Gokul pithe is a traditional Bengali dessert. This is prepared during Makar Sankranti / Poush Sankranti along with puli pitha or vapa pitha, dudh puli and patishapta. Along with Poush Parbon, many people also prepare Gokul Pithe for Janmashtami. Gokul pitha is prepared with a stuffing of grated coconut and as these are kept in sugar syrup for some time. As a result, Gokul pithe becomes very soft and melts in your mouth with all its sweetness.
So without wasting much time, let’s see how to prepare Gokul pithe?
Ingredients to Make Gokul Pitha:
- Khoya (450 gms)
- Flour (150 gms)
- Ghee (40 gms)
- Grated coconut (200 gms)
- Sugar/date palm jaggery (2 ½ c)
- Sodium bicarbonate (1/8 tsp)
- Water (5 to 6 c)
Method of Preparation of Gokul Pithe:
- Take a heavy based vessel, place it overheat.
- Add 4 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar in it.
- Keep it to simmer to make sugar syrup.
- Take off the pan from heat and keep it to cool.
- Take a pan, place it over medium heat. Fry khoya, coconut and remaining sugar in it by stirring it.
- Now take off the pan from heat and keep it to cool. Then make equal balls of this mixture.
- Press the balls of the mixture with your palm to make cakes.
- Take a bowl, add flour, ghee, sodium bicarbonate and little water to make the batter.
- Heat ghee in a pan for deep frying, dip the coconut milk cakes in the batter and then fry them in hot oil until they turn golden brown in color.
- Take out them from the pan and place them on a paper towel to drain the extra oil.
- Now soak the cakes in sugar syrup and then serve them.