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Ghevar Recipe / Ghevar Sweet Step by step

Ghevar (घेवर) or honey comb dessert is an Indian delicacy from the Rajasthani cuisine, made on festivals in monsoon season like Teej and Rakhsha Bandhan.  Ghevar is way different from other usual Indian sweets. It has a unique taste.

what is ghevar

Ghevar is a round plate-shaped sweet normally 8 – 10 inch in radius. It is made from ghee/oil, flour and sugar syrup. There are many varieties of Ghevar such as Plain, Mawa / Rabri  and malai Ghevar.

You will find this dessert in monsoon season in almost every sweet shop in Rajasthan, UP and Delhi part of India. However, if you are in a foreign country, then its really difficult for you to find ghevar sweet. 

There is scientific reason why ghevar is available mostly during Rakhi and Teej. These festivals normally fall in July or August. As per ayurveda, these are the months which cause dryness and acidity in the whole body, contributing to mood swings and restlessness. That’s why ancestors in India devised a sweet which is super sweet and ghee rich, as these two things provide relief from moist environment and acidity. Thus giving calmness to mind.

Being here in UK for many years now, I was never able to find and relish this sweet here. Struggling to find this for last so many years, I decided to make it at home back in 2016. Since then have been successfully making ghevar at home every year.

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Method of making ghevar

There are four steps for ghevar making.

Getting basic / Raw ghevar ready

  • Take a big bowl and put Clarified Butter/Desi Ghee in it. Add the ice cubes and start whisking them together until the ghee turns to a cream like consistency. Now remove the ice cubes and whisk the butter until its smooth.
  • Add all purpose flour and milk to it in small amounts and keep whisking them regularly so that there is no lumps made.
  • Once all the milk and flour is mixed, start adding water slowly with regular whisking again. Make a smooth running consistency batter by using water as required. Add lemon juice and whisk it properly again. Lemon juice helps in binding the flour mix while frying.
  • Take a round deep and flat bottomed Pan / Kadhai and fill more than half of it with ghee. Heat it on high flame till the ghee gets really hot.
  • Once the ghee is hot, take ladle full of batter and pour it in the middle of the pan in a thin stream. After pouring ladle full batter, wait for at least one minute  till the bubbles settles and then pour the second batch and so on. Keep sure that there is a hole in centre and keep pushing the batter towards the outer side, like forming a circle in the middle.
  • Pour little batter on the sides of pan too to make it perfect round. Once you have poured enough batter, let the ghevar fry for few good minutes till its golden brown in colour. Try to rotate your ghee in the pan / kadhai while frying which helps in evenly frying of the ghevar.
  • Once its fried properly, take it out very carefully by inserting that thin skewer/stick  in the middle hole and lifting the whole ghevar with it.
  • Keep the ghevar slightly tilted on a plate to remove excess oil.

Making sugar syrup for ghevar

  • To make sugar syrup, add sugar and water in a pan and let them boil. Add milk to remove the impurities, once it starts boiling. The scum will start collecting on the sides . Remove it and let your syrup boil till it reaches to 1.5 string consistency. Switch off the heat and let it cool for sometime.

Making Rabdi for Ghevar

  • To make Rabri, by taking the milk in a heavy bottommed pan and boiling it till it reduces to 1/3rd of its original quantity. Keep stirring in between so as the milk don’t stick to the bottom. Add sugar and Cardamom powder and mix well.

Assembling ghevar

  • Put 2 skewers on the sugar syrup pan and place your one round of ghevar on it. Start Pouring Sugar syrup on ghevar. Pour the syrup everywhere on the ghevar.
  • Top it up with rabri and carefully place it on to a plate so that excess syrup is released.
  • Garnish them with chopped nuts
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Pro tips for ghevar making

  • Make sure you use a deep and thick bottom pan to fry Ghevar. When Ghevar batter is poured in the ghee it splatters, so if you use shallow vessel then ghee will spill out of the vessel.
  • Always use ice cold water and cold milk to make batter as it prevents the ghee separating from the batter when whisked continuously.
  • Always handle the fried Ghevar very carefully as they are really delicate and can crack very easily if not handled properly.
  • You can prepare rabdi in advance.
  • Make a smooth running consistency batter, adding lemon juice helps in binding the flour mix while frying.
  • Before frying ghevar in oil, check the temperature of oil is correct. You can check the correct temperature by dropping a small portion of the batter and see if it immediately comes up, and doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  • Whilst frying, when pouring the batter into the centre of pot, it spreads around the corner and lift up in the ghee. Keep making space in centre  by using a skewer/round stick to pour more batter  after the previous batch has settled

Storage

You can store the Ghevar with sugar syrup for almost 2 weeks in an air tight container, but if you using Rabri then its recommended to finish in 2-3 days as rabri tends to perish in 3-4 days.

Serving suggestion

Serve rabdi loaded ghevar topped with nuts as dessert.

