Rosh bora - Bengali sweet or Bengali pitha/pithe recipe?

By  Moumita Paul

What is Rosh Bora?

Rosh bora means rosh e bheja biular dal er bora. Rosh means sugar syrup & Bora is fritter made with urad dal/biulir dal. Rosh bora is a soft and juicy Bengali urad dal fritter soaked in sugar or date palm jaggery syrup. Rosh bora is just a Bengali homemade sweet not a Bengali pitha/pithe.


Urad Dal(Biulir dal) Fennel seed Soda Date palm jaggery Sugar Water Cardamom Bay leaf Oil or Ghee (for deep frying)

Making Bora/fritters

First, wash the dal (urad dal/biulir dal/maskolai er dal) for 5-6 times then soak the dal for 8-10 hours or overnight.

How to make Rosh bora?

Once the dal soaked perfectly, strain the dal and blend it in a grinder jar with 1 tsp of fennel seeds, until get a smooth paste. Do not add water while blending.

Transfer the dal paste to a mixing bowl, start beating the paste with hand or hand bitter or can use electric bitter for quick results.

Bit the batter until the batter gets soft and fluffy & floats if putting a small dollop in a bowl of water, means the batter is ready.

Heat a pan with white oil/mustard oil/white oil+ghee mixture. Deep fry the bora/fritter/pakoda until golden. Remove from the pan.

In a wide vessel, mix date palm jaggery(patali gur) chunks with water. Add half crushed cardamom, bay leaves & sugar. Boil the syrup for 10 mins, lastly add 4 tbsp of liquid date palm jaggery or nolen gur(for flavour). Rosh is ready.

Making rosh/sweet syrup

Heat the rosh until boiling, add the bora into it and cook for 30 secs to 1 min. Turn off the heat. Close the pan and leave the bora in rosh for at least 3-4 hours.

To soak the bora in rosh

Rosh bora sweet will be ready to eat once this sweet completely cools down and soaked the rosh & gets double in size.

Thank you

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