Monday, April 6, 2009

Mini Kaja (South Indian-Sweet)!!

Yesterday (5th April, 09) I was kind of feeling nostalgic, its been 2 yrs since I saw my parents….i just wish I had wings so that I can fly to India, visit my mom-dad and fly back to my husband. Anyways the point is, when I’m depressed I feel like eating more and I don’t really care what time of the day it is!! These kind of mood swings r sometimes good for me bcoz i end up trying new things and I made these MINI KAJAS for the first time yesterday.

PS: I started making this recipe at around 11:30PM in the night, soo intense was my depression :). And I was very happy with the final-product, not at all bad for a first timer I guess:)).

I’m aware most of u know this recipe, but cannot stop myself from sharing MY VERSION too!

Preparation time: 15Minutes
Cooking time : 30Minutes

You will Need: (this recipe will make 15 Mini-Kajas)

All purpose flour-1 cup
Baking powder-1/4tsp
Sugar-1 cup
Water-1/2 cup (or lil less)
Oil - 3 cups (for deep frying)
Rice flour-3 tsps
Crisco Shortening-2tbsp
Ghee-2tbsp (for mixing)
Water-3/4 cup (for syrup)

Directions:

Make a dough (as for chapatti) from all purpose flour, baking powder, water & Crisco shortening.

Make sugar syrup with water & sugar and keep aside.

Mix 3tbsp of rice flour with melted ghee & keep aside.

Now take a medium sized dough ball & roll it into thin roti.

Spread the rice flour & ghee mixture over it.

Roll the roti tightly like a mat & cut into small pieces & press lightly.

Heat oil on medium heat & deep-fry them slowly to golden brown.
Remove & put them into sugar syrup, let soak for at least 20minutes.

Transfer them to a plate and serve hot.

Your super hot delicious MINI KAJAS are ready to eat.........!

For those of you who do not know, Kaja is a famous sweet from South-India (Andhra Pradesh). It is similar to Badusha (yet another Indian sweet) except this involves little extra rolling and folding. Hope you liked the making of this dish. Do let me know whether you find this post interesting!

98 comments:

Lavanya said...

sometimes i too felt the same way aruna..we have to pay for it by living here :(
coming to kaja..looks perfect n nice color..mouthwatering dear!!

Rajeswari said...

ahh...great pics n Mouth watering Kaja. simply superb. will try this soson. Pics r really really good.

sawan said...

:( ur better half seems to be really lucky!! i so envy him :( mummyyyyyyy.. i am hungryyyyyyy..

ARUNA said...

hey Lavanya tx for agreeing with me n tx for ur compliment dear!

ARUNA said...

hey Raji, thanq baby....i know watever i do, u will like it!!

ARUNA said...

hey Sawan, i will pass on ur comment to my better half......but i already know his answer!!

Shubha said...

Hey u have a beautiful blog dear...:) first time here... The kaja looks delicious and mouth watering...:D

ARUNA said...

hey Thanks for visitng Shubha!!!

Ammu said...

hey nice yummy yummy kaja's aruna...n nice step by step instructions...

Vicky Xavier. said...

This is a new sweet to me. but ur step by step instruction is pushing me to do it this week end. Nice pics. I too make a lot of sweets to get rid of depression.... similar thoughts. Hugs.

ARUNA said...

Vicky u shd definetely give it a try then....its a very famous sweet in Andhra. Wow same thoughts, same pinch then!!

Anil said...

This is tooo goood[kaja]!!! It is one of my favorites!! thanks for the saliva-inducing recipe alongwith nice photos!! Cant wait to have one right now!! I will also try my hand on this someday!
Keep posting n keep smiling!

et said...

Hmm there's another kind of(somewhat longer) kaja around here. Anways the recipe is a whole new thing. I'll prick mama over this! :D

Pooja said...

Kajas are looking delicious aruna..mouthwatering...

ARUNA said...

hey thanks for visiting Anil and this is one of my favourites too!!!

