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Mawa Karanji

  • Duration: 30 mins
  • Serves: 4-5 people

Authenticity Slice

This crunchy dessert has a rich sugary taste. To get the authentic and delicious stuffing perfect, use only unsweetened khoya and cook it on low heat until it becomes dry.

Trivia Tadka

Karanji is a favourite dish that is made all over India and the stuffing can be either sweet or savoury; this delicacy is called gujiya in Gujarat and karanjikai in Tamil Nadu.


For the dough

  • All-purpose flour (maida) (1 cup)
  • Semolina (rava) (1/4 cup)
  • Clarified butter (ghee) (2 tsp)
  • Milk, warm (1/3-1/2 cup)
  • Salt (1/4 tsp)
  • Cold water (1/2-3/4 cup)

For the stuffing

  • Unsweetened milk solids (mawa/khoya) (1 cup)
  • Dry coconut (khobra), grated (1/3 cup)
  • Almond (badam), chopped (2 tbsp)
  • Cashew nuts (kaju), chopped (2 tbsp)
  • Raisins (kishmis) (1 tbsp)
  • Cardamom powder (elaichi) (1/4 tsp)
  • Powdered sugar (2 tbsp)
  • Oil (for deep frying)


For the dough

  • In a large bowl, add all the dough ingredients and mix well
  • Using cold water, make a stiff dough and set aside.

For the stuffing

  • Heat a heavy-bottom pan and roast mawa for 3–5 mins until it melts and dries out. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Once cool, add the rest of the stuffing ingredients and crumble the mixture to create a powdery stuffing.
  • Divide the dough into 6–8 lemon-sized pedas (balls).
  • Using the tip of your finger, lightly dampen the outer edge of the circle with water.
  • Place 1 tbsp of the stuffing at the centre of the disk. Gently fold the disk over to form a semi-circle.
  • Press the edges to seal in the stuffing.
  • Using the tines of a fork, press it gently along on the edges to create the karanji pattern. You can also use the karanji mould.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai, when the oil is medium hot gently slide in the karanjis and deep fry for a minute on each side until golden brown.
  • Remove onto an absorbent paper and let them cool.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
  • Brighten up Diwali celebrations with a plateful of yummy Karanjis.

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