There are many childhood favourite sweets which I love to devour till date…but among all I like these Deep fried Indian Cookies, which are called Khajoor (diamond shape is sometimes referred as khajor shape in urdu language…so many be the name khajoor, as these cookies are cut in diamond shape mostly)…These are not so sweet in taste and the heavenly aroma of cardamom lifts your spirits. My mom use to make these when we are visiting friends or relatives. She even makes these to carry with us on train trips or to family picnics and mostly during our winter/summer holidays. I find these very indulging and yum.
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup Semolina
½ tbsp. Baking Soda
1 cup Sugar
½ tbsp. Green Cardamom /Elachi powder
3/4 cup Milk
3 tbsp. Ghee, melted
3 tbsp. Cashew nuts, fried and roughly chopped
Oil, fro deep frying
In wide bowl mix whole wheat flour with semolina, baking soda, sugar, cardamom powder and fried cashew nuts. Mix well. Add ghee slowly and using your fingers mix gently until you get crumbs.
Now slowly add in milk and knead the dough gently with your fingers till you get thick dough. Rest the dough for 15 minutes by covering.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom cooking vessel or kadai for deep frying and in the meanwhile using your fingers knead the dough until you get smooth dough easy enough to roll.
Apply ghee/oil to the rolling surface and pin. Roll the dough to 1’inch thick circle and using a knife cut into diamonds. Alternatively you can use cookie cutter to cut into desired shapes or you can make pattern using fork.
Deep fry the cut diamonds by dropping by one by one in to hot oil. Fry till brown on both the sides. Remember not to burn them. Fry on low flame for 2-3 minutes and then on medium till done. You can see cracks forming on the diamonds.
Remove using a slotted spoon to remove excess oil. Cool and store in an air tight container.
These can stay fresh for 2-3 days when stored in a clean and dry air tight container.
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