The Best Ghevar Recipe Collection
Ghevar, our favourite confectionary dessert item, has its roots in Rajasthan, but is loved in all the other northern and north-western states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, and Haryana. The traditional Rajasthani Ghevar Recipe includes a disc-like wheat flour cake soaked in sugar syrup. It is sometimes garnished with chopped dry fruits to add that crunch and texture.
A perfect substitution for those who demand eggless cake, the dish can be well compared to European tarts. The confectionery is relished especially during winter festive days such as Makar Sankranti during the month of January, March-April for Gangaur and in July- August for Teej Festival. Before Ghevar was preferably made during the rainy season because a degree of moisture was necessary, but with the rise in its popularity and taste, trends have been changed. People want to have Ghevar during Rakshabandhan prepared with pure (desi) ghee. And now it’s available year-round in a few popular sweet shops.
What Goes in Making Ghevar?
Ghevar has come a long way making confectioners experiment with its flavour and colours to suit the ever- changing taste of the people. Traditionally, there are three varieties of ghevar – plain, mawa, and malai ghevar. All the difference in the taste is made from the recipe of the topping and the quality of the cooking medium used in making the ghevar i.e. ghee. The quality of ghee makes a huge difference in the taste.
The decadent ghevar is made by mildly frying the batter made of maida (flour), dipped in sugar syrup and then garnished with dry fruits. The trick lies in pouring the wheat flour batter in boiling ghee at the right temperature. The texture on top of the ghevar is the result of the emulsion of ghee and water while making the batter. This requires a lot of practice.
The Flavours and the Recipes
There are huge varieties of flavours that can transform the taste of ghevar. From rabri ghevar, frosted ghevar topped with fruits, to chocolate spread ghevar, and lots more. Do you want to try some out for yourself? Here are the best 10 different-flavoured ghevar recipes to try out.
Let’s begin with the popular choice -- rabri ghevar. It has been around since the time ghevar made its appearance. Rabri is a popular north Indian sweet made from milk. Rabri is thickened sweetened milk with layers of malai or cream in it. Cardamoms, saffron, dry fruits like almonds and pistachios and used as a topping for the ghevar to add to its flavour. Doesn’t it sound tempting? It also makes for a perfect gift for any festive occasion.
2. Malai Ghevar
Malai ghevar is the authentic and delicious delicacy made to celebrate the sweetness of Teej festival. Making the malai topping is fairly simple. All you need to do is heat milk in a heavy bottom pan till it is reduced to half, add sugar and cardamom powder and let it cook till it thickens and reduces to about a quarter. Garnish with almond, pistachios, and saffron. Your malai topping is ready. It is a truly wondrous sensation for your taste buds when served fresh.
3. Mawa Ghevar
Ghevar has many different style of toppings. And one such includes the topping made of mawa, also known as khoya. Mild sweet plain ghevar is topped with layers of thick reduced milk (khoya) flavoured with cardamom and dry fruits. The sugar syrup oozing out with each and every bite and the mouth- watering taste of mawa is a delightful treat.
4. Mango Ghevar
Another luscious variety of ghevar is the mango ghevar. The sweet and sour taste of mango complements the sweet flavour of the traditional ghevar. The mango topping is made from mango puree which is further sweetened with sugar and garnished with saffron, cardamom, and pistachios. The aroma and the taste are sure to make you drool.
5. Chocolate Ghevar
Chocolate is loved by kids and adults alike. For those kids who refrain from enjoying the traditional ghevar, confectioners have experimented with chocolate flavour to make it a delight for the young. The ghevar is dressed with liquid, delicious chocolate sauce, topped with raisins and cashews making it look like a satisfying chocolate wafer.
6. Paneer Ghevar
Recipe by ifood featuring the Laxmi Misthaan Bhandaar (LMB) style
This popular honeycomb confection is topped with delightful paneer gratings. It is easily available in sweet shops, especially during monsoon to celebrate Teej. Paneer ghevar is flavoured with cardamom and cottage cheese to make it the most delightful sweetmeat.
7. Strawberry Cheese Cake Ghevar
You will always find fascinating additions to already existing dishes. Chefs love to experiment with the taste and the flavour of the dishes by either adding a new ingredient or removing it. Fusions of different cultures are making a trend, and that’s how ghevar with strawberry cheese cake was invented. The ghevar and strawberry cheese cake are made separately and then they are assembled on top of each other and garnished with yellow and white flowers, carrot leaf sprig, and a blue berry. Warm chocolate sauce is poured over it to allow the petals to unfold to reveal the real magic of the dessert. This dish was invented by celebrity chef Kunal Kapur.
8. Mini Ghevar
There are no variations here in the recipe. These ghevar deserve special mention because of their uniquely small size. These mini ghevars - easy to devour – are a mouthful delight. Easily available on any street side sweet shop, mini ghevars are sweetened with syrup, and temptingly covered with crunchy dry fruits and nuts and leave you asking for more.
9. Raspberry Rabri & Mango Yogurt Ghevar
There’s no compromise with flavours nowadays. Raspberry rabri and mango yogurt caught our eye when to our delight we found the recipe online and tried it out. Miraculously, the taste turned out to be wondrous. Since then, it has been an inhouse favorite. Would you like to make one too? Go ahead, you now have the recipe!
10. Plain Ghevar
We saved the plain and the most enticing one for last. The plain ghevar is as delicious as all of its other cousins. The crunchy sweet cake-like structure is dipped into sugar syrup and is served without any toppings. You can opt to sprinkle dry fruits on it. It tastes best when served hot and can be relished with a glass of milk. You can also find sugar-free ghevar if you are calorie-conscious or a diabetic patient.
Ghevar Recipe: How to make by Times of India
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