Sweet Coconut Stuffed fried Semolina fritters | Kakra Pitha | #khantiodia
A Khanti Odia (Authentically Odia) cuisine is incomplete without the addition of traditional homemade desserts that gives a perfect touch of taste and culture. Sooji Kakara is one of the most delicious and famous sweet, a fried snack of Odisha, in many places of the state this is consumed as a great breakfast but believe me, this is one of the no rule food, just eat it whenever you want. So let's quickly check on the recipe.
Cooking Time - 40 minutes
Serves - 4
1. Semolina - 1 cup
2. Coconut - 1/2 cup (grated)
3. Sugar - 4 tbsp
4. Salt - a couple of pinches
5. Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp pinches
6. Black pepper powder - 2 pinches
7. Cooking oil - for deep frying
1. First of all, to make the cooked dough, take one cup of water on a big pot and let it warm on medium flame (don't boil the water). Add a pinch of salt and one tbsp of sugar.
2. When the water is hot enough, slowly add the semolina and stir alongside. Stir it continuously to avoid lump formation. Sprinkle a pinch of cardamom powder.
3. Cook till all the water is absorbed by the semolina, take it out on a plate and let it cool down. Once the dough is cold, knead it with your hand nicely, drizzle oil if needed to avoid drying of the dough and cover it with a warm, moist cloth.
4. Now prepare the stuffing, for that in a pan take 1 tbsp of cooking oil or ghee (clarified butter), Add the grated coconut, stir it for a minute. While the coconut is cooking of medium heat add two tbsp of sugar, 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder, and a few pinches of black pepper powder.
5. Stir all the ingredients together, if the stuffing becomes dry, just add a tbsp of milk to retain the moisture. Switch off the heat, take out the filling on a plate and let it cool down.
6. Finally make the fritters, for that take a small portion of semolina dough in one of your palms, make a round ball, flatten it, and make a pocket for the stuffing, now fill the sweet coconut and fold from all the sides, make it round and flatten it to give a perfect Odia style "Kakara" look.
7. Now in a pan warm cooking oil for deep frying, place the Kakaras in the hot oil and fry on medium high heat till they turn golden brown from both the sides. Take them out on a kitchen towel and serve hot. And trust me you don't need any sauce or syrup.
Thank you so much, for taking out your valuable time to go through the recipe, I wish you enjoyed reading and will enjoy making as well as eating it. Do share your thoughts and experience.