Sweet somas

Sweet Somas Recipe | Karanji recipe | Gujiya recipe

 

 

Somas recipe

Sweet Somas recipe | Karanji recipe | Gujiya recipe with detailed notes, tips, stepwise pictures and recipe video. Sweet somas is a traditional South Indians sweet snack made for Diwali. Filled with sweet stuffing – Rava, sugar, coconut and nuts, this deep fried snack is made with maida and taste absolutely delish.

Diwali is here, Are you ready with all the snacks and sweets? Once again, I would like to wish you all…

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This year I made Sweet somas for the blog and Vin just loved it. He couldn’t resist and I made another batch again Today for Diwali. These sweet snacks are totally irresistible, addictive and they are my favorite. As a kid, every summer vacation when I visit Paati (Grandma) she would make these for me. 

Honestly, this sweet somas is time consuming, but very straight forward. There are many stuffings to choose, but I love this rava + sugar stuffing. They are the best. Some people grind potukadalai (fried gram dal) I am not a fan. You try it out yourself and let me know. 

Other Diwali sweets and snacks you might like 

I am going to take a break from sweets and deep fried snacks my dear friends. Boy ! I am bored of frying. I am going to bring few new series in our blog from next week. Hope you will like the series and do try them and let me know. So bye bye sweets & snacks..:)

 

how to make somas

TIPS TO MAKE PERFECT SOMAS

Dough

Adding 1 tbsp of rava or semolina makes the dough crisp. Knead the dough and the somas dough has to be firm and non-sticky. Let it rest at least for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Keep the dough covered at all times. 

Stuffing 

Always roast the rava, cashews and coconut in ghee.  Grinding the rava and sugar to a slightly fine mixture helps the sugar to blend well. Also, Make sure to cool them completely before adding them together. If the rava or coconut is warm, there are chances the sugar will melt and the stuffing might be wet. 

 

 

Oil temperature

Always fry the somas in medium heat. It takes some time to fry the somas both sides until crisp and golden brown. Patience is the key. If you rush, there are chances that the other dough doesn’t get cooked. 

 

Gujiya

Cover the dough and fry immediately

Keep the dough covered at all times. Pinch a small dough ball and roll into thin chapathi disc. (As thin as possible). Fry the somas in batches say 3-4 in the pan / kadai depending upon the size of the pan. Do not overcrowd. Do not let the somas dry before frying, fry as and when you make, keep them covered.

Maida Vs All purpose flour. 

I have tried the same recipe with maida and all-purpose flour. However, when you make the somas using maida it is crispier than the all-purpose flour. 

Storage Tips

After frying the somas, drain on a kitchen towel and let it cool completely. Do not cover the container, before somas is cooled down. Store in an air-tight container and the somas stays fresh for a week.

Sweet somas recipe video

Lets check out the recipe

To make the Dough

First in a large mixing bowl add 1 cup maida, 1 tbsp rava add salt and give a quick mix.

Sweet Somas Step 1

 

Add water little by little say around 1/2 cup and knead to form a stiff dough.  Slightly apply oil (1/2 tbsp ) to the dough and cover the dough. Let it rest for at least 30 mins – 1 hour. Keep aside.

 

Sweet Somas Step 2

 

Prepare the stuffing

Meanwhile, Grate 1/4 cup of coconut (tightly packed )and keep aside. Brinng a wide bottomed pan or a kadai over a medium heat.  Add 1-2 tbsp ghee and let it melt. Now add the broken cashews and fry until golden brown. Keep aside.

 

Sweet Somas Step 3

 

In the same pan add 1/2 cup of rava or semolina and roast until aromatic. Transfer to a plate and cool down completely.

 

weet Somas Step 4

 

In the same pan, add grated coconut and roast in medium low heat until dry and fragrant. Transfer to a bowl or a plate and Cool completely.

 

weet Somas Step 5

 

In a clean mixer add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of roasted (cooled down) rava / semolina and grind to slightly coarse powder. It need not be fine.

 

Sweet Somas Step 6

 

In a bowl, add the rava sugar mixture, cooled and roasted coconut, roasted nuts and cardamom powder. Mix to combine well and keeep aside.

weet Somas Step 7

 

Make the somas

Firstly, Bring the dough, knead briefly for 5-10 minutes. Pinch a small a ball and roll into thin chapthi dics.  Using somas spoon or any spoon take about 1/2 tbsp of sweet filling add to the rolled disc.

weet Somas Step 8

 

Fold the circle to form a semicircle . Gently press the edges and seal them well. Using somas karandi or pizza cutter, trim the edges.

