Thursday, June 25, 2009

khajur / thekua



this is a desi cookie which is healthy and can be eaten without guilt.....called khajoor in banaras and the whole of UP , it is called thekua in Bihar and Jharkhand and i actually learnt it during my stay at Dhanbad.....the perfect khajoor should be cracked on the margins , crisp on the outside and softer inside....the sugar crystals caremalise on the outside , giving it a nice sheen.....Arvind like it so much that i had to learn to make this desi cookie.....some people make it with all purpose flour or maida but i prefer making it with whole wheat flour and desi ghee....it's so much more tasty this way......

this time i made a fried version as well as one baked version......fried one was crisp and perfect but the baked one was a bit chewy but i liked it as the taste was the same ( for almost 80% less ghee than the fried version)...the fried ones keep well in an airtight container for about a month but the baked ones become harder atef 2 weeks ...so consume them within that period.....

you need just a few ingredients for this.....

whole wheat flour or atta 500 gm
ghee 100 gm for rubbing
dessicated coconut or grated dried coconut 1 cup
sugar 1 cup
milk about 1.5 cup
more ghee for deep frying

to proceed .....

mix the first four ingredients well , rubbing it between your fingers so that it resembles like fine breadcrumbs.......

heat ghee for frying in a wide kadhai or pan....

now scoop out a part of the mixture( enough to make a batch of 8-10 khajoors) and sprinkle milk on it and mix so that it starts binding when pressed in the fist.....it should not become like a dough, just enough moist to make marble sized balls from the mixture.......this allows cracking of the surface , making crisp khajoors ....

now flatten each ball with your palms and press with a fork twice at right angles to make a mesh design....

drop in the hot ghee and fry on lowest flame turning in between to allow even browning....a nice aroma comes when it gets cooked and also the cracks appear on the surface.....drain from ghee and let it cool......repeat with the mixture for another batch till you make all of them..... cool and keep in an airtight container....these are the fried ones...


for the baked version i arranged the shaped khjoors on a ceramic plate smeared with ghee and baked in the grill option of my microwave for 30 minutes on one side and the 20 minutes on the other side....timing can be adjusted according to the thickness of khajoors....here are the baked khajoors....


2 comments:

  1. for sweetness instead of sugar is it possible to use gud(mollases)?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yes Shaikh...this thekua can be made with jaggery too . Gid will be good but the liquid molasses will make the thekua hard. Stick to crumbled gud and take all the precaution to keep the dough crumbly too....it will be perfect.

    I have pictures of gud ka thekua too and will post them as soon as possible.

    ReplyDelete