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Friday, 27 July 2018

Thekua Recipe

Thekua is a crunchy and mildly sweet cookie , very popular and a traditional dish from Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand.  Thekua or also spelt Thokwa is a revered prasad (offering to God) in the Chhath Puja, Saraswati Puja and on festive occasions. It has been used as a loved sweet snack for centuries in these places.

Traditionally Thekua is a deep fried snack , made using wheat flour , sugar and ghee. To cut down the calories and to make it a healthy and guilt free affair, i have baked these cookies instead of deep frying and used jaggery in place of sugar. These mildly sweet ,whole wheat flour cookies make a perfect tea time snack. I have not used baking powder or baking soda in this recipe. They are crunchy and hard at the edges and soft in the center. Thekua have a good shelf life and a preferred snack during long journeys. I have used fennel seeds and cardamom powder to flavor them.

Special wooden molds (saancha) are used to make an imprint on Thekua. Small portion of dough is taken and pressed on thekua mold to get beautiful imprints on them. I did not have such wooden mold, so i have made a simple design on the cookie dough balls, using toothpick, before baking them.

For this month on Facebook group,  Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge , we food bloggers had to cook dishes from Jharkhand Cuisine. In this monthly event, bloggers are grouped in pairs and each pair exchanges a set of secret ingredients using which we have to cook the dish of that particular cuisine. The other group members take chance in guessing the secret ingredients just by looking at the picture of the dish. For this month , my partner was Shobha Keshwani di, who is a talented food blogger and shares her culinary journey on her blog Shobhasfoodmazaa. Do check pit her space for some interesting recipes. She gave me whole wheat flour and Jaggery as my secret ingredients and i baked these delicious thekua cookies using them. In return , i gave her gram flour and cumin seeds and she made a lip smacking Besan-ki-machli curry from Jharkhand cuisine.


Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 12-15 minutes
Serves: 1 dozen 

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup jaggery powder
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 2 tablespoon suji / Semolina
  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

  1. Take jaggery in a pan . Add 2 tablespoon water to it and heat the pan. Once the jaggery melts and starts bubbling, put off the flame. Strain the jaggery syrup and keep to cool down until use.

2.  In a mixing bowl, take whole wheat flour Add suji, desiccated coconut, fennel seeds and cardamom powder. Blend all the ingredients using a spatula.

 3.  Add ghee to this flour mix and work with finger tips to get a bread crumb like texture.

4.  To this add the strained jaggery syrup and mix well. Using little water , knead the flour into a dough. I required less than a tablespoon water to gather the flour into a dough.

5.  Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. Meanwhile we will shape the thekua dough. For that pinch small portion of the dough and roll between the palms and flatten slightly. Place all the dough balls on a baking tray. Now if you wish to decorate the thekua, just make criss -cross impressions on each cookie dough using a toothpick.

6. Bake the thekua at 180 degree Celsius in a preheated oven for 12 - 15 minutes. Keep a watch after 10 minutes as temperature differs from oven to oven.

  7. Allow the thekua to cool down completely on a wire rack, before transferring it to an air tight container. Serve thekua as a tea time snack or as a sweet treat during any time of the day.

 Recipe Notes:
  • I have not added baking powder to the thekua dough. You may add if you prefer it.
  • Traditionally thekua are deep fried, i have baked the cookies, to cut down the calories.
  • The cookies are mildly sweet as my family prefers, you may increase the amount of sweetener if required.

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  1. Sounds so delicious and interesting recipe. Yumm

  2. Super, love each one. love the way you have created patterns.

  3. Wow what a share Poonam.. looks amazing. Superb recipe. Loved the click.

  4. Ooooh, these look so pretty! Too pretty to eat, actually. :)

    ~Priya Iyer from www.thephotowali.wordpress.com

  5. Wow Poonam, thekua looks so pretty and tempting. When I was researching for Jharkhand cuisine, this sweet dish caught my attention. I like your version of baking it rather than frying it.

    1. Thank you di. Thekua look beautiful and taste great. I did not have the mould to make impressions on the thekua. So made this pattern using toothpick. Baking makes the dish a guilt free affair.

  6. Looks like you are the cookie queen...you have made the cookies or thekua so so tempting.. just want the full plate now..

  7. As I born and raised in Bihar this thekua is my favourite sweet. Still I wait for chhat puja for this delicious thekua as prasad. Loved the way you made it healthy by baking instead of deep frying. And pattern you made with toothpick is just awesome. Lovely share

  8. Lovely looking thekua.. love the way you have made the design on them using a toothpick.

  9. You have celebrated Thekua as pretty Indian cookies, Poonam, and made them healthy by baking them.

  10. Traditional dish made to look so beautiful just like our fancy cookies. Huge plus, baking it! Loved it Poonam.

  11. I can imagine the flavours of fennel seeds in these yummy cookies, glad you thought of making baked version of thekua.

    1. Yes Jagruti , the fennel seeds lend a distinct flavor to these cookies.

  12. How pretty those Thekua looks, have tried these cookies long back but mine was deep fried one. This baked thekua tempts me a lot to give a try again. Lovely thekuas Poonam

    1. Thank you Priya. Give these baked version of thekua a try. I am sure you will love them

  13. Absolutely new recipe for me. Cookies look so flavorful and delish.

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