I have a soft corner for the Konkani delicacy, SurnoLi; it reminds me of my doting grandmother in Bhatkal (Karnataka). M thinks it’s my sweet tooth.
When training for the marathon, I am uninhibited in gobbling these delicacies. But the instant I cross the finish line on Sunday, I’ll nit-pick my food and watch every calorie. But for now, lets indulge.
Creative use of watermelon whites in this recipe. Frugal, rural indians knew how to stretch their money and even their fruits. No point in wasting even the whites from the watermelon. Here in Boston, with the pathetically short summer (three months) I dice watermelon whites and store it frozen. Then we can enjoy SurnoLi all year around.
How do we make this delicacy more healthier? We added the omega-3-rich flaxseed powder, crushed pecans and the proteinaceous cashew nuts. To really enjoy the surnoLi, you need sugar cane molasses we call paatal goD or liquid jaggery. Thankfully I get a never-ending supply of this liquid gold from Kumta!
- Soak the following in 2 cups water, overnight:
- brown rice (1 cup)
- phovu (thin flattened rice, 1 table spoon)
Phovu and rice after soaking. Notice how the phovu has imbibed water and looks plump; the bran from brown rice also adds nutrients to this SurnoLi!
Next morning, blend the rice and phovu along with:
- watermelon whites (3 table spoons); In winter when watermelons were not available, we have used ripe pears instead, and they work excellently
- grated coconut (2 tsp)
Mix the following in the dough
- paatal goD (sugar cane molasses 2 table spoon); You can substitute jaggery (or gur), but will need to add it while blending
- flax seed powder (2 tsp)
- crushed pecans (2 tsp)
- cashew nuts, bits (2 table spoons)
- salt (a pinch)
- turmeric (half tsp)
- water (to adjust doughy consistency)
- Mix thoroughly and keep on the counter for 4-6 hours; perfect for evening tea.
- Pre-heat non-stick pan.
- Ladle out batter and lightly lay over pan in a circle.
- Batter will flow to achieve optimum size.
- Cook covered for two minutes on medium heat
- The traditional surnoLis are not turned over, leaving the upper side softly steam cooked.
- Serve with paatal goD.
The rice bran, flaxseed and crushed pecan give it a nice crunchy texture, even though it is super soft. And, irresistible for seekers of nectar.
Maya has posted a wonderful recipe for surnoLis, which came out nice and plump.
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