Oct 30, 2010

Nutty Chandrakalas - a delicacy worth indulging

The sweet looks and taste as beautiful as its name - Chandrakala which might have got its name due to the crescent shape similar to moon (chandra). The shape and the stuffing may vary from one region to other region, but the sweet is surely a delicacy worth indulging in. Moreover these sweets can be prepared ahead of time and kept, saves loads of time during the hustle & bustle of festive seasons.
Normally Chandrakala has the stuffing of mawa or the condensed and thickened milk, I prefer the filling of nuts and honey.

(makes 25-30 pieces)

  • 2 cups of refined flour or maida
  • 2 tsp. of semolina or suji
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of saffron or orange color
  • Milk to knead the dough
  • Oil for deep frying

For stuffing:
  • Assorted nuts
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • A pinch of Saffron

For the sugar syrup:
  • 1 Kg sugar
  • 1 lt of water

Method: Take a big vessel and add the refined flour and salt in it. Make a well in the center and add the 1/4 cup of oil in it. Mix it lightly till the flour resembles bread crumbs.
Add water and make a pliable dough of soft consistency.
Make small balls and roll them into thin circles, or make a big ball from the dough and then make a big circle and cut it into small circles of 4 cm.

Cashew, Almonds, Pistachios, figs, raisins and blueberries goes well as a healthy and exotic filling. Make a coarse powder of the assorted nuts. Heat a skillet and add honey to it, add saffron and the assorted nuts powder to it. Cook the above mix for a few minutes and take off the flames. Cool the mixture.

Sugar syrup: Be the water and add sugar into it. Make a 2 string consistency sugar syrup.

Assembling the Chandrakala: 
The below two methods are more common in making Chandrakalas;
1. Full moon shape: Take a small circles made with the dough and spread a spoonful of the above mix over it, cover this with another small circle.Pinch the sides of both the circles by twisting and turning the dough.
2. Crescent shapes: Take one circle and fill the stuffing, twist and turn the edges to close the circle. I made the crescent shaped Chandrakalas.

Heat oil in a wok and deep fry these Chandrakalas in it till they turn dark brown in color. Dip these cooked Chandrakalas in the sugar syrup and take them out. Decorate these scrumptious Chandrakalas with silver foil and store them in an airtight container.

These Nutty Chandrakalas are a delicacies worth trying out this festive season. Try mawa or cottage cheese stuffing mixed with the nuts and get another delicious version of these sweet indulgence. Festive wishes to you all. Take care.

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  1. good festive recipe..i will have to be very patient for getting a good shape since the
    border moulding needs fine dextrity..

  2. What an amazing recipe. YOu made it looks so simple.THanks.

  3. we used to taste this very often during our school days. nice recipe

  4. Wow! They came out very perfect! Superb and yummy!

  5. thats perfect ones.. love it..

  6. Wow!!!! They came out so perfect. Looks really really tempting :-)

  7. Wonder recipe for the festive season!!

  8. i had tasted this dish, never knew the name nor te recipe. thnx for sharing

  9. Lovely recipe...let the festive season start.

  10. Homemade Chandrakala...That's a labor of love. I bet they taste heavenly!

  11. Wonderful post..Hope you had a wonderful Diwali..

  12. Wonderful recipe..came out perfect, imarthi also looks so tempting,your pictures makes me drool.

  13. Perfect chandrakala. Nice idea to fill with nuts. Happy Diwali dear.

  14. Definitely bookmarking this. Thanks for the recipe Sanjeeta.

  15. Thats an expert job,looks so neat and deliciously sinful!!

  16. What delicious treats these are! And so pretty too!

  17. Oh My! this chandrakalas look delicious! i love the tasty nuts filling :-)