This is one of my favorite Pithe which is made with sweet potatos, means Ranga Alur’r Pithe (Sweet Potato Dumplings). It is made almost in every Bengali house during the Makar Sankranti. The ingredients are so simple and it is easy to make, so here it is the method.
- Sweet Potatoes – 2 or 3 (1 cup after boil and mashed)
- All purpose flour(maida) – 2 to 3 tbsp
- Rice flour – 1 tbsp
- Suger – 1 tbsp
- Salt – a small pinch
For the Syrup :
- Sugar – 1/2 cup
- Nolan gur – 3 tbsp (date palm jaggery)
- Cardamom pods – 3 to 4
1. First we need to make the syrup, for that take 2 cups of water in a deep pan. When the water starts boiling add the sugar, cardamom pods and jaggery. Cook it for 10 minutes.
2. In the meantime, when the syrup is cooking take the boil sweet potatoes in a bowl and mash them until smooth. Now add the maida, rice flour, salt and sugar. Knead it well to form a smooth dough.
3. Divide the dough into small equals balls and shape it. Now fry them over a medium flame until golden brown color. (cook it in batches)
4. Take out the fried dumplings and drop them into the warm syrup. Let them soak in the syrup for 30 to 40 minutes till the pulis(dumplings) soak the syrup completely.
5. Enjoy this warm or cold as you like. Lastly I add some chopped pistachio as a garnishing.