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Karanji is a traditional maharashtrian sweet made during the festive occasion of diwali. Non-maharashtrians call it fried dumplings stuffed with a sweet mixture of fresh coconut and sugar. Karanji is also known as gujiya. Karanjis can be stored for weeks. Some people add semolina or khava in the filling.

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Karanji recipe - How to make Karanji

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 15 to 18 karanjis
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For The Stuffing
3 1/2 cups freshly grated coconut
2 cups sugar
1 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder

For The Covering
2 cups plain flour (maida)
1/2 cup ghee
1/2 cup milk
oil for frying
milk for sealing
For the stuffing

    For the stuffing
  1. Heat a pan, add the coconut and sugar and saute on a slow flame till the sugar is melted, taking care the mixture does not becomes too dry.
  2. Remove from the flame and add the cardamom powder, mix well and keep aside to cool.
  3. Divide the mixture into 18 equal portion and keep aside.

For the covering

    For the covering
  1. Take the flour in a bowl and add the hot ghee over the flour.
  2. Add the milk and knead into a soft and smooth dough.
  3. Cover with a wet muslin cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes. Knead again to make the dough more soft.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Divide the dough into 18 equal portions and roll out each portion into a circle of 4" diameter.
  2. Place a portion of the filling at the center of each puri and fold the circle in a half-moon shape.
  3. Apply a little water or milk on the edges and seal it using water.
  4. Remove the excess sides with the help of knife or cutter
  5. Cover with a moist cloth for 5 minutes.
  6. Repeat the same process for the remaining ingredients.
  7. Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep-fry the karanji on medium heat till it turns golden brown.
  8. Drain on an absorbent paper.
  9. Cool and serve.


  1. You may add dry-fruits of your choice to enhance the taste of the stuffing.

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This recipe was contributed by Amarendra Mulye on 26 Sep 2011
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