Fal- Wheat and Jaggery Sweet

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Blogging Marathon # 14



This sweet is a special offering to God Shiva and Goddess Parvati on the occasion of a very famous Rajasthani festival GANGAUR. GAN means SHIVA and GAUR means PARVATI.

The festival commences on the first day of chaitra month, the day following Holi and continues for 18 days. On the evening of the seventh day after Holi, unmarried girls carry 'Ghudlias' (earthen pots with holes all around in which a lamp is lit) on their heads and they go from house to house and singing devotional songs. (This ritual is observed to celebrate the triumph of Rao Santhal, ruler of Jodhpur,Rajasthan over the cruel Mir Ghudley Khan, who had carried away 140 young girls celebrating the festival of Gangaur, in 1548 AD. The burning lamp symbolizes maharaja's valor and chivalry).

The idols of Shiva and Parvati made of clay and wood are worshipped. These divine entities are called as 'Isar' and 'Gangaur'.


[These paper Mache idols are made by my husband’s grandma narayani devi]

On this day maiden and married ladies worship Goddess Parvarti for getting good husband and for the Health ,welfare and long life of their husbands respectively. They apply mehandi on their hands and dress up themselves beautifully.


[Mehandi art by me]

The festivals conclude with the procession of idols on the 18th day. Ladies sing song about farewell of Gauri from her parent's home to her husband's home.



               [Gauri procession idol placed in the Mehrangardh Jodhpur fort]


Now coming back to FAL. Gauri had these fal while leaving her parent's home that's why this offering is made to her on this festival.






  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • 1/4 th cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • Ghee or oil for frying


  1. In a pot mix jaggery with water and boil it till it melts.
  2. Take the wheat flour in a big bowl.
  3. Add a tablespoon of ghee and Mix it with fork.
  4. Add the jaggery syrup to the wheat flour as required and knead the dough.
  5. Make small cherry size balls of the dough and pinch the ball with thumb and fingers to give the pyramid like shape.
  6. Fry it in the ghee or oil till it turn golden brown.











  • You can make any shape out of the dough.
  • You can add sesame seeds to the dough.
  • Instead of jaggery you can use sugar.



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Comments (8)

these look cute..loved the shape ..new to me :)

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Such a nice story behind this awesome sweet. Lovely Manisha!!! I totally fell in love with your Mehendi art. So beautiful. Can't take my eyes off your artwork. The sweet and the pictures look so good. Good job!!!

Those two cute dols are so so beautiful Hats off to your hubbys grand mother. Very nice to know about the festival recipe sound interesting.

Manisha, thanks for sharing the story behind the dish..very interesting..and love the colour and the fact that this is so easy to make..:)..

love to read about regional traditions..very interesting sweet!

these look so cute...i loved the step by step captures. i liked your space too

Love those cute shaped fal and also thanks for the info.

Hi Manisha,
Can you pl share me the gangaur idol in this blog at my email address. sandeep.khaitan@gmail.com

If I download it from your page, it comes with the blog url embedded in it. Thanks.!