Roshopuli is a type of “pithe” (pronounced pi-thay) or “pitha”. In this Bengali sweet recipe coconut and semolina (sooji) dumplings are cooked in milk flavoured with green cardamom. There is a variety of puli pithe that are made in winter in Bengal.
Pithe is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of sweets prepared during poush sankranti or the rice-harvest festival in Bengal, using rice, date-palm syrup (patali gur), coconut, milk, and flour.
- 150 g grated coconut
- 75 g sooji
- 100 g sugar
- ½ tsp cardamom powder
- 1 L whole milk
- 50 g micchri (rock candy)
- ¼ tsp salt
Step 1—Make the puli
- In a heated pan, add freshly grated coconut, semolina (suji), sugar and cardamom powder.
- Stir the mixture on low heat until the sugar melts and the whole mixture turns sticky and forms a lump. This should take about 8 minutes.
- Transfer the mixture on to a plate and allow it to cool—just enough to handle safely.
- While still hot, divide the mixture into 8 gram portions.
- Working quickly, roll each portion into a round ball, then roll in a single direction to form an oval shape.
Step 2—Cook the puli
- Meanwhile heat milk in a pan. Once it comes to a boil, let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add a quarter of the total mishri now.
- Add the salt. Don’t skip the salt, it balances the sweetness.
- Add the puli now. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring gently and scraping the sides and bottom of the pan.
- You will see that the puli will start floating to the surface. Cut into a puli and taste it to see if it has cooked all the way through to the centre.
- Now, add the rest of the mishri.
- Continue reducing the milk until it reaches a sauce like consistency—about 10 more minutes.
- Serve while slightly warm.