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How to Make Panjiri for New & Expectant Mothers

  • 1 kg whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
  • 1 kg pure desi ghee
  • 1/2 kg powdered sugar (boora)
  • 250 gm finely ground edible gum raisin crystals (gondh)
  • 25 gm powdered dried ginger powder (saunth)
  • 100 gm puffed lotus seeds (makhane)
  • 100 gm dried melon seeds, water melon seeds, pumpkin seeds (magaz)
  • 50 gm powdered carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 200 gm almonds (badaam)
  • 200 gm cashew nuts (kaaju)
  • 400 gm grated dried coconut
  • 100 gm walnut (akhrot)
  • 50 gm unsalted pistachio nuts (pista)
  • 50 gm Flame-of-the-forest (kamarkas) – optional
  1. Heat 500 gm ghee in a heavy bottomed kadai. Fry all the dry fruits one by one till they turn golden brown – first almonds, then cashew nuts, walnuts, pistachio nuts, lotus seeds and lastly melon seeds. Keep them aside on kitchen paper to drain the excess oil. In the same ghee, fry the kamarkas, and keep them aside as well. Next roast the grated coconut and keep it aside.
  2.  Now, coarsely grind all the fried dry fruits, except the melon seeds. Mix the dry fruits, roasted coconut and melon seeds together in a large pan and keep aside. Grind the kamarkas into fine powder and keep them aside as well.
  3. Heat the remaining ghee and roast flour over medium heat till the colour of the flour changes to golden brown and the ghee starts separating. Turn down the flame at this point and sprinkle in powdered gum crystals. Keep stirring the mixture until the crystals puff up and the spluttering stops. Add the powdered saunth and ajwain to the roasted flour and stir the whole until all the ingredients are well blended. Turn off the flame. Keep on stirring the mixture for another 5-10 minutes. Now add the dry fruits, magaz, sugar and kamarkas to the roasted flour and mix well. Transfer the mixture in a large utensil or tray and let it cool. Store the mixture in an air-tight container and enjoy everyday.
The recipe can also be made with sooji instead of whole wheat flour.
For variety, cook 2 tablespoons of Panjiri in water or milk till it thickens. This becomes a delicious halwa. 
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