dry fruits karanji recipe | layered dry fruits mawa karanji recipe

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mawa karanji recipe with step by step photos. mawa karanjis are deep fried pastry made from whole wheat flour, stuffed with mawa, dry fruits, poppy seeds and desiccated coconut.
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dry fruits karanji recipe with step by step photos. dry fruits karanjis are deep fried pastry made from whole wheat flour & stuffed with mawa, dry fruits, poppy seeds and desiccated coconut. karanjis are mostly made during festivals like holi, ganesh chaturthi and diwali.

mawa karanji recipe

the best karanjis are the ones which have a flaky, crispy exterior with a delicious filling inside. while in maharashtra, this pastries are called karanjis, in north indian they are known as gujiyas and in goa they are called as nevris. the method of preparation is mostly same with only the filling being different.

mostly karanjis are made with all purpose flour. however, i have used whole wheat flour for this recipe. yet the karanjis were flaky from outside. these karanji have a delicious sweet stuffing of mawa and dry fruits. this recipe comes from my mom. you can also check dry fruits barfi and dry fruits ladoo recipe.

mawa karanji recipe

during our growing up years we used to eat diwali snacks and savories during the evening snack time. some of our favorite diwali savories or sweets are chakli, shankarpali and besan ladoos.

you can store these mawa karanjis for 1 day at room temperature and up to a week if refrigerated. as the filling consist of mawa its better to consume at the earliest.

in the recipe, i have layered the outer cover of the karanjis but its optional. you can just roll the dough, place the filling and then prepare the karanjis.

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dry fruits karanji recipe
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dry fruits karanji recipe

mawa karanji recipe with step by step photos. mawa karanjis are deep fried pastry made from whole wheat flour, stuffed with mawa, dry fruits, poppy seeds and desiccated coconut.
course desserts
cuisine indian
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 1 hour
total time 1 hour 10 minutes
servings 9 to 10
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for karanji stuffing:

  • 14 to 15 cashews (kaju)
  • 10 to 11 pistachios (pista)
  • 9 to 10 golden raisins (kishmish)
  • 1 tablespoon chironji (charoli)
  • 1.5 teaspoon poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds (safed til)
  • 4 teaspoons unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 50 grams mawa (khoya or dried evaporated milk solids)
  • ¼ teaspoon green cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder)
  • 2 teaspoons ghee

for the outer pastry of karanji:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour (chawal ka atta)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil

other ingredients for mawa karanji:

  • 1 tablespoon ghee for layering the karanjis
  • oil as required for deep frying

how to make recipe

making stuffing for dry fruits karanji:

  1. add all the dryfruits like cashews, pistachios, chironji and raisins in a grinder jar.
  2. grind them for just 5 to 6 seconds to get a coarse mixture. alternatively you could chop them very finely.
  3. heat a pan add then add 1 teaspoon of ghee. lower the flame. once the ghee melts, add desiccated coconut. keep stirring the coconut and roast till they become light golden. remove and place aside.
  4. in the same pan add 1 teaspoon of ghee/oil. then add sesame seeds and poppy seeds.
  5. roast for a minute on low heat for a minute or until they leave aroma.
  6. remove the roasted poppy seeds, sesame seeds and place aside with the roasted coconut.
  7. now in the same pan add grated or chopped mawa.
  8. saute the mawa for a minute on low heat and keep stirring. once all the mawa has melted, then add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.
  9. stir well on low heat for a minute. ensure the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  10. now add the coarsely ground dry fruits.
  11. also add the roasted sesame seeds, poppy seeds, desiccated coconut. also sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder.
  12. keep stirring for a minute on low heat or until the mixture leaves aroma. remove the mixture and place aside.

for the outer pastry of dry fruits karanji:

  1. in a pan or mixing bowl, add 1 cup of whole wheat flour.
  2. then add 1 tablespoon or rice flour and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  3. mix all well with a spatula or your finger tips.
  4. heat 1.5 tablespoon of ghee/oil in a small pan or tadka pan.
  5. make a small depression in the flour and pour the hot ghee/oil in it.
  6. mix very well with a spatula or your fingers till you get a bread crumb consistency in the flour mixture. allow the ghee/oil to cool down if using your hands, else you might burn them.
  7. then pour 1/4 cup of water. start kneading the dough.
  8. the dough should be firm and smooth just like a poori dough. ensure you don't add too much water else the dough would be soft. only if the dough appears to be dry then add few drops of water.
  9. wrap the dough with a damp linen cloth and allow to rest for 10 to 12 minutes.

