Kahaja is a crispy sweet Dessert from Odisha.A layered fritter dunked in sugar syrup . It is part of Chappan Bhoga that offered in Puri Jagannath Temple.
Do you know everyday “Chappan Bhoga”(56 type food) is offered to Lord Jagannath during worship.
There are “sukhila Mahaprasad” or Dry Bhoga like arisa,puli,kakara etc. Khaja is also part of the list.
Crispy Khaja Recipe
The recipe needs patience a little hard work. I have used all purpose flour ( Maida) here . You can replace 50% of the flour with whole wheat flour if you like.
The sugar syrup consistency has to be thick. Check for two thread consistency. Take one drop in a bowl and cool it .
Two threads are formed in between your thumb and forefinger when the syrup is pulled apart gently.
In temples of Odisha , they use clarified butter aka Ghee to fry Khaja. You can use Ghee or Vegetable oil for frying. Do not use Sesame Oil , Mustard oil or Olive Oil.
You may like to check Chenna Poda Recipe , the Best Indian Cheesecake
My Childhood Memory of Odia style Khaja
A special thanks to Mom who made these super delicious crunchy bites for me as i am down with fever .. Dedicating this post to my Super MOM