BM # 39
Rajasthan is the neighboring state of Gujarat and one of my favorite cuisine hails from this state. I have grown up with lot of Rajasthani friends and some how till date click with the people of this community. Even though I have always attended their festivals and had their special dishes I had not tasted Sattu , which is a special sweet made on Kajrari Teej.
Kajrari Teej is also called as Badi teej, Kajli Teej or Satudi Teej. One of the major festivals of Rajasthan which is mainly celebrated by women whether married or unmarried. Mostly married women fast on this day. The festival is celebrated for the long life of husbands . Unmarried girls pray to God for giving them a good husband.the fast begins at sunrise and ends after they see moon in the sky and this fast is ended by eating Sattu.
This is a very colorful festival where the women dress up in colorful clothes and put henna on their hands and feet. They wear lots of glass and Laakh bangles.they are practically loaded with jewelry. A nose ring must adorn a Rajasthani lady on this day. All the ladies of the family get together to perform pooja. Ladies from the neighborhood join in the pooja. One is mesmerized with the colorful clothes and jewelry that they wear. One can see shades ranging from yellows, oranges to blood red and hot pinks.
Coming to Sattu , Sattu is made from roasted channa , powdered sugar and ghee. You get special Sattu flour which is roasted and ready to use. One just needs to add sugar and warm ghee is gradually added to this mix . You have to start crumbling it with hands. If you take some of this mix in your palm and press it you will see that it binds.so go on adding ghee and you will be able to bind it. One has to use both the hands to shape it .
This roasted flour is available in Kolkatta and my niece who is married into a Rajasthani family got it specially for me, but Valli tells me that it is available in Chennai also.
Coming to the recipe...
1 big cup Sattu atta
3/4 cup sugar powdered
1/2 cup ghee, (this is approximate measurement )
Mix the Sattu atta with powdered sugar.
Put the ghee on heat and once luke warm, start adding it to the sugar and flour mix.
Crumble and mix , this will start forming .
Form into a big round dome shape.
Garnish with silver leaf, saffron and almonds.
Leave it out for a while and it will solidify.