Enriched with dry fruits and deep-fried in ghee, Thekua is an all-time favourite
Thekua has always been a special snack for people of North India, especially in Bihar. Apart from being a favourite sweet snack which can be eaten at anytime, it holds religious importance for the people of Bihar as it is used as an offering in Chhath Puja. Every time a North Indian is about to leave his home for work or education, Thekua always finds a place in the bag. It is a mother-made and mother-supported desi sweet snack that can rescue you from hunger at any time. For people who are not aware of Thekua, it is a biscuit-like sweet dish that is prepared using wheat flour, sugar or jaggery, dry fruits, and deep-fried in ghee. Here are 5 reasons why Thekua is the ultimate sweet snack we can eat at anytime.
1. It is delicious
Obviously, being delicious is the first reason why we love Thekua. Enriched with dry fruits and deep-fried in ghee, Thekua gives the ultimate foodgasm. We bet you will refrain from eating a Thekua if somebody keeps it in front of you. In fact, we double-bet you can’t resist eating it.
2. Can be consumed anytime, anywhere
Thekua is a snack that can be consumed literally anytime and anywhere. We know people who consume it as a snack in the evening and we also know people who eat it for breakfast. You could eat the delectable dish at any time.The best part about Thekua is that you don’t need a proper dining place to eat it. Hands and a quiet place (in case you don’t want to share) are enough. You just need to grab the biscuit-like structure and eat the filling-food. You don’t need any complementary dishes to go with the Thekua.
3. So many varieties
There are various varieties of Thekua. While some use whole wheat flour, there are some who use refined flour. While some use sugar, there are some who prefer jaggery. Some people use dried fruits; others ignore them. Although desi ghee makes the Thekua delicious, some deep-fry it in refined oil. It can be made into any personal choice of variety.
4. Easy to make
Making Thekua is not that hard. One needs to mix the sugar/jaggery or the solution of jaggery/sugar made of water with the wheat flour to make a dough. A small chunk of dough is then taken out, rolled and pressed against the wooden mould (saancha), which is greased beforehand with ghee. The flattened piece of dough is then deep-fried in ghee or oil till golden brown.
5. Sharing is easy
Thekua is probably the most-shared dish in North India. Every time a Bihari friend comes from his home, our first question is, “Where is my share of Thekua?” They are so generous that they never say no. It’s simple to share a Thekua. Like biscuits, it can be broken into several pieces and distributed among friends and family (if you have a limited number of Thekua). However, we would recommend you make it extra every time because it is never going to be enough.
Happy Chhath Puja!