With Karwa Chauth just a couple of days away… make these mithi mathis for this beautiful occasion. Its a custom to make meethi mathri on Karwa Chauth. These meethi mathri are a childhood favourite. Generally pure ghee is used for shortening.
2 cups Maida (All Purpose Flour)
1 tsp Salt or to taste
1/4 tsp Baking Soda (Optional)
1/2 cup warm Ghee / Oil
1/2 cup warm water or as needed
Oil to fry
For Chashni :
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
1 tblsp finly chopped Pista
1/2 tsp Elaichi Powder (Optional)
Few Rose Petals (Optional)
How to Make Sweet Mathri :
In a large bowl mix flour and warm ghee/ oil in it.
Now rub the flour with your fingertips, the more you do this the better texture the mathris will have.
The whole mixture should resemble breadcrumbs.
Start adding 1 tablespoon of warm water each time while mixing and bringing the dough together. Add just enough water to bind the dough together. It will be a hard dough. Cover over with wet cotton cloth and let it rest for about 30 mins.
After 30 mins smooth out the dough and make small lemon sized balls.
Now roll each of them into thick puris. Prick all over with a fork or a knife.
This step prevents them from puffing and helps them to become crispy.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and once it is hot, reduce to low medium heat.
Put few mathris in, based on the size of the pan and fry till light brown. Do not over crowd the pan.
Increase the heat to medium high towards the end so that the mathris attain a golden color.
Drain them on a paper towel to absorb extra oil.
Once completely cool, prepare the chashni.
Now in a pan add water and sugar and make sugar syrup of 2 thread consistency (do taar ki chashni). Add elaichi powder and mix well.
Switch off the gas and let the chashni become lukewarm.
Now dip the mathris in sugar syrup one by one. Then take them out and garnish with chopped pista and rose petals.
Place them in a oiled plate. Let the coating get dry.
After 10 mins carefully take them out and store them in an airtight container.