Celebrating Holi with #homemade Khasta Gaja ( A famous traditional sweet of #Odisha)...
Atta/ whole wheat flour-1/2 cup
Desi Ghee/ melted butter - 1/4th cup
Curd - 2tblsp
Soda -1/4 tsp
saunf/ fennel seeds- 1tblsp
Refined oil- to deep fry
Salt a pinch
For sugar Syrup :
Sugar- 1 ½ cup
Water- 1 cup
Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp
Mix maida, atta and ghee, then rub the mixture thoroughly in ghee for 8-10 min. Now, add curd, salt & soda to it and mix.
Make stiff dough and cover it and keep aside in a cool place for 15 min.
Now make the sugar syrup till it reaches a two-string consistency
After a while, knead the dough again. make two balls. Roll the dough and form a log. I made two small logs. Now slice the dough into slightly thicker slices as shown in pic. with a sharp knife. let the sides of the pieces little bit rough so that while frying, oil can go inside .
Take a kadai/ pan and heat oil for deep frying; the oil should not be more hot..then put the gaja into the oil one after another.
Fry it at low - medium flame and Turn the pieces when they will float in oil..now fry the gajas till they become golden brown in color. It may take 8-19 mins to fry.
Repeat the same for all pieces.
Drain the pieces,
and then put the gajas into the sugar syrup. Allow to soak for 10-15 minutes.
Remove and keep on a plate to drain excess syrup. Now your khasta gaja is ready to serve. You can store it for 1-2 wks in a airtight container.