Kheer potol/Kheer bhora potol/Parwal sweet recipe is a unique, drool-worthy Bengali sweet dish. Which is basically made with the pointed gourd, stuffed with khoya and flavored with cardamom powder and saffron. The first time I had tasted this was in a friend’s place in Calcutta. Not knowing it was made with pointed gourd till my last bite. It was that delicious… Now as Durga Puja is approaching, here in Calcutta, I can see the zeal and enthusiasm almost everywhere. This festival is always close to my heart. It begins with Mahalaya(the 1st day) and ends with Dussehra / Vijayadashami (the 10th day). Navaratri is synonymous with it. This is the most awaited festival of Eastern states of India. Especially in West Bengal. It is the celebration of the victory of good over evil and truth over lies. In West Bengal, Durga puja would not be complete without distributing sweets. Starting from Dussehra Bengalis visit their friends, relatives, and neighbors with sweets in hand and exchange greetings. And it continues for a month. So this sweet is just perfect to surprise your near and dear ones.
To make this kheer potol, it is always best to use the homemade khoya. But if you find it long or you are in a hurry, you can use the store brought one instead. However, food color and silver warq are used to make it more attractive. Which I haven’t. As I want to keep this simple. To achieve this beautiful green color I have used baking soda here. So enjoy this Navratri, Durgapuja, Dussehra, and Diwali with this delicious and unique sweet recipe and surprise your loved ones.
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- 500 grams Pointed gourd or potol or parwal
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1-liter water
- 200 grams khoya/mawa
- 1 teaspoon ghee/clarified butter
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 6 saffron/kesar threads
- 1/2 teaspoon green cardamom powder
- 7 almonds, chopped
- 7 pistachios, chopped
For sugar syrup
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- Few sliced almonds and pistachios
- Few saffron/kesar strands
- First combine milk and saffron together in a bowl and set aside for 1/2 an hour.
- In the meanwhile wash and peel the potol.
- Now make a slit on each potol in such a way that the other side remains joined. Then with the back side of a spoon scrape out the pulp and seeds.
- Boil the potol with enough water in a big vessel by adding baking soda.
- Let them boil for 6-7 minutes.
- Then transfer the potols to a strainer over a bowl.
To prepare stuffing
- Grate the khoya, if you are using the readymade one.
- Heat a pan. Add ghee and roast the khoya on medium heat for few seconds.
- Add sugar, saffron infused milk, and cardamom powder. Roast until all the water evaporates.
- Once done, add chopped almonds and pistachios. Mix well.
- Transfer the mixture to a plate and leave it for cooling down.
To prepare the sugar syrup
- Heat sugar and water together in a shallow pan. Let the sugar dissolves completely. Stir in between.
- Once done add green cardamom powder. Stir well.
To prepare the kheer potol
- Add potols in the hot sugar syrup. Cook them till soften and their color changes. Then turn off the flame.
- Transfer the potols to a strainer placed over a bowl. Let them cool down and strain the extra syrup.
- Now transfer the sweet potols to a serving plate and generously fill each potol with the khoya stuffing.
- Garnish with sliced almonds and pistachios and saffron strands on top.
- Then refrigerate and serve cold.