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Sweet Somas

Sweet somas are a type of Indian dessert made with a sweet filling, usually consisting of a mixture of jaggery (a type of unrefined sugar) or sugar and coconut. The filling is then wrapped in a dough made with maida flour and fried until cooked. Sweet somas are often made during festivals and special occasions in India, and they have a deliciously sweet and slightly chewy texture.

Sweet Somasa

Recipe by S Kamala
Recipe rating: N/A
Course: SweetsCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Medium


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Learn how to make delicious and crispy somas with this easy recipe. With ingredients like maida, pottukadalai, and coconut gratings, these somas are the perfect treat for any occasion.


  • Maida – 2 cups

  • Oil or butter – 3 to 4 tablespoons

  • Roasted Gram (Pottukadalai) – 1 cup

  • Sugar – 1 cup

  • Coconut gratings – 1/2 cup

  • Khus Khus – 2 to 3 tablespoons

  • Cardamom Powder – 1 teaspoon

  • Salt – a pinch

  • Oil for deep frying


  • Place maida in a large mixing bowl. Add a pinch of salt and some butter or oil, then gradually mix in water to form a soft dough. Set the dough aside for later use.
  • Grind pottukadalai (roasted gram) to a fine powder and do the same with the sugar, then combine them both in a bowl.
  • In a kadai, lightly toast the khus khus (poppy seeds) until they just start to change color. Remove from the kadai and grind them into a coarse powder.
  • Using the same kadai, fry the coconut gratings until they turn a light brown color. Add the toasted coconut to the bowl with the pottukadalai and sugar mixture. Incorporate the powdered khus khus and cardamom powder as well. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly to create the filling.
  • Take a large gooseberry-sized piece of dough and roll it out into a thin circle, similar to a poori. Place one teaspoon of the pottukadalai mixture in the center of the circle. Fold the dough over to form a half-moon shape, and seal the edges by pressing them together with a bit of water. For a decorative edge, you can crimp the edges using a somas spoon, which has a small wheel cutter. If you don’t have this spoon, the edges can be left as they are, or you can use somas or kozhukattai moulds to shape the somas. Continue this process until all the dough is used.
  • Heat oil in a kadai over medium heat. Once hot, fry two or three somas at a time, until they are a light golden brown color.
  • Serve the crispy somas warm and enjoy!
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