FRIED SAVORY DOUGH/VISHETI VYA CHUMVI (KILUA SHAPE)
Savory visheti are savory tasty snacks usually served with a sweetened drink (unlike the Sweet Visheti version). Can be made to be served at teatime or as a snack any time of the day!
1½ cups all purpose flour
3 tbs custard powder (for taste and to soften the vishete)
3 tbs butter
¼ tsp cardamom powder
Water or Milk (for mixing)
¼ tsp Salt (omit if using salted butter)
HOW TO DEEP FRY THE VISHETI
MORE INFORMATION & TIPS
1) When completely cooled, store in an air tight container. Best eaten on the same day.
2) The flower 'KILUA' holds a significant role in the Swahili culture and used with other flowers like Jasmine, 'Mpaparachi' etc to make 'KIKUBA' (Plural - VIKUBA). The KIKUBA is usually worn in special occasions or by the wife at home as a token of love. Sometimes the flowers are used to make the house (especially the bedroom) smell nice. Traditionally, these Savory visheti were cooked for newly married couples so that they can romantically feed each other. When I was younger I used to hear married people feeding each other 'Vilua' (plural for kilua) so I thought it was the real flower and I had a go at eating them only to become really sick for almost a week! Only until when I was older that I understood what the adults meant!!!!