Let’s count the reasons why the Malpua with Banana & Ricotta Cheese is Sinful. It is filled with whole milk Ricotta cheese, it is deep fried in ghee and then dipped in a sugar syrup. All those things make it sinful. Now let’s see the reasons why it is oh so delicious. Well.. all the sinful reasons!
For the above mentioned reasons I make this only once a year, on Holi – the festival of colors celebrated to mark the beginning of a new season. It is quite a fun festival to celebrate. It usually starts with making all the food for the festivity in advance as there really is no time to do something later once you start playing. And then a friend lands at your door, you open the door and the friend splashes ‘Gulal’ on you and you do the same. You try your best to not get the homes drenched in color, so when someone knocks, you just go out and play. Then you invite the friend in and share some of the goodies you made. Then you join the friend and go to another friend’s house and the circle of friends keeps getting bigger and happier. There are many stories about why Holi is celebrated, but this is the one I chose to share.
While it has been years since I last went out and played with colors, I still do make one or two traditional dishes, if not all. It keeps me rooted to where I am from and helps make memories.
There are many traditional recipes to make Malpua, the Malpua with Banana & Ricotta Cheese is not one of them. But this is the one I love and this is the one I chose to share.
Till we meet next