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
A deep-fried delicacy prepared on festive occasions made with all purpose floor, dry nuts, raisins and dessicated coconut
IngredientsFor 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
- 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
- Mix all the ingredients for the outer covering in a bowl .
- Knead the ingredients with portions of milk so that you get a stiff dough.
- In a pan , heat 2 tsp ghee and fry the coconut till slightly browned.
- Keep it aside and let it cool.
- Next heat up the sesame seeds in the ghee till it crackles.
- Powder the nuts, raisins ,sugar and cardamom.
- Mix the coconut, sesame and powdered dry nuts well,
- Take a small ball of the dough and roll into small circles.
- Add a spoon of the filling and seal with your finger by pinching the edges.
- You can also add a drop of milk so that it is sealed well.
- Heat a pan of oil and deep fry the karanjis until they are golden brown.
- Karanjis are now ready to be served. Enjoy!