Thursday, February 28, 2013

Masala Kaju(Maida)

Masala Kaju: as a name suggests they are not fried cashewnuts, but they are cashew shaped made from maida. Basically they are similar to namakparey, spice powder coating to this change the taste .
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For Kaju
Maida(all purpose flour): 250 gms
Oil 2 tablespoon for kneading and extra for frying
Salt: ½ teaspoon or less( as it is also added in spice powder)
Ajwain: 1 teaspoon
Water: as required for kneading the dough.
For Spice Powder:
Black salt: ¼ teaspoon
Chat masala: ½ teaspoon
Pepper powder: ½ teaspoon
Dried mint leaves powder: 2 teaspoon
Roasted cumin powder: 1 tablespoon
Sieve maida, add salt, ajwain & 2 tablespoon of oil, mix well till it becomes crumbs like consistency, if it appears that mixture is very dry you can add some more oil, with the help of water knead stiff dough, cover it with wet muslin cloth, keep aside for 5 minutes.
Grease your palms with oil, knead the dough thoroughly for 2 minutes. Now divide the dough in 4-5 portions of equal size. Take one ball of dough, roll out thick roti as big as you can, with the help of sharp lid of any small container or bowl, cut the half moon shaped pieces of maida, as seen in pic.
step by step instructions for making masala kaju
Repeat the same process with the remaining dough and spread kaju pieces on thali or tray.
Heat oil in kadhai, check if oil is properly hot or not by frying one piece of kaju in it, as it floats upwards, this mean oil is ready, fry some kaju pieces on high flame as they start changing color to pinkish, set the flame to medium to low and let them fry( this way they are properly cooked from inside, on high flame they quickly change the color but remain uncooked from inside) this will take approx 7-8 minutes. When they are golden in color and crisp, remove them on a plate. As you remove one batch of fried kajus from kadhai, sprinkle spice powder and mix well, as they are hot powder will stick to them properly.
Repeat the same process with the remaining dough.
Let them cool completely and store them in an airtight container. An ideal snack for evening tea.
For a variation you can also add few fried cashewnuts( real one) to this in order to make them rich.

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