Gujarat has long stretches of unspoilt coastline and an endless supply of fish and shell fish. But strict Jainism in the past and orthodox Hinduism today has encouraged widespread vegetarianism. The Gujarati cuisine is not heavily spiced but slightly sweeter than the cuisines of the neighbouring states. Gujarati food is distinctively vegetarian with about 65% of its population shunning the meat. The remaining 35% of the state’s population consists of Bohra Muslims and Parsis. Bohra Muslims are the followers of Abdullah who were Hindus who adopted Muslim religion. The Parsi cuisine on the other hand is a blend of western influences. So here is the recipe:
- Cocoa powder 1 teaspoon
- Jaggery (gur) 1 cup
- Drinking chocolate 1 teaspoon
- Whole wheat flour (atta) 1½ cups
- Clarified butter 1 cup
- Milk 1 teaspoon
- Mixed dried fruits finely chopped For topping
- Heat clarified butter in a non-stick pan. Add flour and mix well till fragrant and it turns light brown.
- Add jaggery and switch off heat. Add sugar, milk, cocoa powder and drinking chocolate and mix well.
- Divide the mixture into silicon moulds and press to level. Top with dry fruits and set aside till it cools.
- Remove from mould and serve.