Thekua-How to make Thekua-Chhath special recipe
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Serves: 10
  • 2 Cups=250gms Whole Wheat Flour
  • ¾th Cup=150gms Jaggery (or Sugar)-grated
  • ¼th Cup=25gms dry Coconut-grated
  • 2-tbsp Ghee
  • ½-tsp Fennel Seeds-coarsely grounded
  • ½-tsp Cardamom Powder
  • ¾th Cup Water
  • Oil for frying
  1. To start with, we will melt grated Jaggery in water. Put ¾th Cup water in a pan and heat the water. Add grated Jaggery in water and allow it to melt completely. If you are using Sugar, allow it to melt completely similarly.
  2. After 1-1/2 mins, Jaggery has completely melted. Remove from heat. Allow it to cool down completely.
  3. Pass the wheat flour through a sieve. Passing through sieve, ensures that we get rid of impurities from wheat flour. Now add grated dry Coconut, grounded fennel seeds and cardamom powder. Now mix the ingredients with your palms. (Ensure you have washed your hands thoroughly)
  4. Add 2-tbsp lukewarm melted Ghee. Put Ghee and mix it well. Rub the flour between your palms. We will use jaggery water when it comes down to room temperature. Texture of wheat flour must be like a bread crumbs.
  5. Now add jaggery water gradually and knead into a firm dough. We have kneaded this into a firm dough. It has some cracks on the surface. We are left with ⅓rd cup Jaggery water. Dough must not be too soft. Rest the dough for 10 mins.
  6. After 10 mins, now make lemon sized balls. Apply some Ghee on palms. Now shape the dough into round balls. Press into flat discs. Usually, you can use Thekua molds to shape Thekuas. However, I do not have one now. Thekua must be a bit thicker. If it is too thin, it may get burnt while frying. We will use a fork for shaping the Thekuas.
  7. Traditionally Thekuas are deep fried. We can also bake the Thekuas. Let me show you how to bake thekuas. Take a low rack and baking tray. Grease the baking tray with some ghee. Place 4 Thekuas on the tray. Apply some Ghee on each Thekuas. Let's now bake these Thekuas in Oven.
  8. a) Mode: Convection b) Temperature: 180 degrees C c) Press Start twice for Pre-Heat
  9. Now place the baking tray in Oven.
  10. a) Mode: Convection b) Temperature: 180 degrees C c) Timer: 15 mins d) Press Start
  11. Now, we will deep fry Thekuas. Heat Oil for deep frying on medium heat. Do not heat on high heat. Heating on high can result into Thekuas getting burnt.
  12. Reduce the heat and put Thekuas in Oil for frying. Thekuas must be fried on low -medium heat. Wait for a minute before changing sides. After a min change sides.
  13. We have deep fried Thekuas for 5 mins. Thekuas are evenly browned and well cooked. Remove from Oil. Also remove baked Thekuas from Oven.
  14. Fried and Baked Thekuas are now ready. Allow the Thekuas to cool down completely before serving.
  15. Our Desi Cookies-Thekuas are now ready. Known with different names like Khajur, Khajuriya and Khasta, these Thekuas taste delicious.
Recipe by Kali Mirch - by Smita at