Karakappam | Fried Cookie

When MENA Cooking Club came up with a traditional cookie from family/culture challenge, the first thing that came to my mind was, "we never make cookies at home" so thought I will give it a miss this month... until I remembered my childhood summer vacations in my umamaa's home where all my aunts used to sit around a big plate and they use a bottle with lines (used to be a coconut oil bottle, something like an Italian Gnocchi Board will be the best to describe it) to shape the dough into shell. The shells were then deep fried and boxed up that used to be served for tea time throughout the vacation as the house was packed with us kids. Sometimes when we want more, we used to sneak into the store room, and reach the box with a help of a stool and share with everyone so all are part of the crime! so much fun..  :-P and when summer ends and it is time to get back to your own home and school, umamaa used to pack some for us.

I don't think it is made that often these day or made at all. I called my mom and described the cookie and she said "Oh yeah that is called Karaka appam". Karaka is dried date and the cookie resembles one hence the name. She had vague idea about the recipe but was not very sure, and said she will ask her mother-in-law and get back. :-) I guess I must have stirred a lot of talk around it... because my cousin pinged me the recipe and past few days I have been clarifying my doubts and got to making it last evening.

The recipe originally shared was of one kilogram flour, obviously they were used to making a huge batch... but here I just made with one cup of flour and a small tweak from my end - added a little yoghurt! Trust me, it does not change the taste, but helped in reducing the number of eggs to one and makes the dough workable. Also, I did not have the means to make them in shell shape, I tried but they weren't good enough. So just rolled them flat and cut them into triangles. :- P that is so NOT traditional right? but what matters is the taste.. :-P

I made these last evening for tea and it was over within an hour..taste wise it cannot go wrong as the ingredients are simple and everyday items. I am so glad I gave this a try.

Yields : For 2 or a plate full, I did not count!


1 egg
4 tablespoon sugar
3/4 tablespoon plain yoghurt
1 cup plain flour (all purpose/maida)
2 and 1/2 tablespoon semolina
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
a pinch of salt

  1. In a bowl, mix the flour, semolina, cardamom powder and salt   
  2. In another bowl, beat egg and sugar until pale 
  3. Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture 
  4. Add yoghurt and combine well to make a dough that is not too soft. If it gets sticky use some flour and knead again
  5. Roll it little thicker than chapatis or as thick as parathas 
  6. Cut them in desired shape, I went for triangles to make more quantity
  7. Deep fry in enough oil and use a slotted spoon and keep turning sides continuously to cook even and prevent blackening. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden
  8. Drain on a kitchen towel and let it cool 
  9. Enjoy with a cup of chai 

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