Gulab ani Khavyachi Saatori; a khoya filled sweet poori from Maharashtra

Khavyachi Saatori (खव्याची साटोरी)

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I saw this gorgeous looking delight on a Traditional Maharashtrian food forum I joined recently and had to make it! Ganeshotsav presented the perfect opportunity too. So I bothered some of my Marathi friends by asking for the nitty gritties and they kindly obliged. Thanks a bunch my dear Madhuli and Shweta.They took all of thirty minutes  to make  and under two minutes to get demolished. Yeah,they were that good 😀 I also looked at this simple recipe at the blog Chakali.

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Khoya/mawa/khava was made at home and roasted to an almost chestnut colour and delicately flavoured with rose petals easily available at good grocery stores), cardamom and some crunch was added with semolina and poppy…Mmmmmm

Instant Khoya/khava
(To get half a cup)
Add half a cup of cream and about 3/4 cup milk powder to a heavy bottomed pan and stir cooking over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp of ghee/butter and cook till the mixture leaves the sided of the pan and comes together. You can another tbsp of ghee if the khoya is too sticky.
In case you use sweetened cream (like I did. I used Rich) , keep an eye on the sugar you are adding to the filling mixture later. This khoya can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.
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For the outer covering
(This makes 6 saatoris)
½ cup Maida/Plain flour
½ cup semolina/sooji/rawa
2 Tbsp ghee/clarified butter
A pinch of salt
½ cup of warm milk (use as needed to knead the dough)
Mix the maida and sooji and add the salt. Heat the ghee and add to the mixture. Add the milk and knead a firm dough. Rest it for 15 minutes.

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Meanwhile prepare the filling.

For the filling
½ cup of khoya/khava
2 Tbsp ghee
2 Tbsp sooji/semolina/rawa
½ cup of milk
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp cardamom powder
Powdered sugar as per taste (I added 2 Tbsp)
Ghee to shallow fry

Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed pan ( a non stick pan makes the job much easier) and add the semolina. Roast over low heat to a light brown colour and till it gives a nice aroma. Add the milk and cook the semolina till it is mushy and well done. You may add a little more milk if needed. Add the poppy, and crumbled khoya and cook till well roasted. Add the cardamom powder, powdered sugar and rose petals and cook till dry. Set aside to cool.

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To make the Saatori
Divide the dough into 12 equal parts. Roll out one portion to a disc of 3 inch diameter. Spread a tbsp of the filling over the disc.

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Moisten the edges and top with another rolled disc and press down edges firmly to join the two discs.

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With gentle hands roll out the joined discs to a about 4-5 inch diameter saatoris. Roll out all the saatoris this way. I got 6. To get a neat finish, cut out the edges with a sharp edged katori or cookie cutter like I did.

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Heat a non stick griddle and roast the saatoris till light brown spots appear on both sides.

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Roast all the saatoris and put aside.
Just before serving, heat the griddle and shallow fry the saatoris in ghee till nice, brown and crisp on both sides.
Serve hot.

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Kaala Jamun or Kala Jam

Gulab Jamuns have an elder sibling, called Kaala Jamuns or Kala Jaam. They, vis-a-vis their copper coloured siblings Gulab Jamuns, have a thicker, tougher outer covering,denser inner texture and almost black colour which gives them their name, Kaala meaning black. I saw a beautiful picture of Kaala Jamuns a few days back and wanted to try making them. Played around with my Gulab Jamun recipe this morning and was very happy with the results.
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Ingredients

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For the Gulab Jamuns
Khoya/Maawa/Milk Fudge –1 cup
Chenna/paneer/cottage cheese – ½ cup
Maida/All purpose flour – 2 Tbsp
Corn Flour-1 Tsp
Baking Powder – 1/8 tsp
Ghee – for frying

For the Filling
Khoya-paneer mixture- 2 Tbsp (taken from the khoya-paneer mixture)
Food colour , any – a drop or two( may use a pinch of saffron instead , steeped in a Tbsp of warm milk)
Sugar- ½ Tsp
Cashews, roughly chopped- 1 Tbsp
Almonds, chopped- ½ Tbsp

For the sugar syrup
Sugar – 2 cups
Water – 2 ½ cups
Finely powdered cardamom – ¼ Tsp

  1. Sugar Syrup– Prepare the sugar syrup by mixing the water and sugar and bringing it to a boil. Simmer for a minute. Remove. Add the cardamom powder.
  2. Grate and knead the chenna and khoya separately and mix them.
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  3. The Filling– Separate 2 Tbsp of the khoya and paneer mixture for the filling. Add the food colour, sugar and the chopped nuts. Reserve.
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  4. Jamuns– Add the maida, corn flour and baking powder to the remaining khoya and paneer mixture. Mix well and knead to bring it together. It will be a soft doughy consistency.
  5. Separate into sixteen equal balls. Flatten each and place the filling. Make roundels again. You may keep them round shape them oblong like I did here. The balls should be smooth and free of cracks or they will scatter in the ghee.
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  6. Heat the ghee to a medium temperature- it should not be very hot. I always use a deep saucepan with a handle to fry the gulab jamuns. It is easier to stir them without touching them and there are lesser chances of them breaking. Also it ensures even browning.
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  7. Fry all along on low medium heat. When they reach a copper brown hue, you have gulab jamuns ready.
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  8. To get Kaala Jamun, continue to fry till they reach an almost black colour.
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  9. Once evenly coloured, drop them into the warm sugar syrup. Fry them on low-medium heat throughout. Do not crank up the heat or you will end up with an uncooked centre.
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  10. Soak for some time and serve warm. Kaala Jamuns need to be soaked longer than gulab jamuns as they have a thicker covering.
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  11. They can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two days. Warm them in the microwave before serving.

*You may skip the filling and make them plain
*In case khoya is not available here is an excellent Instant Khoya recipe by my friend and a very innovative cook, Neha Saxena Gulati.

Instant Khoya

Take 1/2 cup heavy Cream (If using Amul cream, refrigerate it for a few hours and use just the top thick cream. Discard the watery part)
And 1/2 Cup powdered milk. Mix both in a microwave safe bowl with a spoon till in incorporates well.
Now microwave it for two minutes. Remove and mix  and microwave again for thirty seconds.
It usually gets done in about 2 minutes and 30 seconds. In case you feel it hasn’t come together, microwave for another 30 seconds. Make sure you don’t overdo it else it might burn. Keep an eye.
The same can be done on stove-top in medium heat, in a non stick pan. Just cook till all comes together.
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I am taking this popular Indian delight to Fiesta Friday# 26 at Angie’s. A big thank you to Prudy and Jess for co-hosting the event ❤
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