Manipuri cuisine is quite a unique cuisine in its own way. Its quite interesting to get to know about this cuisine which is bit unknown for me. Though i have a cooked a simple rice kheer from this dish, this cuisine is very interesting to explore.This month’s  Shh Cooking Secretly, a monthly event started by me, which is now hosted by Mayuri Patel, took us to Manipur. If you would have went through my previous posts of this cooking event, you might have noticed that we are exploring each regions of India. We, the fellow bloggers shares secretly our ingredients to cook a dish which will be mysterious ingredients for others and the best part is to guess the ingredients. Every month we are having loads of fun to guess other’s secret ingredients,dont forget to ping me if you want to join this group.

Madhurjan Thongba

Coming to this month’s theme, we cooked some delightful dishes from Manipur. Manipuri cuisine is totally different from other Indian states cuisine. Manipur is one of the states in North Eastern part of India. When my partner Prathima Shivraj of  Prathu’s food gave me milk and sugar as my secret ingredients, i immediately checked google to get a Manipuri dessert and hence i ended up with this Sweet dish. Madhurjan Thongba is a simple sweet dish prepared with gramflour dumplings which is deep fried and served with sweetened milk which is flavoured with cardamom and nuts. Quite an interesting dessert to make and enjoy without any fuss.

Madhurjan Thongba, Manipuri Sweet

Recipe Source: Here
1cup Gram flour
1/4tsp Baking soda
Oil for frying
1/2cup Sugar
2 Bay leaves
2 Cinnamon sticks
4 Cardamom
1+1/2cups Milk
Nuts for garnishing
Water as per need

Make a thick batter with gram flour,baking soda with enough water.

Heat oil for frying, drop a spoon of gramflour batter and fry.

Fry the dumplings in small batches, drain the excess of oil with paper towel.

Meanwhile heat milk, sugar, with cinnamon stick, bayleaves, crushed cardamom until they get reduced a bit.

Manipuri Madhurjan, Madhurjan Thongba

Put off the stove, remove the sweetened milk from the fire.

Drop the already prepared gramflour dumplings and let it sit for few minutes.

Serve in a plate.

Note: Some Madhurjan thongba calls for grated coconut, its completely optional.

Manipuri Madhurjan Thongba

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