The very first time I had this yummy snack was from Chennai – from my roommate Reni. Her mom used to prepare this for her every time she came back from home – And I used to finish that up J. I remember getting the recipe from her once and had scribbled it down then. I did not have that note with me but just remembered the ingredients. I knew it wouldn’t go bad as this was something sweet with all my favourite ingredients. Here goes the one with my measurements.
Ingredients:(Serves 2 - 3)
Jaggery -- 1 ¼ cup grated/powdered (adjust as per your taste. This is for ones with sweet tooth like me)
Water -- ¼ cup
Aval -- 2 ½ cup
Grated coconut -- 1 cup
Cardamom powder -- 1 tsp
Ghee -- 2 tbsp (optional)
Chana Dal -- 2 tbsp
Black Sesame seeds -- 1 tbsp
Coconut bites/ thenga kothu -- as required(optional), I did not add this.
Cashew nuts and raisins -- as required, I used 8 - 10 each
In a heavy bottomed pan ,add jaggery with water and let it melt completely. Strain for any impurities and keep aside.
Heat ghee in a pan and add the raisins. Fry until they are blown up. Drain and keep aside.
Add the chana dal and fry until golden brown. Drain and keep aside with the raisins.
Repeat the same with the cashew nuts, coconut bites and sesame seeds one after the other and drain it and keep aside.
Add the aval and fry it until it is crispy. and keep is aside. This step is optional and this will give the snack a crunchy taste if eaten warm and on the same day. If you are planning to save this for later, you can omit this.
Add the jaggery syrup to the pan and cook over low flame until you get one thread consistency (When you lift your spoon, it should flow in without breaks or into a small bowl of water drop a small drop of the syrup and it should not get dissolved.)
At this stage add the grated coconut and mix well. Cook for 2 -3 minutes until it is thick.Add the cardamom powder. Switch off the stove.
Add the aval and mix well until combined. Add the other fried items kept aside. Mix well.
Best if served with sliced bananas.
This stays good over the counter in an air tight container for a week or two. And for couple of months is refrigerated.