Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Using Gud (Jaggery) instead of regular sugar for the syrup in this recipe takes these lovely paras to another level. This recipe is from one of my fav bhabhi, whose an ace gudpara maker. These can be stored in an airtight container for a month or two and is yummy in the winter months. The saunf also gives them a lovely flavour. I usually pop a couple in my mouth after lunch, which satisfies my sweet tooth and the saunf leaves a great taste in the mouth till the evening... this goes amazing with a hot cup of tea too... pure winter indulgence at its best!!

what you need:
- 500gms maida (all purpose flour)
- 1/3 cup (150ml) ghee/oil
- water to knead the dough
- oil for deep frying

for the syrup
- 250gms gud (jaggery)
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp saunf (fennel seeds)
- 1 tsp elaichi powder

1. Combine the ghee into the flour to resemble dry breadcrumbs. Add little water to get a fairly hard dough (not too hard). Knead thoroughly to make the dough smooth.

2. Divide the dough into two. With the first half, roll it out to about 1/2 cm thickness. Using a knife cut out strips of size (1cm X 3-4cm). Deep fry the strips and and drain on kitchen paper. Repeat with the second half of the dough.

3. Combine the gud, water, saunf and elaichi to make a thick syrup. Boil the syrup until it reaches 2 string consistency (Cool a drop of syrup on a plate and stretch between two fingers to see approximately two strings). Basically it should be thick and should be solifying at the edges.

4. Quickly add the paras (the strips) into the syrup to coat them evenly and spread them onto a tray to solidify. When cool, store in an airtight container. Eat whenever you like :), makes about a kilo of gudpara.

Another entry for the RCI-punjab to Richa of As dear as Salt, conceived by Lakshmik of Veggie Cuisine.


Richa said...
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Richa said...

vadhiya ji! thuannu mae dassa atthey NJ gudpara bhi mildae' te' tussi mere picchey sotti lakey daudogey heh!heh! but nothing beats the homemade gudpara, looks absolutely delicious :)
i'm so glad u sent in this authentic punju recipe, thanks!

Sharmi said...

Gudpara looks so mouthwatering. I love sharkarpara too. I hate to make it as I am very lazy but can finish up a whole plate if given. great entry.

bee said...

now send me some.

musical said...

Gudpaare te sakkarpare, ki yaad dilaya tussin! so cool! i love 'em. eveing chai with some gudpare and some namakpare/matar=BLISS!

now, when do i show up for chai :-D.

apne bharjayi ji nu sadda vi shukriya ada karna :).

Richa, am nnot sure if Rachna will run with a sotti, but i might ;).

Ramya said...

hey this is very nice they are looking delicious.nice entry.

Suganya said...

I have tasted this in my friend's house. Never knew how to prepare it. Love the crunch and the sweetness together.

Srivalli said...

they look very tempting....nice recipe...


Asha said...

Jaggery does make everything taste better.Yummy snack Dumela!:))

Coffee said...

This snack is new to me! I agree.... jaggery does take it to the next level!

Hima said...

Hmm.. yummy sweet, want to eat one right now.

Meera M said...


Meera M said...

Wow girl! what mouth watering food you come out with! Great pics too! Im definetely trying your Gudpara. Im so proud of u!

Foodie said...

Those Gudparas are too good. I loved the whole thing about paneer and also the sukhi dal.
Thanks for all your wonderful comments on my blog. I am so thrilled by it.
Yes my name is Pintoo as you asked in one of your comments. I am glad you loved all my recipes. Ya I try to eat healthy vegetarian food.

Rachna said...

richa - sotti lakey... maybe...kinni sari mithaiyan mildi hai jahan tussi rehnde ho...?grrr

sharmi - thank u, its not that complicated

bee - address??

musy - come over anytime, i know we both are chai fanatics...namak paara, uff...sigh

ramya - thank u

suganya - thank u

srivalli - thank u

asha - yeah its yummy alright

cofee, hima, everyone - come over for some tea

meerechi - u made my day

pintoo - keep checking up