Deliciously yummy Aate ki pinni is a traditional Punjabi sweet made with whole wheat flour, semolina, and dry nuts. This is undoubtedly the most popular must-have winter delicacy!!
Cold, frigid weather calls for some homemade hearty comfort food. And winter comfort food is all about wholesome, feel-good favorites like Aate ki pinni.
In the Northern part of India, aate ki pinni is considered as THE quintessential winter food.
Many of my childhood memories are connected to the aroma of my mom’s cooking, and there is nothing more delicious than the smell of homemade pinnis. During winters, my mom would make a huge batch of atte ki pinnis for us. We as kids enjoyed pinni’s as our morning breakfast and for a quick evening snack.
The tradition still continuous. This quintessential winter delicacy is my family’s favorite, and everyone loves them!!
How to make Aate ki Pinnie?
These delicious homemade aate ki pinni requires no special equipment. Just a few essential ingredients and 30 minutes of your time.
Start the recipe by cooking wheat flour in ghee on a low flame. Cook until the flour becomes light brown in color. Keep stirring continuously. Do not leave flour unattended at any time as it may burn.
The secret to perfect pinnis is to stir constantly and maintain the heat between medium-low and low.
Why add Sooji (semolina)?
Semolina has a slightly gritty texture and when added to wheat flour it lends a grainy-textured bite. I prefer to add semolina to my pinni for an extra crunch, but it’s optional. If you don’t have a liking for semolina, feel free to leave that out.
Unsweetened coconut adds complexity and depth of flavor to this pinnis. Not a big fan of coconut, continue without it. Leaving coconut out will not harm the recipe.
After dry nuts and sugar are added, the mixture will come together like a ball of dough. Take the mix off the flame and allow it to cool until comfortable to touch.
When it’s cooled enough to handle, shape the dough like small ping-pong balls. If the pinni mixture feels dry and crumbly, add a teaspoon of milk and knead – it will bind well.
You will love everything about this melt-in-your-mouth pinnis.
They are –
- easy to make
- made with 8 simple ingredients
- loaded with healthy nuts
And an amazing traditional treat that will keep you warm throughout the winter!
Easily customized to your liking!
- substitute whole wheat flour, and semolina for a gluten-free flour
- substitute sugar with jaggery
- try adding 1/4 cup mawa for a rich taste
- for additional flavor add extra nuts like – chopped cashews, pumpkin seeds, edible gum, and pine-nuts.
While you are here, also check these delicacies –
- Urad dal pinni
- Besan ladoo,
- Coconut ladoo,
- Sabudana ladoo,
- Til ke ladoo
- Boondi Ladoo
- Motichoor Ladoo
If you happen to make it, please comment below and leave your feedback. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.