Karanji – Diwali Delicacy

Today’s recipe is a delicacy made during festivals . Since Diwali (Festival of lights) celebrated by Indians is almost around the corner , sweet and savory snack preparations are in full swing in  homes  of most people who celebrate it.  I usually resorted to buying  sweets from stores (you do get a good variety here in the US) all these years due to  the lack of time , job and busy life . Being on a break this time , I ventured to  make ‘Karanji’ or ‘karchikai’ or ‘gujiya’ (it goes by various names) usually made during festivals. This deep fried delicacy has a covering made of all purpose flour and the filling is a mixture of roasted desiccated coconut, dry nuts, raisins , white sesame seeds and sugar . The crisp outer covering with the lightly sweetened taste of all the goodness inside tastes heavenly and  out of the world. Although it looks a bit tedious to make ,it is worth all the effort and  loved by kids and adults alike! Happy cooking :).On the auspicious festival of lights, may the glow of joy, prosperity and happiness illuminate your days in the year ahead! Happy Diwali !!

Karanji - Diwali Special

  • Servings: 20 pieces
  • Difficulty: medium-high
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A deep-fried delicacy prepared on festive occasions made with all purpose floor, dry nuts, raisins and dessicated coconut

Some prefer to use jaggery or brown sugar instead of white sugar for the filling and it is absolutely one’s preference. Also,  instead of using all purpose flour alone a combination of wheat and all purpose flour in the ratio 1:1 is sometimes preferred. Another variation in the dough preparation is to replace ghee and milk with oil and water  respectively.


For outer covering

  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp semolina
  •  2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) warmed up
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk to knead

For Filling

  •  1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  •  almonds , cashew, pista, raisins – 10 nos each
  • 3-4 tsp sugar or as desired
  • 4 -5 cardamoms
  • 2 tsp white sesame seeds


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the outer covering in a bowl .
  2. Knead the ingredients  with portions of milk so that you get a stiff dough.
  3. In a pan , heat 2 tsp ghee and fry the coconut till slightly browned.
  4. Keep it aside and let it cool.
  5. Next heat up the sesame seeds in the ghee till it crackles.
  6. Powder the nuts, raisins ,sugar and  cardamom.
  7. Mix the coconut, sesame and powdered dry nuts well,
  8. Take a small ball of the dough and roll into small circles.
  9. Add a spoon of the filling and seal with your finger by pinching the edges.
  10. You can also add a drop of milk so that it is sealed well.
  11. Heat a pan of oil and deep fry the karanjis until they are golden brown.
  12. Karanjis are now ready to be served. Enjoy!


Karanji ready to be deep fried

Karanjis sealed with a drop of milk



Diwali Delicacy

Karanji or karchikayi or Gujiya


Karanjis close-up

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  • Reply
    Vidya Narayan
    October 17, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Simply love these to bits!!

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      October 17, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Same here at our home we just love it! Thanks much Vidya!

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    October 17, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Perfect yummy pleasures for Diwali✌✌

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      October 17, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Thanks much Jyo ! They are indeed yummy !

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    Lavs Raj
    October 17, 2017 at 9:54 am


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    October 17, 2017 at 10:00 am

    My favorite Diwali sweet

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      October 17, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Glad to hear that! it’s a favorite at our home as well!

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        October 17, 2017 at 10:11 am

        Happy Diwali to all at home

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          October 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

          Thank you and wish you and family the same as well!

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    October 17, 2017 at 10:43 am

    One of my fav. I love my grandpa preparation. Happy Diwali nisha

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      October 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Nice to hear that Deepa, there are many varieties of the same dish . You too have a great Diwali !!

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    Dippy-Dotty Girl
    October 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Is this the same as gujia? The ingredients sound similar. Gujias totally do me in with greed. xx

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      October 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Yes I think they are all similar with slight variations to the filling . LoL me as well , they are too irresistable Dippy!

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        Dippy-Dotty Girl
        October 17, 2017 at 2:59 pm

        I can taste the ghee-coconut goodness of it from afar. xx

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          October 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

          Thank you Dippy! yes indeed rich and yum perfect for the festivities 🙂

          • Dippy-Dotty Girl
            October 18, 2017 at 11:10 am

            Well Happy Diwali in advance 🙂

          • InspiresN
            October 18, 2017 at 11:33 am

            Wish you the same!

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    October 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Delicious treat. Hope you had a great Diwali!

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      October 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you Sumith , this treat is perfect for Diwali and yes looking forward to it .

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    October 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Mmmm, they look delicious Nisha. X

    • Reply
      October 18, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Thanks much Lorelle!

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    October 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Beautiful & delicious karanji ! Love to grab one !!

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      October 19, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much Megala, you are more than welcome !

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    October 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Delicious!! We all love it to:) Happy Diwali!!

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      October 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you so much Neeraja! Wish you the same have a great Diwali!

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    Moushmi Radhanpara
    October 21, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Oh I do love them 🙂

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      October 22, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Thank you so much Moushmi, must appreciated!

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    October 22, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Never heard of the name, but looks delicious. Well, I am a foodie it doesn’t take much time for me to start drooling… by the way happy belated Deepavali wishes Nisha. Have a great and prosperous Hindu new year!
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      October 22, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Thanks Raj !Hope you had a great Diwali as well and Happy New year to you as well! I am so honored that you considered me for the B & W photo challenge . This is the first time I am taking part in something like this and would definitely want to take part .Is it ok if I participate in this challenge after 2 weeks around mid November as am a bit tied up currently and out this week .Many Thanks, Nisha

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        October 22, 2017 at 12:08 pm

        Not a problem Nisha, take your own time, I know we all have real life commitments and that’s more important than anything else. So no hurry or compulsions 😊 cheers to you..

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    Natasha Tungare
    October 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Yumm! Masta !!

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    Christy B
    October 28, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Yum! I hope you had a wonderful Diwali celebration 🙂

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      October 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you dear Christy, I had a wonderful celebration indeed

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    Anshu Agarwal
    November 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Looking absolutely super delicious…Loved the recipe and pictures..Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe !!

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      November 10, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you so much dear! It’s my pleasure to share 🙂

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