Cookbook:Sylheti Handesh

Sylheti Handesh
CategoryDessert recipes
TimeAbout 1 hour

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Dessert recipes | Cuisine of India | Cuisine of Sylhet

Sylheti handesh, also known as Guror handesh in the Sylhet region, is a delightful sweet and puffy deep-fried pitha that can also be enjoyed as a snack. This traditional delicacy is deeply rooted in Sylheti culture and is especially popular during the celebration of Eid, naming ceremonies, and wedding festivities. Handesh is made from a combination of molasses or sugar and rice flour, creating a unique and delectable treat. In the past, it was crafted from rice threshed using traditional, unmotorized Dheki equipment, adding to its historical significance.

Ingredients edit

Procedure edit

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the molasses and rice flour. Knead the mixture well until it forms a smooth, pliable dough. If the mixture is too dry, you can add a little water to achieve the desired consistency.
  2. Heat cooking oil in a deep pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Take small portions of the dough and shape them into round or oval discs, about the size of your palm.
  4. Carefully slide the shaped dough into the hot oil and fry until it puffs up and turns golden brown. Be cautious when frying, as the oil will be very hot.
  5. Remove the fried handesh from the oil and place them on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  6. Allow the handesh to cool slightly before serving. They can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.

Notes, tips, and variations edit

  • Handesh makes for a delicious breakfast or a delightful snack with a cup of tea.