Sweet potato dessert (Ranga Alur Puli) is an age old Bengali dessert - a sweet lover's delight for sure. Its crispy outer layer mesmerizes gastronomic senses. As for its availability, it is more of a traditional sweet, prepared in households. These days some sweet shops are starting to include this in their repertoire to cater to the time-constrained generation.
My hubby being born with a sweet tooth, do enjoy sweet of any kind. So, this recipe is actually initiated and arranged by my mom-in-law for him while I prepared it under her guidance on our short stay at Siliguri this year.
- For Puli Dough:
- Sweet potatoes: 500 gms
- Flour: 1 ½ tablespoons if preparing stuffed one (otherwise 100gm for plain one)
- For Stuffing: (optional)
- Milk: ½ litre
- Sugar: 1 tablespoon
- Coconut: ½ (grated)
- Cardamom (green): 2-3
- For Syrup:
- Sugar: 1 cup
- Water: 1 cup
- Oil for frying
Wash and boil the s.potatoes until soft. Peel and mash. Add the flour and knead into dough. Keep aside.The Stuffing: (optional)
Bring the milk to a boil by adding a tablespoon of sugar in it. When the milk starts to thicken, add the coconut and the raisins and condense it to a thick, sticky consistency. Remove from heat and add crushed cardamoms. Let it cool.The Syrup:
Add a cup of sugar to a cup of water and bring this to a boil. The syrup should be of medium consistency. Let it cool.Making the pulis:
Take a small portion of the dough in your hands and shape them accordingly unless it is stuffed. If preparing stuffed pulis then flatten the dough and make a cavity in the centre and fill it with a little of the above stuffing. Seal the edges of the dough and give it the shape of a puli. Heat oil in a wok and deep fry the pulis in batches. Remove from oil as pulis start browning or golden. And dip the pulis into the syrup carefully, one by one. Serve hot or cold.
Frying Pullis: We prepared plain puli without stuffing but stuffed one are really mouth-watering and delicious….no doubt! Actually, Ranga alur puli (fried sweet potato dessert) along with other pulis like Muger puli (made of moong dal or yellow moong lentil), Chirer Puli (made of poha -beaten rice), chana dal puli, Chaler puli (made of rice) use the harvest produce—rice, coconut, date palm juice and jaggery etc speciality items of Shankranti.
Siliguri is gateway to the North East of India. It is commercial city of North Bengal where tea, timber and transport are the main business. It is a base point to head towards Darjeeling, Sikkim, kalimpong, mirik etc. Besides, it is also the transit point for air, road and rail traffic to the neighboring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Situated at foot of Eastern Himalayas it has very pleasant temperature but weather is very unpredictable as it gets shower any time. Summer is not like other parts of India which burns in hot lava. It hardly exceeds 32 C in day time and after every 3-4 days there is a light rain sometimes short sharp downpour. Winters are really biting cold with mercury level hardly rising to 15 C at day time. During winter, on clear day it gives excellent view of Himalayan peaks with an opportunity to see as backdrop of snow-clad mountains.
In the month of May, we went there for 10 days which was a great escape from Mumbai’s heat and frequent power failure. These pictures are from the terrace of my in-law’s house.
Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. - Henry Ward Beecher.
I don't know really why I love to picture flowers. Wherever visit if they fascinate me, try to make them my subject.
My dad loves garden; for him it is most sociable of hobbies.Truly said, the very nature of one's field of activities demands an audience. No one wants flowers to blush unseen or waste their sweetness. So, every time we are there we are taken around. This is one of the variety of china rose although not much redolent from my parents garden. Currently, we are on a 10days vacation at Siliguri to escape humid heat and fast life of Mumbai. As said, we tried to take lots of pictures this time of flowers with my new gadget Canon-G7 camera. Just could not stop my self from posting the same. Link to Album
Though journey was not very memorable or different than that of those I had while growing up in North-East region except that Pamela was with me this time. Traveling by Jeep through those narrow winding roads is an experience in itself where our co-passengers thought that we are going for honeymoon trip. The drive was very scenic with Teesta River flowing all the way. The forested hills are still green but truly there is continuous deforestation going on for either cultivation or smuggling woods.
Weather was getting worse. Tea, snacks & film rolls are available at the dozen of temporary stalls near the lake. But there is no facility of accommodation or proper toilet for the tourist. Rides on yaks and mules are also offered which was worthless to enjoy for Pamela at that temperature.
Now, looking forward to travel to North Sikkim some day which we heard is more beautiful with valley of flowers and lakes to explore.
Every thing was geared up for the Mumbai meeting,
Our “Rosy” flower, made “Shan” like a bee humming,
Not showing outside, Pam thought it was her prince charming,
Santanu was convinced it was the end of his findings,
Gandhiji was nervously smiling,
Shan’s mother in law thought it was perfectly matching,
Pam’s mother and father in law were unable to hide the exciting,
Sensing wedding bells ringing,
Choton proposed an early ring exchanging,
Everyone in both sides were priding,
Thought it was a great timing,
Then came a series of e-mailing,
Thousands of miles kept two hearts parting,
While Technology brought California & Durg closing,
And the two did each other some measuring,
At Satna there were forgotten few, who were guessing,
When at Durg “The Great Jija” felt something missing,
Why his sali’s plum looks gave way to slim & beauty tantalizing,
8th Nov’02 kept them waiting and waiting,
14th Aug’02 traditional ring ceremony gave some consoling.
On 5th Nov’02, “Jija & Co” left Satna with lot of worrying,
And sight of his father suffering,
Believing everything will be OK till returning,
Only Shiva knew, Kolkata will be far from reaching,
When news at Gaya came like a bolt thundering,
Your father is no more, came a voice grieving.
The “Biye” at Kolkata, started with Agni offerings,
Shudh Mantras, the Brahmin was reciting,
Santanu’s patience got some testing,
The “destined future “made home and parents from Rosy departing,
Hectic jaunts, (Kolkata to Siliguri to Durg and back to Kolkata) made both of them panting,
As Siliguri & Durg were places of “Chaturtha-mangal” and partying,
Finally, to California the two birds were flying,
But Hong Kong made them hopping,
The Album kept us waiting,
We opened to find “Shan & Pam –The perfect Wedding”
By Jija & Co. - Ashim, Maitrayee, Tumpa & Tini
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