Traditional Indian Food Contest Entry V – Sukhadi!

Shweta Mehta, a holistic Nutritionist, loves to
write about Food & Health posts. She creates new innovative recipes blended
with healthy and tasty components. Her recipe posts can be reached at [email protected].
Let’s hear the recipe of Shweta Mehta in her own version and along with the recipe, she has shared the story behind
the birth of the recipe Sukhadi
and its health benefits.

The Pious Sukhadi

Sukhadi also known as Gol Papdi or Gur Papdi is the only Prasad offered to Shri Ghatakarna Mahavir Dev,
at Mahudi, famous Jain temple. This ancient Jain derasar is one of the most
sacred pilgrim that is nearly 2000 years old. Ghantakarna was a Warrior King
called Tungabhadra in his previous birth. He was the protector of the Satis,
Sadhus, Unfortunate and Devotees from the demons. Because it was this Jain
deity’s favourite, it’s supposed to be very inauspicious to waste even a bit of
Sukhadi. Once Sukhadi is offered to this deity, it is to be consumed and shared
within the temple premises or can be donated to the people around. No pilgrim
is allowed to take it home or out of the premises of the Temple. The Sukhadi
here is the best; I’ve eaten.

In a Guajarati home, this Traditional Sweet is also called as Sukan Ni Sukhadi – as it is considered as an auspicious sweet for
any new beginnings. 

It is often made during Jain Religious festival – Paryushan
or Diwali
. Simple Sweet Homemade Delight
that tastes best when eaten Hot and can be stored in a sealed container at
home.
My Mom occasionally used to fill up my Tiffin box
with a piece of Sukhadi with spicy Sev or roasted Chivda. Sweet and Spicy
combination to snack on for 20 mins recess. As it’s a dry sweet, it’s
convenient to carry without any fuss hence best Travel Food. No wonder she made batches of these for my brother who
worked overseas – yes, this one has Long Shelf Life & is a “Saviour” Food – when you
would not get time to cook food. A small square of this sweet is enough
to keep the hunger pangs at bay for a couple of hours.
I have made this mini platter of Sukhadi to
welcome the lil bundle of Joy in my Family. 
It is made from 3 Simple Kitchen
ingredients – Wheat flour, Jaggery and Ghee {clarified butter}. It is simple
and quick to make. Soft in texture hence simply melts in mouth.
With changing times and to make things
differently – even Sukhadi has been modified by using different flours or
combination and nuts to make it more nutritious and healthy. Herby, I am
sharing the authentic recipe of Sukhadi which was made by my grandma, my mom
and now by me J
Sukhadi Recipe


Ingredients

Wheat Flour – 1/2 cup
Melted Ghee – 1/4 cup
Grated jaggery – 1/2 cup
Procedure
Grate
jaggery or Slice it very finely. There should not be any chunk of it. Grease
a plate with ghee and set aside.
In a Pan, heat ghee and roast the wheat flour on a
medium flame till the colour of wheat flour changes to golden brown and until
you get a nice Aroma. Keep stirring with a spatula to avoid getting burnt. This is the Most important
part or I can say heart of this recipe if perfection in roasting the flour.
Keep the
flame low and add grated jaggery to this and mix well. Mix the jaggery well
with the flour. Switch off the flame immediately to avoid getting your Sukhadi
chewy & hard.
After you
switch off the flame, stir the mixture for a second till jaggery melts
completely.
Put this
mixture into the ghee greased plate and level it with the back of spatula or a
flat bowl. Do it quickly while it is hot.
After 5 minutes, cut it into square or diamond
shape using a knife. Leave it aside for 10 minutes.


You can sprinkle few Julienned Almonds/Pistachios or Cashewnut/Apricot
Halves. Store it in a sealed container and Enjoy.
Health Benefits of Sukhadi
 Instant Energy Booster food
after any Sport.
Regain the lost Energy after
or during any illness or febrile condition.
As it is Nutrient densed, it
is best for growing kids.
 It helps to gain Weight and
Strength for Underweight or Malnourished kids.
Healthy Nutrition for Pregnant/Lactating
Moms that gives Satiety.
 It helps to stay warm on cold
and rainy days.
Saturated Fat in ghee helps increase
your absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K.
 

Dear Readers, please try this recipe at your end and do share your experiences. The pics of recipe is shared by Shweta Mehta, a Food Blogger & a Nutritionist.


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