Chandrakanti is a traditional odiya dish, deep-fried made from Moong dal and coconut. It is prepared in every household during festive occasions. Lovely sweet, very interesting recipe....
1 cup yellow moong dal
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
3/4th cup sugar
2 tsp sliced almond/ pistachios (optional)
salt to taste
oil for deep frying
ghee- 1 tsp
Soak the moong dal in water for 2-3 hours, drain, clean it and blend in a mixer into a paste(the paste should not b that much fine).
Take a deep Pan, add 1 cup of water and bring to boil. Add the sugar, let it boil for 2-3 min. Then add grated coconut, cardamom powder, sliced almonds(Optional) , and pinch salt and mix well. stir it continuously for 5-10 min.
Then add the moong dal paste, mix well for another 5 min till the mixture becomes thick.
Note: Keep stirring the moong daal continuously else it may form lumps
Take a tray.. grease the tray with ghee .
Spread the cooked mixture and press it evenly all over and keep aside for 25-30mins to cool.
With a greased knife cut it into equal size cubes or squares or to whatever shape you like.
Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep fry the pieces till golden brown.
Serve them warm or cool as you like it.
here are some snaps of round shape chandrakanti
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