Rotana (Sweet Flour Dumplings) is a traditional Garhwali sweet. No celebration of Uttarakhand is complete without it.
|Preparation Time:||40 minutes|
|Wheat Flour||1 cup|
|Sugar or Gur||1/4 cup|
|Small cardamom (elaichi) powder||1/2 tsp|
|Desiccated Coconut||2 tbsp|
|Powdered Sugar||To Garnish|
- Make syrup of sugar with 1/4 cup of water (or less) just to dissolve the sugar. Keep aside to cool.
- Rub the ghee in wheat flour.
- Keep aside 2 tbsp of syrup. Mix flour, elaichi powder, remaining sugar syrup, milk and coconut and make a tight dough like mathari. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
- Knead the dough again. Add some more milk if it’s too hard.
- Make small walnut size balls from the dough using oiled hands.
- Fry on medium heat till brown. If the oil is not enough hot, the dough will start spreading in the oil. Even if the oil is hot enough, some of the balls will get a crack and that’s fine. Drain them on paper towel.
- Garhwali Rotana (Sweet Flour Dumplings) is ready.
- To serve, drizzle the fried balls with the remaining syrup. Top it with some desiccated coconuts and powdered sugar.
- If you are using sugar, there is no need to make a syrup. You can powder the sugar and knead it with wheat flour directly.
- Garhwali Rotana (Sweet Flour Dumplings) is crisp from outside and soft from inside.
- You can change the flavor as per your liking. Saunf is a great substitute for elaichi.
- You can even top it with roasted sesame seeds.
- In Kashmir there is a similar dish called Roth. In that wheat flour is kneaded with sugar, saunf and ghee. Biscuit shaped dough is made and brushed with dahi. Then sugar crystals are sprinkled on top along with poppy seeds and chopped nuts. The nuts are pressed in the dough and then they are fried.
- In Bihar, a similar recipe is called Thekua, which is made in the shape of a mathri and some patterns are made on both sides.