Ayurvedic recipe to cook pheni or phenika
13 October 2020

Kshemakutuhalam chapter 10, part 1 – good food, healthy life.

Kshemakutuhalam has been a unique, one of its kind book for beginners who would like to know about some interesting, easy to make, healthy recipes…. The next chapter i.e. the tenth chapter is again an extensive account, mostly of desserts and sweets made up of milk and related products. So, let’s get to this “sweet” journey…

1. Phenika – The first part of this chapter is dedicated a dish called “Phenika”, which is made of many varieties. It is a sweet dish and has many variants.

Here, a flour is taken, little bit of ghee to it. It is then kneaded with curds. This dough is pressed into flat cakes. This is smeared with a paste made of rice flour and butter. It is folded into layers and fried in ghee… This is a delicacy which comes in many layers. Once fried, till golden brown, it is smeared with sugar and its outer surface. This dish is itself called Phenika.

This dish makes for a great desert. Author gives a beautiful similey and says that, the layers of Phenika are tasty and beautiful, just like the chapters of puranas. They are so much white in colour and good to look at, that, it can be compared to the Himalayas.

Phenikas have incredible health benefits… They decrease vata and pitta. At the same time, it aggravates kapha… It is sweet in taste, cold in potency, increases strength, heavy for digestion and is a laxative. It improves taste too…

2. Navaneeta Phenika – Navaneeta means butter in samskrit. This is slightly different from the above. Here, equal amounts of green gram and rice are boiled in milk, which is diluted with water. This is made into a thick paste and add good amount of butter and curds to it. This mixture is dipped in hot oil and deep fried like vatakas (vatakas were described in the previous chapter). After deep frying, one must sprinkle, powdered sugar on it…

The qualities of Navaneeta Phenika is same as the previous Phenika. It is strengthening and nutritious. It decreases vata and pitta and aggravates kapha….

There are some more variants of this dish… Which we can describe in the upcoming articles.

Stay tuned !!! Happy time !!!!

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