Hope everyone enjoyed the Makarasankaranthi/Pongal
Dear son Aanand is growing pretty well. Can’t believe he is 3 months old now! Time just flies away. The other day we were chatting with Panaji (great grandmom) via webchat. She mentioned that as the babies reach their milestones, its a customary that we prepare few dishes so to mark their achievement, enjoy and feel proud about it. It seems somas is prepared when the babies turn to their sides. Why somas? God only knows Probably it resembles a child lying on his sides… (he he pardon my vague idea…) Aanand accomplished this milestonse long back, within couple of weeks since he was born. Here I share the somas recipe and my happiness as a proud mother with you all.
Maida: 3 cups
Rava (Sooji): 1 cup
Pottu Kadalai (Roasted bengal gram) powder: 1 cup
Desiccated coconut (Copra) : 1 /2 cup
Sugar: 1 cup
Cardamom powder (Elachi) : 1 tsp
Cooking oil : To fry the somases
Somas presser (Shown in the figure) : one (This is optional)
- Puran preparation for somas:
- Grate the copra.
- Mix pottu kadalai powder, sugar, grated copra and elachi powder. keep it aside
- Roast rava and powder it.
- Mix the powdered rava with maida.
- Add water and prepare a dough (Just like we do for making puris).
- Make small balls out of the dough and roll it (small ones as puris).
- Place the flattened dough on the somas presser.
- Keep the puran and close it.
- Remove extra dough protruding from the sides of the somas presser.
- Now remove the somas from the presser and deep fry it.
- Delicious somas is ready to relish.
If you do not have a somas presser, follow these steps:
- Roll the dough as puris.
- Keep the puran in the middle.
- Fold the dough (as a semi circle) and stick the ends with little oil.
- Now fry the somas.
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