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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Nevri, Karanji, Karajikayi, Sweet Turn Overs


Nevri a popular Konkani festival sweet prepared specially during Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, and other festivals.

Ingredients:

All Purpose Flour/Maida - 1 cup
Semolina/Rava/Sooji - 1/4 cup
Grated Coconut - 1 1/2 cups
Sugar - about 1/2 cup
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 4 pods (seeds only)
Salt
Oil



Instructions:


  1. In a mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, semolina and salt. Mix and make a well in the center. Add 1 tbsp oil and mix again. Now add water and knead well to form a firm dough. Add little more oil and knead again to slightly soften the dough. Keep the dough covered for an hour or so.
  2.  Grind the grated coconut using little water so that the coconut turns to a coarse powder, about a minute.
  3. Heat about 1 tbsp ghee/clarified butter or oil and add the ground coconut. Saute for few minutes at low flame. Now add sugar and continue cooking till the coconut stuffing turns to a dry powder. Turn off the heat and add cardamom powder. You can add powdered dry nuts (almonds, pistachios, cashews) and/or roasted sesame/til seeds as well to this stuffing. Let the stuffing cool. 
  4. Divide the dough into equal sized small balls. Roll a ball into a very thin puri dusting some flour. Place 1 - 2 tsp coconut stuffing in the center. Apply little water or milk around the circular edge to ease the sealing of Karanji. Fold the puri half way to form a semicircle. Press the edges to seal it completely. I used a Shankarpali/Karanji cutter for a better shape. You can use a knife or pizza cutter as well.
  5. Deep fry the stuffed Nevri/Karanji in enough oil to check. The outer dough layer must turn crisp. If not, roll it more thinner. Repeat the same for the leftover dough.
  6. Crunchy and Sweet Nevri is ready.

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