Monday, 12 January 2015

How to make Bengali chirer pithe or chirer ros puli:

Chirer puli pithe or chirer ros puli is another variety of puli pitha that Bengalis prepare at home during Sankranti. The process of making chirer pithe is very similar to the process of making puli pithe from rice flour.

Chire is the Bengali name of flattened rice or bitten rice which is also known as Poha or chiwda in India. This flattened rice is very popular in India as breakfasts and snacks. Flaked rice or pounded rice rich in carbohydrates retaining all the qualities of rice.

Poha is a very versatile ingredient and soaks water and milk very easily. Like other parts of India, Bengalis also prepare different dishes with poha. Chirer pulao is one my favorite. Chirer puli pithe or chirer ros puli is a dessert prepared during Pous parbon. Learn how to make chirer pithe from the easy steps mentioned below.

chirer pithe fried and dipped in sugar syrup to make chirer ros puli
Chirer Ros Pithe Puli

Ingredients:

Chire – 1 cup
Milk – 1 cup
Chenna (paneer) 100gms
Flour – 2-3 tbsp
Sugar – 1 cup
Grated coconut – 1 ½ cup
Dates jiggery – ½ cup
Water – 2 cup
White oil or ghee

Chirer Puli Pithe Before Frying and dipping in sugar syrup
Chirer Puli Pithe Before Frying

How to make chirer pithe puli:

At first, take 1 cup of chire and clean with running water. Now soak chire into 1 cup milk and keep aside for 1 hr.

Mix grated coconut and ¼ cup dates jaggery in a pan and put it in low flame. Stir well for five minutes and take out from flame. The stuffing is now ready.

After 1 hr take a mixing bowl and gently smash the soaked chire and add chenna. Mix it very gently and add 2-3 tbsp flour. Actually flour helps to bind chire and chenna. Now you will get smooth dough.

Now, make small balls from the dough and spread each ball in your plum so that it looks like a small bowl. Stuff the coconut mixture and fold it in a way so that it looks like a half circle. Seal the edges properly. Your pulis are now ready (see the picture above). To know more details on how to make puli pithe, visit my puli pithe recipe.

Now take a large vessel and pour sugar and water in oven to make syrup.

When the syrup is ready, heat oil or ghee in a pan and deep fry the puli till golden.

Then immerse all pulis into the syrup for 30 – 45 minutes. Chirer pithe is now ready to serve.

Enjoy this Sankranti with your near and dear ones with all kinds of traditional Sankranti desserts and snacks and meals. To know more about Bengali Sankranti special recipes please visit the following posts:

Happy sankranti and happy cooking J

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