • 1 cup mawa

    • ½ cup sugar

    • ghee/oil for frying

    • dried rose petals for garnishing (optional)

    • varakh pistachios for garnishing (optional)

PREPARATION

  1. 1

    In a pan, mix 1 cup sugar with ¾ cup of water, boil the syrup for around 6-8 minutes, or till a thick syrup is made. Put off the flame and add 2-3 drops of rose essence, mix and keep it covered with a lid.
  2. 2

    Heat ghee in a pan. Add mawa and cook for 2 minutes. Add sugar and cook till it melts and forms one homogenous mixture.
  3. 3

    Mix the maida and ghee and knead a stiff dough using water. Let it rest for a 10-15mins.
  4. 4

    Divide the dough into half. Take 1 portion of the dough and roll it in a big thin roti.
  5. 5

    Take 4’inch diameter circular mould and cut out six roundels.
  6. 6

    Place the first roundel on the dusted surface, apply ghee and dust some flour and place another roundel on it, repeat once more.
  7. 7

    Using a rolling pin, gently roll out into a 6-inch roti. Place a heaped tsp (or a bit more) of sweetened mawa in the centre of the rolled chapati. Now dip your fingers in water and gently tap your fingers around the mawa (be careful as not to press the edges.
  8. 8

    Gently fold over the rolled dough, to make a half circled, filled chapati (Like Gujiya). Press the dough around the mawa stuffing (and not around the edges of the half circle). This will be our first Pragree (puff).
  9. 9

    Now heat ghee for frying. Deep fry each puff, one at a time, on the lowest flame, turning intermittently, very gently, till golden brown. Frying on higher flame will leave the puffs undercooked from inside.
  10. 10

    Once all the puffs have cool down completely, simply warm the syrup (just warm) and dip each puff in this syrup. Make sure that the puff is completely coated with the syrup. (You can hold each puff in syrup for few seconds).
  11. 11

    Place the syrup coated puff on a plate and garnish with petals/ varakh/nuts immediately.

STEP BY STEP

Praghree is a traditional flaky sweet that is made in Sindhi households during the festival of colours. This deep-fried pastry is filled with a mouth-watering stuffing of mawa. Once theses deep-fried puffs cool down completely, they are dipped in warm, flavourful sugar syrup.

The traditional flaky and crunchy Praghree is a perfect dessert to celebrate Holi.

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