Sukhdi is a traditional Gujarati sweet made with simple ingredients that combine into something so delicious that it has been a family favorite for generations. The word “sukh” is Gujarati for joy, happiness, or contentment. Sukhdi means that which brings joy.
About this Recipe
Sukhdi is a traditional Gujarati sweet that evokes the feeling of home and nostalgia for me. This is a recipe that has been in my family for generations, it was my Grandpa’s favorite sweet.
We always had homemade sukhdi around, whenever guests would come by, it was something we had to serve them with cha. It’s especially common to have sukhdi during any religious holidays and festivals.
This recipe has almond flour that gives it extra richness. That’s a change my mother has made to this recipe.
Whole wheat flour: You can make this with chapati flour (atta), a finely ground whole wheat flour available at Indian stores. But if you don’t have atta A regular grocery store’s whole wheat flour works well. Do not use all-purpose flour.
Ghee: It is traditional to use ghee, and it adds a fantastic buttery flavor. But when I was eating a dairy-free diet, I would make it with coconut oil.
Jaggery: The type of jaggery you use is essential. I find that a lighter-colored, softer jaggery works better. Do not buy a dark, brown-colored jaggery as it has a higher chance of burning before it melts completely and will throw off the delicate flavors of the sukhdi.
It is important to break the jaggery up into small pieces before adding into the sukhdi. This will ensure that the jaggery melts evenly and quickly. There are three methods that work well for me. 1) Grate with a large-sized cheese grater 2) Use a mallet on a cutting board to crumble the jaggery 3) Use a chef’s knife to shave small slivers off the jaggery
Almond flour: Almond flour or ground almonds are optional, but add a nutty richness that I love. My mom has added almond flour to her sukhdi for over 40 years, so it is definitely traditional in my home.
- Add poppy seeds. This is traditional for many families and tastes delicious.
- Add nutmeg.
- Add grated or desiccated coconut.
- Leave out the almond flour and replace with more whole wheat flour.
- Add gundar (gondh) or edible gum. My mom will add this in the winter.
- Add dried ground ginger. My mom adds 1/2 tsp of dried ground ginger and edible gum in the winter to add warmth.
Shukhdi will keep well in the refrigerator for up to a month. You can also freeze it for up to 6 months. To defrost, set it out overnight to allow it to come to room temperature before serving.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup almond flour
- ½ cup ghee
- ¾ cup jaggery grated or crumbled using a mortar and pestle
- ½ tsp cardamom
- Heat ghee under medium heat until melted.
- Add flour and cook until toasted. Set a timer for 5 minutes, you should see bubbling in the flour.
- Add almond flour. Toast for 1 minute.
- Add cardamom and jaggery. Stir until the jaggery melts. The jaggery will melt and bring the whole mixture together.
- Spred into a pan. Score and allow to cool.