Dudheli – Sugercane Juice Delicacy 

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When you go with the flow, you never know what it brings you. Dudheli is something I have heard from family members that my grandma made it best. I never had an opportunity to taste it and no one knew how to make it. I had googled for recipe many times but nothing was available. On my recent trip to india, my cousin’s neighbor mentioned it and I jumped onto the opportunity. I told neighbor aunty to make it for me and that I want to see how it’s done. She agreed happily and one day we made it. I am gonna try to give rough idea to recipe. Measurements are rough ideas since in india, they go with experience and hard to measure things.

  • Take around 4 cups of fresh sugarcane juice. When you buy juice, tell vendor to clean machine since they use lemon in juice. So important that machine was cleaned. Keep 1 cup of juice aside and boil rest of the juice in thick vessel. Once it starts boiling, remove foam that forms on top.
  • In other vessel, take 1 cup of juice, around 1 cup or little less milk and half cup of rice flour. Mix it well and there shouldn’t be any lump into it.
  • Add this milk mixture into boiling sugarcane juice. Keep stirring continuously.
  • Take thali and grease it with some ghee and keep it ready.
  • When boiling mixture is ready? That’s the trick. Take a small sample and spread in thali. If it comes out without sticking and not sticking to your finger, it’s ready. It took around an hr. for us. But depending on stove, time will vary. Resulting mixture is not so thick as you can see in picture.
  • Spread on thali and sprinkle some clove, cinnamon powder on it.
  • Let it cool down and you will be able to cut it into pieces.
  • There’s no need to add extra sugar but if you end up adding too much milk, rice flour then you will have to add sugar and taste will change.
  • Here you will have nice sugarcane flavor.
  • Cousin’s wife and neighbor aunty in the picture who made dudheli and finally my wish fulfilled.
  • Have you heard phrase “Vasudev kutumbakam” ? Meaning whole world is 1 big family. In india, you experience that where neighbours become family and neighbour’s relatives also become family. People I met for the first time and even if for only sometime, they treated me with all kind of delicacies, love and care. Invited me to their homes, came specially just to meet me. Isn’t that awesome? After all, we all are connected. There’s only one consciousness.
  • Enjoy !

 

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