Fada ni lapsi (sprouted cracked wheat sweet with jaggery)

A traditional Gujarati sweet, fada ni lapsi (aka gud ki lapsi/gur ka halwa) made from fada/dalia can be made creamy and ‘healthier’ with just 1 tbsp of ghee. It is a quick dessert that can be cooked in a pressure cooker. My version is flavoured with rose petals and made with homemade sprouted cracked wheat (dalia)

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Have you tried sprouting whole wheat berries/kernels at home? Super easy to sprout, it can be used in so many ways. You can use the sprouted berries in a salad or grind it in a paste to use in baked goods or make a sprouted whole wheat flour like how I did.

Homemade sprouted whole wheat flour
Homemade sprouted whole wheat flour

My home made sprouted whole wheat flour gave me flour as well as the cracked wheat since I did the grinding in my daily use grinder. And what could be better than putting the sprouted cracked wheat to use in this traditional Gujarati sweet, fada ni lapsi?

My version of fada ni lapsi is ‘healthier’ and quicker compared to the recipes you will online. Most recipes involve roasting the fada/dalia in ample of ghee before pressure cooking. I have tried that version and it is indeed nutty and delicious. However, when I experimented with my recipe skipping the roasting part but adding ghee or white butter while serving, everyone seem to prefer the one that was not roasted in ghee, including myself.

Fada ni lapsi with sprouted cracked wheat
Fada ni lapsi with sprouted cracked wheat

So, here it is. A simple, quick, no fuss fada ni lapsi with only 1 tbsp of ghee or white butter if you prefer! Serve it warm, it is finger licking delicious but want to pack it as a sweet something in a container to carry, it is equally a comforting bowl at room temperature.

I have tried my recipe with sprouted cracked wheat but it will work beautifully with the regular broken wheat/cracked wheat/dalia/fada. Just increase the quantity of the water and proceed with the recipe.

You love fada ni lapsi but not a great fan of rose? Here are few other flavourings you could try:

  1. Saffron: Warm an empty bowl on a low flame. It should be just warm enough (you should be able to pick up the bowl without the help of tongs) when you add strands of saffron. Heating up saffron this way will not burn it but warm it just enough to release its essential oils. Leave it aside for 1 minute and then crush it roughly with a back of a spoon. Add 1 tsp of milk and allow for it to infuse. Incorporate this saffron infused milk in the lapsi and enjoy!
  2. Natural sweetners: You can use chopped dates, chopped figs and/or hydrated raisins (soak raisins in some hot water, drain and use) instead of jaggery.
  3. Coconut: Add toasted sliced dry coconut and drizzle coconut milk/cream over the lapsi instead of ghee.
  4. Cardamom: Cannot go wrong with this classic Indian flavour.
  5. Vanilla and walnuts: A unique combination! Mix a good quality vanilla extract before cooking and serve with toasted chopped walnuts. Delicious!

    Fada ni lapsi with sprouted cracked wheat
    Fada ni lapsi with sprouted cracked wheat

These are few suggestions from me on making this simple Indian sweet more exotic and would love to know if you have tried some other combinations. Comment below or message me on my social media accounts.

Some other traditional recipes that you may like:

  1. Softest rava dhokla
  2. Dhansak (vegetarian), Parsi style
  3. Kantola nu shaak, Gujarati style
  4. Fada ni khichdi 
  5. Katlama bread (layered flatbread)

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