“The Mystery of Bhakra” sounds like a good title for a book or a movie, but actually, Bhakra is a tea time snack that’s a kind of biscuit/cake. And the mystery, is that I can’t remember where I first had it. It’s not something I remember having too often when I was young and living at home, but I knew exactly what they looked like, tasted like, so I must have had them somewhere at some time.
Anyway, regardless of this mystery of the East, the other weekend, I had a bit of time on my hands so decided to do a bit of research and find a recipe and give them a try. My youngest daughter was home with me, and agreed to help, which was nice as usually they run off when I ask for help in the kitchen.
After finding a few recipes online, I went a bit freestyle and used my own interpretation / creativity / taste.
They turned out well, but didn’t have much of a uniform shape. I think that I should have used more plain flour to create more of a dough that could be rolled, and cut into biscuit shapes. I’ll try that next time.
- 0.5 cup of plain flour
- 1 cup of semolina
- 1 tbsp melted ghee
- 1 tbsp plain yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 0.75 cup of brown sugar
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- Flat tbsp nutmeg powder
- 4 crushed cardamom
- 50grms ground almonds
- Mix all of the ingredients together and knead into a dough.
- Leave the dough for a couple of hours
- For biscuit shapes, roll out the dough and cut into round shapes then place into hot oil to deep fry
- Or, for odd looking shaped cake things, just take small teaspoons of the mixture and deep fry in hot oil (which is what I did).
- Once they are golden brown, remove from the oil.
- Best when eaten warm with a cup of tea!