Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Gokul pithe is a traditional Bengali dessert. This is prepared during Makar Sankranti / Poush Sankranti along with puli pitha or vapa pitha, dudh puli and  patishapta. Along with Poush Parbon, many people also prepare Gokul Pithe for Janmashtami. Like most of the Sankranti desserts, Gokul pitha is prepared with a stuffing of grated coconut and as these are kept in sugar syrup for some time. As a result, Gokul pithe becomes very soft and melts in your mouth with all its sweetness. I prepare this not only during pujas, but also in other traditional lunch/dinners as desserts. Most of my non Bengali friends confuse this with malpoa. But after the first bite, they understand that this is not malpoa, but another delicacy from Bengal which has no comparison. This yummy dessert can be easily prepared at home with little effort. The only thing that takes time is preparing the coconut stuffing. If you are aware that guests are coning, keep the stuffing ready and prepare fresh when guests are in. Learn how to make Gokul pithe from the following description.

A Bengali traditional dessert recipe prepared from coconut and flour and made during Makar Sankranti
Gokul Pithe

Gokul Pithe - Ingredients:

Grated coconut – 1 ½ cup
Dates jaggery – ¼ cup
Milk powder – ½ cup
Regular flour – 1 cup
Milk – 1 cup
Ghee – 1 tsp
Soda bi curb – ½ tsp
White oil or ghee
For syrup:
Sugar – 2 ½ cup
Water – 2 cup

How to make Gokul Pithe:

At first mix grated coconut and ¼ cup dates jaggery in a pan and put it in low flame. Stir well for 5 minutes and take out from flame and add milk powder. Mix it well and the stuffing of gokul pithe is now ready.
Take water in a heavy bottom pan and add sugar. Now boil it for 7-8 minutes in high flame to get a thick syrup.
Now in a bowl mix flour, soda bi curb and ghee. Then add milk and make a smooth batter and keep it aside with lid for 15 minutes.
Make small balls from the coconut mixture and put it on your plum. Then flatten it by pressing with the other palm to make it look like patty. Now heat white oil or ghee in a deep pan. Dip the coconut patty in the batter and deep fry it.
Keep the fried patty on a tissue paper to soak the excess oil. While these are still hot, immerse into sugar syrup and keep it for 10 minutes.

Gokul pithe is now ready. Enjoy sankranti with this traditional Bengali sweet delicacy.....

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1 comment:

  1. Really very nice Dish! I had been learning to cook this dish and finally made it yesterday. I first ate this dish at my friends house after drawing muggulu or Rangoli designs during the festival of pongal last month.

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