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Karjikai

Shilpa
Karjikai or karigadabu is deep fried sweet dumplings with a dried coconut filling. It is similar to gujiya made in north India.
5 from 1 vote
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 1 cup plain flour (maida)
  • ¼ cup semolina fine, suji/rava
  • 1-2 tbsp oil (the oil must be very hot)
  • A small pinch Salt
  • Oil for frying the karjikai

FOR THE FILLING:

  • ½ cup coconut dried, grated
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup roasted Bengal gram (puthani)
  • 1-2 cardamom
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • A handful cashew broken
  • A handful raisins

Instructions
 

TO MAKE THE DOUGH:

  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, semolina, and salt
  • Pour hot oil into the mixture. Oil should be so hot that as soon as you pour it, it starts to form bubbles on the flour
  • Combine them well with fingers. A good indication to know if the outer cover will be crunchy and crisp is that when you take some flour in your hand, it should hold together
  • Slowly add water and knead into a stiff dough
  • Cover with a moist kitchen towel and set aside for 30 minutes

TO MAKE THE FILLING:

  • Grind together sugar, roasted gram flour, and cardamom seeds to make a fine powder
  • Mix it with the rest of the filling ingredients

TO MAKE KARJIKAI:

  • Once the dough is rested, pinch out a small ball. Roll it into a thin disc
  • Place the disc on a karjikai or dumpling mould. Put in 1-2 tbsp of filling. Apply water to the edges, close the mould and press it together to seal completely
  • If mould is not available, put the filling on the rolled disc, apply water on the edges. Pinch the ends together and seal it completely
  • Repeat with rest of the dough
  • Heat oil in a fry pan or kadhai
  • Fry the karjikai in batches on medium-low flame until golden and crispy
  • Cool completely. Serve or store in airtight container
Nutrition Facts
Karjikai
Amount Per Serving
Calories 37 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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