Pista kaja from Tarladalal

Its long since I made any sweets at home. The last time I prepared some for Diwali. Even though I bake so many cakes the kids have the craving fro Indian sweets. I had a packet of pistachios lying in the pantry since long time. Found a simple recipe in Tarladalal’s web site. I made some changes and it turned to be simple and delicious. Very easy to prepare as it took less than half an hour but the sweet had a festive look and turned to be nutritious because of the ingredients. My elder one liked it very much. When served warm it was a real delight with a cup of hot tea.

 Ingredients :

1/2 cup maida

1/2 pinch of salt

1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats

1 teaspoon ghee

 For the filling:

 ¾ cup pistachios, blanched

 ¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon cardamom powder  

For the sugar syrup  

½ cup sugar

a few strands saffron

¼ teaspoon lemon juice  

Other ingredients 

oil for deep frying  

paste of 1 tablespoon plain flour (maida) mixed with 2 tablespoon water  

How to make it?

Mix the maida and oats thoroughly with the salt. Add water 1 T spoon at a time till a smooth dough is formed. Add a spoon of ghee at the end to mix up the dough finally. Divide into lemon sized balls and roll them into thin circles. Dust it with more flour whenever its sticky. Cut the circle into small 2 inch x 2 inch squares and keep aside. Repeat this till all the dough is used up.

Pulse the blanched pistachios with sugar and cardamom till it becomes a coarse powder.

In a thick bottomed vessel take all ingredients for the sugar syrup (except lemon juice) and boil until it reaches one string consistency. To check this stage dip a spoon in the syrup and let it cool for few seconds. Take a drop of the syrup from the spoon with your fore finger tip. Press your fore finger tip your thumb and slowly bring the two fingers away from each other. The syrup drop should form a thin thread between the fingers. If not boil for few more minutes and keep checking in between. Once the syrup reaches desired consistency switch off the stove and add the lemon juice and mix well.

Take two dough squares and place  a spoon full of the pista mixture and seal the edges with the paste formed using the maida and water.


Heat oil in a wide skillet and deep fry these kaja until golden. Dip them in the sugar syrup for a minute and take them out and drain them in a wire rack. Serve warm with a cup of tea. I don’t know about the storage specifications as I got only 12-15 kajas which was over by the end of the day!


The addition of oats to my fear did not spoil the taste instead gave a crunchy touch. Gave a mental satisfaction that it’s a healthier snack for the kids!


14 comments on “Pista kaja from Tarladalal

  1. thats such a unique recipe nirmala. i love tarla dalal’s recipes which i have had tried so far. guess its a time i bought some of her books 🙂

  2. Lovely Dish Nirmala,
    I love this template too .
    seems like a time to peek into taral dalal’s cook book for me now :)) .
    thanks a lot for sharing 🙂

  3. Beautiful dish, Nirmala! 🙂

  4. Looks wonderful and easy, thanks 4 sharing.

  5. Sounds wonderful! I love anything with pistachios:)

  6. yummy. i guess these could be baked as well.

  7. Hi Nirmala

    gr8!! nice sweet recipe …

  8. Looks yum! Very mouth-watering recipe.

  9. nice recipe…they look so tempting!!

  10. Thanks for all your lovely comments. Yes Pooja, her recipes are so easy to make and delicious too. Especially the desserts are very festive looking.
    Bee, if you bake them can we dip them again in the sugar syrup ? Should try it out !

  11. […] the mean time have a look at Ammas food blog from India. Ive always wanted to know how to make those delicious indian sweets that you get at […]

  12. nice recipe nirmala… very tempting… thanks for sharing…

  13. Looks yum, Nirmala….btw my arusuvai post is up at my blog……..thank you for sending me your amma’s special podi.

  14. very different and awesome one …Will surely try it soon

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