Indian fusion recipe for distinctive dessert canapes, rich with the exquisite taste of the traditional karanji, and with no added sugar!
For many of us Indian Americans, the festive party season begins with Diwali and ends after the New Year parties. Diwali parties have the special snacks that are mostly deep fried and then there are the sweets and of course the heavy dinners too. And year after year many of us complain about gaining weight at these parties. We want all the taste but none of the humongous calories of our favorite foods, right?
Karanjis are one of the favorite faral snacks. They are like sweet empanadas stuffed with a traditional coconut, poppy seed and sugar stuffing and then deep fried…..you get the picture 🙂 So these Karanji Canapes are my humble effort to capture all that exquisite flavor into bite size dessert canapes. So we can party on guilt free, people!
The delish aroma and taste of the karanjis takes me back to my childhood home. As kids, we would wait for our three week Diwali vacation to begin. My Aai (mom) would be busy getting the house cleaned first and then the faral making would begin. Faral consists of an array of traditional snacks and sweets that are made for Diwali. As we came home from school, these heavenly aromas greeted us day after day. Much has changed now in India and these traditional snacks and sweets are available year round in the food stores. So the faral snacks are not a huge attraction to kids growing up these days.
In my mind however, the wafting aromas of that homemade faral, made with the traditional family recipes, signify that Diwali is coming. So for my children growing up in America, I have tried to recreate that magic of Diwali. With all the effort that goes into making these snacks and sweets, I make them only once a year, so faral is a very special Diwali treat for them as well.
The Karanji Canapes are a breeze to make and they pack in a punch of that authentic karanji taste. And all with just 10 minutes of baking!
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Ingredients To make the Exquisite Karanji Canapes-
Exquisite Karanji Canapes
To make the Exquisite Karanji Canapes-
Do check out my Diwali collection for healthier recipes for many of the other Diwali snacks and sweets.
It also has the recipe for the colorful Crispy Caranjis with the Ooey Gooey Good Coconut Filling
Karanjis made as tea time snacks can be savory like this one below with the Indian spiced green pea filling.
Caranji/ Karanji is also known as Ghugra and Gujjiya in other states of India. It is fascinating to me to note the variations in the recipes of both the cover and the filling. Do check out these recipes shared by some of my talented blogger friends-
Enjoy the festivities folks!