The PM, while having a telephonic interaction with the Indian men’s badminton team following their historical Thomas Cup triumph, had requested Sen to bring him the sweet dish, and he complied.
Interacted with our badminton champions, who shared their experiences from the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup. The players talked about different aspects of their game, life beyond badminton and more. India is proud of their accomplishments. https://t.co/sz1FrRTub8
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 22, 2022
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“First of all, I would like to thank Lakshya for bringing Almora’s Bal Mithai for me. I am so grateful that he remembered my little request and fulfilled it,” Modi said while interacting with the Indian contingent.
— Lakshya Sen (@lakshya_sen) May 22, 2022
To this, Sen replied: “…whenever we get an opportunity to meet you, it boosts our confidence and we feel very motivated. Even after our phone call, it’s a really great feeling for all of us. I am looking forward to winning more tournaments, meeting you and bringing Bal Mithai for you.”
What is Bal Mithai?
As mentioned earlier, Bal Mithai is a sweet dish, which looks like a brown chocolate fudge. It is made with roasted khoya and sprinkled with white balls that are made of sugar-coated poppy seeds.
It is extremely popular in the Kumaon region. The mithai is said to have been the invention of one Lala Joga Shah of Lal Bazaar, Almora, and experts believe it was the prime offering to Sun God.
It is the specialty of Almora district and is prepared by cooking khoya — which is milk thickened by heating — with cane sugar until it becomes dark brown in colour, almost like a chocolate. Then, it is allowed to cool down, after which it is pieced, mostly in the form of cubes, and then coated with small poppy seeds.
Would you like to try? Here is a recipe:
According to this video posted on chef Kunal Kapur‘s YouTube channel, the name ‘Bal Mithai’ comes from the fact that people in the Almora region refer to poppy seeds as ‘bal daana‘, owing to its small size. Keep in mind that khoya can take some time to turn its colour, so it is wise to boil approximately 1 litre of water simultaneously and prepare a syrup by adding 300 g of sugar.
Next, while stirring the khoya and as it turns its colour, add 300 g of sugar to it. Keep stirring until it becomes completely brown and then add the syrup. When it becomes liquid, allow it to cool down and solidify. Then add the poppy balls as shown in the video.