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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Gathi for Gudhi Padva/ Sugar Candy



Last year I made these “Gathi” for the first time for my daughter’s first Gudhi Padva (Hindu New Year) celebration. Gudhi Padva, is the Sanskrit name for Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month (first month of Hindu calendar) to mark the beginning of the New Year according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar. To know more about Gudhi Padwa please click here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gudi_Padwa

We Maharashtrians have a ritual where we give these sweet Gathi to the kids in our house also we put the garland made by these sweet candies on our Gudhi. We hoist the Gudhi in our balcony, deck or someplace where it faces the sun.

So here is the most awaited recipe of these Gathi. I made it 1st time by following a recipe of Mayura Kulkarni but later made a few changes, and additions to it. However, a sincere thanks to her as I would have never thought of making it at home for my baby. It has immense importance in our tradition and she played an important role in giving me this recipe. Here you go!!!!

Ingredients:
  1. Sugar: 4 Tspn.
  2. Water: 1 ½ Tspn. 
  3. Red Food color: One drop 
Tools
  1. Baking Mat or parchment paper
  2. Cooking twine or thick thread
  3. A small wok or pan or kadhai 
  4. Spoon

Method:
  1. First things first. Lay a foot of cooking twine on a baking mat.
  2. Take a small bowl and mix sugar and water in it till the sugar dissolves completely.
    This mixture should be little thick in consistency so you will have adjust the sugar and quantity in such a way that the water is just enough to dissolve the sugar. It should not be runny at all. 
  3. Put the mixture in a small pan and put it on low heat. 
  4. Keep stirring continuously. 
  5. At this time you can put a drop of food color of your choice. You also can separate the mixture in two different pans and put color of your choice in one of them and keep one clear white (as battasa). I used red color here. However if you plan to make two colored garland, please make one batch at a time. 
  6. Keep stirring till the bubbles start to immerse. At this time if you feel the water is little less then add it literally drop by drop. As mentioned earlier you don’t want a runny mixture. In short you need two strings consistency of sugar syrup. (2 तारी पाक )
  7. Just continue to stir until the sugar just begins to caramelize but we definitely don’t want it to get caramelized completely.  
  8. As the bubbles rise, start collecting those bubbles in a spoon very carefully and lay it on the thread. I found it easier to collect the bubbles by tilting the pan and by lowering the heat while you collect the bubbles for the droplets. Here you have to be a little quick as the sugar has started to caramelize and before it is caramelized completely we have to collect all the bubbles for our drops of Gathi. If you are making a double colored garland (which I did not do, I made two separate garlands with two different colors) keep enough space for other colored mixture. It spreads a little so keep space accordingly.
  9. It cools and solidifies pretty quickly. 
  10. Give 30-45minutes for the garland to settle down completely. 
  11. Now it is ready to go either on your Gudhi and/or in your kid’s tummy. 
  12. I could make two garlands out of this measurement.

मंद वारा वसंताची चाहूल घेऊन आला..पालवी मधल्या प्रत्येक पानात नवंपण देऊन गेला..त्याने नवीन वर्षाची सुरुवात ही अशीच केली..नाविन्याच्या आनंदासाठी तो मंगल गुढी घेऊन आला..अशा या आनंदमयी गुढीपाडव्याच्या व नवीन वर्षाच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा


Hope you like this super easy and super quick recipe of Gathi. Make it and just surprise your family just the way I surprised them J

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