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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 .

Bittergourd Pakoda / Pagarkai Pakoda / Pavakkai Pakoda

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Pakoda is a deep fried snack which is most popular street food all over Tamil Nadu. My hubby loves pakoda to the core, when we were abroad we use to get pakoda from VelayudhaNadar Shop, sivakasi and would hold it almost for 2 to 3 weeks. Not only in while abroad but also whenever we go to our hometown, we never miss to get this pakoda. Not only my hubby even my dad, grandpa and the whole family till my son loves to have Milk rice and pakoda for dinner. I would say that this one of the staple dinner among all sivakasi and virudhunagar people.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #160 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Thought of trying it the pakoda with bittergourd and something different than the usual recipe, besan/gram flour is used in pakoda and I have substituted corn meal/maize flour instead of besan/gram flour.

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Bittergourd pakoda was slightly bitter in taste, but as it was crispy and crunchy my kids (9 year and 5 year) loved it to the core. This can be served in various forms as tea-time snack, side dish for lunch, side dish for dinner along with rice. I would say try this combination – Steamed rice (mashing consistency), boiled milk with a tsp of sugar (optional) and this pakoda would taste heavenly for dinner. Give a try…

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Bittergourd Pakoda / Pagarkai Pakoda / Pavakkai Pakoda

Ingredients:

  • Bitter gourd – 2 nos
  • Onions – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – 2 strands
  • Corn meal / Maize flour – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tbsp
  • Chilli powder – 2 ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida / Perungayam / Hing – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Wash and thinly slice the bitter gourd to pieces. Thinly slice the onions (lengthwise), keep it aside.
  • In a bowl, add corn meal, rice flour, chilli powder, salt and sprinkle ¼ cup of water, mix it well.
  • Add the sliced bitter gourd and mix it well, so that the flour should get coated well bittergourd.
  • Let it rest for 15 to 20 mins.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, now add the thinly sliced onions and curry leaves to the bittergourd and mix it well.
  • Once the oil is hot, take a small portion of the bittergourd mixture and add it to the oil, swap and fry on the both sides until they turn brown in color or crispy.
  • Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
  • Continue the same process with all the bittergourd.

Serve hot.

Note: Bring it room temperature and store it in an air-tight container, stays fresh for almost a week.

Corn Cheese Bread Cups

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As I have started preparing #afterschoolsnacks, wonder what to prepare today for snacks. Got to see a bread packet and some leftover corn kernels and cheese cubes in the refrigerator. Thought of preparing Bread cups and later it resulted in a bread bowl too. #afterschoolsnacks

When I started preparing this dish, felt little confusion whether it would work out, think may be of having migraine. But continued the process and the outcome was fantastic which made me very happy. These corn cheese bread cups disappeared in moments, my son liked it to the core. Feeding him is being a great challenge for me, what do a mother needs than this. #backtohomesnacks

It was delicious, resembled almost pizza but the taste and crunchiness of the bread made it stand away from pizza. Very simple, easy and less consumption healthy dish for kids. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Bread Slices – 12 nos
  • Corn kernels (boiled) – ½ cup
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Capsicum – ½ no
  • Mixed Italian herbs (oregano, chives, rosemary) – 1 tbsp
  • Cheese cubes – 5 nos
  • Tomato Sauce – 3 tbsp
  • Melted Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Trim the sides of the bread slices and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and tomato. Deseed and finely chop the capsicum.
  • Grate the cheese cubes and keep it aside.
  • In a bowl, take the finely chopped onion, tomato, capsicum, sprinkle the Italian seasoning along with pepper powder, salt and mix them all together. Keep it aside.
  • Preheat the microwave to 180 degree C.
  • Grease a muffin tray, brush the bread slices with butter, and gently press the bread to the muffin mould.
  • Sprinkle little cheese to the bread, then spoon in the vegetable mix, pour in a tsp of tomato sauce and top it with grated cheese.
  • Continue the same with all the breads and bake them at 180 degree C for 2 to 3 mins.
  • Remove them gently and serve hot.
  • For Corn cheese bread bowl – Take a slice of bread and cut it in the center. Now sprinkle little grated cheese over a bread slice and place the center chopped bread slice over it.
  • Add in the vegetable mix, pour in a tsp of tomato sauce and top it with grated cheese.
  • Bake it for 2 to 3 mins at 180 degree C and serve hot.

Serve hot with coffee, tea or milk.