Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is just so cute that it'll win your heart right the very second its all ready and done. You simply "have to" try this sweet Indian delight and tell me how you like it, cos I adore it:-)! This is from the Thursday magazine dated Nov 20-26'03 and was submitted by Babita Senapati. I just love this, so I'm very sure, you too will! Go ahead, try it NOW!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. First, put on your prettiest apron and flash your sweetest smile because you are all set to create a marvellous delight in your kitchen that you and your family are going to love!
  2. Now let's start off-- To prepare the dough, boil water in a large pot.
  3. Once it boils, lower flame and allow it to simmer.
  4. Take a bowl and mix semolina and sugar in it.
  5. Add it to the boiling water alongwith salt to taste.
  6. Stir it continuously (this is VERY IMPORTANT) as you add it and cook it until it becomes a thick mixture.
  7. Remove from flame.
  8. Allow it to cool.
  9. Knead the dough now to make it a little softer.
  10. Now start preparing the stuffing.
  11. To do so, take a large mixing bowl and in it mix together the freshly grated coconut, sugar and the cardamom powder.
  12. Heat this mixture on medium flame.
  13. Stir it continuously and cook until the mixture dries.
  14. Allow it to cool.
  15. Prepare balls out of the dough you had prepared earlier.
  16. Take a drop or two of ghee and apply it on your palms.
  17. Now carefully flatten each ball on your palm, or rather, in between your palms.
  18. Carefully, make a small non-pierced hole in the centre of each ball.
  19. Place a little stuffing on it and close the hole.
  20. Shape all balls likewise like flattened round cutlets.
  21. Heat ghee in a wok on high flame.
  22. Carefully, lower the semolina delights in the ghee and deep fry them on medium flame till they turn golden brown on either side.
  23. Remove onto clean paper towels to allow the excess oil to drain out.
  24. Now comes the part I love best- Garnish each delight with half a cashewnut for the mouth and red half cherries for 2 eyes!
  25. Ain't that pretty, eh!
  26. Eat'em, burp and smile with delight!
  27. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

I love your semolina snacks, they are very tasty! I used less sugar for the dough, and baked the cutlets for 20 mins on 375F, for a healthier version. Thanks for sharing.

sdsoopramanien January 29, 2009

I made it today...and they were a step ahead of being perfect....i mean it was simply delicious... well i didnt have any cherries for the eyes, they just had their smiles...i had planned to serve it after dinner...but its already gone...some of them got burnt...but they were the most delicious ones too...they are just so soft...and puffy and the coconut mix inside is just heaven, the moment you put it into your mouth...and its gone...simply yummy! thanks a lot for posting the recipe!

Nisha July 11, 2004

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