Tuntunae-Munmunae - Fried Cookies For The Festival Of Ahoi Ashtami
Note from Mamta: Tun-tunae Mun-munae are a cross between biscuits and sweet Pua Pakoras. In my parent's house, they were made only once a year, on this Hoi day. After the pooja (prayers), our mum will have us all sitting around her and then throw them in a Thali placed in front of us. We would then grab as many as we could. It was a kind of game, to see who got the most! I have never seen any recipe for it on the internet anywhere and I wonder if anyone else has this tradition in their family! If they are, get in touch, with your family tradition, recipe differences and pictures.
250 gm. plain flour (maida)
40 gm oil or ghee
120 gm. sugar
275 ml. warm water*
Oil for deep frying
* You can use warm milk in place of water
Dissolve sugar in warms water.
Place flour and oil/ghee in a bowl and mix until you get a crumbly mix.
Make dough by adding sugared water slowly and mixing it in, until you get a firm...ish dough.
Keep aside for 30 minutes.
Knead again to get smooth dough.
Heat the oil to medium hot. Tuntunae fried in very hot oil will be too soft and uncooked inside.
Break off small bits of dough and shape them into small barrels or stars (see picture).
Deep fry in small batches until nicely browned.
Cool completely and store in an airtight container.