Gulabi Khira gaintha | Rice Dumplings in Rose Flavored Milk

  

an unique twist to the traditional odia sweet dish, khira gaintha using gulkand, roohafza and rose petals

Today is Diwali, the festival of light. I am wishing all my viewer here a very Happy Diwali !! May the divine light of Diwali spread into your life and bring piece, happiness, prosperity too.

Diwali is one of the most ancient festivals of India and is celebrated around the country with much fervor. People perform pujas on this day, dress up and indulge in a delicious feast. I hope you all have planned well for the celebration too. In addition to that here I have come up with a unique and eye-catchy dessertGulabi Khira GainthaorRice Dumplings in Rose Flavored Milk. I can assure you that this pinkish dessert will surely beautify the celebration much more.

What is the Khira Gaintha ?

Khira gaintha is a traditional odia sweet dish which consists of rice flour dumplings cooked in cardamom flavored milk. Usually these rice flour dumplings are stuffed with some coconut-jaggery mixture and sometime there is no stuffing used to make the dish too. There is also another variations people follow to make this dessert. Some add the dumplings directly to the boiling milk to steam, some other first steam the dumplings and then add to the boiling milk. I personally prefer to first steam the dumplings and then add to the boiling milk.

What is the twist here to the traditional one ?


The twist here is the rose flavor. And that comes from the use of rose petal jam aka gulkand, roohafza and rose petals. Gulkand can be store bought / homemade too. I have used some freshly prepared gulkand at home which I will share in details in another post.


Dietary note :

    βœ” Festive friendly

    βœ” Gluten free

    βœ” Odia Cuisine
    βœ” 
    easy and simple to make

    Making procedure of this dessert :

    First in a deep pan take water along with salt and start boiling. Gradually add rice flour to the boiling water. Stir continuously to avoid any lumps being formed. Keep the flame on low, cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5 minutes. Next turn off heat, transfer the dough to a plate and allow to cool.

    Meanwhile, mix well grated coconut and gulkand in a bowl. This is the stuffing for the khira gaintha. Keep aside.

    Now knead the cooled dough with ghee so that the dough becomes more softer. Next take 1 tsp of soft dough in palm, flatten a bit, put 1/4 tsp stuffing at center and then shape the dough as a ball (around 1/2 inch size). Similarly make balls out of the soft dough and steam all the stuffed balls.

    In another deep pan, heat the milk over low-medium heat. Add dry rose petals, sugar and mix well. When the milk starts to boil, add roohafza and mix. Then add all the steamed balls and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until milk thickens a bit and the balls look slightly pink in color. Add chopped dry fruits and gently give a mix. Turn off heat and the gulabi khira gaintha is ready !

    Serving suggestion –


    This is much perfect for any celebration time. As the Diwali time is here, so this twisted dessert will sure be an eye-catchy dish in menu. It tastes great when cold. So make ahead of time and keep in refrigerator till serving !

      The event related to this post :


      Well for current month the event ‘A to Z Recipe Challenge‘ has come up with the alphabet ‘R‘. That means, there must be a recipe post having the main ingredient name starting with alphabet R. So I opted R for ‘Rose’ and used rose petal jam (gulkand), rose syrup (roohafza), dry rose petals . Hence the end result is this ‘Gulabi Khira gaintha / Rice Dumplings in Rose Flavored Milk’.



      And, yes !!!


      If you like the recipe shared here and give a try at your place then do share in INSTAGRAM by tagging #firsttimercook. I would be so happy to see and surely share in my INSTA stories 😊😊


      Now let’s go through how to make “Quinoa Patties” at home πŸ‘‡

       

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        Gulabi Khira gaintha | Rice Dumplings in Rose Flavored Milk

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        Sasmita

        Prep time

        30 Min

        Cook time

        30 Min

        Total time

        1 Hour

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        Gulabi Khira gaintha | Rice Dumplings in Rose Flavored Milk

        an unique twist to the traditional odia sweet dish, khira gaintha using gulkand, roohafza and rose petals

