KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE

Everyone must be busy with Ganesh chathurthi festival preparations. I am happy that i could post many Ganesh Chaturthi special recipes before the festival . I am sure it must have been helpful to many of my readers and friends. To add to the series , i share today one of the hot favorite Ganesh Chaturthi dish - " Karjikayi / Karigadabu / Karanji " recipe . Using the same dough and filling i did some " deep fried modaks " . 

KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE

Karjikai / Kajjikayalu / sweet somas / karanji is a sweet that's usually prepared during Vinayaka chaturthi and Diwali . They are crisp and flaky from outside with a sweet filling inside . For people who don't have sweet tooth , Karjikai should be perfect as they are mildly sweet when compared to many other. I have hardly met people who doesn't like this delicious sweet. I bet you can't stop by eating one.

KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE

This festival do make them and enjoy it with your near and dear ones.Follow the steps carefully , i assure you would not err making them..

Everyone must be busy with Ganesh chathurthi festival preparations. I am happy that i could post many Ganesh Chaturthi special recipes before the festival . I am sure it must have been helpful to many of my readers and friends. To add to the series , i share today one of the hot favorite Ganesh Chat...

KARJIKAI

Summary

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  • Coursedessert
  • Cuisinesouth indian
  • Yield10 pieces 10 piece

Ingredients

Oil to deep fry
Maida/All purpose flour
1 cup
Fine sooji/ Semolina / Chiroti rava
1/4 cup
Rice flour heaped
1 tsp
Hot ghee or oil
1 tbsp
Milk
1/4 cup
Salt
A pinch
For the filling (Coconut filling)
Dry Coconut / kopra grated
1/2 cup
Roasted gramdal / Chutney dal (hurikadle / pottukadalai)
1/3 Cup
Sugar ( based on your sweet level)
1/2 cup
Poppy seeds / khus khus
1 tbsp
Cardamom / elaichi
3
Finely chopped Dry fruits
optional

Steps

    Make the dough :
  1. In a wide bowl take maida , fine rava, rice flour and salt.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  2. Heat ghee or oil and add to the flour. The oil should be so hot that when you pour it on dry flour ,bubbles should form. Mix well.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  3. Next add milk and enough water to make a stiff dough.The dough has to be like poori dough i.e stiffer than chapathi dough.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  4. Cover it with a wet cloth and keep it aside for 20-30 mins.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
Make the filling :
  1. Mean while, prepare the filling. In a mixer powder together , fried gram, sugar and elaichi .It need not be super fine powder. Add this powder to the grated dry coconut.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  2. Mindly dry roast poppy seeds such that they are aromatic . Add this to the filling mix. If you want add finely chopped nuts too.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  3. Mix well all the ingredients.Filling for karjikayi is ready . Keep it aside .
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  4. Knead the dough well again to make the dough soft and pliable.Divide the balls to small lemon sized balls.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  5. Using a rolling pin , roll the balls to thin discs. Dust maida if required but roll it into as thin as possible. Else it won't turn crispy.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  6. Now place the discs inside a karanji mould. Fill about 1 tsp filling at the centre.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  7. Slightly apply water in the edges .Close the mould and seal and press well .( water acts as glue and prevents them from opening when dropped in oil)
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  8. Remove the extra portion hanging out from the mould and keep them aside.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  9. If you don't have the mould , after you roll out , fill the stuffing, apply water to one edge and join the edges to get a semicircle shape.Seal the edges. Using a fork give slight impressions .
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  10. With the same dough you can shape them as modaks too.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  11. Repeat the same process for the remaining dough . Keep them covered with a damp cloth till you deep fry . This will prevent drying out.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  12. Time to deep fry them :
  13. Heat oil in a deep pan / kadai.
  14. Drop 2-3 karjikai at one time slowly in to the oil .Let the flame be low- medium. Splash the hot oil from the sides using the slotted spoon on top of the karjikai.This helps in puffing up karjikai nicely.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE
  15. Fry them on low- medium flame only till they are golden brown on both the sides. Once done, drain nicely and transfer to a kitchen napkin . Cool them completely .
  16. Store the Karjikayi / Karanji / Sweet Somas in air tight containers once cooled. Remains fresh for upto 15days.
    KARJIKAI / KARIGADABU / KAJJIKAYALU / SWEET SOMAS / KARANJI RECIPE

NOTE:

  1. The dough for the outer layer should be mixed stiff which makes the karanji crisp.Else it will turn soft n soggy .
  2. Keeping the dough covered with damp cloth is very important.
  3. Dont keep the flame on high while deep frying. This way they will cook soon but not become crisp.
  4. You can alter the filling as you wish .Different parts of India has different stuffing .

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