ARUNA said...

Mr/Ms Eternal thinker, u have a cool blog too...and that name is perfect for ur blog i guess!!!

ARUNA said...

Thanks Pooja....actually after seeing kajas in ur blog, i had this craving to eat kaja and the only way i cud do was to make it and eat :(

Varunavi said...

Looks yummy aruna.I love this khaja,few days back i saw this in pooja's blog and now u did it,u both are tempting me to make it.

ARUNA said...

thanks Varunavi....actually we shd blame Pooja for it...haha!

prasanna said...

Kaja's are looking delicious, Latha. They are making me homesick too. G8 job!

Purva Desai said...

Visiting this lovely blog for the first time....new dessert for me....thanks for sharing they look yummy

Recipe man said...

hey this looks so good. im sure to try this out soon. thanks. great blog

looks yummy!

विनय said...

so delicious! yum yum yummy...

Asha said...

I love Badusha, these are similar too but never heard of Kaja before. Great post, looks delicious! :)

ARUNA said...

thanks akka n thanks Purva for visiting my blog!

ARUNA said...

thanks Recipe man, u have a wonderful blog urself....i will keep visiting!

ARUNA said...

hey Vinay, thanks dear!

ARUNA said...

thanks Asha, give it a try....these might be cousins...haha!

Deepa Hari said...

Kajas look lovely Aruna...like the way u presented it...Nice post.

ARUNA said...

thanks Deepa, glad u like it!

Varsha Vipins said...

You made this at 12 nite??wow..Thats sure a strong depression Aruna..hehe..:D..But god..they looks soo yumm..reminds me of ma fav jilebi..looks yummmmm..:)
Thanks for the visit n comment dear..Hope to see more of your comments..:)

ARUNA said...

hey Varsha......thanx for visiting and yeah i made them at midnight, ate half of them all by myself...haha!!!Oh nooooo i have a craving for jalebi now!!

Ramya said...

Thanks for dropping by Aruna... You have a vivid collection of recipes here... Mini Kaja's have come out real well... Its sometimes the mood that drives us to perfection :)

ARUNA said...

hey thanks for visitng Ramya and i agree with u on the mood n perfection!

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ARUNA said...

thanks Future Mantra......sure i will have a look at your website.

Priya Sriram said...

Hi Aruna, just like you, I get depressed and think I should have wings too... lol... :D
But I dont cook for getting out of it, looks like a wonderful idea! :)
Delicious kaja dear! :)

ARUNA said...

hey thanks Priya.....yeah try out this idea next time.....it works u know :))

Anu said...

Aruna, Hope u r feeling better. I understand ur feelings. Me too in the same boat! It has been more than a year since i saw my parents :( Me too end up munching junk food when i get depressed!!!! But never thought of cooking...lazy bone :D

kaja looks very inviting! Thanks for the step by step explanation with snaps :)

ARUNA said...

hey Anu, that was very sweet of u, thanks for asking...yeah i have to feel better, no other choice:( I prefer cooking bcoz atleast for sometime i will b away from silly thoughts!!

Uma said...

mmm. kajalu! Long time I have eaten these. Thanks for the wonderful recipe Aruna! They look absolutely divine. Thanks for dropping by! :)

ARUNA said...

hey Thanks to you too for visiting Uma!

Ammu said...

Wow! mouth watering dish. Love ur presentation style. Bookmarked.

Ashwini said...

Hi Aruna..You are making me depress here..I can feel the depression about not seeing your parents for that long....Hats off to you for making these tempting sweet late night..They looks delicious..Thank you for dropping by and for your comments..Please keep visiting..

ARUNA said...

Hey thanx for a lovely comment Ammu.

Hey Ashwini, if u r getting depressed, try cooking :) I will surely visit again!

Adlak's tiny world said...

They are cho cute and perfect.. doesn't look like tis first time. Me too sometimes will do like this even in mid nights and early mornings.

