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Anarasa
Buttered Rice Cookies, Nepali Style
3 cups Basmati rice, soaked for a few hours
1 cup soft butter
3 cups sugar
1 tsp. rose water
1 Tbls. ground cardamom
1/4 cup almond nuts
1/4 cup cashew nuts
1/2 cup whole milk or as needed
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 cups melted butter for frying
1 cup almond slices

 

In a blender, grind soaked rice, soft butter, almond, cashew nuts, sugar, rose water, milk, baking powder and salt into a relatively dry dough. Reserve in a large bowl, cover and let rest for overnight in refrigerator. This resting process is critical to this preparation, and would allow sugar to melt down and as a result the dough will have attained a softer, more pliable texture.

Make two-inch balls from the cookie dough. Place a plastic wrap on a board; coat surface lightly with melted butter; sprinkle almond slices. Flatten a dough ball into a one-quarter of inch thick patty of approximately 4-5 inches in diameter. With a fork, pierce holes on the patty. Repeat with other dough balls.

Heat butter in a shallow cast-iron frying pan; gently drop a rice patty in the oil with the almond-coated side facing upwards. Allow frying until the oil side of Anarasa is golden brown, gradually scooping up hot butter and applying to the top surface; do not turn over on the other side. Remove from oil once the cookie is cooked to golden brown and crispy. Place on a sheet of paper towel to absorb excess oil. Continue frying until all the other patties are finished.

To serve, place two Anarasa cookies on a plate; dust them with powdered sugar.

Preparation Time: Serves:
Recipe Origin: Nepal
Submitted by:
Tulsi Regmi, Ph.D.
Ontario
Canada
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