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Rosh Bora | Bengali Sankranti

Rosh Bora is a traditional Bengali Sweet recipe. Rosh bora pitha, a winter delicacy that is made with fennel flavoured urad dal bora or fritters soaked in nolen gur (date palm jaggery) syrup or sugar syrup.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
soaking8 hrs
Course: bengali sweet, Dessert, Snack, sweets
Cuisine: Bengali, Indian
Keyword: bengali sweet recipe, rosh bora recipe, Sankranti recipes, urad dal fritters in sugar syrup
Servings: 8 people
Author: Arpita@Gastronomic Bong


  • Large bowl
  • deep large saucepan
  • deep frying pan
  • mixer grinder


To make Urad Dal Bora/Fritters

  • 1 cup Urad Dal soaked over night or upto 8 hours
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Oil for deep frying

To make Sugar/Nolen gur Syrup

  • 350 grams Sugar / Jaggery
  • 3-4 cups Water
  • 2 Green Cardamom


Making the daler bora

  • Drain the water from the soaked dal.
  • Then add the urad dal to a mixer grinder and sprinkle some water. Ground it into a fine paste.
  • Roughly pound the fennel seeds in a pestle motor.
  • Then add it to the batter.
  • Now with a fork or hand mix and whisk the batterfor 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add little water (a tsp at a time if you think the batter is too thick) an mix it well.

Make the sugar syrup

  • Bring the water to a boil then sugar or jaggery along with cardamoms and boil for 10-11 minutes. Keep it warm. Bring it to a boil right before adding the fried bora.

Frying the urad dal bora/fritters

  • Heat enough oil in a frying pan to deep fry the bora on medium heat. Now drop few balls of batter in the hot oil with the help of a spoon or fingers. DO not over crowd the pan.
  • Fry the fritters flipping once in awhile for 5 minutes until golden brown on all sides.
  • Take it off the hot oil with a skimmer and add it to a paper towel.
  • Finally add the fried bora/fritters in the hot syrup and boil for 2 mins. turn off the heat and keep it covered for atleast 1 hour for the boeras to soak up the syrup.
  • Serve it warm or cold.