How can one enjoy Diwali if there are no homemade sweets? As tradition for this Diwali, I made Karanji that were relished by all my loved ones. Most of them wanted to know the secret of making oven baked Karanji.
Baking the Karanji takes this delicacy at a different level. Certain community fry the karanji instead of baking, I can assure you baking the karanji is an healthy option.
Karanji is also known as Shingadi. The Pathare Prabhu community recognizes this sweet delicacy as Shingadi.
For all those who don’t know what is Karanji / Shingadi- delicacy which is semicircular in shape, stuffed with sweetened coconut filling and covered by highly crispy and buttery shell. The sight of Karanji just makes your mouth water and aroma fills the entire room. It is crunchy & salty on the outer crust and sweet & juicy in the center. The combination just tastes wonderful!
I am sure after having one Karanji you would love to go for a second one….
Here is the recipe card that will assist you make Karanji. Also checkout the step by step images which will guide you to prepare Karanji for this Diwali!!
- Coconut grated - 1 whole
- Sugar - equal to amount of coconut
- Raisin- half cup
- Kesar- 1 tsp
- Butter- 200 gm
- Maida/ white flour- half kg
- Cardamom powder- 1 tsp
- First make a dough by mixing Maida and butter with a dash of water. Ideally make small butter cubes and crush them into the maida. Use your hands and very little water to form a nice dough. Let the dough rest for a while.
- For the filling, use a non stick utensil, roast grated coconut and pour in the sugar. Then put some flavoring agent like Kesar, cardamom powder and raisins.
- Turn offf the burner once the sugar begins to melt.
- Now make small balls of the dough, then roll them into round circular shapes which can be used to wrap the coconut filling.
- You can use the mold that are readily available in the market. Remember to seal the Karanji well before you put them in the oven.
- Pre-heat the oven at 200 degree and insert a batch of Karanji for 15 to 20 mins.
- Once you see golden brown colour on the crust of the Karanji, then its time that Karanji is ready.
- Let them cool and then enjoy this Pathare Prabhu Sweet!!