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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Scrumptious Mangalorean Delights - Only Pictures, No Recipes!

Hey all! Thought I'd share the pictures of some of my most favourite Mangalorean sweets! My mother-in-law arrived from Kudla (Mangalore) with lots & lots of Mangalorean goodies including these lovely sweets which I've eaten all my life (and never put on even a gram of weight while in Mangalore) - but that wont be the case now, but a little indulgence is okay as they are simply irresistible! 

While I am busy spending quality time with my family, take a look at these beauties and do watch this space for some authentic Mangalorean recipes which I'll be posting shortly (I am busy learning to make them at the moment :-)

Mithai Laddu

Every die hard Mangy will have their own favourites, mine being the 'Mitai Laddu' (Boondi Laddoo) - I can easily gobble up 3-4 in less than 2 minutes :-) The lovely golden yellow Laddoos are made with a thousand tiny balls of deep fried gram flour paste dropped into piping hot oil through a colander. The resultant 'boondi' is then shaped into Laddus which are probably the most popular kind of sweets across India. The taste & colour will vary but Laddus will remain Laddus :-)




Mysore Pak

The Mangalorean version of the Mysore Pak is probably found only in Mangalore - not the pure ghee variety that is famously sold by Sri Krishna sweets in Chennai (which is superb too) or the pure ghee Mysore Pak sold by Nandini sweets in Mangalore at specific milk booths (which made an entry maybe just a couple of decades ago) - the real Mysore Pak is a beautiful brown in the centre with the edges fading into a lighter brown or the colour of butterscotch. The centre portion has always been my favourite as it has this very mealy taste of Besan (chana atta/roasted chick pea flour) and has the mild burnt taste which is so yum!


Saat

What typically means 'Sixty' in Hindi is actually a sugary sweet in Mangalore. Made of Maida flour & rolled in powdered sugar with a hint of cardamom. When I was little, I always liked to chip off the base of each 'saat' which is thickened sugar before gobbling up the 'blandish' sweet - I simply loved it. The same practice is followed even today :-)



Maalpuri

Another one of my favourites which is the distant cousin of the 'Maalpua' famously made in Mumbai during Ramadan as one of the sweets prepared for the Iftaar (breaking of fast). Whenever I used to pass by mountains of Malpuas piled on top of each other by sweetmakers setting shop outside the railway stations (of local trains) I would instantly be reminded of the dear Maalpuri that I left behind in Mangalore. I don't miss to grab a few during each trip. These deep fried babies don't have a long shelf life so they are best refrigerated & microwaved before eating.


Want to see your favourite Mangalorean sweet here? Lemme know what your favourites are and I'll probably make them & post the recipe too!!

14 comments:

  1. Oooooh, I totally hate you now... mean person, how could you put up all these pics, and make poor people far far away like me salivate all over the keyboard :-(

    I miss these sweets so much, especially laddus and holiges.

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  2. Where is the Jalebi???? My all time favorite!!! Especially from Taj Mahal, Hampankatta...:D

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  3. @ Michelle:Muhahahahaha...i so loved ur comment...mission accomplished!!! hehehe...kidding! I just cudnt stop myself from uploading these pics before they vanished into our tummies :-) Gimme ur address, i shall courier some to u :) I missed the holige - i totally love it, but forgot to ask for it to be sent :-(

    @ May: Now u r making me salivate!! Slurp! how cud i forget the Jalebi? I didnt ask for it either thinking that it may not last long (my MIL came by train this time)...we also get smaller orange versions of the jalebi here, so i wasnt missing it so much

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  4. me... too... miss these sweets n specially from Taj mahal ...(

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  5. have u heard the word TORTURE!!!
    this is what you have been doing....by displaying pictures only.

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  6. AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH i want :(

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  7. Born & raised in mlore i hardly ate these sweets until i crossed the arabian sea, now wen im nt been(though nt available in dis country) able to see these around i soooooooooo miss these delicious sweets, and also the yellow color square sweet , i forgot the name! I think kadhi! The moment anybody comes here frm mlore my parents send me these and within 48hrs its all over:(....

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  8. @ Anonymous : I will add some more pics soon :) of some more delicacies of Mlore

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  9. Hi Shireen,

    Do you know how to make Aatras (I hope I have spelled it correctly, you get it in bakeries in Managalore along malpuri. It is made up of jaggery, rice and dal and then deep fried in cocounut oil. If you could post the receipe it will be great. My grand mom and my aunt use to make it.

    Thank you.
    Florine

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  10. Hi Florine, sorry, I have not heart of Aatras/unable to recall what it is. What is it shaped like? Do u mean Neiappams? They are round and made of rice & jaggery & deepfried

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  11. They are round. In konkani it is know as aatras, I don't know its kannada name. It has ingredients like pepper, rice, jaggery

    Florine

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  12. @ Florine: So sorry, but I am still unable to figure out what Aatras is...maybe I have never seen/eaten it. I will look for it though, thanks for writing in!

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  13. Oh..I visited mangalore this week and came back with all these wonderful goodies..yummm.. and Taj Mahal is bustling as always and has improvised and added variations on all their original sweets..worth a visit..my fella mangies. .:)

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  14. @ Kay: That sounds so fantastic! I envy you!! :) I hope to visit Mlore soon and enjoy all their goodies!

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Scrumptious Mangalorean Delights - Only Pictures, No Recipes!

