Indian Sweet – Gujiya

Colorful Holi

Gujiya - Indian Sweet

When you think of gujiya your think of HOLI (the colorful festival of India) or vice versa. I have fond memories helping my mom in the kitchen making gujiya and storing them in huge containers more for our consumption than distribution 🙂 Ahh…those were the days!

With the festival of holi 2 days away, I requested my mom to share her recipe with me for this blog. Here it is…

For Dough

Ghee (clarified butter) – 2 Tbsp

All purpose flour (maida) – 150 gms

For Stuffing

Fried & Powdered semolins (rawa/suji) – 125 gms

Khoya (Dried thickened milk) – 125 gms (if you get to buy ready made Khoya; in a non stick pan heat 1 litre of milk on slow heat with constant stirring till it gets thickened)

Khus-Khus  (KusKus / Poppy seeds) – 1/2 – 3/4 tsp

Combination of nuts and powdered sugar – 125 gms (nuts: almonds, cashew nuts, raisin, pinch of nutmeg powder, cashew nut powder)

  1. Combine maida and ghee and add little cold water and knead. The dough should be a little hard. Cover it with a piece of wet cloth and keep aside for 2-3 hours.
  2. Combine all ingredients for stuffing and keep aside.
  3. Knead the dough again and make small balls.
  4. Roll out small rounds like we do for pooris and place it in the gujiya mould. Fill in the stuffing on one side and close the mould hard. What you will see is a semi circle filled in with filled stuffing and ready for frying.
  5. If you do not have a mould. Follow the the process of rolling out a circle, filling the stuffing on one side and covering with the other half. Only in this case with your fingers gently apply mixture of water and maida on the inner side and then press it hard so that it stick together well.
  6. Please note that the semi circle should be firm with no gaps else while you fry, it will tend to break open and all your lovely stuffing would be in the oil.
  7. Take enough oil for frying and heat on high flame.
  8. Immerse the prepared gujiyas into the hot oil and lower the flame immediately. This is to ensure that the cooking happens on both outer and inner sides of the gujiya.
  9. When nice and brown take it out and place it on an absorbent paper.
  10. Store in airtight containers.

* few people also like a coating of sugar syrup over their gujiya. All you need to do is to dip the fried gujiyas in sugar syrups for few seconds and decorating with silver foil and nuts before storing them. However, I love it just the way it is ..freshly fried and just about warm  🙂

Here’s wishing all my readers a very happy holi!

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