In my last post I have written about Sankranti and Pithe festival in Bengal. Here is the link: http://www.mix-and-stir.com/2016/01/patishapta-indian-crepes-with-sweet.html As I said, The best part of this Makar Sankranti is “Pithe” making. There are many different versions of Pithe prepared in different parts of Bengal. One of them is Dudh Puli.
I grew up in a family where Pithe preparation used to run for several days during Makar Sankranti. We have no longer that much time to spare, especially if you are in abroad and don’t have any helping hands. Fortunately this year we had a long weekend and so had some time to pamper our taste-buds with these traditional winter delicacies and recollect the old sweet memory. It was difficult to get the ingredients of best quality here. The main ingredient of Pithe-making is rice powder. The one we get here is not the same one that is used in back home. So I can’t vouch for the authenticity of my dudh puli’s taste. But I can ensure that it won’t be that bad either since my hubby's spontaneous expression after having this dish was “Darun” (simply awesome) !
As the name suggests, this Pithe is cooked in milk. Small dumplings (puli) are made out of rice flour and stuffed with coconut. Then these dumplings are boiled in thickened milk ,sweetened with jaggery. I am sure this sweet recipe will delight everyone at your home. So check out the recipe of Dudh puli and give it a try.
Recipe of Dudh Puli ( Ccoconut Stuffed Rice Dumplings Simmered in Sweetened Milk ) : for 4 to 6 people
For the Shell :
Rice Flour ( better to use Boiled Rice Flour ) : 2 cups
Warm water :
Salt : a pinch
For Filling :
Grated coconut : 1 cup
Sugar : 1/2 cup
Milk Solids : 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder : a pinch
For kheer :
Whole Milk : 1 and 1/2 liter
Sugar : 2 to 3 tablespoons
Date palm jaggery : 1 cup or Sugar to taste
1. Take a pan, add grated coconut and sugar and let it cook over medium heat for around 5 minutes.
2. Add the milk solids and stir to mix it nicely. Add the crushed cardamom and mix it again. Once the mixture comes together and leave the sides of the pan, take it off from the heat. Filling is ready, keep it aside.
3. Mix rice flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Start adding hot water little at a time and mix it. Knead the mixture and make it a soft dough.
4. Once dough is ready, take a heavy-bottomed pan and add the whole milk. Heat it up.
5. In the meantime, make the dumplings. Make some small balls out of the dough. Flatten the ball by pressing your palm. Place a small of coconut filling on it. Fold it and seal all the sides by pressing it.
6. Final step, once the whole milk starts to boil, add the puli ( dumplings ) one by one. Let it cook for 15 to 20 minutes over low flame. Once the dumplings are cooked, they will come up at the surface of the milk.
7. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of rice flour to the milk and stir it ( this step is optional, it helps the milk to thicken ) Add jaggery and sugar to the milk. and stir gently. Simmer the milk for another 5 to 7 minutes. Serve hot or cold.