Flower kaaja / panasa thonalu is one of the famous Andhra traditional sweet that is prepared during festive season. Why these are called as panasa thonalu? Actually this sweet look like a jackfruit bulb in shape, that’s why it is well called with names panasa thonalu and flower kaaja. These are made with maida flour and used sugar syrup for more sweetness. Some uses jaggery instead of sugar. You can also make this as a hot item by excluding the sugar syrup. Just add ajwain and red chili powder and the process is all the same. These can be stored in air tight container for 1 month. Don’t keep these flower kaajas in containers when hot. Let it cool and fit them in a container.
It’s little difficult to make the kajas in this shape but if you practice you can easily get. We prepared this panasa thonalu on the occasion of diwali. It is formality or tradition that after firing crackers everyone should taste sweet. Children will like to eat this striped sweet layer by layer with lot of fun.
Here is the recipe of HOW TO MAKE flower kaja or panasa thonalu. Preparing of this dessert won’t take much time. It can be prepared easily within 20mins. Why delay? Here we are with amazing sweet panasa thonalu / flower kaajas recipe. Are you?
Flower kaaja / Panasa thonalu recipe
- Maida flour – 2cups
- Rice flour – 4tbsp
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Salt – 1 pinch
- Oil (for deep fry)
- Cardamom – 3
How to Make
Step 1: Take a dry bowl add maida flour, rice flour and 1 pinch salt to it.
Step 2: Add 2 tbsp of oil. Start mixing the flours by adding water slowly.
Step 3: Mix it till it forms smooth dough (like chapathi dough). Keep this a side.
Step 4: Take small jar add cardamom and 2tbsp of sugar to it. Grind it to a fine powder.
Step 5: Take a fry pan and keep it on stove. Give low flame.
Step 6: Add oil required for deep fry. Let the oil get hot.
Step 7: Meanwhile spread some maida flour on the surface where you want to make chapathis.
Step 8: Now make balls from maida dough. Take one maida dough ball and starts pressing with chapathi stick. (Press likes how you make chapathis)
Step 9: After making round chapathis, take knife and make 5 slits / straight lines (as shown in figure).
Step 10: Twist them while rolling in circular motion by joining edges. (look the image)
Step 11: Do it for remaining dough balls also.
Step 12: Now leave these flower kaaja or panasa thonalu into hot oil.
Step 13: Fry them nicely till golden yellow color. Collect them and keep a side.
Step 14: Next we need to make sugar syrup. For the sugar syrup take a pan or vessel on stove. Give low flame.
Step 15: Add sugar and pour ½ cup of water. Heat it.
Step 16: Stir the liquid till it forms into a string consistency. Now put the cardamom and sugar powder into the sugar syrup.
Step 17: Now dip the fried flower kaaja or panasa thonalu into this sugar syrup.
Step 18: Make sure the flower kaaja should dip nicely. Collect them into a plate.
Step 19: Dip remaining panasa thonalu also into the sugar syrup.
Sweet flower kaaja or panasa thonalu are ready to taste.