Friday, 8 January 2016

Red Pumpkin Gharge/ Sweet Maharashtrian Flatbread

Red Pumpkin Gharge or simply Gharge (घारगे ) are a family favourite. They taste like sweet spiced puris and in our kitchen, they're often accompanied with a hot cup of tea whilst still warm. My mum loves to take them along on road trips since they stay well for a couple of days and taste great warm or cold. Alternatively, she loves Chivda on road trips as well !

Recipe for Red Pumpkin Gharge/ Sweet Maharashtrian Flatbread:

Makes ~12 puris


Red Pumpkin/ Lal Bhopla200 gms
Jaggery125 gms
Whole wheat Flour110-120 gms
Cardamom Powder1/2 tsp
SaltTo Taste (~ 1/8 tsp)
Oil4 tsp + For frying

How to make Red Pumpkin Gharge/ Sweet Maharashtrian Flatbread:

1.Peel off the pumpkin's skin and grate its pulp/meat. You can use the skin to make a delicious Red Pumpkin Chutney that will compliment these gharge very well!

2.Mix the grated pumpkin along with the jaggery in a non-stick pan and cook it until you get a homogenous mixture. This shouldn't take more than 6-8 minutes on medium heat. Let cool
3.Add salt, cardamom powder and oil to the cooked pumpkin and mix well. Then add in wheatflour, a little at a time to make a soft yet firm ball. Let it rest for 10-15 minute.
4.Next, roll out puris, the size of your palm, with a thickness of 2-3mm. If the dough sticks to the surface, add a little wheat flour. 
5.Fry these on medium-high heat, until deep golden in colour.

These need to be stored in a cool, dry place.

This recipe gives ~982 calories.

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