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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dum Ke Rote


I have signed up for Srivalli's month long marathon this April, with the theme of "Indian states". It is giving me an opportunity to explore the regional, culinary heritage of India and the first one in the series is going to be my home state "Andhra Pradesh". The state can be classified geographically into three regions - Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana. I am very well acquainted with the first two regions, being connected to them through my parents and husband. Telangana is the region that I am not familiar with and I wanted to try something from this region. 
Hyderabad is a part of Telangana and is the home for another culinary heritage, the Hyderabadi cuisine that was greatly influenced by the muslim reign there. I have noticed that the hindus are less familiar with several of the recipes that are popular among the muslim community there. Dum ke rote is one such Hyderabadi recipe that I wanted to try ever since I saw them on Mona's blog. She has a wonderful collection of recipes from the region. for people who are interested. Dum ke rote are semolina based cookies, baked / cooked in dum. These cardamom flavored cookies are soft from inside and crunchy outside. They are deceptively plain looking but are very addictive.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup almonds
1/2 cup pistachios 
3 & 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3 cups fine semolina (not semolina flour)
3 cups sugar
1 & 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp cardamom powder
3/4 cup unsweetened khoya
1 cup warm milk
1 cup warm ghee
Almond and pistachio flakes to garnish

Note:
I used 1/3 of the ingredients and got 4 rotes. Actually could have made 5. The rotes spread while baking and the 6 inched unbaked ones yielded 8 inched rotes. And I think making small sized ones is a smart option both for storage and consumption purposes.

Method:
* Soak almonds and pistachios in water overnight. Drain and peel off the skins in the morning.
* Grind almonds, pistachios and khoya to a fine paste adding warm milk.
* Combine all purpose flour, semolina, sugar, baking powder and cardamom powder in a mixing bowl.
* Add the nut-khoya paste to the flour mixture and mix well to form a firm dough. Add extra milk if needed to form the dough. The dough was a little on the sticky side. Knead the dough and allow to rest it for about an hour. Remove, knead the dough again and put it back to rest once again for another hour.
* Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.
* Divide the dough into 13 - 15 portions.
* Cover baking sheets with aluminium foil and grease them. Gently pat each portion into a thin circle of about 6 inches in diameter.

* Bake for about 10 - 15 minutes or until the edges and the bottom side starts to brown. Broil on low for 2 to 5 minutes until they turn golden brown uniformly. Keep an eye through the broiling part and don't let them burn. Remove, cool and store them in an airtight container.



Comments

25 comments:

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

That is a very delicious cookie! the Indian flavors in the cookies are awesome! Looking forward to your recipes this month :)

Manjula Bharath said...

wow such an deliicou Dum ke rote :) I wud just love to grab them from screen and enjoy :) what an yummy start for mega marathon dear :) fantastic recipe !!

Srivalli said...

Oh yes I have so many of Mona's bookmarked that I want to make..very nice one Suma..good to have you on..can't wait to check out your other posts..

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

You have post unique recipe dear..Looks so crispy and soft inside..

nandoos Kitchen said...

This is looking superb!

Priya Srinivasan said...

Totally new suma!!! Looks fabulous, this BM is a great opportunity to learn more about every cuisine!!!

Hari Chandana said...

Looks too good and tempting.. great preparation!

Priya Suresh said...

Dum ke rote looks like a geant cookies, completely a new dish for me,thanks for sharing Suma.

Jayanthi Padmanabhan said...

the dum ke rote look cute.. our Indian cookies sound even more delicious than the regular cookies

The Pumpkin Farm said...

Suma this is gorgeous looking bread, i want to dig into it right away

Harini-Jaya R said...

A unique cookie from Hyderabad. The ingredients sound very yumm and I am sure the combination cannot go wrong!!

Chef Mireille said...

never heard of it and looks so good

Nalini's Kitchen said...

This recipe is new to me,sounds inviting..Bookmarking dear.

Usha said...

You so right about the recipes from muslim community. We just know the popular dishes. Rice recipe to showcase hyderabad cuisine

Varadas Kitchen said...

Looks rich and delicious. Lovely color.

Sreevalli E said...

Wow.. delicious looking cookies. Very inviting..

Gayathri Kumar said...

Very new type of cookie to me. Looks so nice with those almonds...

Pavani N said...

That is such an interesting hyderabadi dish. Totally new to me, but sounds crispy and delicious. Will have to try some time.

Kalyani said...

That's one cracker of a recipe from Hyderabad ! Has turned out delish and crunchy !

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

so authentic!!! this one looks awesome!!

vaishali sabnani said...

This cookie looks amazing. .really delicious. Like your recipe choice.

Rajani S said...

This is totally new to me, never heard of this before. Looks like a good way to use up almonds :)

Briju P said...

Very new to me and sure it taste as yummy as it looks

Nisha Sundar said...

One amazing dish.. Love this rote. It has come out so well.

Padmajha PJ said...

Looks so good Suma! And nice choice for this state :)