Chauri chi Karanji | How to make Coconut Jaggery stuffed Karanji

>>  Monday, April 4, 2016

Chauri chi Karanji - A to Z Maharashtrian Sweets

There are some dishes that have beautiful tales woven around it, some take a fancy avatar and some become blended with the current trend that you no longer know the histroy. I have always been fascinated by the histroy surrounding a dish. So I was so excited on reading what Anjali had to write about Chauri chi Karanji.

Karanji is known to me as kajjikayalu (Telugu) or Somas (Tamil). Even in Andhra and Tamil Nadu, this sweet is prepared for all festivals and for certain poojas as well. I do not remember the signifance, except that we always used to get a huge box of this from my maternal grandmom atleast twice a year. Amma never used to make this sweet and later after marriage, I heard Athamma talking about it and mentioning they use a slightly differnt filling as well.

I made different versions of this based on what I learnt from Athamma. 

Chauri chi Karanji

When I landed on Anjali's space, I ended up reading so many posts, all spinning on her native cuisine, with so many stories to talk about. I was quite taken in by how this particular sweet had so much meaning and attachement behind making it. She says this is something sisters make for their brothers and the coconut breaking tradition they have. What a lovely tradion to keep up!

This sweet is especially made during NaraLi Pournima. 

Meaning of dish name goes according to her as,

Chauri = coconut and jaggery mix
Karanji = Crescents

Also even though we make Karanji regularly, the stuffing is different. This stuffing with fresh grated coconut and jaggery is what we stuff for Kudumulu/ Modak for Vinayagar Chaturthi. 

I love to eat that stuffing as such, so I was all excited to stuff it into a deep fried pastry.

Another interesting note was about the coconut grater that is called Khauni in Koli. It is called "Aruvamanai" in Tamil and "Kathipeeta" in Telugu, which literally means knife and chopping board. 

I still have one, though I hardly ever use it now. I remember using it in Amma's kitchen, where we have to squat down and press on this board to chop vegetables. The pointed tip in front is for grating coconut. This traditional instrument is now replaced with modern Anjali gadgets. Amma has one and I rely on it for my grating now.

As expected, I enjoyed this so much and must have gobbled most myself. This is surely a must make again sweet.

Step by Step Pictures for making Chauri chi Karanji 

Chauri chi Karanji

Ingredients Needed:

For the pastry / Outer layer:

All purpose flour / Maida - 1 heaped cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Semolina  /  Rava - 1/4 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Water to knead
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Oil to deep frying

How to make the pastry:

Soak the semolina in the milk for 10 mins.

Take the flour in a wide bowl, add in the salt, ghee, next the soaked rava, mix together. Then slowly add milk to knead together to a stiff dough. Cover and let it rest for 10 mins.

While it is resting, make the stuffing or the Chauri

For Chauri

Coconut, grated - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup
Mixed nuts/ raisins/ sesame seeds/ pumpkin seeds
Cardamom/ nutmeg - 1/2 teaspoon

How to make the stuffing

In a nonstick pan, take jaggery and coconut together.

Keep stirring till it leaves the sides of the vessel. Put off the heat, add all the roasted chopped nuts, spice and mix well.

Let it cool completely

How to make the Chauri chi Karanji

When you are ready to make the karanjis, knead the dough once again.

You can make it two ways. Individual discs or a huge rolled out one from which you can cut out small ones.

I rolled out a huge dish and used a cookie cutter to cut out individual smaller discs.

On the rolled discs, place a spoonful of the chauri on half side. Now fold over the other half to shape it like a crescent. Press the edges to seal well, to prevent the stuffing come out during frying. 

Tip to ensure your outer layer is sealed well is to wet your fingers and apply to the sides. then press over, it gets sealed well.

Fry the crescents in hot oil on medium heat till nice and golden. Drain onto a kitchen towel.

Store in an airtight box.

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Padma Rekha April 4, 2016 at 12:20 AM  

Such a beautiful traditions and similarities in cuisines. We use sugar in the place of jaggery will try with jaggery looks so belicious ..