Hey all! Thought I'd share the pictures of some of my most favourite Mangalorean sweets! My mother-in-law arrived from Kudla (Mangalore) with lots & lots of Mangalorean goodies including these lovely sweets which I've eaten all my life (and never put on even a gram of weight while in Mangalore) - but that wont be the case now, but a little indulgence is okay as they are simply irresistible! 

While I am busy spending quality time with my family, take a look at these beauties and do watch this space for some authentic Mangalorean recipes which I'll be posting shortly (I am busy learning to make them at the moment :-)

Mithai Laddu

Every die hard Mangy will have their own favourites, mine being the 'Mitai Laddu' (Boondi Laddoo) - I can easily gobble up 3-4 in less than 2 minutes :-) The lovely golden yellow Laddoos are made with a thousand tiny balls of deep fried gram flour paste dropped into piping hot oil through a colander. The resultant 'boondi' is then shaped into Laddus which are probably the most popular kind of sweets across India. The taste & colour will vary but Laddus will remain Laddus :-)




Mysore Pak

The Mangalorean version of the Mysore Pak is probably found only in Mangalore - not the pure ghee variety that is famously sold by Sri Krishna sweets in Chennai (which is superb too) or the pure ghee Mysore Pak sold by Nandini sweets in Mangalore at specific milk booths (which made an entry maybe just a couple of decades ago) - the real Mysore Pak is a beautiful brown in the centre with the edges fading into a lighter brown or the colour of butterscotch. The centre portion has always been my favourite as it has this very mealy taste of Besan (chana atta/roasted chick pea flour) and has the mild burnt taste which is so yum!


Saat

What typically means 'Sixty' in Hindi is actually a sugary sweet in Mangalore. Made of Maida flour & rolled in powdered sugar with a hint of cardamom. When I was little, I always liked to chip off the base of each 'saat' which is thickened sugar before gobbling up the 'blandish' sweet - I simply loved it. The same practice is followed even today :-)



Maalpuri

Another one of my favourites which is the distant cousin of the 'Maalpua' famously made in Mumbai during Ramadan as one of the sweets prepared for the Iftaar (breaking of fast). Whenever I used to pass by mountains of Malpuas piled on top of each other by sweetmakers setting shop outside the railway stations (of local trains) I would instantly be reminded of the dear Maalpuri that I left behind in Mangalore. I don't miss to grab a few during each trip. These deep fried babies don't have a long shelf life so they are best refrigerated & microwaved before eating.


Want to see your favourite Mangalorean sweet here? Lemme know what your favourites are and I'll probably make them & post the recipe too!!

14 comments:

  1. Oooooh, I totally hate you now... mean person, how could you put up all these pics, and make poor people far far away like me salivate all over the keyboard :-(

    I miss these sweets so much, especially laddus and holiges.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Where is the Jalebi???? My all time favorite!!! Especially from Taj Mahal, Hampankatta...:D

    ReplyDelete
  3. @ Michelle:Muhahahahaha...i so loved ur comment...mission accomplished!!! hehehe...kidding! I just cudnt stop myself from uploading these pics before they vanished into our tummies :-) Gimme ur address, i shall courier some to u :) I missed the holige - i totally love it, but forgot to ask for it to be sent :-(

    @ May: Now u r making me salivate!! Slurp! how cud i forget the Jalebi? I didnt ask for it either thinking that it may not last long (my MIL came by train this time)...we also get smaller orange versions of the jalebi here, so i wasnt missing it so much

    ReplyDelete
  4. me... too... miss these sweets n specially from Taj mahal ...(

    ReplyDelete
  5. have u heard the word TORTURE!!!
    this is what you have been doing....by displaying pictures only.

    ReplyDelete
  6. AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH i want :(

    ReplyDelete
  7. Born & raised in mlore i hardly ate these sweets until i crossed the arabian sea, now wen im nt been(though nt available in dis country) able to see these around i soooooooooo miss these delicious sweets, and also the yellow color square sweet , i forgot the name! I think kadhi! The moment anybody comes here frm mlore my parents send me these and within 48hrs its all over:(....

    ReplyDelete
  8. @ Anonymous : I will add some more pics soon :) of some more delicacies of Mlore

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi Shireen,

    Do you know how to make Aatras (I hope I have spelled it correctly, you get it in bakeries in Managalore along malpuri. It is made up of jaggery, rice and dal and then deep fried in cocounut oil. If you could post the receipe it will be great. My grand mom and my aunt use to make it.

    Thank you.
    Florine

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Florine, sorry, I have not heart of Aatras/unable to recall what it is. What is it shaped like? Do u mean Neiappams? They are round and made of rice & jaggery & deepfried

    ReplyDelete
  11. They are round. In konkani it is know as aatras, I don't know its kannada name. It has ingredients like pepper, rice, jaggery

    Florine

    ReplyDelete
  12. @ Florine: So sorry, but I am still unable to figure out what Aatras is...maybe I have never seen/eaten it. I will look for it though, thanks for writing in!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh..I visited mangalore this week and came back with all these wonderful goodies..yummm.. and Taj Mahal is bustling as always and has improvised and added variations on all their original sweets..worth a visit..my fella mangies. .:)

    ReplyDelete
  14. @ Kay: That sounds so fantastic! I envy you!! :) I hope to visit Mlore soon and enjoy all their goodies!

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)