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Dal-baati is incomplete without the quintessential "Churma". Churma is made using coarsely ground wheat flour, besan or maize flour. The most celebrated of all is the wheat flour churma that can be is shaped into laddus. I discovered that the more ghee you add to the churma mixture, the easier it is to shape these laddus. If you use ghee sparingly as we have done in this recipe, you will need to use a lot more pressure to shape them. You can also serve the churma crumbled in which case, you do not need to make laddus. I have also used rava in this recipe as I realised that it is sometimes difficult to find coarsely ground wheat flour easily. The rava adds that extra bite to the churma, greatly improving the texture of the whole wheat flour.

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Serves 4 to 6.
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1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1/4 cup semolina (rava)
6 almonds (badam), slivered
1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
1/3 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp melted ghee

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ghee for deep frying

  1. Combine the wheat flour, semolina and 4 tablespoons of melted ghee in a bowl and mix well. Add approx. ¼ cup of water and knead well to make a stiff dough.
  2. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions.
  3. Shape each dough portion in the shape of your fist and press with your fingers in the centre of each portion to make an indentation (as shown in the diagram below).
  4. Heat the ghee in a kadhai and deep-fry the dough portions on a very slow flame until they are golden brown in colour. These will take a long time to fry as the insides need to be cooked also.
  5. Drain on absorbent paper and allow them to cool.
  6. Grind the fried dough pieces in a blender into a fine powder.
  7. Add the almonds, cardamom powder and powdered sugar and mix well.
  8. Store in an air-tight container.
  9. Serve with dal-baati.

  2. Add 5 tablespoons of hot ghee to the churma, divide the mixture into 10 portions and shape into laddus.
RECIPE SOURCE : Rajasthani CookbookBuy this cookbook
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I find it perfect recipe mine always turns out very good.
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