Sweet Somas | Karchikai | Karanji | Diwali Sweets
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Sweet Somas | Karchikai | Karanji | Diwali Sweet Recipes |

Sweet Somas is a very popular Sweet Variety in many parts of India. Its referred to as Karchikai, karanji and many other names in other states of India. With a crispy maida + semolina based layer outside and a roasted gram+coconut+sugar based filling inside makes this Sweet Somas so scrumptious and yummy. This is a popular Diwali and Ganesh Chaturti Sweet too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Dough Resting Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Festival, Sweet
Cuisine: Andhra, Indian, Karnataka, North Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 15 Somas
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


For Outer Cover

  • 1 Cup Maida (All Purpose Flour)
  • 2 tbsp Semolina (Sooji / Rava)
  • a Pinch Salt
  • 1.5 tbsp Ghee / Cooking Oil
  • 2 Cups Oil For Deep Frying

For Filling

  • ½ Cup Roasted Gram Dal (Pottukadalai / Dhaliya)
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup Grated Coconut
  • ½ tsp Cardamom Powder


Dough Preparation

  • Take the maida, rawa, oil and salt in a bowl
  • Add water little by little and knead the flours to a nice soft dough. The dough should not be sticky but should be tough. Keep the dough aside for atleast 45 minutes. Meanwhile we prepare the filling and keep that ready

Filling Preparation

  • Take the roasted gram dal in a mixer 
  • Grind the roasted gram dal to a coarse powder. Coarse powder will have more taste than the nice powder. Take the coarse roasted gram dal powder in a bowl
  • Add sugar and cardamom to the mixer and grind it to a nice powder. 
  • Take a pan, add grated coconut and fry it till it gives us a nice aroma. We don’t need to fry till it becomes red color. A Light brown color with a good aroma is enough
  • Now mix coconut, coarse roasted gram dal powder and sugar powder and keep it ready. Now we are ready with the filling

Somas Preparation

  • After 45 minutes, again knead the dough and make small balls out of it
  • Take one small ball of dough and knead it to a small poori using a rolling pin.
  • Using a flat plate or a round lid, we can press the poori and remove the excess dough and make a correct circular shaped poori
  • Take 3 teaspoon of water and add 1/2 teaspoon of maida and make it as a paste. Wet your finger with the maida-water paste and gently apply it on the edges of the poori. This is to paste the poori to a semi circled shape after filling the poori. Now take 1 teaspoon of filling and place it in the middle of poori
  • Carefully close poori to make it a semi-circle and press the edges to stick it properly. 
  • Take a fork and gently make impression in the edges
  • Repeat the process to finish the rest of dough
  • Repeat the process to finish the rest of dough
  • The crispy and delicious Sweet Somas/Karchikai/Kajjikayalu/Karanji is ready to serve. We can sprinkle some icing sugar(powdered sugar) on top of somas before serving which will gives a yummy taste for the outer cover too…



  1. The rava added for the outer cover is to get a crispy outer. If you want a soft outer cover you can avoid adding rava. 
  2. Instead of rava we can also use corn flour
  3. We can also grind cashew/pistachio to a coarse powder and mix it with the fillings. This gives a rich taste.
  4. Always keep the flame in medium to fry. High flame would make the somas turn dark red and also we would get more bubbles in the outer cover
  5. We can also use plain water instead of water-maida paste to cover the poori with the filling. Maida paste is used to make the the poori to close stiffly so the fillings will not come out while it is being fried in the oil
  6. We can also use somas mould available in shops to get the impressions


Serving: 1Somas | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g