November 22, 2005

Can you guess what this is? (CYGWTI #1)


Has anyone come across these savories? I will give you the details about these only next week. :-)

Meanwhile, can you guess what this is?

Let us see who is coming up with the most correct or somewhere closer to the correct answer. Do you need any clues? Over to you :-)

CYGWTI #1
Posted initially on November 16, 2005
Reposting it on November 22, 2005
Time given - one week; TIME LEFT - 24 hours :-)
A modest summary of the guesses received from My Dhaba guests, links to their blogs (if any), the winner or winners, runners-up(s) :-), and correct answer with details (recipe/s, if any) will be posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005. :-)
Thank you so much for your great patience.

37 Comments:

Anonymous raji said...

pootha rekulu??
not sure though

11/17/2005  
Blogger மதி கந்தசாமி (Mathy) said...

some kind of sweet?

almond or cashew based sweet?

in Srilanka, ppl make christmas fruit cake as wedding cakes. And then wrap them up in papers like this and put it in fancy paper boxes. i collect those boxes, whenever i go to a wedding. ofcourse, just the box. ;)

-Mathy

11/18/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Nice guess Raji, but what is "pootha rekulu"

11/18/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Mathy - wow! nice try. Let us see what others are coming up with.

11/18/2005  
Blogger Paz said...

Hmmm... I have NO idea... Hmmm...


Paz

11/18/2005  
Blogger Mika said...

No idea VKN...

Any clues on whether it is Indian, is this a picture of some sort of dough for the savory etc, he he-)

11/18/2005  
Blogger Ravi said...

vkn, my guess is that it is something like a 'kamarkat mittai' with jaggery/sugar syrup, shredded coconut, sesame... Am I right?

11/18/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Paz - :-) no probs. Let us read other wonderful guesses during this week.

11/18/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Mika - that is a tough question to handle to give you a clue :-)

No I can not say (now) that it is purely Indian as I got these from a non-Indian friend :-), but yes it is one of the popular Indian specialities.

11/18/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Ravi - wow, what a cute guess. It reminded me of all the sweet memories of my childhood. I could still savor the divine taste of "kambarkat mittai" :-) Nice try.

11/18/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Received a mail from Lavanya who says it is "Putarekulu". Awaiting reply from her to confirm the meaning of putarekulu. Does anyone know what this is?

11/18/2005  
Blogger Peter Zwart said...

pootha rekulu:

http://www.telugupeople.com/shop/showProduct.asp?category=2&subCategory=33&product=129

11/18/2005  
Blogger LERA said...

oh! what an interesting way to blog - the fact that it's an indian savory, has infact doubled my curiosity now,what could it be--??
well, lemme take a guess--is it kaaja rolls with sweet filling !

11/18/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Thanks Peter for the info on Pootha rekulu and for that wonderful webpage's url.

Raji and Lavanya - so, now I know what is pootha rekulu, but this is a different one :-) Nice try!

11/18/2005  
Anonymous Monisha said...

Badaam halwa?
New visitor here; you have a really nice blog!

11/18/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Welcome to the party Monisha. Good try, but this is a different one :-) Let us see who is getting it correct.

11/18/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Received this from Lavanya - "It’s a flaky sugary sweet you only get in Hyderabad, melts in your mouth, doesn’t look too different to what you displayed in that picture!"

Thanks Lavanya. This is something different :-)

11/18/2005  
Anonymous Indira said...

You have to give us atleast one more tip, VKN.
What is the country of origin? Are they from Middle eastern?
You are making us think, that's hard work:),so what's the prize for the correct guesser?:)

But, I have to agree with others, they look exactly like 'Puta rekulu', very famous Andhra sweet.

11/18/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Indira - nice to see you back after your traveling? I was waiting for your answer :-)

To answer your questions:
- Country of origin: I too was quite surprised, I am not sure of its origin, received this from a non-Indian friend, came from his country, yes we Indians TOO make these at our homes
- No, it is not from ME, I am sure :-)
- Yes, you are right, it is hard work
- Prize - wow! havent thought about it till now. Next time, if god willing :-)

Few of my friends requested for some more time. Yes, they are thinking hard. So let us wait for their guesses. I promise, I will post pictures and reveal what is inside those cute wraps on Wednesday. :-)

11/18/2005  
Blogger Mika said...

Is it (wheat?) halvah? I have seen them being sold in syrian stores in dubai's gold soukh...

Or elai adai wrapped in wax paper-)

11/19/2005  
Blogger Mika said...

Oh they are savory- now I have to keep on thinking? Now when will you give the answer with the recipe, VKN?

11/19/2005  
Blogger Faffer said...

Candy/Halva wrapped in edible paper?

11/20/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Hi Mika - wheat halwa is a wonderful guess. Elai adai in wrapped paper is supreme :-) Just few more days, I am waiting with so much patience not to disclose it until Wedneday. :-)

11/20/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Hello lonely traveler - nice guess. Thank you for participating. The rectangular surrounding ones are wrapped in edible paper, yes; but candy/halwa... let's wait until Wednesday.

11/20/2005  
Blogger Mika said...

If the paper is edible, then it must be rice paper. But in India we don't use rice paper for anything... is it spring rolls of some kind before frying?

11/20/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Wow - so nice to see so many comments from you Mika. Wonderful guesses.

Let me just repeat the clues I had given to Indira.

Country of origin: I was quite surprised when I received this from a non-Indian friend who recently came back to work after her vacation. We Indians TOO make these at our homes. We all devour it. It is one of Adarsh's favorite savories who gulped all the pieces in one sitting. It has not come from Oman, Dubai, or other Middle-Eastern regions :-)

Any more guesses? The wraps will be opened on Wednesday and I will post the pictures :-)

11/20/2005  
Blogger மதி கந்தசாமி (Mathy) said...

Ok here goes.

It is from Phillipines.

a sweet made from milk powder.

forgot the name.

-Mathy

11/22/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Cute guess Mathy :-) Thank you for attempting it again. Have you tasted those ones which you are referring to, any resembling taste or anything that would explain about your wonderful guess. :-) just one more day, tomorrow I am going to reveal that anywayz.

11/22/2005  
Blogger Shakthi said...

My guess is toffee.

11/23/2005  
Blogger Shakthi said...

But it could also be some sort of burfy.

11/23/2005  
Blogger vkn said...

Good guesses shakthi. :-) It would be revealed in another 8 hours. Thank you for participating.

11/23/2005  
Blogger Shakthi said...

It just ocurred to me that it could be mysore pak, last guess.

11/23/2005  
Blogger Sanhita & Shristi said...

Hi VKN,
The photo is that of a ANDHRA delicacy called 'Pootha rekulu', made of maida , sugar and coconut i suppose. I tasted this for the first time last week and is overjoyed to know that you have the recipe.Being a bong i just can't wait to make this sweet myself. since this is very delicate i'd request to to follow up ur post with lots of instruction photos .
thanks
sanhita.

11/23/2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could this be aam papad???

Priya S.

10/26/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its tapioca strips, fried and dipped in sugar syrup.

10/27/2006  
Anonymous Kavitha Ravi said...

Its tapioca strips fried and dipped in sugar syrup

10/27/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tapioca strips fried and dipped in sugar syrup.

10/27/2006  

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