preparing the layered dough: (optional step)

  1. make lemon sized balls from the dough.
  2. flatten the ball and dust some flour over it.
  3. roll the dough round in 4 to 5 inches diameter circle or into thin roti. keep aside.
  4. similarly roll all the dough balls into thin rotis of almost same size and width.
  5. now take one roti. first spread some little ghee all over on it. then sprinkle some flour over it.
  6. place another roti over it.
  7. similarly spread some ghee on the second roti and sprinkle some flour over it.
  8. top with the third roti and repeat the same for rest of rotis except the last roti.
  9. then, just roll with the rolling pin gently so that they look uniform and stick nicely to each other.
  10. now gently roll the stacked rotis from one side to another side. just like how you you make a swiss roll or pinwheel cookies. ensure you seal the edges properly with your finger tips.
  11. now cut the roll in equal slices.
  12. the sliced rolls would look similar to a swiss roll.

assembling and making dry fruits karanjis:

  1. dust some flour, take each sliced roll and flatten gently with a rolling pin, gently roll the dough round in 3 to 4 inches diameter circle. similarly roll all the sliced dough and place aside.
  2. place 1 tablespoon of the stuffing in the center or on one side of the circle, keeping the edges empty. make sure you don't over stuff as they may also break while frying.
  3. with your fingertips, apply water all over the edges of the karanji.
  4. gently bring together both the edges. gently press so as the edges are sealed well.
  5. now with your fingertips, start pinching and pleating the pressed edges. keep on pleating till you come to the end. seal the end carefully with a pleat. alternatively you could use press the edges with a fork to give them design or use karanji moulds. just ensure the edges are sealed properly or else they might break while frying.
  6. similarly prepare karanjis with the rest of the sliced dough. keep the prepared karanjis covered with a moist kitchen towel, so that they dough does not dry out. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. add a small piece of dough to check the oil temperature. if it rises gradually then your karanjis are ready to fry. fry 1 to 2 karanjis at a time.
  7. fry till they are golden brown and crisp.
  8. similarly fry the rest of karanjis and place them on kitchen towel/napkins to absorb excess oil.
  9. allow them to come to room temperature.then store the karanjis into an air-tight container. mawa karanjis should last for a week if refrigerated. serve the mawa karanjis at room temperature.

stepwise dry fruits mawa karanji recipe:

preparing the stuffing for the dry fruits karanji:

1. keep all the ingredients ready for the karanji like the flour, khoya/mawa, dry fruits, sugar etc

mawa karanji recipe

2. add 14 to 15 cashews, 1 tablespoon pistachios, 1 tablespoon chironji and 1 tablespoon golden raisins in a grinder jar.

mawa karanji recipe

3. just grind them or pulse them for only 5 -6 seconds till you get a coarse mixture. alternatively you could chop the dry fruits very finely.

mawa karanji recipe
4. heat a pan and add 1 teaspoon of ghee. lower the flame. once the ghee melts, add 4 teaspoons desiccated coconut and roast it.

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5. keep stirring the coconut and roast for 2 mins or until its color changes to a light brown.

mawa karanji recipe

6. remove the roasted desiccated coconut and place aside.

mawa karanji recipe

7. in the same pan, add 1 teaspoon of ghee. then add 1 tablespoon sesame seeds and 1.5 teaspoons poppy seeds.

mawa karanji recipe

8. saute for a minute on a low flame or till the seeds become aromatic.

mawa karanji recipe

9. remove the roasted poppy seeds and sesame seeds. place aside with the coconut.

mawa karanji recipe

10. in the same pan add grated or chopped mawa.

mawa karanji recipe

11. fry the mawa for a minute on a low heat and keep stirring. the mawa would begin to melt.

mawa karanji recipe

12. then ¼ cup powdered sugar.

mawa karanji recipe

13. stir well on low heat for a minute. ensure the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.

mawa karanji recipe

14. now add the ground dry fruits.

mawa karanji recipe

15. also add the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, desiccated coconut. also sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of cardamom powder.

mawa karanji recipe

16. keep stirring for a minute on a low heat or until the mixture leaves aroma. remove the mixture and place aside.

