We had quite a fun cooking late on Saturday night. Our dinner was simple as hubby dear was not in town. And kids graced us by going to bed early. We found ourselves in the kitchen by 9.30 pm and I saw Athamma was getting something ready. I was busy cooking for one of the pending events. Imagine staying up late to cook up for events. Seriously, I found myself laughing over it. But nevertheless all interested. Athamma was planning to make Kajjikayalu. I remembered helping out Amma when she used to make these a decade back. It’s been quite long since we made it at. I know hubby likes these and it’s been on mind for a while. But we always get our dose of these, when my sister-in-laws gets them when they visit us.
Since it was already getting late, I said we will do it on Sunday. Once my dish was all done, I sat to work on the Mela entries. Let me confess right away, I may not be able to do the round up in another at least 2-3 days. Anyway, I was busy working, when suddenly the skies opened and it really poured. Power got cut and I sat up fanning the kids till wee hours. It was all thunder and lightning. Konda and Chinnu were fast asleep, while Peddu got up. He says ‘Ma, Paa’, the moment he gets up. He shows the milk and asks for a feed. This is how he is doing off late. He recognises all objects and says just the first syllable. We got to understand what he is saying. I thought he might get scared of the thunder, but he happily slipped on the milk, looking at the lightning that managed to peep in. We then slipped into oblivion not knowing when the rains stopped.
Morning next, was one beautiful one to wake up too! It was all so chill and misty. Imagine we getting this climate in this season. But then our city is known for its off seasonal behaviours, and that’s one of the reasons why I love it so much! We thought we will get down to making the Kajjikayalu or Karjikayalu as its also called before the kids come down on us, so I clicked away many pictures while making it. Thought of making a video, but since hubby dear wasn’t around, I couldn’t manage both cooking and capturing!
Kajjikalu is a famous Andhra sweet. Its outer layer is made with All purpose flour or Maida and is stuffed with different fillings. It can be of these separately or combined. We can use Coconut filling, Fried Gram, Poppy seeds, and yes you can think of others too. We made both coconut and dalia fillings. To know which is what, Athamma topped the dalia ones with red colour!
For the cover:
All purpose flour / Maida – 1 cup
Ghee – 2 tsp
Salt – a pinch
Water to knead
For the filling:
Grated Copra – 1 cup
Sugar – 1/2 cup or (you can increase as per your taste)
Cashew nuts – 10 whole ( you can use other nuts combination with raisins)
Poppy seeds – 2 tsp
Cardamom a pinch
Oil for Deep frying
I actually didn’t count how many came as I was eating them nonstop without having my breakfast too! Talk of an addiction!
I am sending our famous Kajjikaya stuffed with coconut to Suganya who is hosting AFAM themed on Coconut.Sending this to Vani of Batasari, who is hosting the RCI: Andhra Festival Foods! I never knew about this until Asha told me. I would’ve been really sad to have missed it. Thanks, Asha and thanks Vani, will try to send in more!