Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Karapu Kajalu or Spicy Kajalu

Karapu Kajalu is an all-time favorite snack for children. These cumin flavored kajalu are very crispy and tasty. We can also make plain kajalu  and add powdered cumin seeds, chilly powder and salt to them or we can coat them with sugar syrup (one string consistency). Thus at a time we can prepare both karapu kajalu (spicy kajalu) and teepi kajalu (sweet kajalu).
Let's see how I made these karapu kajalu :)

What you need:

Maida (all purpose flour)-2 cups
Wheat flour-2 cups
Cumin seeds-2 tablespoons
Chilly powder-1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder-a pinch (optional)
Salt to taste
Hot oil-2 tablespoons for the dough
Oil for deep fry


1. Grind the cumin seeds, chilly powder, salt and turmeric powder into a powder in a mixer jar. 
2. Take the maida and wheat flour in a large bowl. Add the ground powder and two tablespoons of hot oil and mix it.   
3. Add water little by little and make a tough dough (like chapathi dough). Cover it with a wet cloth and keep it aside for half an hour.
4. Kneed it well and divide into four equal portions. Roll each portion into a big, thin circle using a rolling pin. Dust with dry flour if necessary.
5. Cut the circle vertically and horizontally to make small rectangles using a biscuit cutter or a knife. You can also cut them into square or diamond shapes. Now make holes on them using a fork to avoid bubbles while frying.
6. Heat the oil in a frying pan or kadai and fry the cut pieces in batches to golden brown colour on a medium  flame. Transfer them onto a paper towel and allow them to cool.  

 Once they cool down, store them in an air tight container.
 Note: Instead of mixing both maida and wheat flour, you can also use either maida or wheat flour.           

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