Mung Daler Bhaja Puli is a special preparation for Makar Sankranti or Poush Parbon, as celebrated in Bengal. Last year also I posted few recipes on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, such as Sedhyo Pithe, Dudh Puli, Patishapta, however this year quite late I am. But that does not bar me from sharing this tempting recipe. Bhaja (means fried) puli is also a departure from my previous recipes as it is not only sweet but savoury as well. That’s why it could be served as snacks with surprise of sweetness inside. Each bite of fried mung dal cover and sweet coconut filling brings in a heavenly feeling.
Winter spent waste for Bengalis if Khejur Gurh (Date Palm jaggery) is missing from the sweets during this period. These days Kolkata has really a short winter and even a shorter supply of the Khejur Gurh. Still one can find shops full of sweets made with date palm jaggery such as Gurher Rasogolla and various Gurher Shondesh over the winter months. They have a very different and distinct flavour from the usual sugar sweets. Although today my recipe is not about sweets, still it has a common link in the form of Khejur Gurh. Rice pudding or Payes, as called in Bengali, is a very common dessert throughout India and known as Kheer over north and Payesam down south. Ideally it is prepared with milk, rice and sugar where the twist I gave to this recipe is by replacing sugar with date plam jaggery. The smell of Khejur gurh in the pudding will definitely indulge you to fall in instant love with the dish. So here is the recipe of our very much favourite Gurher Payes or Rice pudding with date palm jaggery for you my friends. Enjoy the bliss of winter 🙂