Saturday, 7 November 2015

Thor - Meetha Saata - Deep Fried Pastry dipped in a thick Sugar glaze ! #authenticsweetsofindia #traditional #delecious # fooddelightsofdiwali

Nothing screams Diwali quite like pushing through crowds in indian food shops to buy those all important ingredients and squeezing past other women in indian clothes shops buying their diwali outfits.

With just the mention of diwali, my daughter starts scouring the internet for the latest designs. This year, we have been seeing designs inspired by the new Salman Khan film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. She was eagerly showing me whilst I was drafting this post.

With diwali comes this urge to dress magnificently. Women dream of wearing the perfect outfit for diwali day! As Indians like to do everything magnificently and as over the top as possible, even our sweets are dressed as if they are brides!

It's hard to tell the difference between walking into a indian sweet store and walking into a saree shop - both are an explosion of colour! Sometimes i think that the clothes look good enough to eat and the sweets look good enough to wear!

Both are adorned just as lovingly and lavishingly as each other that you can't always tell the difference between the two! Indian fabrics are covered in beautiful lace, zari and resham threads and our sweets are embellished with varakh, colourful nuts and flower petals.

There is something special about very traditional looking outfits and indeed eating the very traditional sweets too. We can create as many fusion outfits or make fusion dishes but nothing beats authenticity.

This is what made me want to go back to tradition and make the age old Indian sweet Thor.
The diwali feast seems incomplete without the old school dishes and mithais. Especially when you don't eat indian sweets all of the time, you really crave the classical recipes!

Thor (pronounced like the movie Thor) is one of the simplest indian sweets and one of the oldest. It is usually offered to Lord Krishna on the hindu new years day or made on diwali. It is a deep fried pastry in desi ghee that is dipped in a thick sugary glaze. This glaze hardens to form a scrumptious white sugary crust which provides a wonderful texture when bitten into. My daughter loves this sweet, so I thought I would make it this diwali!

Thor recipe is extremely simple, and definitely to prepare at home is not at all an onerous task. Requires just a few ingredients, little attention, while making it and Voila !! In little time you will have unbeatable authentic and traditional Thor ready to devour. Thor is deliciously crispy from outside and delightfully flaky and it melts in your mouth. Generally Thor is kept very simple, because I prepared for Diwali I had to adorn my Thor :)

You will need :- Thor - Pastry

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 4 tbsp. Desi Ghee
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk 
  • Desi ghee for deep fry
You will need :- Sugar glaze and garnishing 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. milk
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped Pistachio 
  • 2-3 tbsp. edible dried rose petals
  • 2 tsp. cardamom seeds crushed
Method :-
Place flour in a plate, add ghee and rub flour and ghee with your fingers.
Combine well, start adding milk little by little and knead a stiff pliable dough.
Cover with a clean kitchen towel for 10-15 minutes.
Divide dough into small golf size balls.
Roll out small round shape puri, thicker than normal puri.
Prick with the sharp knife or fork.
Heat ghee on a medium heat, GENTLY place in couple of rounds and turn the heat on low.
Very gently fry rounds till nice and brown, it will take about 5-6 minutes. 
Remove from the ghee and continue until all of the THor have fried. 
Keep each thor separated on a thali.
Let them cool completely. 
Take couple of baking sheet, greased little oil on it, by doing this THOR will not stick to on the tray.
To make sugar glaze take a non stick pan.
Add sugar and water, heat sugar on a medium heat.
Keep stirring and let the sugar dissolve completely.
Let the syrup go very thick.
Add milk and switch off the heat.
Now quickly drop thor one by one into glaze and coat completely and put them on a greased baking sheet.
Sprinkle cardamom seeds rose petals and pistachio nuts.
Let the glaze set about an hour or so.
Once glaze is set, THOR will be white.
Store in a airtight container.
Enjoy !

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  1. I love thor but have never tried to make it at home.Your photos make it even more tempting. Happy Diwali

    1. Now is the time :) Try it its so easy to make ! Wishing you a very happy Diwali .


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