To make winter special, Indrani Roy shares two classic Bengali sweets recipes. You can share yours too!
Nolen Gur or date palm jaggery (slightly smoky in colour) is an intrinsic part of any Bengali household food in winter.
Visit any sweet shop in Bengal in the winter months and you are sure to come across lip-smacking delicacies made with this jaggery -- Moyas, Rasogollas, Sandesh, Jalbhora, Kanchagolla to name a few.
Collecting date palm jaggery is a rigorous process. With the onset of winter, thoroughly cleaned earthen pots are fitted to date palm trees wherein the sap gets collected by a tapper. It is left in the containers all night.
The liquid is then boiled (usually in a metal pot) till it thickens and Jhola Nolen Gur is made.
Here are two mouth-watering recipes made of Nolen Gur.
Nolen Gurer Moya
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Note: While making the Moyas, you might have to wipe your hands in between, if they get too sticky.
Nolen Gurer Sandesh
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