Karigadabu – Karnataka Style Karanji/ Gujiya recipe

A favourite Snack during the Ganesha Chaturthi festival prepared with sweet filling of dessicated coconut and fried gram flour.

Madhuri Aggarwal
Karigadabu – Karnataka Style Karanji/ Gujiya recipe
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Karigadabu is a traditional sweet from Karnataka also called Karanji which is stuffed pastry that has fried grams and desiccated coconut filling and are deep fried. Karigadabu is a traditional sweet during Ganesh Chaturthi. Karigadabu is a fried filled pastry with desiccated coconut and fried gram stuffing. Serve Karigadabu – Karnataka Style Karanji recipe as an evening snack or as a dessert during Karnataka Style Festive meal

If you like this recipe, here are a few more festival Recipes

  1. Badam & Besan Ladoo Recipe
  2. Dry Fruit Ghughra/Gujiya Recipe
  3. Baked Modak and Karanji Recipe

Prep in

40 M

Cooks in

50 M

Total in

90 M


8 Servings


  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour , or all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Sooji (Semolina/ Rava) , fine variety
  • 1 handful Rice flour
  • 2 tablespoon Ghee , melted
  • Oil , to deep fry
  • For the filling
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Gram Dal (Pottukadalai)
  • 1/4 cup Dessicated Coconut
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds

How to make Karigadabu – Karnataka Style Karanji/ Gujiya recipe

  1. To prepare Karigadabu – Karnataka Style Karanji recipe, heat ghee in a Tadka pan. Mix wheat flour, rice flour and semolina in a bowl. Pour hot ghee to this flour and semolina mixture evenly. Ghee bubbles up the flour where it comes in contact with it, so pour in the ghee slowly. 

  2. Mix with fingers after a minute. The mixture will look like bread crumbs. This will ensure you get nice flaky pastry once fried.

  3. Now add water to knead the pastry dough. Let the dough be stiff and not too soft. Knead it till the pastry dough is smooth.

  4. Cover the pastry dough with a damp cloth and let it rest till the filling is prepared.

  5. For the filling, powder fried gram, cardamom, and sugar in a Mixer Grinder. To this mixture, add grated coconut and mix well.

  6. Now remove the damp cloth off the pastry dough. Knead it again for a minute or two, and make small lemon sized balls.

  7. Take a ball of pastry dough and roll it into a very thin disk of around 4 inches diameter (around 2mm thick). Keep the rest of the dough balls covered in damp cloth while doing this.

  8. Now place 1 tablespoon of sweet filling on one-half of the rolled pastry. Brush the edges with water, using a pastry brush/finger. Fold half of the pastry dough over the sweet filling on the other half to make a semi-circle. Press the edges ensuring no gaps are left.

  9. Keep the prepared Karanji/Karigadubu on a plate and keep them covered with damp cloth until all the Karigadubus are prepared. Otherwise, they will get dry and break.

  10. Press the edges with fork to give it a pattern and further secure the edges. Repeat this with all the pastry dough balls by filling the sweet filling and securing it within.

  11. Heat the oil in a deep Kadai over medium heat. Once the oil is hot drop karigadubu one by one and fry them on a medium heat till golden in color.

  12. Cool the Karigadabu completely before storing it in an air-tight container.

  13. Serve Karigadubu as an evening snack or as a dessert during Karnataka Style Festive meal.