Maida Cake or Maida Biscuit is one of the sweet snack found in all Tamil Nadu Bakeries. A very easy and simple deep fried snack which can be prepared in bulk and stored in an air-tight container for 2 weeks. It is most commonly prepared around Deepavali / Diwali in all south Indian families. Let me share the recipe…
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Maida Cake / Maida Biscuits
- Maida / All-purpose flour – 1 cup (1 cup = 200 ml)
- Melted Butter – 2 ½ tbsp
- Sugar – 1 ½ tbsp
- Milk – 3 tbsp
- Cooking soda – a pinch
- Cardamom powder – a pinch
- Salt – a pinch
- Oil for deep frying.
Making of Maida Cake / Maida Biscuits –
- Take maida/all-purpose flour, melted butter, sugar, milk, cooking soda, cardamom powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Mix them well with your hands, sprinkle little water and knead it to dough.
- Let the dough rest for 5 to 10 mins, so that the sugar would get melted.
- Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai. Take a small portion of the rolled out dough and roll it in between your palms (lengthwise).
- Chop them into small pieces and deep fry them in oil.
- Cook only in medium flame, so that it would be cooked well else it would be burnt and remain uncooked in the center.
- Drain the oil and remove them from fire.
- Bring it room temperature and store them in an air-tight container for 2 weeks.
Note: Measurement is very important in this recipe, if the butter gets increased it would be flaky and if it gets reduced it would be hard. Also if the sugar gets increased it would be burnt immediately, so take care of the measurements. Make sure only to sprinkle water when you knead the dough.
Jeera Poli is means poori soaked in sugar syrup, we mention sugar syrup as “Jeera” in our place and this is one among my favorite sweet from childhood. My grandpa use to get this sweet as evening snack for us. This is very easy and simple to prepare, but I could remember that this would be in different shapes with little foldings in it. I prepared this all of a sudden as per my daughter’s request for some sweets to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with my little naughty son. I prepared it in a simple way without any foldings, will share the others soon.
A perfect and easy sweet for festival like Raksha bandhan and Diwali. Let us move on to the recipe…
- All purpose flour / Maida – 1 cup
- Water – 3 cups
- Oil – 1 tbsp
- Salt – a pinch
- Coconut grated – ½ cup
- Sugar – 1 ½ cups
- Saffron strands – few strands
- Food color – a pinch (red, orange and green)
Sugar syrup getting ready
Dough rolled and cut into a shape
Getting fried in oil
Dipped in sugar syrup
Placed in a tray
- Take the maida/all purpose flour in a bowl along with salt and pour water little by little, knead it to soft dough, pour in a tbsp of oil and knead for 5 mins. Keep it aside for 15 mins.
- Take a wide mouth vessel, add the 1 ½ cups of sugar and pour in 1 cup of water, keep in medium flame, stir it once in a while until the sugar dissolves.
- Wait until the water reduces and thickens to syrup consistency. Add in 3 to 4 strands of saffron and cardamom powder, stir it with the spoon and the syrup should stick to the spoon.
- Remove from fire and keep it aside.
- Divide the dough into small portions, roll them to balls and then flatten them using a rolling pin by dusting flour and then cut them into desired shape. Repeat this for all the balls and keep it aside.
- Heat oil in a kadhai, drop in the rolled poori one by one gently and cook them both sides until they golden brown.
- Drain the oil and then dip both sides in the sugar syrup and place in a tray. Repeat this for all the pooris.
- Heat a tsp of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add the grated coconut and cook until it becomes golden brown.
- Remove it to a plate and sprinkle a pinch of food color over the grated coconut and mix it well.
- After 5 mins, drizzle a tsp of sugar syrup over the colored grated coconut and keep it aside for 15 mins.
- Sprinkle the coloured grated coconut all over the poli dipped in sugar syrup, also drizzle few drops of sugar syrup over the poli.
Serve it. Goes good for festival time and also can be offered to god.
Note: You can also sprinkle chopped nuts over this poli.