Ghari or Surati Ghari is a sweet dish from Gujarati cuisine, from the region of Surat. Ghari is made of puri batter, milk ‘mawa’, ghee and sugar – made into round shapes with a sweet filling, to be consumed on Chandani Padva festival.It is also available in many varieties and flavours such as pistachio, almond-elachi and mawa.
It is estimated that people of Surat ate about 150 tonnes of ‘Ghari’, a local sweet made on the occasion, which is full of ghee and dry fruits. It is highly priced and available in many varieties and flavours such as pistachio ,almond-elachi and mawa.
It’s a Chandi Padvo Speciality – Chandi Pavvo festival is celebrated a day after ‘Sharad Purnima’ and sweet shops in Surat start preparing the delicacy weeks before it, as the demand is very high among Gujaratis settled abroad too.
Suratis settled in UK, USA and Canada also celebrate this festival by eating Ghari, which is delivered to them through dispatch, said a sweet shop owner here.
History of Ghari:
Priest Nirmaladasji referred Devshankar Shukla to make Ghari in 1838.
Ghari was prepared by the Devshankar Shukla for Tatya Tope to provide extra strength to the freedom fighter’s soldiers in 1857. However, it began to be consumed during inauspicious occasions too, particularly by people of some castes in the crematorium for peace to the soul of the dead.
Ref : Wikipedia