Dry fruits are considered to be the agents of health and that’s why we use them a lot in Indian dishes. In the valley region of Kashmir, a traditional dish like Kashmiri Shufta is made. Similarly, the Sindi community makes Varo. Varo is a chikki made with sliced almonds and pistachios and is flavoured with powdered cardamoms and saffron. It is considered to be a very rich and healthy sweet and is eaten a lot in winters. It is customary among Sindhis to send this to married daughters along with the other goodies during Diwali.Varo is specially made also for pregnant women as it is loaded with dry fruits. Here’s how to make Varo:
- Almonds - ½ cup ( Chopped )
- Pistachios - ½ cup ( Chopped )
- Sugar - 1 cup
- Green cardamom - 6-7 ( Crushed )
- Saffron - 5-6 strands
- Wheat flour - 1 tsp
- Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
- Ghee - 2 tbsp
- Heat 1 tsp. ghee in a small pan and fry the wheat flour on a low flame for half a minute.(till the aroma comes)
- Set aside.
- In a thick bottomed pan, put the sugar and keep stirring on low flame until it melts, avoiding lump formation.(do not make it dark brown)
- At this stage, add the poppy seeds, crushed cardamom seed and saffron.
- Also add the prepared wheat flour, half a tsp. ghee and the nuts and mix very fast.
- Turn off the gas and keep mixing till it becomes lumpy.(to a rolling consistency)
- Spread it on a greased surface and roll it with a greased rolling pin.(you have to do the rolling very fast.
- Cool it and cut into pieces.( to break evenly, mark with the knife lightly after rolling and break after it is cooled)
This recipe is a part of #WADiwali contest in association with Maharaja Whiteline.