Jhajhariya is a Traditional Indian pudding made using just 4 ingredients. The main being sweetcorn. This is a microwave recipe which can be made in a jiffy!
Google is a powerful tool for sure! It gave me this recipe idea after all. Like me, I am sure most of you must have seen this google ad that went viral recently. Although, this video is nearly 2 years old, it recently got lot of attention and went viral on social media. That is how I happened to see it. It's aptly titled Reunion and talks about Indo - Pak partition which happened in 1947. A very beautifully done ad which captures the emotions of two friends who got separated in this partition and how the respective grandchildren plan to reunite them. The video is heartfelt indeed and manages to tug all the emotions. Apart from being moved by the video, there was something else that was mentioned in the ad that caught my attention.
In the ad, one of the friend fondly talks about his favorite memory of eating Jhajhariya with his childhood friend. I had never heard of this dish and immediately took to google to find out more. I was very impressed and a bit amused to find many recipes mentioning this google ad along with their version of this recipe. It seemed that google had encouraged so many of them including myself to explore this long forgotten dessert. I chose to deep dive and find out more about this pudding. The more I read the more I was intrigued. At the start, I thought it was a traditional Pakistani sweet dish. On reading more I found out that it is actually a Rajasthani dessert. I immediately contacted my Rajasthani friends to ask them if they knew this recipe. No one (including their moms and MILs ) had heard of this dish. This left me puzzled.
So I had to rely on the recipes available online. I read through many of them but finally decided to follow my Guru Tarla Dalal's recipe. She is one of the most renowned chefs in India. Sadly, she no more today but her legacy lives on through her recipes. I was introduced to her cooking when I was in college. My aunt had gifted me her cook books and I had recreated most of the recipes in there. I was popularly known as Tarla Dalal among my friends. Her recipes are very simple and easy to follow. I love her style of writing and enjoyed her cooking videos. She truly was a cooking inspiration for me. So when I found her recipe for Jhajhariya online, I stopped my search right then and decided to go with her recipe.
The best part of this recipe idea is that its a Microwave recipe. While most chefs suggest to use fresh corn for this recipe, I used frozen sweetcorn and it worked just perfect. So you can pick and use whichever works for you. Thaw the frozen corn and then grind it coarsely. If using fresh corn, then grate it. In a microwave safe dish, add the corn and ghee. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Mix it and then add milk. Microwave on high for another 4 minutes. Keep stirring in regular intervals. Now add sugar, mix and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. At this stage, if the pudding is little watery, you can add dry fruits powder/almond powder to bind it.
This Jhajhariya dessert is god sent, really! It takes just 10 minutes to prepare this pudding and it needs just 4 easily available ingredients from the pantry. So the next time you have some unexpected guests you know what to prepare. It's a life saver dish. I prepared it for a special festive occasion today and served it as prasadam (religious offering). Sweet corn in a dessert is something very unique and innovative.
- Thaw the frozen corn and then grind it coarsely. If using fresh corn, then grate it. In a microwave safe dish, add the corn and ghee. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Mix it and then add milk. Microwave on high for another 4 minutes. Keep stirring in regular intervals. Now add sugar, mix and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. At this stage, if the pudding is little watery, you can add dry fruits powder/almond powder to bind it.
- Lastly, garnish the pudding with milk masala (mixed dry fruits powder) and saffron.
Jhajhariya/Sweetcorn Pudding is a dessert you can make when you are in a hurry. The natural sweetness of corn brings in a fresh taste to the dish. The simplicity of this dish lies in the fact that it's a microwave recipe. Some other traditional Indian desserts that you can try are Blueberry Vermicelli Kheer/Pudding, Rose flavored Coconut Balls, Cherry flavored Sweet Pongal, Chocolate Barfi and Mango Mastani.