This is one of my favorites. People of South Karnataka traditionally call it ‘Sajjappa’ and usually prepared during festivals. I’m sure different kinds of people originating from different parts of India, make similar sweet dish but only call it with different names. And I have conveniently renamed it as ‘coconut dumplings’ for you.!!
For the dough –
In a bowl, add a cup of all purpose flour, 1/4th cup of fine semolina (rawa), a table spoon of oil or ghee, and a teaspoon of salt. Mix well with water and apply a good coating of oil on the dough and leave it aside to rest.
For the filling –
In a deep pan on low heat, add a spoon of oil, and when its just hot enough, add a 3-4 teaspoons of semolina and a pinch of cardamom. Once its fried enough, add a good chunk of jaggery or brown sugar (according to your sweetness) and maybe a tablespoon of water to set it right. Now add 2 cups of freshly grated coconut and stir till the mixture is thick.
Taking a little bit of dough each time, using a rolling pin, roll it into a small rotis and fill it in with the coconut filling.
Its entirely your wish if you would like little balls, or flatten it a little bit. By this time have a deep frying pan with oil heated to deep fry them till it gets a nice golden brown color.
And you have your coconut dumplings ready…. Enjoy.!!!