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Sweet Flowers

19 Dec

Panasa Tonalu.

These are one of the quick and delicious sweet snacks prepared with just maida. Plain Flour is made into a soft pliable dough. It is then rolled out into small circles and made into flowers. These flowers are then deep fried till crisp and light golden in color. FInally they are dipped in sugar syrup to caramelize.
Makes: around 7 Panasa Tonalu.


Plain Flour / Maida 1 Cup
Sugar 1 Cup
Ghee 1 tbsp
Salt a small Pinch
Oil for Deep Frying

Method of preparation:

In a mixing bowl, mix together maida, ghee and salt.
Pour enough water and make it into a soft pliable dough.
Leave the dough covered for around half an hour.

Divide the dough into small lime sized portions.
Take each portion at a time and roll into into 5 – 6 inch long disc.
Make sure to dust some plain flour to avoid the dough sticking to the surface.

Heat a deep frying pan with oil on medium heat.
Take a knife or pizza cutter and make couple of long cuts on the disc with its circumference intact.
Make sure not to chop the disc into pieces.
Apply ghee on two sides of the diameter, roll the disc and press the greased ends together.
Now, twist the two sides of the roll and slowly drop in hot oil.
Deep fry till light golden color on both sides.
Remove onto a absorbent paper.
Repeat the same with remaining dough divisions.

Heat a sauce pot on medium high heat, add sugar and half a cup of water.
Boil till sugar melts completely and the syrup thickens.
When a drop of the syrup is added to a small bowl of water, it should form a very soft ball.
Remove the syrup from heat.
Dip all the deep fried flowers in the sugar syrup and coat them well.
Cool each flower separately and store tight in a jar.
Serve panasatonalu / sweet flowers as a snack.
Notes: Make sure the prepared roll is not dropped with all the weight on one side.

Suggestions: Make sure to get the flowers right. If the flower comes as a single stick, make sure to get the cuts right and carefully drop them in oil for the flower effect.
Variations: You can also make a savory version of this by adding red chilli powder.
Other Names:Sweet Karele, Panasa Tonalu, Flower Kaaja, Uttilu.