Gul is jaggery, pohe is flattened rice and vadi is burfi. Pohe being one of Lord Krishna’s favorite foods, are offered to Him for the Janmashtami festival, which celebrates His birth. I love the mythological story about Sudama’s gift of pohe for Lord Krishna. It teaches us all a valuable lesson that gifts given from the heart are far more precious than any other gifts.
Gul pohe are made with jaggery, coconut, ghee, nutmeg and cardamom mixed with flattened rice or pohe. They are not a favorite with my kids. So I decided to make a vadi/burfi with similar ingredients adding almonds and roasted dal/dalia to it too.
This is a ‘no syrup making skills required’ recipe! Many people are nervous about the right consistency of jaggery syrups, especially here in America, as we do not get a type of jaggery made especially for desserts. So I experimented and came up with this easy recipe that needs no syrup. Plus the mixture is so pliable that you can take your time rolling it, unlike the syrup recipes where you have to handle the hot mixture or the vadi falls apart! Needless to say the palms of your hands are not happy with that recipe:)
So the yummy Gul Pohe Vadi is a winner all around! I especially loved the crispy texture of this vadi and the fact that I could sneak in all the nutrition of the almonds, coconut, dalia and the iron rich pohe, jaggery and dates. It is a great gluten free snack with a vegan option in recipe too.
This is what I did-
I used thin pohe for this recipe. Microwave the pohe on high for 1 ½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. The pohe then look curled and crisp. Set them aside to cool.
Next I toasted the almonds, dalia and dry shredded coconut on a teaspoon of ghee. Start with the almonds and toast them lightly then add the dalia. Stir fry for a few seconds and add the shredded coconut. Stir until it is toasted to a golden brown color and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
I used my mini food processor to pulse the pohe- just 2 to 3 times is enough.
I also pulsed the almond mixture 3 times to turn them into smaller bits. I reserved 3 to 4 tablespoons of the mixture aside.
And combined the rest with the pohe.
In the food processor bowl, add the jaggery and the dates. Pulse until it is broken down into little bits and is gooey.
Add the pohe-almond mixture, sea salt, cardamom and nutmeg and keep pulsing the food processor until the mixture comes together and is all clumped.
Remove the mixture to a greased plate. I have used a baking mat. Roll the mixture out with a rolling pin.
Add the reserved almond-coconut mixture on top and roll again. The mixture is pretty pliable and easy to roll.
Cut into square or diamond shapes!
Gul Pohe Vadi
- 1 cup thin poha (flattened rice)
- 1 teaspoon ghee +some to grease the plate. Or coconut oil for a vegan option.
- ¼ cup almonds
- ¼ cup dalia (roasted chana dal)
- ¼ cup shredded dry coconut
- ½ cup jaggery
- 10 dates
- Pinch of sea salt
- 5 green cardamoms, shelled and seeds powdered
- about 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
To make the Gul Pohe Vadi-
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat the pohe on high for 1 ½ minute, stirring the pohe every 30 seconds. Remove and set aside.
- In a pan heat the ghee or coconut oil and toast the almonds, dalia and the shredded coconut in that order, until golden brown and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a food processor, pulse the pohe until broken into smaller bits. Remove.
- Add the almond mixture and pulse until the mixture is broken into smaller bits. Remove and set aside about 3 tablespoons of this mixture.
- Add the jaggery and the dates to the food processor bowl, and pulse the mixture until it becomes a gooey mixture.
- Add the pohe, the rest of the almond mixture, sea salt, cardamom powder and the nutmeg powder. Pulse the mixture until it all mixes well and is all clumped together.
- Remove from the food processor and roll on a greased plate or surface to about 1/2 inch thickness.
- Add the reserved nut mixture on top and lightly roll again to embed them into the vadi/burfi.
- Cut into diamond or square shape.
This easy to make, Gul Pohe Vadi is a hit at our home and I hope that you and your family like it too!
Wishing you a happy weekend!