After a long time, I am taking part in another Blogging MArathon Series. And this edition is very special. You may remember the A-Z Blogging Marathon I did last year. When we finished that Marathon, immediately discussions began for this Indian States Themed Marathon. Srivalli chose 30 states and Union Territories and we need to cook a dish from each region. When Valli announced the states, I finished with the selection and finalisation of recipes within two days. And slowly I started making those dishes one by one. But still I haven’t finished with the dishes. Keeping my fingers crossed, I am posting the first recipe. I hope you will enjoy this series as much as you enjoyed the previous one.
The very first state to get featured in this BM # 39 is Andhra Pradesh. Also known as A.P, it is situated at the south east coast of India. The cuisine of Andhra is one of the famous cuisines of India. The savoury dishes I have tried out are quite spicy and I am a great fan of Andhra style pickles. When I was going through the recipes of different states, I noticed that the same dish with slight variations existed in many cuisines. To begin this marathon, I selected a sweet which I wanted to try for so many years but kept on postponing. Kaja is so much similar to chiroti or peni in preparation but is different to look. It tasted absolutely delicious with so many flaky layers soaked in sugar syrup.
Recipe Source: Spiceindiaonline
Makes 20 small Kajas
Flour/ Maida-1 cup
Baking Soda-a pinch
Rice Flour-1 tbs
Cardamom Powder-1/4 tsp
Oil-To Deep Fry
1. Mix together flour, baking soda, ghee in a bowl.
2. Add enough water to make a firm dough.
3. Knead it for 3 minutes until soft and elastic.
4. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
5. Mix together rice flour and ghee to make a white paste.
6. Add water and cardamom powder to sugar and allow it to boil until it comes to 1/2 thread consistency.
7. Remove from flame.
8. Roll out the dough into a large thin rectangle.
9. Apply the rice flour paste evenly on the rectangle.
10. Starting from the smaller side roll it into a tight log.
11. Cut into 1 cm slices.
12. Pinch ends to make a tear shape.
13. Heat oil on medium flame.
14. Deep fry kajas oil until golden brown.
15. Transfer the fried kajas to warm syrup.
16. Let them soak for 3 minutes.
17. Remove and arrange on a plate and allow it to air dry until the syrup hardens.
18. Store in a jar and enjoy with a cup of coffee.
Mix flour, soda and ghee.
Add enough water to make a dough.
Make the sugar syrup.
Prepare rice flour ghee paste.
Shape the dough into a rectangle.
Roll it very thin.
Apply the paste evenly.
Roll into a tight log.
Cut into small slices.
You can see the layers.
Pinch the ends to make a tear shape.
Deep fry on medium flame.
Soak them in warm syrup.
Arrange on a plate.