Garijalu, also known as Kajjikayalu, is a traditional sweet from Andhra Pradesh, a southern state in India. This crispy and delicious sweet is stuffed with coconut, sugar, and cardamom, and is usually prepared during festive occasions. The outer layer of Garijalu offers a delightful crunch, while the sweet filling inside melts in the mouth with every bite. It is a popular dessert not just in Andhra Pradesh but in several other parts of India, however, it is known by different names in various regions.
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In a bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, a pinch of salt, and ghee.
Gradually add water and knead to make a firm dough.
Cover the dough and let it rest for about 20 minutes.
In another bowl, mix the grated coconut, powdered sugar, and cardamom powder to prepare the filling.
Divide the dough into small portions and roll each into a ball.
Roll out each ball into a small circle, place the filling in the center, fold it into a semi-circle, and seal the edges.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan and deep fry the Garijalu until golden brown.
Drain on an absorbent paper.
Serve the Garijalu hot or at room temperature.