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January 26, 2009

PUNJAB DI SPECIAL PANJIRI- on India's 60th Republic Day

First of all I would like to wish you all a Happy Republic Day, hope the year ahead brings peace and prosperity to all.

Today would also be a good day to celebrate with something close to the heart, traditional and (for both hubby and me) the ultimate in comfort food- panjiri.It is in every little village (pind) of Punjab, in every little household, no matter rich or poor that panjiri is made and is fed, especially to kids, thus it also becomes associated with love showered thru food.Panjiri is meant to be eaten in winters as it has a warming effect on the body and wards away cough and cold as well as provides nourishment.

However do limit your intake as it is very addictive and can easily add inches to your waist :)



  • Whole wheat flour(atta)- 2 cups
  • Semolina(suji)-1/2 cup
  • Chickpea flour(besan)-1/2 cup
  • Sugar(powdered)-1 cup
  • Clarified butter(desi ghee)- 2 cups
  • Mixed dry fruit- 1 cup


Dry roast the chickpea flour(besan) on a slow flame, stirring continously till light brown, remove and keep aside.Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan, add the wholewheat flour and suji and roast again stirring continously till golden, this is a very important step, as the flour can burn easily so keep an eagle eye and do keep stirring!This can easily take upto 15-20 mins.Tip in the roasted chickpea flour(besan),sugar and the dry fruit and take off fire, mix well, let cool and enjoy!Keeps well for several weeks.

Let it set on a plate, cut into squares, enjoy as burfi....

panjiri burfi

Panjiri is warming the hearts of the hosts of- JFI-chickpea and Just for you(it is my husband's favourite and today I made it specially for him).

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Asha January 26, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

Happy Republic day to you too.

Panjiri is new to me, looks good. I bet your hubby is happy to have that! :))

Trupti January 27, 2009 at 2:30 AM  

Bindiya, panjiri looks very delicious.

Alka January 27, 2009 at 12:35 PM  

Oh thts so nostalgically lovely....i remember having this at many occasions like lohri and Jaagran(Maata ki chowki) at my Punju friends place...more than eating it(since i dont have any sweet tooth) i love the addictive aroma that tickles my nose,when gram flour is roasted in pure ghee...heavenly...
Thanks for the lovely entry..

sowmya January 27, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

this looks so delicious with nuts and dry fruits..

Priya January 27, 2009 at 4:26 PM  

Delicious n awesome click..new to me:)

vidhas January 27, 2009 at 5:13 PM  

Panjri, looks and sounds yum. New to me, something is waiting for you, come and grab it.

ms January 28, 2009 at 3:49 AM  

Hi Bindiya,
A very happy republic day to you too. It looks like a delicious spin on the usual besan ka laddoo.what a lovely entry to JFI Chickpea!

Anonymous ,  January 29, 2009 at 12:16 AM  

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