It is said that Ganpati Bappa likes sweets made from Rice floor,jaggery and coconut,hence modaks are his favourite,but when you dont have much time to spare this dish is made as offering to Bappa,made from same ingredients as modaks but less time consuming.
2 cups Raw rice.(any variant)
1/2 cup rice flour.(Optional)
1 tsp Salt.
1 cup grated Coconut.
3/4 cup chopped Jaggery.
1 tsp Ghee.
1 tsp Cardamom powder.
1 tbsp pieces of Cashewnut.
1 tsp Khus Khus (Poppy seeds)
pinch of Salt.
Wash and soak rice in 4 to 5 cups of water for 8 hours.
Heat a pan,add ghee,coconut and jaggery,cook till jaggery melts and mixes well with coconut,add cahewnut pieces and khus khus.Cook stirring in between till water completely evaporates and mixture becomes dry.Switch off the gas and add cardamom powder,mix well.Remove in a bowl and keep for cooling.
Grind the saoked rice into fine paste.Add rice flour,salt and water to adjust the consistency.Consistency should be like that of buttermilk.As per my mother in law, adding of rice flour helps in making crisp ghavans,but my mom makes it just with rice paste.
Usually a special griddle called Bhide is used to make these,but same can be made in non stick pan also.
Cut one onion into half and pierce a fork in it.Use this to grease the griddle with oil.Alternately a tissue paper dipped in oil can also be used.
Heat the griddle on high heat,stir and pour the batter spreading on the griddle.
Lower the heat and let it cook,now spread a spoon ful of Chun(coconut and jaggery mixture)on it till it leaves side and becomes crispy(No need to turn and cook on other side).Fold in half.
Again fold in half.
Remove on banana leaf or cotton cloth.
Repeat the process to make another ghavan.
If made in advance can be reheated in microwave just before serving.
Tip:Any variety of rice can be used to make ghavans,I make it with basmati,basmati tukda or brown rice.My mom uses ukde(boiled) rice.
Happy Cooking !!!