To make handmade Puri Khaja, Here’s a step-by-step guide:
1 & half cups all-purpose flour (maida) and half cup millets ( Finger millet or ragi)
4 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
Water (as needed)
Oil or ghee for deep-frying
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Chopped nuts (optional, for garnishing)
In a mixing bowl, take the all-purpose flour (maida) & millets (ragi) and add 2 tablespoons of ghee to it.
Mix the ghee with the flour using your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Gradually add water and knead to form a stiff dough. Adjust the amount of water as needed.
Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
Layering and Folding:
Divide the rested dough into small portions and roll out each portion into a thin rectangular-shaped sheet.
Spread a little ghee over the sheet and fold it into half.
Again, spread ghee over the folded sheet and fold it into half to form a smaller rectangle.
Repeat the process of folding and layering a few more times until you have multiple layers in the dough. Click here (https://pencilforchange.in/product/garnished-exotic-khaja/) to buy our product.
Cutting and Frying:
Cut the layered dough into small rectangular or diamond-shaped pieces.
Heat oil or ghee in a deep pan or kadhai for frying.
Carefully drop the khaja pieces into the hot oil or ghee and fry them on medium heat until they turn golden brown and crispy.
Remove the fried khaja from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Click here (https://pencilforchange.in/product/jagannath-puri-khaja/)to buy our product.
In a separate pan, add sugar and water and heat the mixture over medium heat.
Stir until the sugar dissolves completely and the syrup comes to a boil.
Reduce the heat and let the syrup simmer for a few minutes until it thickens slightly.
Soaking and Garnishing:
Dip the fried khaja pieces into the sugar syrup, making sure they are well coated.
Allow the khaja to soak in the syrup for a few minutes to absorb the sweetness.
Take out the soaked khaja and let them cool on a wire rack.
If desired, garnish with chopped nuts like almonds or pistachios.
Once the Puri Khaja has cooled completely, store them in an airtight container. They can be enjoyed for several days and make for a delightful sweet treat during festivals or special occasions. Click here (https://pencilforchange.in/product/pure-ghee-puri-khaja/) to buy our product.