Baked Ragi Panjari
We live in a world today, were staying indoors, practising social distancing, super hygiene standards and wearing a mask has become a socially acceptable norm. It's been over 1.5 months since I stepped out of my home - blessed to have Big basket delivering regularly in our area. The regular vegetable vendors who didn't go back to their home towns have been a boon in disguise and that personal touch with these guys, as they give away some fresh produce with zero bargain is unmatchable.
While I've been cooking away some delectable new dishes every day in my kitchen. I also understand building your immunity with some good old grandma recipes is the need of the day.
This recipe is an adaptation from OMBC Member - Akhila Subramanium.
Typically Panjari is a winter snack made by the North Indians, loaded with ghee, roasted flours, dry fruits and nuts. One can either consume this as a snack or as a breakfast meal with some milk (which is my personal preference) while on the rush. To make this healthier snack option for my sweet tooth cravings I've reduced the quantity of Ghee and baked this. The original recipe is generally made over a stovetop. Also, you can add nuts of your choice and powder them or relish it as a whole.
2 cups Ragi/ Whole wheat flour
1.5 cups Jaggery powder/ brown sugar
1 cup mixed nuts - Sunflower, Cashew, Almonds, Flaxseeds and Groundnuts
4 tbsp - Ghee
1/2 cup Whole nuts/ dry fruits - Almond flakes, Broken Cashew and Raisins
1 tsp - Elaichi Powder
1. Preheat your oven to 160C (I use OTG, with both top and bottom rods on, tray in centre rack)
2. Blend all ingredients listed under 1 cup mixed nuts, just about until they release their oils.
3. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, ghee, sugar, cardamom powder and coarsely ground mixed seeds. Stir this really well until all the ingredients are well blended.
4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Spread the above mix on your baking tray and bake this for 8 mins.
5. Remove from the oven, stir the mixture and bake again for another 5 minutes. Repeat this thrice, until the mixture starts to change its colour and the aromas engulf your kitchen.
6. Finally, stir in the whole dry fruits and nuts - let this bake for 5 minutes.
7. Let the mixture cool down completely before transferring to an airtight container.
You can add in extra ghee to make this into ladoos :)