Chirotes are crunchy blossom pastries made from flour, clarified butter and powdered sugar. This is a famous Diwali delicacy.
Recipe Courtesy: http://www.sailusfood.com/2013/10/30/chiroti-best-indian-sweets-recipes/
Plain Flour – 2 cups (maida)
Ghee – 2 tbsps, melted
Salt – pinch
Sugar – 3/4 cup, powdered and mixed with 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Rice flour – 2 tbsps
Ghee – 1 1/2 tbsps, melted
Powdered Sugar for dusting on chirote
Cardamom powder: 1/2 tsp
In a bowl, add the flour, salt and melted ghee and mix well. Slowly add enough water to make a smooth yet firm dough like puri dough. Cover the dough and keep aside for an hour.
While the dough is resting prepare the powdered sugar mixture. In a bowl, add the powdered sugar and cardamom powder and mix well. Keep aside.
In a small bowl, mix rice flour with melted ghee and keep aside. This paste is used to bind the layers of rotis.
Pinch off dough such that you have 6 large lemon sized balls. Roll each into thin rotis. Place a roti on your work surface, smear a tsp of the prepared rice flour paste all over the roti. Place another rolled out roti over it and again smear with a tsp of rice flour paste. Again repeat the process by placing another roti over the second roti and smear with rice flour paste. Now gently roll the pilled up rotis into a log and cut into 1/2″ thick circles. Make another log following the same process using the remaining three rotis.
With the help of the rolling pin roll out each of the thick circles into thin rotis of 4″ to 5″ in diameter.
Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel. Once hot, reduce flame to low medium and place 3 or 4 rolled out chirotis into the hot oil. Deep fry the chirotis on a medium flame, flipping them gently to cook all over. Once they turn to a golden shade, remove onto an absorbant paper. Immediately sprinkle a heaped tbsp of the powdered sugar over each of the hot chirotis so that the sugar adheres to them while it is hot.
Deep fry the rest of the rolled out chirotis and sprinkle with powdered sugar
Store in an airtight container and they stay fresh for at least one week to ten days.