        Ingredients

        • Rice flour 1 cup
        • Milk 1 lt
        • Sugar 1/2 cup
        • Coconut (grated) 1/2 cup
        • Rose petal jam (gulkand) 3 tbsp
        • Roohafza 2-3 tbsp
        • Rose petal (dry) few
        • Dryfruits (finely chopped) few
        • Salt 1 pinch
        • Ghee 2 tbsp

        Instructions

        1. Take water in a deep pan along with salt and start boiling.
        2. Gradually add rice flour to the boiling water.
        3. Stir continuously to avoid any lumps being formed.
        4. Keep the flame on low, cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.
        5. Turn off heat, transfer the dough to a plate and allow to cool.
        6. Meanwhile, take grated coconut and gulkand in a bowl.
        7. Mix well and keep aside the stuffing.
        8. Now knead the cooled dough with ghee so that the dough becomes more softer.
        9. Next take 1 tsp of soft dough in palm, flatten a bit, put 1/4 tsp stuffing at center and then shape the dough as a ball (around 1/2 inch size).
        10. Similarly make balls out of the soft dough and steam all the stuffed balls.
        11. In another deep pan, heat the milk over low-medium heat.
        12. Add dry rose petals, sugar and mix well.
        13. When the milk starts to boil, add roohafza and mix.
        14. Then add all the steamed balls and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until milk thickens a bit and the balls look slightly pink in color.
        15. Add chopped dry fruits and gently give a mix.
        16. Turn off heat and serve cold !

        Notes:

        I have used the homemade rice flour, check the recipe to make HOW TO MAKE RICE FLOUR AT HOME. You can use the store bought ones too.

        Add a paste of rice flour (1 tbsp rice flour and 1 tbsp water) to the boiling milk to thicken faster. I have not added.

        Stuffing part can be omitted, but enhances the rose flavor more.

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        12 Comments

        1. This is a lovely dessert.Small bite sized balls simmered in flavoured milk must be so tasting heavenly. I love to try out traditional dishes from different regions.

        2. You have elevated a simple traditional dish to new heights and are tempting me so much. The pics are just making me want to try this dish immediately.

        3. We make something similar to this called as paal kozhukkattai. The colour and the pics are so tempting and makes me to crave. Loved the innovative idea of using gulkand and rose syrup. Lovely share.

        4. Oooh! This is so pretty I wouldn't want to eat it! πŸ™‚ On second thoughts I'd love to eat it – it looks so delicious!

          I love the twist you have added to a traditional dessert, with the rose flavour. Must have elevated the taste to a whole new level.

        5. OOF!!! these images are so tantalizing. So beautiful that my daughter has nominated this as the best she can have for her birthday. Cant argue with that for sure as this is so good.

        6. The dessert looks so pretty that I do not want to eat it but having said that, I want to stuff my face with a bowl of this decadent all things rose dessert. What a flavourful dessert and the images do full justice.

        7. Such beautiful clicks, I must say! The dessert itself looks so pretty that I would hesitate to touch it… hehe… Looks really delicious too. Anything with rose flavor is always welcome…

        8. Wow Sasmita, seriously I cannot take my eyes of the exotic looking gulabi khira gaintha. Looks super duper and love how you've stuffed the balls with dry fruit to make it even more tastier.

        9. Love all your traditional Odia delicacies Sasmita ! Loved this one to the core. Can imagine the heavenly taste of this dessert with coconut and rosepeyal jam stuffed rice balls ate first steamed and then simmered in rose flavored milk. Can't take my eyes off this beautiful looking dessert .

        10. JollyHomemadeRecipes

          By first look, I thought its angoori rasmalai in rose syrup, this looks absolutely exotic and flavorful dessert. A simply WOW and so beautiful clicks, I must say!

        11. Your pictures are just WOW!what an exotic and decadent dessert with a twist. Love anything with rose flavour and this tops the list for sure. Super delicious dessert with a a beautifully captured images Sasmita.

        12. Never tried this as i don't like milk. But your looks great. Beautifully captured.

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