How to make Kapnya -

Traditional Maharashtrian snack – ideally should be served with cups of hot tea

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta), Jaggery

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Mithais

You can also find more Mithais recipes like Bandaru Laddoo Kumaon Jalebi Instant Jalebi Petha


Kapnya Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Kapnya Recipe

  • Whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta) 1 cup

  • Jaggery , chopped 1/4 cup

  • Gram flour (besan) 1/4 cup

  • Salt a pinch

  • Fennel sees (saunf) 1/2 tablespoon

  • Hot oil 1/2 tbsp + to deep fry

  • Poppy seeds to sprinkle


Step 1

Heat ¼ cup water in a deep non-stick pan, add jaggery and cook till it melts.

Step 2

Take whole wheat flour in a bowl, add gram flour, salt, fennel seeds and hot oil and mix well.

Step 3

Add the jaggery mixture and knead into stiff dough.

Step 4

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 5

Roll out the dough into a thin disk and sprinkle poppy seeds on top. Press lightly.

Step 6

Cut into diamonds, slide them into hot oil and deep fry, on medium heat, till crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 7

Allow to cool and serve or store in airtight containers.

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