|Kathi Goja/Bengali Misti Goja/A Sweet Snack Treat|
This is no Crossword Puzzle nor General Knowledge Test nor the School or College or University exam. A simple sweet savoury that is sweet and tasty and a ‘Tea-time Delight’.
The Goja is very common in Bengali homes. This has passed down from one generation to another.
Are Goja’s still doing rounds in homes now-a-days? A mind boggling question, but, it still has an answer.
Some people still like to eat and relish their home-made Goja’s. So it is still made in many homes.
Pizzas and Burgers have their own place for the present younger generation. Just take out time, moms, and make them for the children and then see how they will gobble the Gojas forgetting their pizzas and burgers. After all Mummy’s love and labour cannot go waste.
There are different kinds of Goja’s with different names…more for their size and shapes. After all looks do matter…
Leaving aside all about the names behind, time to cook some Kathi Goja in the kitchen. This kathi Goja was my Ma’s special and how we enjoyed it…reminds me of the song, “koi lautade mere bitae hua din”…
Today’s Special is “Kathi Goja”.
For the dough:
1 ½ cup Maida
2 tbsp cooking oil
¾ tsp. baking powder
Water for the dough
Mix the baking powder with the maida.
Next add the oil and mix well.
Pour enough water to make normal dough. Let the dough rest for about 10-15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 3 parts.
Then roll it out into a thick roti…thickness of about ¼ of an inch.
Next, with a knife cut the roti into thin strips…quarter inch broad and 1 ½ inches long.
Heat enough oil for frying the Gojas.
Fry in batches on slow fire till it turns light brown.
Remove on kitchen paper.
Making the sugar syrup:
Take 1 cup sugar.
Add 1 cup water and cook the syrup till one string concentration.
To this add the fried Gojas and wrap them into the syrup.
Remove from fire and mix well so that all the Gojas are properly sugar-coated and dry.
Wait to eat them once it cools down.
The Gojas will be crunchy and sweet.
With every bite there will be the crunch and munch and enough time to solve your crossword puzzle if you are working on one. Be quick to eat up your share for this will finish in no time.
© gouri guha 2015