Monday, November 12, 2012

Sweet Somas / Kajjikayulu / Karanji /Gujjiya - Diwali special

                      I am wishing my readers,friends and relatives a very " Happy Diwali" .                 
      Somas or Kajjikayulu or Karanji is a very tasty sweet ,prepared during auspicious days .Like Seemandham, Kaadhukuthi etc.Mom used to prepare it for diwali.The crispier outer cover and the sweeter inside gives a divine taste.There are days ,where I would think that its a big process ,but when  I tried this recipe,it came out very well.Its easy too.Prepared this for Diwali. 
Yield: 25 somas
For the outer cover:
1.All purpose flour / Maida      -        2 1/4 cups
2.Rava                                       -         2 tbsp
3.Ghee                                       -          2 tsp
4.Water                                      -          as required
5.Oil                                           -          for frying
For the filling:
1.Rava / Semolina                        -          1 cup
2.Shredded coconut                      -           1/4 cup
3.Cashews                                     -           8 to 10 pieces
4.Sugar                                          -           1 to 1 1/4 cup
5.Cardamom pwdr                         -           a pinch
Preparing the filling:
* Take a pan, dry roast the cashews,rava and coconut one by one.
* Chop the roasted cashews finely,after  cooling.
* Once rava,coconut,cashews are cooled,add sugar ,cardamom pwdr and mix it.
* I felt that the sugar is less, so have used 1 1/4 cup instead of 1 cup .But  you can use 1 cup of sugar also.Its upto your taste.
Preparing the somas:
* Take a mixing bowl,add maida,ghee   and mix it well.
* Now slowly add water and make it into a stiff yet soft dough.
* Pour a tsp of oil over the dough and rest it for half an hour,covered.
* Place t pan of oil and heat it.
* Now divide the dough into small balls.
* Slightly grease the dough with oil and roll it into a thin poori.
* Place the filling in one half of the poori. Slightly wet the edges of the poori and fold it.Seal it tightly.
* Now the fun part is,take a fork and press along the edges of the somas for a nice design.
* Now fry the somas in batches in hot oil.
* Flip it around and cook till the somas becomes golden brown.
* Remove it and strain the oil in a tissue.
* Store it in a air tight container.


* We can also use roasted gram dal pwdr instead of rava.
* Always cover the somas dough ,while preparing the somas.
* Prepare the somas in batches.Roll 2 or 3 somas,fry it and then roll the other somas in this way.



Asiya Omar said...

Happy Diwali.Yummy Somas.

Priya Sreeram said...

Sparkling Diwali Wishes Savita. Karanji looks swell

Saraswathi Ganeshan said...

Looks delicious Savitha..Happy diwali to you and to your family..

What's Baking?? said...

Wish I could taste it. Happy Diwali, Savitha.

divya said...

looks so yummy! Happy Diwali

hotpotcooking said...

Looks delicious. Happy Diwali!!

Kalyani said...

Happy Diwali !!! yummy sweet .......

Prema said...

Nice Recipe,yummy sweet,luks tempting...

Priya Suresh said...

Belated diwali wishes to you and your family. Somas paathale yen paati nabagam than, superaa irruky Savi.

foodgalleri said...

Yummy somas.. look delicious!

Shama Nagarajan said...

super inviting and tempting

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