Happy Vaisakhi! Celebrate the harvest festival with a sweet and authentic dessert that’s loved by many: Karah Prashad. Made with whole wheat flour, ghee, sugar, and water, this dish is a traditional offering in Sikh temples and a popular treat to share with loved ones during this festive time.
The rich and buttery flavor of the ghee pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the sugar, while the nutty undertones of the wheat flour add depth to the dish. It’s a dessert that’s easy to make but carries a lot of cultural and emotional significance.
If you’re looking for a comforting and homely dessert that’s both simple and satisfying, Karah Prashad is a perfect choice.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup ghee
1 cup sugar
4 cups water
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- In a heavy-bottomed pan, melt the ghee over medium heat.
- Add the whole wheat flour to the pan and stir well. Cook for a few minutes, stirring continuously until the mixture turns a golden brown in color and releases a nutty aroma.
- In a separate pot, boil the water. Reduce the heat to low and keep the water warm.
- Slowly pour the warm water into the flour mixture in the pan, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
- Keep stirring the mixture over low heat until it thickens and starts to come away from the sides of the pan. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
- Add the sugar to the mixture and stir until it dissolves completely. Cook the mixture for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sugar has fully incorporated and the mixture is thick and creamy.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let the karah prashad cool for a few minutes.
- You can garnish the karah prashad with chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, or pistachios) before serving it warm.