Uttar Pradesh delicacy ‘khajla’ attracts many from far and wide
With the famous ‘Chhapar Mela’ back in town, those around and not availing the opportunity to show their presence here will surely miss something in life if they fail to visit the ubiquitous stalls selling ‘khajla’, a delicacy from Uttar Pradesh.
The most popular eatable and the best selling item at the fair, khajla alone draws in hundreds of patrons from nearby villages, who come especially to savour this snack.
Over 150 stalls of this snack line up the two-three kilometre stretch that hosts the fair, leading to Gugga Marri shrine.
According to a seller hailing from UP, over 1,000 people skilled in khajla preparation come to the village every year for the fair and stay till the seven-day rural extravaganza is on.
The majority of the skilled labour comes from Kanpur and Bulandsheher, where this snack is extremely popular. Chhapar mela spells brisk business for them and, on an average, a stall sells anything between 150-200 pieces of the snack a day.
Prepared with refined flour and oodles of butter, laced with various condiments and deep fried, the snack comes in four varieties - salty, sweet, made with milk, and using khoya - and is priced at Rs 50 to Rs 120 a piece.
“I have been coming for the fair for the last decade. The demand for the snack increases every year, as the crowd itself swells up each time. The number of stalls put up have gone up over the years too,” says Pankaj Kumar from Kanpur.
“Anybody, who visits the fair carries a piece or two to home as the snack is available only during this fair at the village,” he further notes.
The most popular and best-selling item, khajla, being prepared at a stall during the fair.