Thekua recipe is an easy, flaky tea-time sweet snack recipe with no preservative, yet can be stored and consumed for 15-20 days.
About Bihari Thekua Recipe
Yes, this recipe has a very typical name but trust me it has a very opposite taste. Thekua is very popular in North and East India and it has been served as a sweet snack for centuries in some of these places. In India this recipe is considered a very important part during some festivals, especially in “Chhath Puja”, when this snack is a must have recipe.
In fact this is what is offered to the God Sun as a Prasad. Chhath Puja is a four daylong celebration festival which includes several traditional rituals like holy bathing, fasting and standing for hours in water making offerings to the Sun God. Chhath Puja is incomplete without this recipe. This recipe has so many other names like some people call it Khajoor and some Thikari and so on….
Ohhhh… I am forgetting something here, do you remember my last post where I explained about the two snacks item I prepared for my brother. Yep!!! you are right the first one was nimki, the recipe I have shared in my last post and the second one is Thekua.
Trust me I never imagined I could ever make this recipe because of the authenticity it required. But as my hubby says, after all I am my Mom’s daughter so the art of making good food has to be an inherent part of me as well..
And it is so true that “experience makes a man perfect”. In fact it made a woman perfect in my case. This was the second time I was making Thekua (the first time was when I made it for my brother and the 2nd time when I made this video). And this time it turned out to be even better than the last one.
The texture was just right and so were the quantity of the ingredients as well. I was a little worried about the amount of sugar and the sweetness, but my mom’s advise that had come out of years of experience couldn’t have gone wrong.
In fact you can even bake it to give it a little healthier touch though I don’t really call anything made out of “all purpose flour”, very healthy. This is a nice tiffin snacks for your little ones and I am sure they will love it just as my little one likes it.
(Deep Fried Cookies) Thekua Recipe
Traditionally this recipe is made with wheat flour and Jaggery but this can also be made using all-purpose flour. People used to make different design on this cookies using “Thekua mould”. It is basically a wooden block which has designs engraved on both the sides. So when you press the dough onto it with the side of your palm, the imprint of the design on the saancha (Thekua mould) is transferred over the surface of the Thekua.
This perfect tea-time snacks requires only few ingredients. It is soft when hot but hardens after it cools. It is very easy to make and does not require any preservative but still can be stored and eaten for several days.
So let’s jump on to the recipe now……
- All purpose flour – 2 cups
- Sugar – 1/2 cup
- Fennel saunf – 1/2 tbsp
- Ghee – 1/2 cup for moin
- Cashew – chopped as required
- Raisins – as required
- Oil/ghee – to deep fry
- In a bowl add maida and ghee.
- Mix it well until the flour binds well when you try to make a ball out of it.
- Now add sugar, dry fruits and fennel seeds and mix well.
- Depending upon the amount of flour you are using, you may want to divide it into two parts this is because we are adding sugar, which may make the dough excess watery when we add water in the next step.
- Add water little by little to the one part of it and knead it into a medium soft dough. (ensure that the sugar should not be dissolved in the kneading process and one shall be easily able to identify the sugar granules in the dough. This is to give it a crunchy taste)
- Take small portions of the dough and make a ball of it.
- Now flatten the ball on rolling board to 1/2 inch of thickness and place it in a tray. You can even flatten the ball by your palm or your finger.
- Heat oil in a pan and fry the thekuas on low flame till they turn golden brown and it gets cooked properly from inside.
- So the thekuas are ready to be served.
- You can serve it hot or cold.
- Store them for 15-20 days in an airtight containers and use it as snacks.
DO NOT fry more than 4-5 pieces at once.
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