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Makar Sankrant Feast 2: Gul Poli

(Link to Marathi Recipe)

Gul/Gool(गूळ) - Jaggery
Poli - Chapati/Roti/Bread

My mom always made Gul Poli for the Ratha Saptami. She would boil over milk before cooking anything that day. It is believed that Sun starts its transition to northern hemisphere on this day. After coming to US, I started missing these little rituals. And with coil top range in the apartment complex I could not follow this particular one. But I always remembered TiLachi vaDi (Sesame brittle) and Gul Poli around Sankranti. I always made TiLachi vaDi but never managed to make Gul Poli. It was always on my 'to make' list but something else took the precedence. This year, I decided to give it a try and made the filling earlier so that I will not have any excuse not to do it. It is one of the relatively simple to make and traditionally a vegan treat. The filling can be made month(s) ahead and stores well without refrigerator.

Filling -
1 cup Jaggery (preferably soft)
1/4 cup Besan
3-4 tbsp Oil
1/4 cup Sesame …

गूळ पोळी

(Link to English Recipe)

गूळ पोळी म्हणजे रथसप्तमी असे आमच्या घरी समीकरण होते. कारण संक्रांतीच्या दिवशी तिळाची वाडी केलेली असे. सकाळी उठुन दुध उतू घालवणे, सूर्याची पूजा करणे वगैरे झाले की मम्मीची स्वयंपाकघरातील गडबड सुरु व्हायची. रथसप्तमीला सुट्टी नसायची त्यामुळे शाळेत-कॉलेजमध्ये जाण्यापूर्वी पूर्ण स्वयंपाक तयार व्हायचा. तसेच त्यादिवशी संक्रांतीच्या हळद-कुंकवाचा शेवटचा दिवस त्यामुळे तिला बरेचदा कुठेतरी लांब जायचे असे. त्यापूर्वी शिकवण्या, शिवण क्लासेस आणि शिवायला आलेले कपडे पूर्ण करणे असा भरगच्च दिवस तिच्यासमोर असे. पण तरी गुळपोळी ती आवर्जून करायची, अजूनही करते. यावर्षी मी ठरवून गुळपोळ्या केल्या पण संक्रांतीला केल्या कारण मला आदल्यादिवशी तयारीला थोडा वेळ मिळाला. ही पोळी करायला पुरणपोळीपेक्षा सोपी आहे. तयारी पण आधी करता येते.

सारण -
१ कप मऊ गूळ
१/४ कप बेसन
१/४ कप तीळ
२ टेस्पून खसखस
३-४ टेस्पून तेल
४-५ वेलच्यांची पूड
चिमुटभर जायफळ पूड

वरील पारीसाठी -
१ १/४ कप गव्हाचे पीठ
१/४ कप रवा
१/२ टीस्पून मीठ
२ टेस्पून तेल

पाणी लागेल तसे.

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Vegan Minced Fruit Tartlets

We celebrated very quiet new year with few of very close friends. We missed one friend and her family this year as they were visiting India. As always, it was a potluck. This year I decided to take dessert with me!
Winter break between Christmas and new year is my time to try one at least one new recipe that takes time and more skillful than anything I have ever done so far. This year I decided to tackle of making tart (or tartlets)! I have been thinking of baking tart from scratch for a very long time. I have made pie crust few times and it has come out well. But I always used butter/ghee to make the pie crust so this time I decided to make it completely vegan!!
Minced pie is a British Christmas special dessert that is definitely not vegan. And I have been thinking of making vegan version of it for years but just did not have time to do my research properly. And to kill two birds with one stone, I decided to make vegan minced fruit pie!!! There are various recipes on the web but t…