Monday, October 24, 2011

Kajjikayalu | Somas | Karanji

Happy Diwali.... 

Kajjikayalu are traditional sweets which doesn't need an introduction in south Indian house hold.This festive dish is made of maida & some sweet stuffing in it. A little time taking dish but you can forget all the efforts once you taste them.
As a tradition for Diwali at my mom's place we make gulab jaamun, kajjikayalu or gavvalu (sweet & savory). She says this tradition has come from my grand mother to my mom & now to me.I learnt this recipe from my mom while helping her making them.
This recipe needs a kajjikaya peeta, but I have given a step by step instructions for this which can help in making them without peeta.

Yields 27 kajjikayalu.
11/2 cup all purpose flour
2 Tbs oil 
pinch of salt 
Little water
Oil for frying
For stuffing 
1 Cup channa dal
1 Cup grated coconut
1 Cup sugar 
2 Tbs cardamon powder 

How to make ???

Mixing flour
Take bowl add flour, oil, salt & little water at a time till the flour comes together like a ball.Allow it to set for 15mins & then roll small balls as shown above & keep them aside.

Heat a pan and add channa dal to it. Dry fry dal till you get a nice aroma from channa dal.
Grind coarsely  channa dal, coconut powder ,sugar & cardamon powder.

Mean while heat oil for frying.
Take a maida ball & roll it to a round shape.Add a spoonfull of stuffing powder.

Then close it in to half.

 Now fold ends as shown in the figure.

Then press edges with a fork.

As our oil is ready for cooking place slowly kajjikayalu in oil.Fry them in medium heat.

Once they are done remove from oil & place them on a tissue paper.Same process repeats for rest of all kajjikay's.

I was left with 1/2 cup of stuffing powder which I rolled them to ravva ladoo's. 

1. Don't fry them on high flame. 
2. Fold the ends carefully or the stuffing will spill in oil & messes all kajjikaya's. 
3. Be careful while handling heated oil. 


  1. Somas look simply delicious and fulfilling. Wonderfully prepared for te festive occasion.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. perfectly made somas.. the filling is good.. Happy Diwali..

  3. Loved the samosa filling...looks great Happy deepavali to you and your family..

  4. Happy Diwali wishes to u and ur family :)
    somas looks delicious :)

  5. Somas looks fabulous and super crunchy..Happy diwali wishes..

  6. One of my fav rice...looks delicious n yumm

  7. Somas look so perfect and yumm.. Nice way to use the left over filling to make ladoos.

  8. These look delish!!! Love the filling...happy & prosperous diwali to u too!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. Somas looks simply superb. Happy Diwali to you and your family!!!

    My Kitchen Experiments

  10. Perfect Somas..My favourite one..thanks for the method..Wish you a very happy diwali

  11. Diwali Wishes dear..
    Somas looks lovely n filling yummy!!

  12. Somasi luks yumm Dear.Dear Blogger Friend,Wish U a Warm and Happy Diwali.Enjoy the Festivities with taste-filled delights,Safe and Delicious Moments - Regards, Christy Gerald

  13. Delicious and perfectly made. Happy Deepavali to you and your family.

  14. Somas luks so gud,hope u had wonderful diwali

  15. somas looks so good and perfect...belated Diwali Wishes!!

  16. wonderful treats :) Hope you had an awesome deepavali celebration :)

  17. They look so delectable n perfect - great presentation too!

  18. haven t tried I am impressed..thanks dear..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  19. somas are new to me, they look so cute , tempting and delicious..

  20. Somas looking delicious and perfectly made,following you dear.Please do drop at my space.

  21. Ladoos are simply great..Nice pictures :)