Can you imagine a festival without the sumptuous feast of dishes that we get to relish? Be it the kaju katli on Diwali or sewaiyan on Eid, festivals aren't really a celebration until these quintessential dishes are present. Just like that gujiya or karanji is integral to Holi. The festival of colours sans karanji isn't complete until we devour the deep-fried pastry. Gujiya or karanji is a traditional Holi dish that is usually stuffed with khoya, sugar, nuts and dry fruits inside maida dough.
Gujiya now comes with a number of variations and countless fillings in different states of the country, most popular being Nevri in Goa and Karanji in Maharashtra. Even though, gujiya and karanji - both are sweet with a sharp flavour; the difference lies in the ingredients used and stuffing prepared. While gujiya has a khoya filling, karanji is more about coconut. But, if you don't have a sweet tooth, we've got you covered with a savoury karanji that you can relish any time of the year.
Here is a super quick and easy matar karanji recipe from NDTV Food's YouTube channel that can easily be tried at home. It is a flavourful, savoury snack that can be served as starters for parties and festive occasions. In this recipe of matar karanji, matar (peas) are sauteed in a myriad of spices including mustard seeds, green chilli, ginger, coriander powder, cumin, and coriander leaves. It is cooked and ground together for a juicy stuffing. The outer covering is made with a dough of maida, stuffed with the tantalising matar filling, sealed and deep-fried until crisp.
You can prepare a box full of these matar karanjis and relish for a couple of days ahead. They make for amazing starters and give a great twist to the regular gujiyas for your Holi party!
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