Sunday, September 28, 2014

KURS (Sindhi Sweet- Diwali special)

Here's a recipe from my Grandma's closet. She always made this sweet along with the Gurdani every Diwali. Unlike these days our mothers and grand mothers made every thing at home during festive days. And hard as I try, I can't match her skills in this recipe. It's not as simple as it looks, as the whole trick is about timing and once you know that, (which comes only by experience), you are a master!

Ingredients: Maida (Refined Flour): 500 gms
Dalda (Vanaspati, the hardened one): 500 ml
Sugar: 750gms, made into 1-thread consistency syrup in about 2 cups water
Method: 1. Let the syrup cool completely.
2. Heat the vanaspati and add maida into it. Keep stirring briskly for about 20 minutes on sim (in between, increase flame for a few minutes twice), until the consistency becomes thin, and the aroma changes. The colour will also change from white to brownish-cream. (not brown)

Keep stirring it. It becomes thinner & of flowing consistency.

Now you remove it from fire to let it cool.
3. Remove from fire and let it cool until luke-warm.
4. Now, add the sugar syrup through a seive to the cooled maida (off the flame), then stir briskly until you can feel the pressure of the thickening of the maida paste.
(Warning: Your arms are going to hurt here. :)) All the bessst!) 

We add the sugar syrup & mix it.. (off the flame).

We mix it for a long long time until the mixture thickens & we can see it hardening.

5. As soon as you can feel it becoming really thick, as shown in the photo, transfer onto a greased plate, and shake the plate hard on the platform to even it out. (do not use ladle to smoothen it.This is to retain the gloss)
6. Let it set.
Cut into cubes and... have a blast this Diwali!!

Note: This sweet is made in traditional Sindhi homes. Unfortunatey, the trend is dwindling away because of the ready availability of sweets in the market. But the joy of making and sharing home-made sweets with friends and relative during festivals can not be matched with anything.


  1. I heard heard of this before, but I love trying new things.

  2. Some traditional sweets are the best. We make something similar with maida and sooji and its called gundar paak. Its usually made during engagements as a part of the matli or sweets sent to the boy's family. You are right so many of the traditional sweets are dwindling as even shops tend to make easier and more appealing sweets.

    1. True Mayuri..In India we have such an extensive collection of recipes in every cuisine.

  3. The sweet looks delicious after all that hard work of stirring!! Never tried this sweet but I am sure I would love it.

    1. Thanks Mina.. It just melts in the mouth.. You will surely like it.

  4. What a lovely recipe it looks a little like barfi. Its sad that these authentic recipes are not being made much nowadays.

    1. Very true Nayna.. This is also made in my mom's place only once a year during Diwali.