Khaja is an Indian sweet recipe where strips of layered pastry are deep-fried and then coated with sugar syrup. It is mildly sweet and crunchy on the outside, and flaky on the inside. Also known as Chiroti, khaja sweets are very popular to be made for special occasions.
While making this khaja recipe at home, you will need some tips & tricks to get the perfect texture. So, keep on reading and also watch the khaja recipe step-by-step video below.
Throughout India, it is popular for different reasons. This Indian sweet of Khaja is made and offered on various special occasions. For instance, in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, it is a very popular sweet during weddings. In Odisha or Orissa, Kakinada Khaja is offered to Lord Jagannath as a temple offering. In Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, it is very popular as Chiroti.
Khaja Ingredients list
- All-purpose Flour or Maida
- Refined Sunflower Oil or Ghee – omit ghee if looking for a vegan recipe
- Sugar Syrup
Tips for perfect Khaja sweets
In case you want to nail the recipe for Khaja, just keep the following tips in mind.
- The dough for the pastry is of the essence here. Add enough moyen (fat) so that it becomes flaky and crispy upon frying
- Roll the dough into a thin sheet before folding it like a paper fan to create layers
- Always fry the khaja on low heat till it turns golden and crispy
- The sugar syrup we are using for this recipe is thick and sticky. Runny sugar syrup can make the khaja soggy
- Simply dip the fried khaja for a couple of seconds to coat them with the syrup and then take them out on a wire rack to let them air dry. Upon drying them they will harden up and become crunchy on the outside
- Store these khaja sweets in an air-tight container for a week. You may refrigerate them for longer
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- Instant Kalakand recipe using Condensed Milk
- Instant Malpoa recipe
- Gajar ka Halwa recipe without using Khoya
- Instant Gajar ka Halwa recipe
- Atta ka Halwa recipe
- Chanar Jilipi
- Rasbhari or Mini-Gulab Jamun
Khaja is an Indian sweet recipe where strips of layered pastry are deep-fried and then coated with sugar syrup. It is mildly sweet and crunchy on the outside, and flaky in the inside. Also known as Chiroti, it is a very popular Indian sweet made for special occasions.
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1½ cup All Purpose Flour or Maida
- ½ cup Refined Sunflower Oil
- 5 tbsp Cold Water
- A Pinch of Salt
Take sugar and water in a sauce pan and gently bring it to a boil. Keep stirring so that the sugar is dissolved completely. Once you see that there are no more sugar crystals left, switch off the heat.
Take a mixing bowl and mix the maida or all-purpose flour with salt and oil
Knead this into a dough using the ice cold water.
Leave it aside for couple of minutes.
Take this dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it thin. Trim the sides to make the sides straight
Brush some ghee on the rolled dough and dust some flour on it. Now, fold it into a thin log
Divide the rolled dough into equal thin strips of an inch width. Roll each of these strips into 3 inches long strips
Fry each of them on low heat till they turn golden and crisp. Once done take them out and dip and coat in sugar syrup. Take them out and keep it on a wire rack to air dry them.
Keep them in an air-tight container.