Here it is … the recipe for Gulpavate or Thambittu 🙂  This one is usually made using grains of wheat – roasting them on slow fire till they turn reddish in colour, then grinding them to get flour.  But this one is a short-cut method Amma has taught me. Uses readily available wheat flour and tastes yummy too 🙂

We make this esp. during Mangala Gowri Pooja , which is performed on every Tuesday in the month of Shravana and perform Aarti to the Goddess by lighting wicks soaked in ghee, placed in a small hole made in the Gulpavates. These are then given to ladies who come home for haldi-kunkum.

And now for the recipe. The secret of good Gulpavates lies in roasting the wheat flour well and in making the right jaggery syrup – as simple as that 🙂

What do we need?

Wheat flour – 1 cup

Jaggery – powdered – 1/2 cup [or more depending on how sweet ur tooh is :mrgreen:]

Dry coconut[Kobbari] – grated – Just about quarter cup

Powdered elaichi –  Less than 1/4 tsp

Ghee – 1-1.5 tbsp [You may add more too; it will just be tastier :P]

And now?

  • Take a wok, add some ghee and when it melts, slowly add the wheat flour into the same. Roast on sim fire, until the mixture turns slightly reddish and till the aroma rises!  Turn off the fire and keep it aside.

  • Now, take the jaggery in a vessel. Add some water, just enough to soak the jaggery completely. Cook the same on sim fire till [and only till] you get a consistent syrup with the jaggery fully dissolved. Take care that the syrup does not start boiling.

  • Now add the dry coconut, elaichi powder and ghee into the mixture. Mix well and slowly add the wheat flour, careful enough not to let lumps form in the mixture. Cover the mixture partly and let it cook on sim fire for about 3-4 min.
  • Pour the mixture onto a steel plate, wet your hands just to handle the heat and knead them into round structures.

  • Keep them open till they cool down and then store them in air-tight containers.

  • Enjoy 😀

This is a very healthy sweet given that it used wheat flour and jaggery instead of sugar. Jaggery is also a rich source of iron and supposed to be a cleansing agent.

Try and let me know if you people liked it too 🙂 Ta-ta~