mawa karanji recipe

for the outer pastry of karanji:

17. in a pan or mixing bowl, add 1 cup of whole wheat flour.

mawa karanji recipe

18. then add 1 tablespoon of rice flour and ¼ teaspoon of salt.

mawa karanji recipe

19. mix well with a spatula or with your finger tips.

mawa karanji recipe

20. heat 1.5 tablespoon of ghee/oil in a small pan or tadka pan.

mawa karanji recipe

21. make a small depression in the flour and pour the hot ghee/oil.

mawa karanji recipe

22. mix very well with spatula or finger tips till you get a bread crumb like consistency. just allow the ghee/oil to cool if using your fingers, else you might burn them.

mawa karanji recipe

23. pour ¼ cup water.

mawa karanji recipe

24. start kneading the dough.

mawa karanji recipe

25. the dough should be firm and smooth just like a poori dough. ensure you don’t add too much water else the dough would be soft. only if the dough appears to be dry, then add few drops of water.

mawa karanji recipe

26. wrap the dough with a damp linen cloth and allow to rest for 10 to 12 minutes.

mawa karanji recipe

27. make lemon sized balls from the dough. i got around 8 balls from the dough.

mawa karanji recipe

28. flatten the ball and dust some flour over it.

mawa karanji recipe

29. roll the dough round in 4 to 5 inches diameter circle. the dough has to be rolled thin.

mawa karanji recipe

30. place the rolled dough aside. similarly roll all the balls into thin circle of almost same size and width.

mawa karanji recipe

31. spread some little ghee all over on one rolled dough circle. sprinkle some flour over it.

mawa karanji recipe

32. place a second dough circle over the first one.

mawa karanji recipe

33. similarly spread some ghee on the second dough circle and sprinkle some flour over it.

mawa karanji recipe

34. top with the third dough circle and repeat the same for rest of rolled dough circles, except the last one.

mawa karanji recipe

35. now, roll with a rolling pin, gently so that they look uniform and stick nicely to each other.

mawa karanji recipe
36. gently roll the stacked circles from one side to another side. just like how you you make a swiss roll or pinwheel cookies. ensure you seal the edges properly with your finger tips.

mawa karanji recipe

37. now cut the roll in equal slices.

mawa karanji recipe

38. the sliced rolls would look quite similar to a swiss roll.

mawa karanji recipe

assembling and preparing karanjis:

39. dust some flour, take each sliced roll and flatten gently with a rolling pin. roll the dough gently round in 3 to 4 inches diameter circle.

mawa karanji recipe

40. similarly roll all the sliced dough and place aside.

mawa karanji recipe

41. place 1 tablespoon of the stuffing in the center or on one side of the circle, keeping the edges empty. make sure you don’t over stuff as they may also break while frying. with your fingertips, apply water all over the edges of the karanji.

mawa karanji recipe

42. gently bring together both the edges. gently press so as the edges are sealed well.

mawa karanji recipe
43. now with your fingertips, start pinching and pleating the pressed edges. keep on pleating till you come to the end. seal the end carefully with a pleat. alternatively you could use press the edges with a fork to give them design or use karanji moulds. just ensure the edges are sealed properly else they might break while frying.

mawa karanji recipe

44. similarly make karanjis with the rest of the sliced dough. keep the prepared karanjis covered with a moist kitchen towel, so that they do not dry out. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or a deep pan. to check the frying temperature, just add a small tiny piece of dough.  if it rises gradually then the karanjis are ready to fry. fry 1 to 2 karanjis at a time.

mawa karanji recipe

45. fry until they are golden brown and crisp.

mawa karanji recipe

46. similarly fry rest of karanjis and place them on kitchen towel/napkins to absorb excess oil.

mawa karanji recipe

then allow them to come to room temperature. later store the karanjis in an air-tight container. these dry fruits karanjis should last for a week if refrigerated. serve the karanjis at room temperature.

mawa karanji recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi Dassana, this looks so tempting! got to be tasty. will try it one of these days and tell you how it comes out. thanks for posting

    • sure ritu let us know how the karanji was? thanks for positive views.

  2. hi mam..can i use jaggerey instead of sugar

    • harini, you can use jaggery.

  3. Its looking awesome & super easy…

    • thank you anupam 🙂

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