Malai Khaja

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 5
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Category: Festive Recipe
Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Deep-Fry Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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  • 2.5 cups - plain flour
  • 3 tbsp - corn flour
  • 5 tbsp - ghee melted
  • Ghee for deep frying
  • For filling:
  • 100 g - soft khoya
  • 100 g - almonds, crushed coarsely
  • 50 g - green pistachios, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp - cardamom powder
  • 3 tbsp - powdered sugar
  • For syrup:
  • 2 cups - sugar
  • 1.5 cups - water
  • 10 to 12 - saffron strands
  • For garnish:
  • Almonds, pistachios slivered
  • Cardamom granules
  • Saffron strands
  • Silver foil (optional)

How to Make Malai Khaja

  • Rub two tbsp ghee into plain flour.
  • Add enough cold water to knead to a soft pliable dough.
  • Knead for 3-4 minutes, till dough is very soft and elastic.
  • Cover and keep aside.
  • Make a paste of remaining ghee and corn flour, keep aside.
  • For filling:
  • Mix all ingredients together till well blended.
  • Shape into 5 balls and keep aside till required.
  • For syrup:
  • Prepare 2.5 thread consistency syrup with sugar and water.
  • Rub saffron in a tsp of hot water, add to syrup.
  • Boil again for a few seconds, take off fire.
  • To proceed:
  • Divide dough into 10-12 portions.
  • Roll each into very thin chappatis.
  • Take one, brush with corn flour paste.
  • Place second one on top of it, brush with corn flour paste.
  • Repeat till all chappatis are piled up.
  • Press lightly over pile with rolling pin.
  • Roll into a very tight cylinder.
  • Cut into 5 portions, making a slit on one side of each.
  • Open this slit carefully, to insert the ball of filling.
  • Seal dough back, and lightly shape into a flattened round with hand.
  • Deep fry each in hot ghee, one low flame till golden and crisp.
  • Drain, place over shallow tray, pour warm syrup over khajas.
  • Garnish with silver foil, nuts, cardamom, and saffron strands.
  • Serve fresh and warm, or cool completely before storing in airtight container.