Valli announces a traditional Indian dish for the Indian Cooking Challenge.Sometimes these dishes are unheard, sometimes challenging, and at
times simple yet pleasing but traditional. I hate to miss this monthly event, as
I feel I get to learn about various cultures too.For this month Valli made it
very easy ..she let us choose the recipe from the Challenge page.For me there
were a number of dishes, but I choose Varo.
This is a
sweet which is made in Sindhi homes. There are two main occasions when it is a
made..Diwali and second when the girls get married.It is customary to make Ladoos, Majoon and Vara’s.These are given to the girls along with other sweets and dryfruits .Varo is something that I have never made.It's always my M.I L or S.I
L. who make these things.When I told my S.I.L that I wanted to make she said, it’s okay
you relax ..and yet again I did not make, though I was standing next to her.
Varo can be
made in two different ways.First one is the pouring one ,and the other one is
where we add extra dry fruit and roll it like a chikki.You can refer to the
pics of rolling style here.
of Varo vary from family to family and personal taste.Coconut and walnuts are
used, but they leave a unwanted flavor if stored for a little longer.Dry dates
are crushed and added, but personally I don’t use as it makes it more sweet.
dry fruit (almond, cashew and pistachios)
start preparing grease a thali with ghee and sprinkle some poppy seeds on it.
Coarsely grind the nuts.
Put a tsp of
ghee in a pan.
and let the sugar melt on full flame.
sugar starts crystallizing, if so add a few drops of lemon juice.
As soon as
the sugar melts add the nuts and cardamom pwd.
the gas and mix well. Pour into the prepared greased thali.
chopped pistachios and poppy seeds.
Normally the Vara's are made in big thali's and after de moulding, just break these with hands, but I made mini ones.
These go to Srivalli's potluck party and Preeti's Let's Party
Labels: Indian Cooking Challenge, Indian Sweet, Sindhi Cuisine