Baked karanji

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Healthy, naturally coloured & tasty Baked karanji!!

Ingredients :
For filling :
Fresh grated coconut : 2 cups
Sugar : 1 1/2 cups
Coarsely grounded dry fruits : 1/2 cup ( almonds, pistachio, cashews)
Golden raisins : 2 tb sp ( use smaller size )
Elaychi powder : 1 tsp
Gulkand : 2 tsp ( optional )
Mix coconut, gulkand & sugar in a heavy bottom pan. Keep the mixture on medium flame stiring continuously. When mixture becomes thick add dry fruit mix, raisins & elaychi powder. Mix well & turn off the gas. Let it cool completely.
For outer cover :
All purpose flour ( maida ) : 3 cups ( I used 250 ml cup )
Corn flour : 4 tbsp
Desi ghee or butter :  4 tbsp ( I always use desi ghee )
Warm milk : 1 1/2 cup or as required
pinch of salt
For colour : I boiled one small beet root & made pulp. Sieved it with little water. You can use this water accordingly how much darker colour you want. Since beet root is neutral in taste & smell  it does not affect the taste of the karanji. Moreover it is really a healthy option.
For preparing the dough take 2 cups of maida in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt & 2 tbsp ghee & mix properly till the crumbly texture is formed. Then with the help of milk prepare a smooth but stiff dough. Add little ghee if required. Keep this aside covering with wet cloth. In another bowl take remaining 1 cup of maida. Add 2 tsp beet root concentrate, little salt & 1 tbsp ghee & prepare a dough & keep it covered same way. Let the dough sit for about 1 hour at least.
Now take corn flour in a deep broad vessel. ( If you have parat use that preferably). Add  melted ghee in corn flour. With the help of hand mix both thoroughly till you get creamy smooth texture. Add more ghee if  required. The consistency should be like  cream.
After 1-2 hours prepare 3 bases like thick chapati 2 of white dough & 1 of pink dough. Spread corn flour ghee mixture on each base. First take white keep pink on it then again white. Roll tightly all three & cut into pieces as the size of karanji you want. Roll each piece with pin & fill with stuffing.
Bake the karanjis @ 180C for 10-15 minutes.
   Enjoy these crispy heavenly tasting karanjis any time!!   

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