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Somas recipe / Sweet Somas recipe / Karanji recipe

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Sweet somas or Karanji is a most famous during Vinayakar Chaturthi and Diwali festival among all Indian families. Somas is a deep fried sweet snack with filling, filling can be made with different types. I have used roasted gram, coconut and cardamom for filling.

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Sweet Somas recipe / somas recipe / Karanji Recipe

It is also known as somasi in Tamil and Kajjikayali in Telugu and Karanji in Maharashtra because of the filling. Let me share the recipe…

Making of Somas / Karanji –

Ingredients:

  • Maida / All-purpose flour – 1 ½ cups
  • Rava / Semolina / Sooji – ¼ cup
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 ½ tsp
  • Roasted gram / Pottukadalai / Porikadalai – ½ cup
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Cashew nuts (broken into smalle pieces)  – ¼ cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Oil – 1 cup (for deep frying)

Preparation:

  • Take a bowl, add maida/all-purpose flour, rava/semolina, salt, mix it well. Pour water little by little and start kneading the dough to stiff consistency.
  • Drizzle a tsp of oil over the kneaded dough, knead for few seconds and cover it with a damp cloth.
  • Meanwhile, dry roast the roasted gram, remove from fire and spread it over a plate.
  • Add ¼ tsp of ghee and roast the grated coconut, until they turn brown in color, spread it along with roasted gram.
  • Add the leftover ghee and roast the cashew nuts until they turn golden brown in color. Remove it from fire and transfer it to a bowl.
  • Grind the sugar to fine powder, transfer it to a bowl
  • Grind roasted gram, roasted coconut to a fine powder and add it to the sugar.
  • Also add cardamom powder and roasted cashew nuts along with ghee to the mixture and mix it well.
  • Take a small portion of the dough and flattened it to a circle shape, keep a tea spoon full of filling in the center of the flattened dough.
  • Dip your finger in water, apply it along the edges of the dough, now fold it to a half circle, then give a gentle press with fork along the sides.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, gently add them one by one and fry until they turn golden brown on both sides.
  • Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
  • Serve once it reaches room temperature.

Store in an air-tight container once it reaches room temperature, so that it stays fresh for a week .

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Nutty Gujiya

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Gujiya is a sweet dumplings made with Maida/All-purpose flour or wheat flour and stuffed with khoya. You can also fill the gujiya with dry fruits, khoya, coconut, nuts and fruits.

I prepared Gujiya stuffed with nuts for holi, because of the long weekend I was not able share the recipe immediately. Now let us move on to the recipe…

Do check out my other snacks recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/recipes/snacks/ and holi recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/2016/03/23/holi/.

Ingredients:

  • Maida / All-purpose flour – 1 ½ cups
  • Ghee/Clarified butter – 2 tbsp
  • Water – for kneading
  • Cashew nuts – 15 nos
  • Almonds / Badam – 15 nos
  • Grated coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Condensed milk – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Salt – a pinch

Preparation:

  • Soak almonds/badam in hot water for 20 mins, drain the water, peel out the skin and chop them into small pieces.
  • Chop the cashew nuts into small pieces. Mix both the cashew nuts and almonds/badam together in a bowl.
  • Blend the chopped nuts all together to a coarse powder.
  • Take maida/all-purpose flour in a wide mouth bowl, add in a pinch of salt, mix them all together. Make a well in the center of the flour, pour in little water, and start kneading it to a dough by adding water little by little every now and them.
  • Pour in a tbsp of ghee/clarified butter and knead the dough for another 5 mins, keep it aside and let it rest for 15 mins.
  • Meanwhile, heat a tbsp. of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add in the coarsely powdered nuts, fry until they start turning golden brown.
  • Pour in a tbsp. of condensed milk, add in the grated coconut and cook until it thickens.
  • Remove from fire and wait until it comes to room temperature.
  • Now divide the dough into small portions of ball, flatten it using rolling pins, place a tsp of stuffing in the center and gently fold the corners and pierce it with shape or use gujya moulds.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, gently drop the gujiya’s one by one, and cook both sides until they golden brown.
  • Remove from the oil.

Serve hot or at room temperature. Garnish with nuts or grated coconuts.

Diwali / Deepavali – 2015

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Deepavali celebration at our home, clicks during pooja. Let me list out the dishes and click on the name of the food for recipe link:

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