Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Genasale | Indian Sweet Dumpling | Sihi Kadubu using Bay Leaf

Genasale is an authentic South Indian dumpling. This sweet dish is prepared using jaggery and coconut as main stuffing, covered with a layer of dough and is put inside the half folded bay leaf for cooking. They taste awesome with the unique flavour of bay leaves. 
One of our neighbours had offered us plenty of fresh bay leaves a few days back. I thought to make Genasale, as we rarely get the fresh bay leaves here. They turned out delicious and we enjoyed eating them. Kiddos told me to make them again coz they're so tasty!
Do try these sweet dumplings when you get some fresh bay leaves next time. Here is the recipe of Genasale (Indian sweet dumplings) for you.


Preparation time: 45 minutes
Difficulty level: Difficult
Serves: 4 people

Ingredients:
  • medium sized bay leaves - 15 to 20

- For covering:
  • Sooji rava (semolina) - 3/4 cup
  • Salt - 1/3 tsp
  • Jaggery - 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Water - as required

- For stuffing:
  • Fresh (or frozen) grated coconut - 1/2 cup (tightly packed) 
  • Jaggery 1/3 cup of to taste
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Water - 1 tbsp (See tips)


Method:
  • Wash the bay leaves in water and keep aside.
  • Transfer the grated coconut into the mixie jar and run the mixie for half minute. 
  • In a heavy bottom pan, mix the grated coconut, jaggery and 1-2 tbsp of water if using the powdered jaggery. Cook it on medium flame and keep stirring regularly to avoid burning. 
  • After 10 - 12 minutes of cooking, coconut mixture starts thickening. Turn off the flame, mix in the cardamom powder and allow it to cool.
  • Take around 3/4 cup of sooji rava in a bowl and add enough water to soak it. Stir it well and allow 5 minutes to get soaked.
  • Take out the excess water after 5 minutes, but do not squeeze.  
  • Grind the soaked semolina in mixie for a minute. Add little water if needed. Ideally, it should come to dosa batter consistency.
  • Transfer the ground batter into a heavy bottom pan. Add salt, jaggery and turmeric powder and keep mixing it on low or medium flame till the batter changes the color and looks like dough. Allow it to cool down a bit and mix it nicely using your palms.
  • Take a bowl, add 3-4 cups of water and 1/4 tsp of oil. Applying this water to the leaves will avoid dumplings sticking to the leaves after cooking.  
  • Take a bay leaf, apply oily water on its upper surface. Take a small portion of semolina dough, pat it thinly on the upper surface of the leaf. Put around 1 tsp (or more) of the coconut mixture on top of it.
  • Fold the leaf into half so that the stuffing remains inside. Cover the edges nicely and transfer it to the steamer plate. 
  • Follow the same procedure and make as many dumplings as required. Arrange them on the steamer plate and cook for 5 minutes. If using pressure cooker, take off the whistle and close the lid just like that.
  • Remove the bay leaves after cooking and serve the delicious dumplings along with ghee (clarified butter). 


Tips:
  • Since I have used the powdered jaggery, I have added 1 tbsp of water while making the stuffing. If adding liquid jaggery, no need to add any water.
  • Bay leaves can be replaced with turmeric leaves for this recipe.
  • If you find it hard to make the Genasale (dumplings) on the leaves, make them in the same way without using the leaves. While steam cooking, cover top it with bay leaves to add the flavour. 

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