Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kobbari Kova Kajjikayalu

This is traditional sweet. Amma used to make it with dry stuffing (Mix of powdered roasted chana dal, coconut, sugar and cardamom) more frequently than with this (Kobbari,kova)filling.Kobbari means coconut  and kova means mava or khoya. I simply love this sweet. Outer layer is soft and flaky and inner stuffing is sweet and delicious. This is easy to prepare but I found it hard to wash the dishes.

Plain flour-2cups
Sweetened  condensed milk-250gms(I used low fat one)
Fresh grated coconut-250gms
Cardamom powder-1tsp
Butter-1/2 stick(At room temperature).You can replace it with oil but first form crumble with flour and oil and then add water)


  1. Prepare the dough by mixing flour, water and butter well  and let it rest for 1 hour. The dough should be soft and pilable.
  2. Meanwhile prepare sugar syrup by adding water to sugar and cook it till it reaches thread consistency(It nearly takes 15 minutes on medium heat) .
  3. Switch off the flame and add lime juice to it to prevent solidifying(If your kitchen is warm I think you need not add lime juice)
  4. In a separate pan add condensed milk, coconut and cardamom powder and fry it till all the moisture evaporates. Keep on stirring other wise coconut will get burnt.After cooling make it into balls(You will get nearly 15-16 balls)
  5. Now divide the dough into same number of balls as of the stuffing(15-16)
  6. Roll the dough into small disc. Place the stuffing at the center and seal the edges.In this way make all kajji kayalu.
  7. Heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot fry these on medium heat till they attain golden brown color. In this way fry all the kajjikayalu.Fry 3-4 kajjikayalu at a time.
  8. Now dip each one in sugar syrup for one minute and take off them immediately. Continue the same process with remaining kajjikayalu.

To give nice shape to kajjikayalu start folding from one end. Just fold small amount and you will find a pointed edge. Then start folding using the pointed edge. In this way continue till you reach the other end. Otherwise you can also use  mould(I hope it is available in many Indian grocery stores)  to get a nice shape

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