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Khaja


It is a popular sweet prepared in the kitchen of the Jagannath Temple of Puri daily for being served as prasad. I  this as a part of prasad for Diwali puja this year.

Ingredients:

  1. Maida : 2 cups
  2. Pure ghee : 1/2 cups
  3. Sugar : 1 1/2 cup
  4. Water: 1 1/2 cup
  5. oil: for frying 
  6. Salt to taste 

Procedure:
Make a paste of ghee and flour by mixing half a cup of ghee with equal quantity of flour. Keep this paste aside. 
Add a pinch of salt and three teaspoon of ghee to the remaining flour. 
Mix thoroughly till its done.To know that the flour is ready take  a handful of the flour and close your fist tightly. When you open your fist the flour should hold the shape.
Then add water slowly to make a stiff dough and not a watery one.
Knead it further till the dough gets smoothened. 
Roll the dough into a rectangular shape with the thicknes of a chpati (roti). 
Then spread the ghee+flour paste evenly over the rectangular surface. 
Now roll the rectangular dough from one side to give it a rope like shape. 
Then cut it into one inch size pieces. 
Roll each piece again to make about 5 inch long khaja. 
Now heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the pieces of khaja on medium to low flame. 
After the frying is over, prepare a syrup of sugar with water. 
For this add sugar to  boiling water and continuously go on stirring till you get a sticky syrup. 
Now dip the khajas into it (one at a time) and take out. 
Serve after the same becomes cold. 

Again mine were not the prettiest but were good enough to be enjoyed. So Go ahead and try this out.
Have a happy and safe Diwali
Till then Happy blogging
Rakhee

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