How’s that for a slice of fried gold?

Cardamom

I admit I’m not much on Indian sweets. The occasional gulab jamun is about all I can stand.

But this bit of heaven in Jodhpur — which I’ve never seen anywhere else in the country (maybe not looking enough) — was fantastic. A combination of soft and crunchy with a hint of cardamom. Some of them come covered in icing or butter or cheese-like substance.

The old market bylanes are filled with these cakewallahs.

See below for a better understanding of how it’s made. I don’t really know a whole lot else, as my Hindi failed that morning. All I could really gather was “elaichi” — Hindi for cardamom — before the guy simply broke me off a piece to try.

I wish I had bought so much more.

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One Response to “How’s that for a slice of fried gold?”

  1. Kali Says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Adam,

    This is a typical Marwari/Rajasthani dessert (one of my favorites also, as it happens!) and no, you won’t be able to find it anywhere else in the country.

    It’s called ghevar and more can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghevar

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