Friday, 1 April 2016

Khasta Gaja

Celebrating Holi with ‪#‎homemade‬ Khasta Gaja ( A famous traditional sweet of ‪#‎Odisha‬)...

All purpose flour/ Maida- 1cup
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

Method :

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 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.

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