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Sojji appam recipe | krishna janmashtami recipes

by Jeyashri suresh

Sojji appam , is mostly made during Krishna jayanthi or the Sumangali pooja . During our childhood days, whenever we visit Madurai Thiruparamkundram temple with my mama, he buys this sojji appam for us as we both love that very much. We both happily sit in the Kovil and relish this without caring about the calories. This sojji appam is highly addictive. My athai makes this sojji appam very well and it is her favorite sweet too. Last year itself i wanted to post this recipe of sojji appam, but somehow missed it.

Sojji means Kesari|sooji ka halwa. The outer layer is covered by maida and inside stuffing will be with sojji. I made the sojji with jaggery, but you can make with sugar instead of jaggery. Do not add kesar colour for Kesari, if making with sugar.


Sojji Appam

  Preparation Time : 1 hour  | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |         Yields: 16 

     Maida | All purpose flour  1 cup
     Salt    1 pinch
     Rava | sooji     1/2 cup
     Grated coconut  1/4 cup
     Jaggery    1/2 cup
    Cardamom powder a pinch
    Ghee   1 tsp      
    Oil    for deep fry


  • Knead the maida by adding salt into a soft pliable dough. You can add a pinch of baking soda while kneading. Add a tsp of oil to the dough and keep it covered for an hour.
  • Meanwhile we make the stuffing for the appam.
  • Dry roast the rava for 5 minutes in a low flame. Do not change the colour.

roast rava

  • Melt the jaggery in 2 and 1/2 cups of water. Filter the impurities.
  • Let the jaggery comes to a rolling boil.
  • Simmer the flame and add the sooji and grated coconut.
  • Be careful not to get any lumps. Stir continuously.


  • When it comes to whole mass and the rava gets cooked . Add 1/2 tsp of ghee to this. and mix well.
  • Switch off the flame and allow this sojji to cool.


  • Make the dough in to equal lemon sized balls. Make the sojji also into balls.


  • Take one dough  ball. Grease your hands with ghee and flatten it with your fingers.
  • Place one sojji ball in the center and close the it without any gap.
  • Flatten this with the fingers. If using rolling pins, roll gently. Let this be thick.

place in the center

  • Heat the oil and when it is hot, carefully fry this in oil.
  • Fry both sides till golden brown and drain out the excess oil in a kitchen towel.


  • Repeat this for the rest of the dough and filling.

Sojji Appam

  1. While closing the dough after keeping the sojji ball, do it carefully . Ensure it is properly sealed, else the filling will come out while frying.
  2. Make the appams not too thick or very thin.
  3. Fry in medium flame, too much hot oil will make the sojji not get cooked inside.  If it is very low also it will not drink lot of oil and become soggy.
  4. If you do not add cococnut, this can be stored at room temperature for a day.
  5. Do not over load the oil pan, fry in batches.
  6. You can roll this and cook in a tawa  like poli.

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Sowmya Madhavan August 14, 2014 - 7:41 am

Nice one!!did not know this as a tamilnadu cuisine..thanks for sharing

Meena Selvakumaran August 14, 2014 - 8:01 am

looks absolutely yumm.

Raks anand August 14, 2014 - 8:15 am

wow, sounds super tempting 🙂

Janani Srivatsan August 14, 2014 - 9:37 am

my favoyrite

harini August 14, 2014 - 10:15 am

Looks great.yummy!

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj August 14, 2014 - 12:31 pm

wow super tempting sis… One of my favorite sojji appam…

Sandhya Ramakrishnan August 14, 2014 - 4:31 pm

So addictive. I love sojji appam, but never made it myself. I am going to try this 🙂 Happy Gokulashtami!

Kurinji August 14, 2014 - 5:07 pm

tempting and delicious appam…

MonuTeena RecipesPassion August 16, 2014 - 8:27 am

such a beautiful presentation my dear

Priya Suresh August 17, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Beautiful appams, love to munch some.

Kalpana Sareesh August 19, 2014 - 6:24 am

how divine it looks..

Kanchana August 25, 2015 - 11:26 am

Jeyashri – very timely recipes. Inspired by you. Keep inspiring many women with your good work / recipes. I will sureoly try. I think as women, if we love cooking – that is a great way to build a family and many famillies together make a nation. May goddess Varalakshmi bless us all.

vai August 31, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Hi Jayasri….very nice recipe…..mouth watering ?

Jayanti Raghavan March 30, 2017 - 5:09 pm

Hi Jeyashri…I always refer ur site whenever I need to make some new stuffs and ur site is extremely helpful… Thanks alot…today tried making this sojji Appam for the first time and it came out too yummy but the outer maida covering is not so crisp like the one I usually have had in Chennai..could u guide what to add so that it's crisp outside…will rice flour help.. thanks
Padmavati Raghavan

jeyashri suresh April 3, 2017 - 12:54 pm

Thank you so much for the feedback. To get crispy outer layer, while kneading the dough add 2 tblsp of hot ghee or oil. Also keep it aside for 30 minutes. While frying cook in a medium low flame like how we do for kachori to get a crispy outer layer.


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