Popularly known as Khajoor, Thekua is popular homemade dessert from Bihar and Jharkhand. Thekua is a sweet and crispy dessert prepared with whole wheat flour, sugar and chopped coconuts. Thekua is ideal dessert to carry with during long journeys as it can be stored for few days.
500 gm: Aatta (whole wheat flour)
2 tbsp: Coconut (chopped)
300 gm: Jaggery (Gur)
4-5: Green Cardamom (peeled and mashed)
Ghee (or vegetable oil)
Saancha: (A Saancha is basically an embroidered surface of wood like the ones used for making block prints. This is used to give an embroidered look to the surface of khajoor when it gets pressed against it).
Method of Preparation:
1. Mix jaggery, water, and green cardamom into a watery solution.
2. Mix 4 tbsp ghee, jaggery syrup prepared above and coconut to aatta and make dough of it same as that for making chapatis.
3. Use only as much jaggery syrup as required to make dough like the one for making chapatis.
4. Take a lump of dough (the size as that for making chapaatis), press it flat on your palm like a peda then press it against a saancha for making khajoor.
5. After the khajoor has acquired the imprint from the saancha, it is deep fried in ghee till reddish brown.
6. Ghee is strained and khajoor kept aside.
7. Serve when completely cooled.