I would like to WISH all my visitors A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS DEEPAWALI.
This Diwali was extremely busy for me as I was juggling between my work, kids, home, meeting decorators for my new home and in the process of moving out of my current home which is being painted for Diwali and it was getting difficult to reach my laptop amidst all this confusion.
On top of all this Diwali shopping for the entire family, lighting up the house, making Rangolis and ofcourse preparation of sweets and savories. I always make it a point to make sweets and savories at home, coz the house feels and smells festive.
We can always buy sweets/savories from a shop and share with neighbors, friends or relatives during the festive season but these people can buy it from the shop and eat as well. When we make something by taking efforts and share it with others there is a personal touch to the gesture. Homemade sweets and savories have a different feel to it. It may not be perfect like the one’s you get in a shop but the key ingredient in it is “LOVE”.
We can involve the whole family in the sweet –savory making process, this creates a bonding, an anticipation for what’s going to come out of the group efforts, an excitement and a festive feeling with lovely aromas wafting in the air at home. The feeling of celebration is there as this is an activity we don’t indulge in usually. We must keep this beautiful tradition alive instead of buying off shelves.
This Diwali I made Chakli and Karanji alongwith a few other things. I would like to share with you’ll the recipes. Wish you’ll a happy, safe and fun-filled Diwali again.
KARANJI (THE INDIAN COCONUT FILLED SWEET PUFF)
Karanji or the Indian coconut filled sweet puff. Karanji is a sweet that is usually prepared in most Maharashtrian houses for Diwali. In north
karanji is known as Gujiya. Preparing Karanji requires a lot of patience and maybe a bit time consuming especially the rolling, filling and sealing, but the pleasure of popping this delectable sweet. Crispy on the outside and the light coconut sweet filling inside which literally melts in your mouth is insurmountable. My daughter is so excited about biting into the puff for the pleasure of getting to the filling hidden inside. The filling is like a sweet hidden treasure. India
Maida -1 cup
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Salt a pinch
Warm milk / water to prepare dough. I used milk so that my karanjis are whiter in color.
Ingredients For Filling:
Grated Dry Coconut - 1 cup
Powdered Sugar – ¾ cup
Cardamon powder - 1 tsp.
Nutmeg Powder - a pinch
Poppy Seeds (Khuskhus)
Raisins - 10 to 15 raisins
Method For Dough:
Mix all the dough ingredients & knead using water. Add enough water to make soft pliable dough, similar to the chapatti dough.
Method for filling:
Roast the grated dry coconut flakes lightly. Keep aside. Roast poppy seeds. Grind them once in a mixer. The mix should be coarse not to fine. Mix the powdered sugar and all the above ingredients. Fry the raisins in ghee until plump and add to the mix
Method for making Karanji:
Make small oval shaped puris from dough, not too thin not too thick. Place the filling in one half of round. Fold over the other half, sealing in the mixture. This is a task which has to be done with patience. If the dough rolled out is too thin it will crack and the filling will fall out. If it is too thick then the karanjis will not taste good.
Seal edges by twisting or pressing together. Apply some water or milk so that it will seal properly (don't apply too much of water as it will not seal properly).You can use a Karanji / Curry puff mould for neater karanjis. Deep fry in hot ghee on a low flame till light brown on both sides. Drain on tissue paper to absorb excess ghee and cool completely before storing. Karanjis can be stored for weeks and is ideal to prepare during Diwali as we need to pack sweets and share with relatives while visiting them during the festive season.