ARUNA said...

thanx Hema.....first time it was, that is y ended up with mini kajas.

bharathi said...

this really is a mouth watering stuff...hv 2 give a try....

ARUNA said...

yeah u should Bharathi:)

madhu said...

Arunaaa!! They luk just perfect!! mujhe bhi khaana hain!! mujhe bhi khaana hain!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Very colorful and yum blog......First time visitor to your blog.Kaja looks tempting and yum. I like this sweet as it calls for less sugar.

Mayz said...

2 yrs since u saw ur parents :o :o
omg!!!!!!!!!

even these lovely kajas cant do justice to dat...sigh!!!

ARUNA said...

thanks Madhu.khaana hi tho khaalo, kisne manaa kiya...lol!

ARUNA said...

hey thanks for visiting Lubna....u have wonderful blogs too.

ARUNA said...

hey Mayank, yeah its been 2 yrs and what u said is true.....nothing can do justice!!

DEESHA said...

They look very very cute

ARUNA said...

thanq Deesha!

Ann said...

Thats an adventure to do at 11.30 Pm!! can understand the depression thing...
the kajas looks awesome..
lovely blog !!

ARUNA said...

thanks Ann.......thanks for visiting, u have a lovely blog too!

Anand said...

Ur married ??? Damn. I cudnt get to ur recepie after that 'married and back to husband' line...
... shucks..

sighhhhhhhhh...... :-(

ARUNA said...

Anand u r funny.....u can still have the recipe!Don't stop visiting my blog now that u know i'm married....lol!

Chef E said...

Yeah, a new blog to follow, and if you read some of my post I cook Indian on a regular basis! I even love bitter melon masala... I take people on tours to Indian markets and then to a restaurant to teach them what to order and encourage them to eat!

ARUNA said...

thanks Elizabeth and good to know more abt u and ur interest for Indian food!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Isn't it funny what people do when they are depressed. I eat too, although others don't. Thanks for visiting my kitchen today. Great post.
Sam

Cham said...

Gal u re cooking at 11.30 pm such a sweet! Very nice kaja! I would love to taste one!

Meenal Mehta said...

Hey Aruna,

hope you felt all better after the tasty sweets:)

ARUNA said...

thanks Sam......thanx for visiting my blog too!

ARUNA said...

yes Cham, i literally made this dish at midnight.....tx for visiting!

ARUNA said...

yes Meenal, very much and i ate half of them in happines....lol!

Sakshi said...

Hey thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting so sweetly. The first thing I noticed about your profile was that you are a Libran and U love the Beetle car...some damn coincidence or what???? Wow if getting depression at late night can make me cook up yummy things I think my hubby won't mind me in a depressive state but all I do when am depressed is sulk and make him paranoid!! I love your cakes....will be back again gal!!

ARUNA said...

oh tht's gr8 to c a fellow libran, and yeah who can resist the cute lil beetle yaa!U know my husband always has a complaint that how come i dont cook when he's depressed..haha. And yeah thanx for visiting me and let's keep visitng!

Vandana Rajesh said...

Yummy kajas...they look great. Ya missing home is a terrible feeling, already looking forward to the summer vacations next month when I can go meet my parents.

ARUNA said...

hey Thanks Vandana......wow that's gr8. Lucky u will b visiting them, i need to wait for 1 more yr i guess:(

Make the Impossible...Possible said...

A new comer to your blog...Those mini kajas looks awesome...like the jelebi...

Me too...When I get depressed, either I start hogging on junk foods...or go shopping and make my purse empty...later to return depressed that I've wasted money on useless stuffs....

will love to visit your blog...to see interesting recipies...keep rocking

sumysunil.blogspot.com...visit me when time permits...

ARUNA said...

thanks for visiting Sumy......i will go thru ur blog right away...!

