Story/History of recipe
Khaja is an Indian sweet that is popular in many regions. It can be prepared with wheat or Maida. It is a fried pastry where the flower-shaped dough is then soaked in sugar syrup. This sugar-glazed pastry has many origin places with many respective variations. Regions like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Kakinada are a few of many Indian places where Flower Khaja is popularly made. It can be specially prepared for festivals like Diwali.
Recipe Ingredients, Preparation Steps and Occasions Served
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- In a mixing bowl, add two cups of wheat flour and a quarter cup of water, two tablespoons of ghee, a pinch of salt and mix well.
- Knead it into a soft dough and add a little more water if required.
- Add a teaspoon of oil, cover it and let it rest for a few minutes.
- In a small bowl add corn flour, rice flour and two teaspoons of ghee and mix them into a paste.
- Roll the dough into a log and pinch and take three small lemon-sized balls
- Flatten each of them with a rolling pin like chapati and keep it separately.
- Place one flattened dough and spread the prepared paste on it. Add a couple of drops of food color and spread them evenly.
- Dust it with flour and place the next sheet. Repeat the same steps with a different food color.
- Lastly, cover it with another fresh sheet by dusting it with flour.
- Roll the set of sheets into a thin log and cut it into small even pieces.
- Slightly press the pieces from sides this will show the layers colored like flower petals. Keep this aside.
- Heat a wide heavy-bottomed pan with oil for deep fry. Fry the small pieces and remove the excess oil by placing it on a tissue cloth.
- Meanwhile, prepare sugar syrup by adding sugar with water in a pan.
- Keep stirring, add cardamom powder and wait until it gets the one string consistency,
- Switch off the flame and drop these fried pieces into the syrup.
- Make sure it is coated completely and let it soak in the syrup for a couple of minutes.
- Alternatively, you can sift powdered sugar on the fried pieces of Flower Khaja using a filter.
- The prepared Flower Khaja if stored in an airtight container can stay fresh for a week.
- Wheat flour is rich in fiber and helps with digestion and improves gut health.
- The mineral content helps bone health and the vitamins make it the best source of energy.
- Rice flour contains nutrients like calcium and zinc. It is 100% gluten-free.
- Ghee helps absorb nutrients and can improve the immune system as it contains antioxidants. It can also relieve digestion issues.
- Cardamom powder has antibacterial properties that can kill mouth bacteria and prevent bad breath.
- It has anti-inflammatory inflammatory properties. It also helps with digestion.
- Other variations of the same include Kakinada Khaja and Madatha Khaja.
- Wheat was first planted as a hobby crop in the year 1977. Now it is cultivated as one of the primary grains in the US.
- The largest producer of wheat in the world is China. India holds second place in the list.
- It is said that the sweet Khaja was originally from the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh.
- Another variation of Khaja sweet is prepared by stuffing dry fruits inside it.
Suggested consumable by age groups
- A significant quantity of one to two pieces of Flower Khaja can be consumed by all age groups.
Good times to eat:
- It is perfect as an evening snack or as a dessert.
Eat along with:
- It can be eaten as it is or alongside any Indian snacks.
When not to eat or eat more often:
- Diabetic patients should avoid consuming.
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