Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Kajira/Maida Biscuits/Pondicherry Christmas Special Biscuits

Kajira/Gejira/Gaejira/Maida biscuits/Sangu Biscuits/Shell biscuits, name this biscuits as anything, this biscuits have their important place in Pondicherry Christmas treat. This fried biscuits are my favourite. When i was in India, for every Christmas i'll wait to get my dose of this crispy maida-semolina biscuits from my neighbour aunty.This biscuits ressembles very much like Goan Kulkuls, not to forget that Pondicherry cuisine is also influenced by Portuguese, Andhra, Kerala, and many more cuisines. Somehow this maida biscuits came to Pondicherry cuisine many years back. Coming to this biscuits, these crispy beauties are prepared with maida, powdered sugar, cardamon powder, egg, coconut milk, semolina, baking powder and butter.This fried beauties will just melt in your mouth, trust me these deepfried these biscuits are dangerously addictive.

Kajira/Gejira/Gaejira/Maida biscuits

You may wonder that why am posting this Christmas specail deep fried biscuits, i have a reason for it, yes am running this week's blogging marathon with Festival recipes as theme. Since i want to share some Pondicherry Christmas special dishes for this week's theme, am sharing my childhood favourite maida biscuits as Christmas special dishes. After Vivikam cake, my today's post is this dangerously tempting and attractive Shell shaped maida biscuits.Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#46. 

Kajira/Gejira/Gaejira/Maida biscuits

1cup Maida
1/4cup Semolina/Chiroti rava
1tbsp Butter
1/4cup Coconut milk
3/4cup Powdered sugar
1no Egg
1/2tsp Cardamom powder
1tsp Baking powder
A pinch Salt
Oil for frying

Take the maida, semolina, butter, powdered sugar, cardamom powder, baking powder in a bowl.

Beat the coconut milk and egg together.

Add in slowly and knead everything as smooth dough, cover with a damp cloth and keep aside for half an hour.

Make small balls out of the dough.

Take a fork, grease it and roll a ball of the dough as shown in picture, continue the same process with remaining dough.

Heat oil for deepfrying in medium flame, dont keep the flame high.

High flame may burn the biscuits.

Fry the biscuits in small batches and drain the excess of oil with paper towel.

Conserve them in air tightened box.


1 tasse de Farine de blé
1 / 4tasses de Semoule
1 cuillère à soupe du Beurre
1/4tasse de Lait de noix de coco
3 / 4tasse de sucre en poudre
1 Oeuf
1/2 cuillères à café de cardamome en poudre
1 cuillère à café de Levure chimique
Une pincée de sel
Huile pour friture

Prenez la farine de blé , semoule , beurre , sucre en poudre , poudre de cardamome et la levure de chimique dans un bol .

Melanger le lait de coco et l'oeuf .

Ajouter le melange à la farine, pétrir comme une pâte lisse et couvrir avec un linge humide, garder de côté une demi-heure .

Faire de petites boules avec la pâte .

Prenez une fourchette , graisser et rouler une boule de la pâte comme indiqué dans l'image, continuer le même processus avec le reste de pâte .

Chauffer l'huile à feu doux.

Faire frire les biscuits petit à petit et enlever l'excès d'huile avec une serviette en papier .

Conserver-les dans une boite hermétique.


Suja Manoj said... Reply To This Comment

Yummy crispy tea time snack,love it

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

I have never tasted these fried beauties and they sound so interesting! Love the bright color :)

Nisha said... Reply To This Comment

My mom makes a similar version and I love it so much. Those curls and strips are so nice. Lovely snacks Priya.

Lifewithspices said... Reply To This Comment

aks sooper ahh iruku.. french la ellam post panreenga sooper

nandoos kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

lovely biscuits..

Fullscoops said... Reply To This Comment

We make this every year during christmas, simply love these!

Recipe world said... Reply To This Comment

Love those cute goodies..bit similar to Gavvalu from Andhra cuisine..

Rafeeda AR said... Reply To This Comment

I could have that bowl right away...

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Yummy biscuits with those pretty indents.

mullaimadavan said... Reply To This Comment

My fav Priya! I wish i could take a few from that bowl!

Varada's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

They are shaped just like gnocchi. How interesting!

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

love the cute shaped biscuits. Never had them before.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Sounds like Gavvalu but we don't add coconut milk and egg in our recipe looks fantastic..

Sneha's Recipe said... Reply To This Comment

A must Christmas sweet in my house we call this KulKuls, we also sugar coat them they look like snow frost. A great recipe.

Sundari Nathan said... Reply To This Comment

yummy and totally addictive snack!!

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

What an interesting way to shape those biscuits. Love the crispy treats. Jayanthi(www.sizzlingveggies.com)

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Super crispy biscuits and they are beautifully shaped

Srividhya said... Reply To This Comment

Yum. I love these maida biscuits.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

wow fantastic kajira biscuits , So perfectly made and shaped aks :)

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

Priya you have seriously not blogged about this?..wow ..anyway I checked this recipe is different..and you have got the perfect shape as well..great one!

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

Those maida biscuits are looking so cute. Perfectly done Priya.

The Pumpkin Farm said... Reply To This Comment

i saw something similar in goan collection they were called somethign else but same recipe...these look lovely...i avoided making them as i an off fried foods for few days...lovely recipe and beautifully made as always

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! Love these. The eggless version is made traditionally in Andhra homes.

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

love the cute shape the flavor profile with coconut milk and cardamom

veena said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious cute shaped cookies