Translated as “sweetheart” in English, diljani is a sweet that is famous in Udaipur. It is loved by most locals in other parts of Rajasthan. You’ll be surprised to know what is added to diljani? People extract the flavour out of orange juice. It makes diljani more flavourful, according to locals. Other ingredients that are added to diljani include sugar, almonds, saffron and cardamom powder. Diljani is very similar to boondi prasad that is offered in temples. But diljani and boondi prasad are different in the sense that diljani has that slight tang from being mixed in orange juice. Furthermore, traditionally diljani is also served with bite-sized gulab jamuns. This sweet can tickle your tastebuds in no time. So do make sure to give it a try at least once. It might grow on you. Here, we have shared a step by step method which shows how you can make diljani —

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3-4 saffron strands
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder 
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup gram flour
  • Almonds, sliced
  • Oil

METHOD

  • In a pan, add 1 cup water and sugar. 
  • Stir the liquid, until the sugar dissolves in water. 
  • Continue to stir on low flame. 
  • Add cardamom powder and saffron.
  • Once the liquid begins to thicken, remove from heat. 
  • Set aside. 
  • In a separate bowl, mix gram flour and 1/4 cup water. 
  • Mix well so that there are no lumps in the batter. 
  • Heat oil in a cooking vessel. 
  • Now take a perforated spoon and drop the batter through it into the oil. 
  • Make as many boondis with the batter as possible. 
  • Once the boondis turn yellow, remove from oil. 
  • Douse the boondis in sugar syrup, orange juice and almonds. 
  • Set aside for an hour so the boondis absorb all the flavours. 
  • Serve. 

We hope that you’ll enjoy this recipe!