This festive season is a great time to try and come up with some recipes to go along with it ! And this Karanji / Gujia seemed to be just the one ! It's a Maharashtrian delicacy, and here's a baked version which I've tried with an outer crispy layer of oats, spelt, and almond flour, and a filling of nuts and seeds, sweetened by dates. This way, I could indulge more into enjoying this treat rather than just limiting myself to one or two pieces 😄 !!
INGREDIENTS OUTER LAYER
*3/4 cup whole grain spelt flour
*1/4 cup oats flour
*1/4 cup almond flour
*2 tbsp organic coconut sugar
*1/4 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
*1/4 cup milk
*pinch of salt
*1/4 cup desiccated coconut
*2 tbsp cashews
*2 tbsp almonds
*2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
*2 tbsp flaxseeds
*1 tbsp poppy seeds
*1 tbsp sesame seeds
*1/4 tsp cardamom powder
*1/3 cup chopped, pitted dates
1 = For filling, add dates in a grinder to make a sticky paste. Take it out in a big bowl and keep aside. Now dry roast rest of the ingredients of filling (except cardamom powder) in a pan and grind them to make a fine powder. Combine this powder with dates paste, add cardamom powder and mix well using hands or a use food processor.
2 = Preheat the oven at 325°F. In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients of outer layer. Add oil and mix till the mixture turns crumbly. Now add milk and combine the mixture to form a dough (you can also use food processor to make the dough).
3 = On a floured surface, roll out dough using rolling pin. Cut into small disc using cookie cutter.
4 = Collect excess dough, re-roll, and continue to cut out discs until complete. Place a tbsp of filling in the centre of each disc. Fold and seal the edges with the fork. Arrange karanjis on a parchment paper lined baking tray.
5 = Bake for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.
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