April 4, 2012

Modernized 'Pithe' : A Sankranti special for Bengalis

Sankranti is a winter festival celebrated all over India and very close to my heart because of all the joyous childhood memories it brings back...This day's menu in a typical Bengali household solely consisted of plethora of sweets in different shapes, sizes and consistency... Sheer Bliss for people with sweet tooth!!

This year, I tried making this Bengali sweet but in an extremely non-traditional way. The taste was very much the same with minimal effort. I learnt it from a family friend who had been away from India for many years and knows many such taste-tricks to keep us going!
Serves : 8-10 people
Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 30 minutes
Lightly toasted crumpets
  • A packet of British style crumpets from Trader Joe's (12 count)
  • 1&1/2  litre whole milk
  • 1/2  litre evaporated milk
  • 10-15 green cardamoms
  • 1&1/2 - 2 cups granulated sugar depending on taste
  • Toast the crumpets on a pan  till they turn light brown ( ~3 mins) . Turn sides in between.
  • Arrange on a shallow glass serving dish.
Layered crumpets
  • Heat milk with cardamoms in medium flame. Keep stirring till reduced to almost half.
  • Add sugar and mix well. Bring to boil and turn off heat.
  • Pour on the crumpets. These buns will absorb a lot of milk depending on storage time so you might need to add milk later while serving.
  • Refrigerate and serve chilled. The taste is always better the next day.
Our version of 'Pithe'
You may garnish with nuts of your choice and saffron. I did not as I wanted to keep it simple.
Enjoy :)

Ajanta from Amherst

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