Sun is the most powerful cosmic body. We would be nowhere without the sun. Our ancestors realized this pretty early on. Sun centric events are an important celebrations in our society. Chhat Pooja is one such tradition. This four day event honours the Sun. As with any festivities, food is an integral part of this festival too.
Thekuas are little cookies made from all purpose flour and sugar or jaggery. I have a couple Thekua recipes in my blog, it can be found here and here. This one is baked instead of fried, bringing the calories down slightly. These store well in air tight containers.
Let me know what you think if you try them.
Recipe: made 15 pieces
( Adapted from Cupcakeree”s food blog with some changes. )
Whole wheat flour 1 cup
Dessicated coconut 1/4 cup
Cornflour 1 tsp
Baking powder 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds 1/2 Tbsp coarsely ground
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
Jaggery 1/2 cup
Warm water 3 Tbsps
Ghee 31/2 Tbsps and more for brushing
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix the flour, cornflour, baking powder, ground fennel seeds, cardamom powder and ghee in a bowl. Use both the palms to rub the flour in between. In a separate bowl take the warm water, add the jaggery powder. Wait till it dissolves. Pour this into the flour mixture. Mix everything together, to make a dough. Do not knead. Cover and rest in the fridge for half hour.
Tear a table spoon amount of the dough, flatten it into a disc, imprint a design of your choice if you want. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Take them out of the oven on a wire rack, brush them with melted ghee. Store when completely cooled.