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Friday, June 24, 2011

Panasa Thonalu

Panasa thonalu is a traditional Andhra sweet dish that can be put together very quickly. Panasa thonalu literally means the jackfruit bulbs / pods in Telugu. Why is a sweet dish named so then? It is probably because of their shape. Compared to the other Andhra 'pindivantalu' - the  traditional festive dishes, this one is not a very well known dish but really a mouthwatering kind. I should however assert that the entire process is really a breeze and so a suitable one to prepare in a short notice. If a couple of tiny extra steps involved is not counted then panasa thonalu preparation is similar to poori making, if I could put it that way.
The dough is shaped, deep fried and dunked in sugar syrup for a few minutes so that the crisp thonalu is left with a thin coating of sugar resulting in a yummy delicacy. A good and easy one even for a novice.

Ingredients: (Make a dozen)
1 cup maida
2 Tbsp Ghee (2 Tbsp more can be used if desired.)
A pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder
Oil to fry


* Combine melted ghee, salt and flour in a mixing bowl. Gradually add water and make firm dough (like that of chapathi dough consistency).
* Add sugar and 1/2 cup of water to a pan and bring to boil. Lower the heat and keep cooking until one thread consistency syrup (theega pakam) is formed. Add cardamom powder and mix well. Remove the syrup from fire.

* Divide the prepared dough into twelve equal portions and shape them into balls. 
* Take one ball and roll it into a thin disc of about 4 -5 inches diameter (like a poori). Using a knife, make vertical slits along the disc about 1 cms apart, taking care to leave the edges untouched.  

Though I have shown 4 slits in the above image, you can go with more. Now gently roll the disc and pinch / twist the edges.

I just wanted to show, how a panasathona looks when spread.

* Meanwhile heat oil in a frying pan. When it is hot enough to fry, lower the heat and gently slide in the prepared panasa thona. Fry until golden brown and crisp, flipping in between. Remove with a slotted spoon and drop into the sugar syrup prepared earlier. Remove it from the syrup after 3 -4 minutes and place it on a tray / plate. When they dry, store them in an airtight container.
* Repeat the step with the remaining dough balls. Panasa thonalu can be fried in batches, 4 to 6 at a time depending upon the size of the frying pan being used.

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vaishali sabnani said...

loved the way you have done it up...looks grt ..we normally make the savoury ones....but will try the sweet version:)

Shanavi said...

Am much aware of this sweet cos I get it from the nearby bakery shop here.. I just love this sweet snack Suma, Thanx for posting..Will make some soon..

DD said...

wow this is new and tasty treat :)

Degchi said...

Panasa thonalu looks good just like kandil. Will make it on diwali. we make diamond shape Shakar para like this. Neat pictorial presentation.

Pavani said...

Its been ages I had these Suma.. Excellent job in getting the shape and kudos for coming up with these traditional Andhra dishes.. I'm enjoying and bookmarking all of these.
Enjoy ur weekend.

harini-jaya said...

Chala Bagunnai..Nice pictorial explanation. In our households, it has never been made but I tasted this / assisted in making these for a friend.

Hari Chandana said...

Wow.. Mee panasa thonalani chusthuntene norooruthondi.. chala perfect ga and tempting ga vunnayi.. And naku aa shape chala istham.. Yummy :)
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Sobha Shyam said...

wow, very interesting recipe, great explanations..looks delicious..

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Prathibha said...

lovely panasa thonalu,looks delicious..y dont u parcel some 2 me..:)

Mélange said...

Completely new to me.But I am already fallen for this thonalu.As you said,it resembles pretty jack fruits..the shape itself is truly inviting.Thanks for sharing.

Vardhini said...

Wow .. new dessert and love the pictorial Pavani. I have to try it out sometime.

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PJ said...

What a cute dessert. And very easy too..

jayasree said...

I remember seeing this Srivalli's...Loved your step-by-step pictorial. Very helpful.

Priya said...

It been a long i wanted to try this wonderful and cute panasa thonalu, cant wait to try them..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

This is a very intricate looking and tempting sweet! I am bookmarking this!

Aarthi said...

lovely snack

Divya Vikram said...

The sweet looks delicious. New to me :)

SouthIndianHome said...

Interesting and yummy recipe
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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wonderful and perfectly done !!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Yum, Suma, the picture looks superb, love the recipe :)

Apu said...

Yumm - I love these!!

Srivalli said...

It's strange how this sweet is not blogged so much, though it's so popular otherwise. When I first posted it, there was only one post on it..:)..love to eat this anytime..

rekhas kitchen said...

Not fair how can you tempt like this so so perfect suma yummm.