This Diwali was filled with loads of fun with lights, colors and lots of food on plate to eat. No crackers for me as the loud noise and pollution do not fascinate me much. But putting up lights and decorating home with diyas and kandeels is always on my to-do-lists. With all the festivities that went by and for the ones we have ahead, here I have a post festival treat to soothe your heavy tummies! And with sweet treats and spicy savories, what can be better if it is followed by some digestive candies to soothe your content tummies! I felt this post was apt for this season of festivities. :) So here's my version of digestive Tamarind Candies, aka Imli Heeng Goli.
The recipe comes from my dad where he uses minimalistic ingredients to make an extremely tasty, tongue tickling, lip smacking digestive candies, surely not something you can resist eating just one. I was craving for these some time ago and it brought back fond memories of my high school days when these candies were our favorite after meal treats to smack into. One of our school peons would sell these as tiny homemade candies wrapped cutely in thin transparent polythene sheets and sell them at a cheap price of 10 paisa. These candies will surely send your taste buds tingling.
Imli Heeng Goli
1 tbsp tamarind
2 tbsp jaggery
1 tsp jeera powder/cumin seeds
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp compounded asafeotida/hing
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp of castor sugar/powdered sugar for coating
Dry roast cumin seeds till they darken lightly and turn aromatic. Pound the compounded asafeotida if in rock form. Add it to the roasted cumin. Add in the chilli powder and salt to taste. The spice mix is ready now.
Separate tamarind seeds, if any and discard them. Grate the jaggery and add it to the tamarind. Add the above spice mixture to this and start kneading it gently. Kneading it may call in a bit of your muscle effort as dry tamarind is stiff and working with it can be quite an ardent task. However, the tamarind, jaggery and spices will come together eventually to a dough like consistency. Taste and check for the spices. Increase jaggery according to taste. Your resultant dough should turn stiff and you can roll them just like a candy. Roll them to small logs or round candies using palms of your hands. Roll them in coarsely powdered sugar and store in clean air-tight containers free from moisture.
Just a handful of ingredients go into making this tongue tickling candy. It's hard to resist eating anything less than one. I made a good handful of these and before the end of day, they were all swiped clean. These candies stay for a month long since they have no moisture in them. Pack them in thin foodgrade plastic wraps and they make great travel companions too.
Rolling them in sugar helps these candies to prevent sticking to each other. There can be variations to this recipe. Add in pepper instead of red chilli powder. Omit asafeotida if that's not a flavor of your choice. If you love biting into those Hajmola candies, then this surely will tempt you to make your own at home. A melange of flavors, sweet and spice, salt and tangy, simple and easy, yet a winner recipe.