Rumali Malida: traditional Afghan sweet dish

We crave traditional cuisine especially on occasion. Staying away from home can be a difficult task for people who cannot make it to their homes for every festival. Malida is a traditional sweet prepared on special occasions. To make this quick and easy recipe, all you need is whole wheat flour, sooji, dried fruits, nuts, ghee and sugar/jaggery. Treat your loved ones to a traditional lavish candy by simply following the simple steps outlined below. This dish can also be made into ladoos or eaten dry.

Malida is a traditional Afghan candy that is also made from crumbled whole wheat flour dough that has been sweetened and flavored with cardamom and dried fruits. Malida can also be made with leftovers or freshly baked whole wheat rotis or flatbreads. Adding Jaggery and dates to Malida’s recipe not only increases the sweetness but also the nutritional value of this filling treat. Jaggery cleanses the body, aids digestion and contains minerals which are easily absorbed by the body to provide energy and essential nutrition.


1 grated coconut

250 grams of rice (Kolam Rice)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 katori sugar

1 tablespoon of ghee

· Coconut milk

Dried fruits

Preparation method:

· Take 250 grams of Kolam rice and wash it 2-3 times. Set aside in a colander for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, spread the rice on a cotton towel and let it dry overnight under a fan.

· Now coarsely grind the rice and sift it through a flour sieve. You don’t have to use the sifted amount of rice flour. It is necessary to use the coarse semolina which is not sieved and which remains in the sieve.

· Fine powder or flour which is not used here can be used for Sarni Malida recipe.

· Now take the semolina in a bowl and add 100 ml thick coconut milk to it. Mix well, cover and set aside approx. 40 minutes.

· After 40 minutes, transfer it to a cotton cloth.

· Steam for 10 minutes by placing it in a steamer.

· Now transfer it to a plate and break up the lumps if there are any using your hands. You can also use a large spoon if you wish, but make sure there are no lumps in the semolina.

· Take the ghee/clarified butter in a pan and fill it. After that, add a tablespoon of sliced ​​almonds, a tablespoon of calumpang nuts. You can also add dried fruits according to your choice.

· Now add ¾ cup shredded coconut and mix well.

· Add 1/3 cup sugar, ½ tbsp cardamom powder and 1/4 tbsp salt.

· You can also add some yellow food coloring if you like. Now add all the steamed semolina and mix well.

· Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

· Malida is ready to serve.

As a teatime snack, serve Malida (healthy whole wheat Afghan sweet) with chai.

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