Elo Jhelo

Traditional Bengali sweet resembling the shape of a star fruit.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons Ghee
  • A big pinch of salt
  • Milk, to knead the dough
  • Oil to deep fry
  • Pistachios and Almonds, Chopped ( for garnish)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 3 Green Cardamom pods, powdered
  • Few strands of Saffron optional

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, salt and ghee in a bowl. Add milk and knead to form a smooth dough. Cover and keep aside for an hour.
  2. Prepare a sugar syrup by boiling sugar, water and powdered cardamoms. Cook the syrup till one string consistency.
  3. Add saffron strands and switch off the flame. Keep aside.
  4. Divide the dough into lemon sized balls and roll them into medium sized discs.
  5. Cut parallel lines on the discs and roll them from one end, bring that end inwards and press the two ends to seal them.
  6. Heat oil in a pan and fry the dough on all sides until nice and crispy. Allow to cool.
  7. Bring the sugar syrup to a quick boil and switch off the stove.
  8. Dip the fried dough in the hot syrup and drain off the excess sugar syrup. Place them on a wire mesh to cool.
  9. Store in an airtight container. Serve Elo Jhelo with a cup of tea.

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