Thekua or also spelt Thokwa or Thekari is a dry sweet from the Indian subcontinent. It is very popular and one of the most loved sweets in Bihar, Madhesh, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh (Purvanchal). It's crispy, crunchy and dry sweet dish.
Thekua is a revered prasad in the Chhath puja. It has been used as a sweet snack for centuries in these places.
Traditionally, Thekua is made with gud or jaggery, however, however you can make it with sugar also. Some variations of this Bihari recipe also use fennel seeds to accentuate the taste.
The main ingredients of Thekua are wheat flour, chasni (melted sugar) and ghee. Jaggery can sometimes be used as an alternative to sugar. Dough is prepared using these four main ingredients and cardamom can be added to enhance the taste. Dough is deep fried in ghee or vegetable oil till it becomes reddish brown.
It is soft when hot but hardens after it cools. It needs no preservatives and it can be preserved for several days for eating.
Thekua and 'litti chokha' are some delicacies offered from Bihar that have gained popularity all over India.
I learned this from my husband. They used to cook on special occasions and thekua is on of his favourite indian sweets.