Chonge are sweet puris dunked in jaggery syrup that are prepare by Maharashtrian Muslims during the month of Muharram. It’s a traditional Maharashtrian sweet delicacy and is enjoyed with doodh ka sharbat and khubooli. Pure desi ghee is used in preparation of this dessert that has been introduced into the Maharashtrian cuisine, thanks to the Mughal influence. It’s predominantly prepared in Muslim communities settles in various parts of Maharashtra like Aurangabad, Konkan and Solapur.
The sweet is addictive as it is rich, decadent and crispy, but is not light on the waist and hence, is not meant for those who are conscious of their weight. But then, which dessert is not an indulgence? This traditional Chonge recipe has been brought to you straight from a Maharashtrian home chef and is as authentic as it gets. ALSO READ: How to make gulgule or meethe pakode and jalebis
Traditional Chonge Recipe
1 Bowl Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Jaggery
1 tsp Feenal Seeds & Dry Ginger Powder
1/2 Cup Grated Dry Coconut
1/2 Cup Roasted Chana Dal/Bengal Gram Powder
Poppy Seeds As required
Salt to taste
Ghee as required
1. Boil jaggery and water together on a low flame to make syrup.
2. Make two string jaggery syrup.
3. After 5 minutes, turn off the flame and keep this syrup aside.
4. Now start kneading the dough and add a pinch of salt.
5. Prepare the dough and divide it into sizeable chunks to be rolled into chapatis.
6. Start rolling chapati or roti.
7. Rotis should be thick.
8. Roast the Rotis on a griddle.
9. Make sure that the rotis don’t fluff up.
10. Now remove them from heat and start making spiral design on the rotis. ALSO READ: Traditional Puran Poli Recipe: How to make Maharashtrian Puran Poli
11. Pour jaggery syrup over the rotis.
12. Spread dry coconut over all of them.
13. Sprinkle dried ginger and fennel seeds powder, poppy seeds, roasted Chana Dal Powder over the top.
14. Finally pour Ghee.
15. Let the rotis sit for 5 to 6 hours.
16. Chonge is ready.
Here is the full video of how to make chonge:
The recipe is by a home chef who runs Being Marathi, a popular cooking channel on YouTube.
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