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 –
- 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)
Maida/App-purpose flour, rava/semolina and salt together
Roasted gram, roasted coconut together
Powdered sugar, roasted ingredients, cardamom powder mixed together
shaped to a circle
with the filling
getting deep fried
- 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 .
Apple Fritters is one among the easy, delicious and an after school snack that can be prepared in minutes when you have apple at home: P. I have induced brown sugar instead of sugar and wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour/maida. CLICK HERE for more snack recipes. Let me share the recipe…
After couple of weeks, taking it to the Fiesta Friday #146 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.
- Apple – 1 no
- Wheat flour / Atta – 4 tbsp
- Organic brown sugar – 2 tbsp
- Cinnamon powder – ½ tsp
- Nutmeg powder – ¼ tsp
- Baking soda – ¼ tsp
- Oil for deep frying
- Salt to taste
Making of Apple Fritters –
- Take flour, sugar, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, baking soda, salt all together in a bowl.
- Pour water little by little and mix it well, it should resemble pancake or bhaji consistency.
- Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai.
- Slice the apples to small disc, de-seed them, dip the apple slices to the batter and make sure they got coat well with the batter.
- Gently drop the apple slices to the oil and deep fry them.
- Once they are fried, drain the oil and remove them from fire.
- Transfer it to a plate.
Flour, spice powder and salt mixed all together with water
Slice the apples
Coat the apple in batter
Deep fry them in oil
Serve with Ice cream or drizzle maple syrup.
Maida Cake or Maida Biscuit is one of the sweet snack found in all Tamil Nadu Bakeries. A very easy and simple deep fried snack which can be prepared in bulk and stored in an air-tight container for 2 weeks. It is most commonly prepared around Deepavali / Diwali in all south Indian families. Let me share the recipe…
Taking this to Fiesta Friday #140 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.
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Maida Cake / Maida Biscuits
- Maida / All-purpose flour – 1 cup (1 cup = 200 ml)
- Melted Butter – 2 ½ tbsp
- Sugar – 1 ½ tbsp
- Milk – 3 tbsp
- Cooking soda – a pinch
- Cardamom powder – a pinch
- Salt – a pinch
- Oil for deep frying.
Making of Maida Cake / Maida Biscuits –
- Take maida/all-purpose flour, melted butter, sugar, milk, cooking soda, cardamom powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Mix them well with your hands, sprinkle little water and knead it to dough.
- Let the dough rest for 5 to 10 mins, so that the sugar would get melted.
- Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai. Take a small portion of the rolled out dough and roll it in between your palms (lengthwise).
- Chop them into small pieces and deep fry them in oil.
- Cook only in medium flame, so that it would be cooked well else it would be burnt and remain uncooked in the center.
- Drain the oil and remove them from fire.
- Bring it room temperature and store them in an air-tight container for 2 weeks.
Note: Measurement is very important in this recipe, if the butter gets increased it would be flaky and if it gets reduced it would be hard. Also if the sugar gets increased it would be burnt immediately, so take care of the measurements. Make sure only to sprinkle water when you knead the dough.