We Tamil people don’t celebrate Ugadi but being in Bangalore for the past ten years,i wanted to celebrate Ugadi at least by making holige.Holige/Obbattu is considered to be one of the most important Neivedyam recipes for Ugadi. People in Andhra & Karnataka make this obbattu on Ugadi day along with Mango pachadi or Maavinkayi chitranna and vada.As u all know,Holige/Obbattu is the most popular neivedyam recipe of Karnataka & Andhra as well.In Andhra,they call it as Bobatlu.Here in Bangalore,people make this holige not only for offering GOD,its a must serve sweet in weddings,Sathya Narayana pooja and for festivals like Ugadi,Vara mahalakshmi pooja etc.Here people make it with two different stuffing.One using dal ( bele obbattu) and the other one with coconut(Kayi obbattu).But the most famous one is bele obbattu with toor dal. In Tamil nadu, we call this as Boli/Poli and we make the stuffing with chana dal.In North India,it is called as Puran poli.I am not a big fan of this sweet recipe but i love Obbattu saaru( a spicy rasam kind of gravy made from the stuffing and the cooked dal water)sooo much.I will try to share that recipe tomorrow.My husband Sendhil loves obbattu like anything.He loves to have it hot hot drizzled with a tsp of ghee.I have tasted holige in my school moms friends houses and in marriage feasts.My friends make it extremely soft and tasty.So with the help of Megha and Tara’s recipes,i tried holige after a long time to make a special post for Ugadi festival.By God’s grace,it came out well and soft as i expected but not 100% like my friends. No worries.Practice makes a man perfect.After this successful attempt,i am pretty much confident of making it perfect next time.But i became very happy when Sendhil gave thumbs up with a broad smile on his face..So its a hit recipe in my home.I have mentioned all the possible tips and tricks shared by my friends.Hope it will be useful for beginners.Now lets see how to make Karnataka special Holige/Obbattu recipe with stepwise pictures in detail ! Please don’t forget to go through the “Points to remember” before u start making it.
Points to remember
- Please be generous in adding oil.Oil helps u to get a really soft holige.So use the mentioned quantity of oil strictly.U can add more oil but definitely not lesser the given quantity.
- My friend Tara use the combination of maida and chiroti rava in the ratio of 2:1 for making the dough but Megha uses only maida.Here i used only maida as i din’t have chiroti rava in hand.
- You should knead the dough at least for 5-7 minutes adding oil in regular intervals.Its a very important step.
- Holige/Obattu dough needs to be fermented and soaked in oil at least for 8 hours to achieve the best result.I.e.If u want to make obattu in the evening around 6 pm,i suggest u to make the dough in the morning around 7 pm.This tip was shared by Tara.This time i fermented the dough for just 4 hours as i wanted to click the pictures before sun light goes off.Next time,i am planning to soak the dough over nite.
- Rolling the dough along with stuffing also plays a major role in bringing out soft obattu.Do not roll the holige too thin or too thick.You can either pat it using your hands or use a rolling pin by keeping the dough between two greased obbattu sheets which is easily available in Market.If u don’t get it,use oil sheets or any plastic sheets.
- Make sure the size of maida dough should be half the size of stuffing ball .This helps in uniform spreading of stuffing all over the holige.
- Always cook the obbattu in medium flame and never forget to drizzle a tsp of oil around the corners and all over the obbattu to get a shiny look.
- To keep the obbattu stay soft for long time,always stack the cooked obbattu one over the other after they turn warm.Keep it covered till u eat.
- Last but not the least,serve the obbattu adding few tsp of melted ghee topped with it.If desired,u can add warm milk too.This is how it is served in Wedding feasts here.This combo is just out of the world
Enjoy making this Karnataka’s most popular Obbattu for Ugadi Habba .Wish u all a very happy Ugadi festival celebration !!
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