A gujiya is a sweet deep-fried Dumpling made with suji (semolina) or maida and stuffed with a mixture of sweetened khoya (milk solids; also called mawa) and dried fruits. With origins in the Indian subcontinent, gujiya is commonly eaten in Nepal , Bangladesh and India.The preparation method of a typical gujiya is rather similar to that of a samosa ( a deep-fried savoury snack of spiced potato stuffing in a jacket of all purpose flour), but the gujiya has a very distinct shape. Shaped like a half moon, the gujiya is filled with a sweet mixture of grated and roasted dried fruits, khoya, grated coconut, and a hint of suji to lend it a grainy texture. Especially, in India where every festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and harmony. With Holi just around the corner, it’s time to gear up for the festival, right from selecting colours to cooking sumptuous sweets and savouries to arranging a get together, this festival brings with it some fun and frolic, which we all enjoy. However, you simply cannot imagine a party or get together without good food. In fact, in India festivals and celebrations are simply incomplete without sweet delicacies and one such traditional sweet is Gujiya. This easy to prepare delicacy can be made with some easily available ingredients like khoya, sugar, almonds, green cardamom, semolina and flour. Gujiya is a popular sweet delicacy, which is an essential dish for festivals like Diwali, Holi and Teej. The best thing about this delicacy is the combination of sweet, creamy filling and crispy outer coating.This fusion of flavours makes for a perfect sweet-snack recipe, which can be made in just a few minutes with some easily available ingredients. Here’s how you make this simple Gujiya recipe using some steps given below. You can also tweak this recipe as per your taste preference. If you are someone who has a thing for coconuts, then you can grate some coconut and add it to the filling, this will certainly add on to the taste of this recipe. What makes this delicacy different from other Indian Sweets is the amalgamation of crispy outer coating and delicious filling. In fact, every region has a different recipe for this delicacy. So if you have plans to celebrate Holi with your loved ones, we suggest you to try Gujiya recipe at home for Holi and we bet your guest will love this sweet surprise. To make this recipe even more delicious you can add some nuts and raisins. You can dry roast these nuts to add more crunch to this traditional recipe. It tastes best when served with Pakoras, Samosas, Kachoris and Thandai To make it even more healthy you can replace sugar with jaggery, this will certainly amp up the health quotient. To make this Indian dessert aromatic and delicious you can add some green cardamom, this will accentuate the taste of the Gujiya recipe. Traditionally, Gujiya is prepared using Ghee which makes it rich and aromatic. However, if you want to reduce the calorie content you can also replace it with some refined oil or olive oil. So, this festive season don your chef’s hat and try this delicious recipe that is not only Indulgent, but is very easy-to-make. You can pack this for picnics and road trips too. We are sure your kids will love this sweet delight! You can also try other Gujiya variants such as baked chocolata gujiya , apple gujiya, chocolate gujiya to name a few
- 4 cup all purpose flour
- 200 gm khoya
- 1 tablespoon powdered green cardamom
- 1/4 cup semolina
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped almonds
- 1 1/2 cup ghee
- 1/4 cup Water
HOW TO MAKE GUJIYA
This popular Gujiya recipe can be prepared by following some simple steps given below: Take a bowl, add flour and water to make a soft dough. To accentuate the taste of this traditional recipe add some ghee.
To make the dough soft, knead well by sprinkling some water. Once the dough attains a perfect consistency, keep it aside for 60 minutes. In the meantime, take a deep fry pan then saute khoya and semolina till it turns golden and keep it aside to cool.
Add sugar, green cardamom and soaked almonds to the cooled khoya and mix well. To make this stuffing even more delicious add some dry roasted nuts and raisins, this will add a nice crunch to the Gujiya recipe. Moving on to the next step, take two drops of ghee or refined oil and spread it well on your palms.
Then make small round balls from the dough and make a cup-like-space in the balls to fill the sumptuous stuffing. After adding the filling seal corners in such a way that it secures the stuffing, while frying the Gujiya. Roll the sides as per your choice of pattern.
Heat ghee in a pan over medium flame. Fry the Gujiyas till golden brown from all the sides and serve it with some Thandai and spicy pakoras. Garnish it with some saffron strands and crushed pistachios. You can also serve it with some Rabri.