Khaja

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Khaja
Baleswari khaja pheni Oriya cuisine.jpg
Alternative names Pheni
Place of origin India
Region or state Nanda dynasty in modern day Rajgir, and Odisha
Main ingredients Wheat flour, sugar, oil
Cookbook: Khaja  Media: Khaja

Khaja (About this sound kʰɵd͡ʒaː , Odia: ଖଜା or ଫେଣି /About this sound pʰeɳi /) is a dessert from the eastern India and is mostly popular in the states of Bihar and Odisha.[1][2] Refined wheat flour with sugar is made into layered dough, with or without dry fruit or other stuffing, and lightly fried in oil to make khaja.[3] It is also offered as a offering in the Jagannath temple, Puri.[2]

Khajas is a baklava-like dessert, and is prepared and sold in Odisha and other parts of eastern India.[4][5] Khajas of the Silao and Rajgir are known for their puffiness. The batter is prepared from wheat flour, mawa and oil. It is then deep fried until crisp. Then a sugar syrup is made which is known as "Paga". The crisp croissants are then soaked in the sugar syrup until they absorb the sugar syrup. Khaja of Kakinada, a coastal town of Andhra Pradesh, is dry from outside and full of sugar syrup from inside and is juicy.

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  1. ^ Gopinath Mohanty; Jeeban Kumar Patnaik; Santosha Kumāra Ratha; State Level Vyasakabi Fakir Mohan Smruti Samsad. Cultural heritage of [Orissa]. State Level Vyasakabi Fakir Mohan Smruti Samsad.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)
  2. ^ a b Orissa Review. Home Department, Government of Orissa. 1990. 
  3. ^ Elizabeth Fernandez, Sugar and spice and all things nice, ISBN 978-1409287223
  4. ^ Elizabeth Fernandez, Sugar and spice and all things nice, ISBN 978-1409287223
  5. ^ Chitrita Banerji, Eating India: An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices, ISBN 978-1596910188