November 18, 2019
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Diwali Special

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights which symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”. Lets celebrate this Diwali with some delicious cuisines.

Karanji/ Gujiya

Karanji/ Gujiya is basically a deep fried sweet dumplings prepared sugar and coconut stuffing. this is a maharshtrian and south indian special delicacy prepared especially during diwali festival. Lets have a look at the recipe.

Ingredients

For Stuffing:

  • ¾ cup dry coconut / kopra / desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds / khus khus
  • 5 cashews, chopped
  • 10 rasins, chopped
  • 5 almonds, chopped
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder

For Dough:

  • 1 cup maida / all-purpose flour / plain flour
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp ghee, hot
  • ½ cup warm milk, or as required to knead dough

How to make Karanji

Karanji Stuffing Recipe:

  • firstly, in a large mixing bowl take dry coconut.
  • further add powdered sugar and poppy seeds.
  • later add chopped dry fruits.
  • then add cardamom powder and mix well.
  • finally, the stuffing is ready to prepare karanji. keep aside.

Karanji Dough Recipe:

  • firstly, in a large mixing bowl take maida and salt to taste.
  • further pour very hot ghee over maida.
  • now rub and crumble the dough well between your hands.
  • furthermore, add milk and knead the dough.
  • further, cover with a moist cloth and rest for 30 minutes.

Karanji Recipe:

  • now pinch a small ball sized dough and roll it to a ball.
  • further, roll to a slightly thick puris and cut to a round shape.
  • also grease with warm milk to the edges of the puri.
  • now place a tsp of the prepared coconut stuffing in the middle of the puri.
  • now stick the edges together and press slightly.
  • furthemore, press the edge gently and fold it inside.
  • now take the tip that comes out press it again and fold it.
  • furthermore, deep fry the karanjis till they turn golden brown.
  • finally, drain over the kitchen towel and serve.

Butter Murukku

Butter murukku is basically, a deep fried snack recipe prepared especially during festival like diwali. Lets have a look at the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • ½ cup besan / gram flour
  • 2 tbsp roasted chana dal / roasted bengal gram / putani
  • 1 tsp jeera / cumin seeds
  • pinch of hing / asafoetida
  • salt to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • water to knead soft dough
  • oil for deep frying

How to makeButter Murukku

  • firstly, in a large mixing bowl take rice flour.
  • further to that add besan and powdered roasted chana dal.
  • also add cumin seeds, hing and salt.
  • lastly add butter and crumble well with flour.
  • now slowly add water as required and start to knead. knead to smooth and soft dough.
  • furthermore, take star mold and fix to the chakli maker.
  • also grease the chakli maker with some oil.
  • now make a cylindrical shape out of dough and place the dough inside maker.
  • also tighten the lid and start preparing chaklis.
  • directly press the chaklis into oil breaking into 3-4 inch pieces. fry chaklis on medium flame.
  • flip the chaklis and fry till they turn golden brown and crispy from both sides.
  • drain them to the paper towel.
  • finally, serve chakli with masala tea or masala milk.

Kaju Pista Roll

Kaju pista roll is basically an indian dessert recipe prepared from powdered cashew powder and pistachios powder. Lets have a look at the recipe.

Ingredients

For Pistachios Dough:

  • ¾ cup pistachios / pista, powdered
  • ¼ cup sugar, powdered
  • 3 drops of green food colour, optional
  • 1 tbsp milk powder
  • 3 tbsp water, or as required to prepare dough

For Kaju Dough:

  • 1 cup cashew, powdered
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1/8 th tsp cardamom powder / elaichi powder
  • 1 tsp ghee/ clarified butter
  • silver vark / saffron – optional

How to make Kaju Pista Roll

Pistachios Dough Recipe:

  • firstly, in a large mixing bowl take pistachios powder and powdered sugar.
  • also add green food colour and mix well.
  • now add water little by little and knead.
  • further, add milk powder and knead to a non sticky dough.

Sugar Syrup Recipe:

  • firstly, take sugar and water.
  • furthermore, stir the sugar syrup till it forms 1 string consistency.

Kaju Dough Recipe:

  • firstly, add cashew powder to sugar syrup and give a good mix.
  • further, add cardamom powder add a tsp of ghee.
  • continue till the dough is formed leaving the pan.
  • transfer the cashew dough on to the butter paper.
  • furthermore, grease your hand with little ghee and knead 30 seconds.
  • finally, roll the dough lightly thick.

Kaju Pista Roll Recipe:

  • firstly, cut the rolled cashew dough to half.
  • further, take prepared pistachios dough and roll into a long cylinder.
  • then slowly start to wrap the cashew sheet and roll enclosing the pistachio roll.
  • then slowly roll to make the kaju pista roll smooth and uniform cylinder.
  • finally cut the roll 2 inches long and serve.

Kaja

Kaja is a traditional layered sweet recipe prepared from maida or plain flour. Lets have a look at the recipe.

Ingredients

For Dough:

  • 1 cup maida / plain  flour
  • 2 tbsp ghee/ clarified butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • oil for deep frying

For Sugar Syrup:

  • 1½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder / elachi powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

How to make Kaja

  • firstly, in a large bowl take 1 cup maida and add 2 tbsp ghee.
  • crumble and mix well making the flour is moist.
  • now add ¼ cup water and knead smooth and soft dough.
  • grease the dough with oil. cover and rest for 15 minutes.
  • dust the dough with maida and roll with the rolling pin.
  • roll as thin as possible making sure to dust maida as required.
  • now cut the sides forming a large square/rectangle.
  • start to roll tightly from one side.
  • dust maida on each roll to prevent layers from sticking to each other.
  • roll the cylinder tight to remove any air gaps if present.
  • cut it into 1 inch pieces and slightly flatten.
  • fry on low-medium flame till they turn crispy and golden in colour.
  • immediately drop the fried kajas into the warm sugar syrup.
  • soak them in the syrup for 5 minutes.
  • finally, serve madatha kaja or store in an airtight container for 10-15 days.

“Celebrate the triumph of good over evil with a feast fit for royals. Wish you all a happy and prosperous Diwali”

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