Sweet Somas Step 9

 

You can shape the somas dough by pinching or stretching the sides of the ball using your forefinger and thumb. And gently fold inwards to form a rim or a swirl, and repeat the same for other somas.

Furthermore, Make 3 somas and fry them immediately. Keep the somas covered as and when you make until you fry. Keep aside. 

 

Sweet Somas Step 10

 

Fry the somas

Lastly, Bring a wide bottomed pan or kadai filled with oil to deep fry, over a medium heat. Once the oil is hot, slide the sweet somas and let it fry each side until it turns golden brown and crispy.  Finally, Remove the sweet somas from the pan and drain them on a kitchen towel and cool completely.

 

Sweet Somas Step 11

 

Once cooled down, place them in an air-tight container and sweet somas stays fresh and crispy for about 1 week.

 

Karanji recipe

 

Sweet Somas Recipe | Karanji | Gujjiya

Sweet somas recipe is a traditonal south indian sweet filled snack, often made during Diwali. Deep fried snacks are made with maida and has fillings with rava, sugar, coconuts and nuts. Sweet somas recipe with detailed notes, stepwise pics and recipe video.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Dough Resting Time1 hr
Course: Snacks, sweets
Cuisine: maharastrian, South Indian
Keyword: deepavali sweet recipes, diwali sweet recipes, easy diwali snacks, easy diwali sweets, easy snacks recipe, gujiya, gujiya recipe, how to make somas, how to make sweet somas, karanji, somas, sweet somas recipe
Author: Jayasudha Sivakumar

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup Maida
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Rava / Semolina
  • 1/2 Cup Water +/-
  • 1/2 tbsp Oil
  • Oil for deep frying

Stuffing

  • 10-12 Cashews broken
  • 1/2 cup Rava / semolina
  • 1/4 cup coconut grated tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1-2 tbsp ghee

Instructions

  • First in a large mixing bowl add 1 cup maida, rava, add salt and give a quick mix .
  • Add water little by little say around 1/2 cup and Knead to form a stiff dough.
  • Slightly apply oil (1/2 tbsp) to the dough and cover the dough. Let it rest for at least 30 mins - 1 hour. Keep aside.
  • Grate 1/4 cup of coconut (tightly packed) )and keep aside.
  • Bring a wide bottomed pan or a kadai over a medium heat.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp ghee and let it melt.
  • Now add the broken cashews and fry until golden brown. Keep aside.
  • In the same pan add 1/2 cup of rava or semolina and roast until aromatic.
  • Transfer to a plate and cool down completely.
  • In the same pan, add grated coconut and roast in medium low heat until dry and fragrant.
  • Transfer to a bowl or a plate and Cool completely.
  • In a clean mixer add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of roasted (cooled down) semolina and grind to slightly coarse powder. It need not be fine.
  • In a bowl, add the rava sugar mixture, cooled and roasted coconut, roasted nuts and cardamom powder.
  • Mix to combine well and keep aside.
  • Bring the dough, knead briefly for 5-10 minutes. Pinch a small a ball and roll into thin chapthi dics.
  • Using somas spoon or any spoon take about 1/2 tbsp of sweet filling add to the rolled disc.
  • Fold the circle to form a semicircle . Gently press the edges and seal them well.
  • Using somas karandi or pizza cutter, trim the edges.
  • You can shape the somas dough by pinching or stretching the sides of the ball using your forefinger and thumb. And gently fold inwards to form a rim or a swirl, and repeat the same for other somas.
  • Or press the edges gently with fork.
  • Make 3 somas and fry them immediately. Keep the somas covered as and when you make until you fry. Keep aside.
  • Bring a wide bottomed pan or kadai filled with oil to deep fry, over a medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, slide the sweet somas and let it fry each side until it turns golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove the sweet somas from the pan and drain them on a kitchen towel and cool completely.
  • Once cooled down, place them in an air-tight container and sweet somas stays fresh and crispy for about 1 week.

Notes

For best results, to make the perfect crunchy sweet somas, kindly check out the above tips to make perfect somas and notes.
 
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