Priya Suresh April 4, 2016 at 12:41 AM  

Am ready to munch some anytime, dangerously addictive karanjis, never tried with jaggery, have to make some soon.So tempting they are.

Amara Annapaneni April 4, 2016 at 1:14 AM  

Such a mouthwatering sweet Valli. Looks similar to Kajjikayalu we make but love the addition of nutmeg and pumpkin seeds.

Usha April 4, 2016 at 1:25 AM  

We usually make karijalu with either nuvvulu or kobbari filling. Filling with fresh coconut is new. Karanji have come out so well.

Suma Gandlur April 4, 2016 at 1:39 AM  

I am a sucker for traditional sweets and this one is no exception. I can finish off that platter. :)

Sapana Behl April 4, 2016 at 2:26 AM  

Chauri chi karanji looks very delicious Valli.I love the combination of coconut jaggery.

Pavani N April 4, 2016 at 4:00 AM  

I love these crispy and yummy karanjis, though I never made them myself. Yours turned out picture perfect.

Padmajha PJ April 4, 2016 at 8:58 AM  

The coconut filling is surely delcious esp.when inside a fried pastry!rivalli... Nice one S

Gayathri Kumar April 4, 2016 at 9:09 AM  

Coconut with jaggery is far more tastier than with sugar. This karanji looks perfect.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 4, 2016 at 9:20 AM  

The karanjis have come out so perfect Valli. I feel like eating some right now. I love how you have cut out the design circles. That is a wonderful idea to make it look prettier.

The Pumpkin Farm April 4, 2016 at 10:18 AM  

i loved the idea of using cookie cutter here and the karanji looks very flaky and crispy well done

Priya Srinivasan April 4, 2016 at 12:06 PM  

Looks delicious valli. I feel like making them immediately!!!

Kalyani April 4, 2016 at 1:08 PM  

Loved the cookie cutter idea, and we make this similarly for ganpati festival n is called karjikaayi in kannada.. Lovely golden brown delights Valli

vaishali sabnani April 4, 2016 at 1:20 PM  

The same Karanji is called Ghugra in Gujrat , a little variation with stuffing . The karanji looks super tempting and the stuffing with jaggery is healthy too .

Anjali Koli April 4, 2016 at 1:23 PM  

Ah! the cookie cutter trick is fab. They look really flaky and delicious. Glad you enjoyed making them. I must rush and make some myself now. Thanks for the love Srivalli.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan April 4, 2016 at 9:59 PM  

Me too love the history behind each and every food. Love that cookie cutter. yummm

Nalini's Kitchen April 5, 2016 at 7:16 AM  

Crispy and flaky karanjis,the stuffing with fresh coconut and jaggery sounds interesting.Cookie cutter idea is very inviting and looks beautiful.

Smruti Shah April 5, 2016 at 8:30 AM  

Such cute karanjis! Loved the lace at the end. I could eat a plate full of these :)

A Kamalika Krishmy April 5, 2016 at 11:24 PM  

This is mine and appa s fav sweet..

Harini-Jaya R April 6, 2016 at 12:13 AM  

Wow! What a treat this is. I would eat the filling just as is. That is one reason I don't attempt making this at home :)

Chef Mireille April 7, 2016 at 10:03 AM  

I love your scallopped edge biscuit cutter - so pretty and with that filling who can refuse this

Saraswathi Tharagaram April 8, 2016 at 9:54 AM  

What an amazing combination of flavors.Never made with jaggery. Can’t wait to try these!

Ruchi Indu April 11, 2016 at 3:28 PM  

You have beautifully explained the similarities between different cuisines. And the chauri karanjis are looking lovely tempting...

veena krishnakumar April 12, 2016 at 9:45 PM  

Beautifully explained valli. Loved the use of cookie cutter. Looks so so good

Nisha Sundar May 4, 2016 at 5:40 PM  

absolutely delicious Valli! Somasi is my favourite and i am sure am gonna love this!!

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