Dehrori is a traditional dessert from Chhattisgarh and it is commonly prepared in every house during festivals like Holi and Diwali. It is a sweet delicacy and extremely delicious. Chhattisgarhi Dehrori is made with the batter of rice and curd fermented overnight, dumplings deep fried in oil and soaked in sugar syrup. It is also acknowledged as ‘Rice Gulab Jamun’.
The process of soaking and fermentation and preparation of Dehrori takes 2 full days. The ingredients used are quite healthy and comes out as one of the most non-resistible desserts, one can ever ask for. Without wasting much of time let us have a look at the Chhattisgarhi Dehrori recipe.
- Rice – 1 cup
- Water – ¼ cup
- Yogurt – ¼ cup
- Ghee – ½ cup for frying
- Sugar – 2 cups
- Cardamom powder – 2 tsp
- Nuts – to garnish
Easy steps to prepare delicious Chhattisgarhi dessert Dehrori: –
- Rinse and soak the rice in water for approximately 6 hours. You can take any variety of rice. I have used Sona Masoori.
- After 6 hours drain the water completely from the rice and blend coarsely, it should look like sooji. Make sure there is no water while you blend.
- To the blended rice, add yogurt and mix with hands. Mix till the batter receives the warmth from your palms. Do not add anything to the batter.
- Cover and leave the batter overnight for fermentation. Fermentation provides fluffiness in the batter and the dumplings get cooked easily while frying.
- Next day, prepare sugar syrup by adding water and sugar and cook till 1 string consistency. You can check the string by taking the syrup between thumb and index finger. Switch off the flame and add cardamom powder. Keep it aside.
- Heat ghee in a high flame first, then reduce the flame to medium. Make dumplings out of the fermented batter and fry gently. I used two spoons to make dumplings and gently scooped it in ghee. Once the dumplings get light brown in color on both sides, place it in paper towels to remove excess oil and then dip them in the warm sugar syrup. Let it dip till it is nicely soaked in sugar syrup.
- Garnish it with the choice of nuts.
The nutty and crunchy Dehrori is ready to eat. It becomes a sinful dessert as it is loaded with ghee and sugar but such treats are acceptable once in a while. The best part of this sweet is it can be stored at room temperature for 10-12 days, that means it does not require a refrigerator to store. Trust me it will be finished soon before that. You can also warm it in the microwave before serving.
Once you pour the dumplings in ghee, do not touch it immediately with ladle or else it will break. Let it get brown in color, then flip it gently.
Making small dumplings for frying helps in cooking faster. The number of Dehroris you make depends on the size of dumplings fried.