Chirote in a cinnamon and orange zest syrup with Vanilla ice-cream and orange-reduction sauce

I was not a big fan of desserts while growing up, I still like them only on moderation; but there was one traditional Maharastrian dessert which my grandmother and mother would make, which was an exception. That was paakatle chirote, and I would always insist that my mother  must make it on my birthday.

Chirote are a kind of layered, flaky, crispy pastry-based dessert; and they come in two variants, the regular ones simply dusted with powdered sugar; or the slightly thicker ones soaked in sugar syrup, called the paakatle Chirote. Recently, on a facebook food group that I follow, someone posted that these paakatle chirote taste great with ice-cream. This comment got me thinking and I thought that this would definitely be a great combination; but I also decided to also slightly twist the original recipe and incorporate some newer flavors into it with earthy spices and some citrusy ones from oranges. For the traditiona version, one can just skip these and prepare regular Pakaatle chirote.


  1. For the chirote dough:

3 cups of semolina (rawa/sooji);

½ cup clarified butter (ghee/sajuk tuup);

A pinch of salt;

Milk to combine the dough.

2.To apply between the layers of the pastry:

½  cup corn flour (or rice flour);

½  cup clarified butter (ghee/sajuk tuup)

3.Oil or ghee for frying the chirote.

4.For the syrup:

3 cups sugar;


3-inch piece of cinnamon broken into smaller bits;

2-3 star anise;

a pinch of saffron;

a bit of orange zest.

5.For the orange reduction:

Freshly squeezed juice from one orange;

1 ½ tbsp sugar.

6.Vanilla ice-cream.


  1. The chirote dough:

Take three cups of semolina in a mixing bowl. In a small pan, melt the ghee and continue heating till it reaches a smoking temperature. Pour it over the semolina, mix quickly with a fork, and allow to cool. Knead a firm dough with some milk, the texture of the dough at this point will be grainy. Allow the dough to rest for 30-45 minutes. Prepare the other elements of the dish during this time.

2.The syrup:

Take 3 cups of sugar in a pot and add water to it until it barely soaks all the sugar. Heat the pot on medium heat, and add the orange zest ,saffron, cinnamon and star anise to it. Keep stirring intermittently. Continue heating the syrup until it is reduced to a soft drop consistency; i.e, if you start dropping the syrup with a spoon from a height, it should form small drops while faliing off. (Having a string-like consistency at this stage makes the chirote soggy). Keep aside until chirote are ready.

3.The Orange Reduction:

Take freshly squeezed orange juice and sugar in a sauce pan and heat on a lowflame. Continue heating with intermittent stirring till the sauce reduces to one-third of the original volume and achieves a slightly sticky consistency.

4.The chirote:

  • Cream together the corn flour and ghee together till they become smooth and creamy and have no lumps.
  • Break the dough into smaller parts and run it in a food processor to make a smooth, yet firm dough.
  • Divide the dough into smaller portions, into spheres of about an inch in diameter.
  • Roll out one sphere as thin as possible. Apply the cornflour and ghee paste to it and keep aside. Repeat the same procedure twice.
  • Layer the rolled out pastry applied with the cornflour paste on top of each other. Then roll them tightly together.
  • Cut the roll into one-inch pieces.
  • Repeat this for the entire dough.
  • Roll all the pieces of layered dough lightly into a circular shape. Do not roll it out too thin.
  • Fry each of these chirotes in oil/ghee over a medium flame till they turn golden brown.
  • Allow them to cool and soak in the syrup prepared above for 15-20 minutes.

5.Final Assembly:

Place the chirote soaked in the spiced-syrup over a plate. Keep a quenelle of vanilla ice-cream adjacent to it. Drizzle the dessert with the orange reduction sauce and serve immediately.


The Chirote dough…


The cornflour and ghee paste..


Steps in preparing the chirote


The syrup..


Orange reduction sauce


Chirote in a cinnamon, star anise, orange zest syrup; with vanilla ice-cream and orange reduction


One comment on “Chirote in a cinnamon and orange zest syrup with Vanilla ice-cream and orange-reduction sauce

  1. skd
    January 5, 2016

    This looks so delicious Nitali. I never heard of Chirote though it looks a little bit similar to malpua or maybe not. Thanks for sharing.


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