Food Fanatic said...

oh man 75 commentS! you have quite a fan following :)
good for you

your food looks yummy
i can totally understand how you felt when you were nostalgic. can totally relate to the feeling coz i used to do the same - cook around midnight :)

ARUNA said...

hey thanks to u all for that......its been so wonderful receiving such nice comments and support from all of u. It encourages me to do more!

Smitha said...

thanks for visiting my blog. Love your space too. I have tasted a similar sweet in my school canteen. They were called Inees. But, thank god i'm not very fond of indian sweets.Because , if i liked them, I would never stop eating them:)

ARUNA said...

thanks Smitha.....u won't believe but even i dont like sweets, but bcoz of my interest for cooking and trying new varieties, i'm left with no choice.......eat or throw, i prefer eating :)

Gopi Shah said...

Aruna, Kaja looks so tempting...just want to grab a bite rightnow. Thanks for drpping by on my blog...keep coming.

Gopi Shah said...

Hey Aruna, kaja looks so tempting!! Thanks for dropping by on my blog....keep coming.

ARUNA said...

thanks Gopi......thanks for visting!

Vibaas said...

i love this and it looks delicious! u know what, they sell this in chennai as bombay kajas :D

ARUNA said...

thanks Vibaas.....i was there in chennai for a couple of yrs but never knew abt this!!! Bombay kajas...hmmm!

Raaga said...

I'm not very good at Indian sweets mainly because I've never tried. You make this sound so so simple... it looks so great.

I hear you... about missing parents... I hope you get a chance soon.

ARUNA said...

hey its very simple if u try it our Raaga..thanks for visiting! Yeah i miss my parents, but need to wait till next yr to visit them.....thanq for the concern!

Suparna said...

Hi Aruna,
Thanks for the vist at my blog and do keep coming often.
You have an awesome blog and wonderful collection of recipes keep it up girl! u r doing a superb job :)
Hope u r feeling better after making the khajas and eating some :) they look simply superb and mouth watering. Keep ur spirits high! U know time flies and soon u'll fly to meet ur parents...common now be happy till then :)
Have a great weekend!
TC

ARUNA said...

Hey Suparna.....thanq dear!I'm absolutely fine now....and thanq so much for those sweet words, means a lot to me........i'm really touched by the way everybody showed concern!!! Really really glad to have met u all!!!!

coffeeismypoison said...

ue log iz delicious! As is ur blogroll...i love cooking...!And ya now i see where u are at...

Anil said...

Hi Aruna, if you dont mind, shall I put a link to your site on my blog[http://anilreddy12001.blogspot.com/], so that me as well as my visitors can have a look at all these recipes and get tempted!??
By the way are you also Telugu? I have one relative also by the name Aruna, and she too makes awesome dishes!

ARUNA said...

sure no problem Anil, u can do it.Yes i'm from Andhra.....don't tell me u r my relative...haha! Nice meeting u anyways!

Anil said...

well, I didnt say tat u r my relative..jus a namesake! Actually she is Aruna Aunty!..a close family friend! And I just now put the link--"Aruna's mouth-watering recipes 4 u!" alongwith a mini feed!
And nice meeting u tooooo!!

Sri said...

Hey Aruna,

Mini Kaja is really good idea thanks i will ask my wife to do the same for me.

Thanks Aruna.

Regards,
Srikanth

ARUNA said...

hey Mampu, glad u visited my blog...so some work to Divya now hmmmm!

Dad said...

Hi beta, recall ur memory that kaja is one of dad's favourite sweet dish, but not as much as his sweet daughter and soninlaw, now far away and yet both of you are inside our hearts. Wish ur ambition to fly to momdad (together)to materialize faster.
momdad

ARUNA said...

yeah even i hope so dad.

Vineela said...

Khajas looks yumm and receipe is cool....but it would have helped if you could have shared the snaps of folding.

Vineela
http://herbsnspicerack.blogspot.com

Andhra Recipes said...

Hey.......
Really I like you blog Thanks for this post........
Thanks for share........