So, how was last weekend ? Hope everyone is now getting acquainted with the slowly changing weather and with the wind chills. My winter jackets and boots are on as well:)
Now, let me ask you, are you craving for a nice crunchy dessert to munch on during this season. I suppose your answer is “YES”. So, let me share a quick and easy recipe of a dish called ” Thekua”. This is a dry sweet from the Indian subcontinent. It is mainly consumed in Bihar,Jharkhand,West Bengal and eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Thekua is a revered Prasad (offering to god) in the Chath Pooja. It has been used as a sweet snack for centuries in these places. The festival is to worship the sun God and the rituals are rigorous and are observed over a period of four days. The prasad offerings include sweets like Jaggery kheer, thekua, rice laddu (made of rice grit) and fruits (mainly sugarcane, sweet lime and banana) offered in small bamboo winnows. The food is strictly vegetarian and is cooked without salt, onions or garlic.
So, here goes the simple recipe :
Preparation Time : 15 Mins, Cooking Time : 30 Mins, Calories : 46.95 calories/per piece.
- Wheat Flour – 280 gms
- Jaggery – 92 gms
- Ghee/Clarified butter – 55 gms
- Cardamom Powder – 1 and a half tablespoon
- Milk – As per requirement
- Water – As per requirement.
- In a bowl add the wheat flour, jaggery, ghee and cardamom powder.
- Add milk to the mixture to make a consistent dough. It should not be runny and greasy.
- Add little warm water to the dough to make it little smooth. Ensure that it doesn’t turn sticky.
- Now, start making small balls from the dough and press it using your palm to make a small circle.
- Now, you can make any shapes as per your desire using a fork.
- Now insert a raisin at the center before frying the thekuas.
- Heat oil in a pan and make sure it is warm enough to fry the thekuas.
- Always remember to fry the thekua on simmer. Do not increase the gas flame as it might result in burning of the sweet.
- If you do not want to fry the thekua and want to go for a healthier way, use air fryer. Pre heat the airfryer for 10 mins at 400 degrees.
- Now, place the thekua in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 15 mins. The thekua gets ready.
I am publishing below the picture of thekua which I made over the weekend ( both deep frying and air frying method ) :