Karanji is a sweet which is popular in Maharastra whereas it is named as sweet somas or karchikai in TamilNadu and Kajjikayalu in Andhra.The shape of making the sweet is same and varoius kinds of stuffing is used in each part of the state.
Coming to today's recipe,it is a simple and easy to make stuffing with the basic ingredients and the stuffing can be made in advance.
This sweet is one of my child hood favorite and my paternal grandmother is an expert in making this sweet.Whenever she used to visit us she brought this sweet and used a special gadget called somas karandi(spoon) to trim the edges.As I don't have that one, used the pizza cutter to trim the edge and pressed with the fork to get the decorative edge.Here is the recipe................
For the outer covering
|All purpose flour/Maida||1cup|
|Roasted gram dhal/pottukadalai||3/4cup|
|Finely powdered cashews||1tbs(optional)|
Mix the semolina,maida and ghee together,add water little by little and make a firm dough.Keep it aside for 2 hours.
Fry 3-4 pieces in the oil for one batch in a medium heat till it becomes crisp and golden color.Remove it and drain it on a paper towel.
- Somas stay fresh and crisp for a week if it is stored in an air tight container.
- Fry it in a medium flame to get a crispy and golden colored somas.
- Adding the roasted rava and ground cashews is purely optional but gives a rich taste.
- While pressing with the fork make sure on to press on the top layer otherwise the stuffing will come out.