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Ghevar Recipe – How to make Ghevar

Meenu Gupta
A circular disc shaped traditional Indian sweet made with flour and then soaked in the sugar syrup. Then topped with rabdi and nuts to give a mouth watering rich flavour.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 Portions
Calories 966 kcal

Ingredients
  

For Ghevar

  • 250 Grams All Purpose Flour/ Maida
  • 50 Grams Ghee / Clarified Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Litre Ghee or Oil For Deep Frying
  • 4 Cup Ice Cold Water
  • 10 Ice Cubes
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 4 Tablespoon Chopped Almonds and Pistachios

For Sugar Syrup

  • 400 Grams Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk

For Rabri

  • 1 Litre Full Fat Milk
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/3 Teaspoon Cardamom Powder

Instructions
 

Making Ghevar

  • First of all, Sieve the All purpose flour / Maida and keep it aside.
    Flour for Ghevar Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Now take a big bowl and put Clarified Butter/Desi Ghee in it. Add the ice cubes and start whisking them together until the ghee turns to a cream like consistency. Now remove the ice cubes and whisk the butter until its smooth. See Video below.
  • Now start adding all purpose flour and milk to it in small amounts and whisking them regularly so that there is no lumps made.
    Mixing Milk | Ghevar Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Once all the milk and flour is mixed, start adding water slowly with regular whisking again. Make a smooth running consistency batter by using all of the remaining water. Now add lemon juice and whisk it properly again. Lemon juice helps in binding the flour mix while frying.
    Mixing Consistantly for Ghevar | Ghevar Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Take a round deep and flat bottomed Pan / Kadhai and fill more than half of it with ghee. Heat it on high flame till the ghee gets really hot. You can check the correct temperature by dropping a small portion of the batter and see if it immediately comes up, and doesn't stick to the bottom.
    Oil for Frying Ghevar | Ghevar Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Once the ghee is hot, take ladle full of batter and pour it in the middle of the pan in a thin stream. After pouring ladle full batter, wait for at least one minute  till the bubbles settles and then pour the second batch.
    Creating layers | Ghevar Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Repeat the same process for 3-4 times depending on the size of ghevar, you want. When pouring the batter into the centre of pot, it spreads around the corner and lift up in the ghee. Keep making space in centre  by using a skewer/round stick to pour more batter  after the previous batch has settled.
  • Pour little batter on the sides of pan too to make it perfect round. Once you have poured enough batter, let the ghevar fry for few good minutes till its golden brown in colour. Try to rotate your ghee in the pan / kadhai while frying which helps in evenly frying of the ghevar.
  • Once its fried properly, take it out very carefully by inserting that thin skewer/stick  in the middle hole and lifting the whole ghevar with it.
    Draining Oil | Ghevar Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Keep the ghevar slightly tilted on a plate to remove excess oil. I hanged it with the help of skewers and taking support of two tall glasses. 

To Make Sugar Syrup

  • Now to make sugar syrup, add sugar and water in a pan and let them boil. Add milk to remove the impurities, once it starts boiling. The scum will start collecting on the sides . Remove it and let your syrup boil till it reaches to 1.5 string consistency. Switch off the heat and let it cool for sometime.
    Ghevar Recipe | Sugar Syrup | YourFoodFantasy.com

To Make Rabdi / Rabri

  • Start making Rabri, by taking the milk in a heavy bottommed pan and boiling it till it reduces to 1/3rd of its original quantity. Keep stirring in between so as the milk don’t stick to the bottom. Add sugar and Cardamom powder and mix well.
    Rabri for Ghevar | Ghevar Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com

Assembly of Ghevar

  • Now put 2 skewers on the sugar syrup pan and place your one round of ghevar on it. Start Pouring Sugar syrup on ghevar. pour the syrup everywhere in the middle and on the sides too.
    Draining Sugar Syrup from Ghevar | Ghevar Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Now top it up with rabri and carefully place it on to a plate so that excess syrup is released.
    Putting Rabri on Ghevar | Ghevar Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Garnish them with chopped nuts and enjoy eating.
    Ghevar Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com | Meenu Gupta

Notes

  • You can prepare Rabri first and then start preparing your Ghevar and sugar syrup.
  • Make sure you use a deep and thick bottom pan to fry Ghevar. When Ghevar batter is poured in the ghee it splatters, so if you use shallow vessel then ghee will spill out of the vessel.
  • Always use ice cold water and cold milk to make batter as it prevents the ghee separating from the batter when whisked continuously.
  • Always handle the fried Ghevar very carefully as they are really delicate and can crack very easily if not handled properly.
  • You can store the Ghevar with sugar syrup for almost 2 weeks in an air tight container, but if you using Rabri then its recommended to finish in 2-3 days as rabri tends to perish in 3-4 days.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Ghevar Recipe – How to make Ghevar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 966 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 158g53%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 106g118%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 32IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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