Tuesday, December 20, 2016

KajjikayaluRecipe / Gujiya Recipe / Karanji Recipe / karchikai Recipe / కజ్జికాయలు తయారీ విధానం

Today I am going to share you a famous and traditional Andhra sweet, kajjikayalu also known as Gujiya or Karanji or Karchikai. This will be crispy and flaky outside, filled with a tasty coconut and jaggery stuffing inside.

Different regions have different variety of stuffing, today I am going to share you a traditional Andhra style. By using this stuffing you can make different types of snacks or sweets or starters or appetizer like Kajjikayalu, bobbatlu or puran poli, modak or kudumulu, boorelu and so on...

Main important components to prepare kajjikayalu / Gujiya / karanji / karchikai:

  • While preparing dough, make sure the dough should not be too soft or hard. Prepare, same as like poori dough.
  • For stuffing, i used fresh coconut, jaggery and nuts. You can replace with coconut and sugar of your choice. But traditionally, coconut and jaggery are the best combination. 
  • While filling the stuffing, make sure poori is sealed properly, to prevent stuffing coming out while deep frying. you can seal it by using kajjikayalu mould which will be available in any indian supermarket or without using kajjikayalu mould as shown in the video, just attach both the edges of rolled poori and you can make a nice design or by using fork just press both the edges of rolled poori and seal it.
  • While deep frying, make sure to deep fry on a medium heat.

Author: Naga Harisha
Recipe Type: Snack / Sweet
Cuisine: Indian (Andhra Pradesh)
Serves or Yields: 18

Ingredients to make dough:

  • All-purpose flour or Maida – 1 ½ cups
  • Water – ½ cup or required amount
  • Oil – 2 tbsps or you can replace with ghee of your choice.
  • Sooji or Semolina or Bombay rava – ¼ cup
  • Salt – ½ tsp or required amount.

Ingredients for stuffing:

  • Shredded fresh coconut – 2 cups
  • Grated jaggery – 1 cup or required amount or even you can replace with sugar of your choice
  • Ghee – 2 tbsps.
  • Finely chopped cashews and almonds – few
  • Finely chopped raisins – few
  • Poppy seeds – 1 tbsp.
  • Sesame seeds – ½ tbsp. (optional)
  • Cardamom powder – 1 tsp.

Other Ingredients:

  • Oil - To deep fry

Procedure for kajjikayalu / Gujiya / karanji / karchikai dough:

  • Heat 2 tbsps oil in a small pan and on other side take all-purpose flour into a mixing bowl, add sooji or semolina, salt. Mix it once completely. 
  • Now add hot oil, as shown in the video, first mix it well with a spoon because oil will be too hot and then mix it well with hand. Make sure there is no lumps in it.
  • Now add water little by little and make into stiff dough, same as like poori/puri dough. Make sure the dough is not too hard or soft. Smear some oil, by doing this way, oil helps dough moist. Here as shown in the video, after preparing dough a tsp of water is still remaining, so be careful while making the dough.
  • Cover the dough and rest it for half an hour.  

Procedure for kajjikayalu / Gujiya / karanji / karchikai stuffing:

  • Heat 2 tbsps ghee in a heavy bottom nonstick pan on a medium flame.
  • Once the ghee is nice and hot, add chopped cashews, almonds and saute it well until light golden colour. Now add chopped raisins and saute it well until the raisins are puffed up or for few seconds.
  • Add poppy seeds, sesame seeds and saute it well for few seconds.
  • Now add shredded coconut and saute it well completely for a minute or so on a medium flame. While roasting fresh coconut, you will get a nice aroma from it.
  • Now add grated jaggery, cardamom powder. Mix it well and allow jaggery to melt completely. It doesn’t take much time to melt jaggery, just for a minute or two on a medium flame.
  • Stuffing is ready now. Turn off the flame and allow the mixture to cool down completely.

Procedure for kajjikayalu / Gujiya / karanji / karchikai:

  • Heat oil to deep fry in a heavy bottom pan on medium heat and on other side prepare kajjikayalu, Take the rested dough and knead it well for few seconds. Divide the dough into equal portions.
  • Now take a dough ball and cover the remaining. Make the dough ball into round shape and then flatten it.
  • Roll it into small poori size, for about 4 to 5 inch diameter. If require, you can dust with some flour.
  • Now to get a round shape here i am going to trim the edges, by using a sharp edge bowl or you can use any sharp edge lid of your choice. Here as shown in the video, you can see the poori is not too thin or thick.
  • Take a tbsp.of stuffing mixture and place it in the center. Now dip you hand in water and apply on the edge, only half a circle and by using other end, cover it and seal it well. so that the stuffing will not come out while deep frying. To make a nice design, just press both the edges and fold. Repeat the same process till end or (to get a nice design, you can even use kajjikayalu mould, which will be available in any indian super market) or (by using fork just press both the edges of rolled poori and seal it). While sealing it, make sure there is no air in the center.
  • Now prepare this kajjikayalu in small batches and when the oil is enough hot to deep fry, gently drop prepared kajjikayalu from the sides of the pan and deep fry until golden colour from all the sides on a medium flame. While deep frying, do not crowd the pan, fry them in small batches until they are done.
  • Here as shown in the video, you can see kajjikayalu are nice and golden. Transfer the fried kajjikayalu into paper napkin plate by using wire skimmer to drain out excess oil and repeat the same process for the remaining.
  • Here our tasty kajjikayalu or gujiya or karanji, karchikai are ready now. Garnish with some pistachios and this is completely optional.
  • Store these tasty kajjikayalu in an airtight container, once they are at room temperature and can have it as a tea time snack. 

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