Chocolate Kajjikayalu | How to make Chocolate Karanji

>>  Wednesday, June 19, 2013

For the final day of making Indian Sweets with Chocolate Twist, I selected Kajjikayalu or Somas. I had recently made Somas with the regular Dry Coconut, Fried Gram filling. This is the most common filling used in this sweet when made in south. In North, they also use Khoya as filing. However this coconut, fried gram filling is very sweet on it's own. So I decided to go ahead with this.

Infact I had saved up some filling from the previous batch and used Dark Chocolate to blend with it. The dark chocolate after being mixed with the filling, wasn't so dark as such. For a moment I was thinking if I should mix in the cocoa powder to the dough. Then decided that will be too much. As expected this was an instant hit and I have requests for this to be made again.

Anyways I realized that we have lot of potential to twist the Indian Sweets with Chocolate. I rather assume that kids these days would love chocolate in any way if offered.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this theme and I knew this was one theme that was taken up and done ahead of time as I knew the results was going to be rocking!

The recipe is same as the Somas I recently made. I halved the recipe and got about 15 Somas. The chocolate blend tasted like a truffle. I have a seriously thought of making a laddo or a truffle with the remaining filling and dark chocolate.

Sending this to Kalyani who is hosting my Kid's Delight Event, themed on Kids Party Ideas.

Chocolate Kajjikayalu | Chocolate Somas Recipe

For the Outer Covering:

Maida / All purpose flour - 1 cups
Melted ghee -  2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Water to mix

For layering

Melted ghee - 2 – 3 tbsp
Maida for dusting

How to make the outer dough

Take the flour in a wide bowl, mix flour, salt & ghee with enough warm water to knead to a smooth dough.

Sprinkle a little water, cover with a damp cloth and keep for 30 mins

Knead again and make 3 small balls of uniform size & roll out 3 chapathis of about the same size - 8-9”

Apply a little melted ghee uniformly on one side of a chapathi, sprinkling a little dry flour & place a second chapathi over it.

Follow the same procedure again.

Roll the 3 chapathis into a tight roll.

Cut into equal sized pieces.
For the Filling:

Refer the filling that I made for Somas

Dark Chocolate - 50 gms

How to make the filling:

Heat a non stick pan, quickly warm pottukadalai along with grated copra, poppy seeds. After couple of mins, remove and allow to cool.

In a mixer, take the sugar, roasted ingredients, run for couple of minutes to get a fine powder. Mix all ingredients together.

Once the filling is ready, mix it with dark chocolate and blend well.

Making of Kajjikayallu

Roll out the dough into a disc and place it on the mould. In the centre, place a spoon full of the filling and fill forward and ensure you seal it well. Continue with the rest and keep it ready.

Heat oil and when it is hot, gently in 4 somas and fry in batches.

Decrease the flame & splash oil on them from around with the ladle.

When cooked on one side, turn over & fry.

You must fry on a low fire, turning them over a few times, till the bubbles subside completely. When cooked on low flame, the somas become crisp.

When the somas are cooked on both sides, drain to a kitchen towel.

If you cannot get copra, dry the freshly grated coconut well in a microwave on a plate on medium high till crisp & powder.

Don’t over stuff the somas, since the filling tends to come out when dropped in oil.

To make sure the sides are sealed well, you can make a paste of flour and water and spread on one side and enclose well.

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Sapana Behl June 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM  

Hats off to your imagination Dear!! Great work with chocolates...

vaishali sabnani June 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM  

loved all the twisted recipes...really very innovative .

Priya Suresh June 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM  

Very innovative, love that super droolworthy chocolate stuffing.

Corporate to Kitchen June 19, 2013 at 7:02 PM  

Having it warm will be the best thing to do. I can feel how the chocolate will melt in the mouth. Yummy looking Karjikai. We call it nevri in konkani

Anu Shoj June 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM  

nice idea for kids....
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Pavani N June 20, 2013 at 7:43 AM  

I loved all your chocolate twists on Indian desserts Valli. This kajjikayalu sounds too good. What's not to like about chocolate stuffed and fried dessert.. Yummy!!

Usha June 20, 2013 at 8:13 AM  

Another innovative recipe. Loved all your chocolate twists to traditional sweets.

Veena Theagarajan June 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM  

looks yummy treat for chocolate lovers

Manjula Bharath June 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM  

oh wow yummy filling and lovely idea dear !!

sushma June 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM  

Nice and delicious. Loved all the chocolate dishes.

Chef Mireille June 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM  

what a sinful treat

rekhas kitchen June 21, 2013 at 12:50 PM  

Actualy I have planed for this but some how changed it fantastic twist and look so tempting....

Manju June 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM  

Nice twist for filling.

Harini-Jaya R June 28, 2013 at 6:27 AM  

That is an awesome twist to the traditional!

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