my first recipe for the season of colors and spring and for the month of march too….. gujiya…
march reminds me that my blog has completed 3 years last month. yes… last month. i did not even know, as i am a person who fails to remember anniversaries, birthdays dates etc. i have a not so good memory for dates and names.
the festival of colors – holi…. coming soon. we usually make a lot of sweets on holi and gujiya is the most important of them.
i remember when we were staying in delhi, just a week before holi, the mithai/sweets shops would be overflowing with so many sweets and so many different type of gujiya. the gujiyas would make an appearance during holi in the mithai shops. the gujiyas always reminded me of the goan nevris/nevroes or karanjis… i know the stuffing is different and thats what makes the difference.
the goan nevris are stuffed with coconut and jaggery or sugar. whereas the gujiya is stuffed with khoya/mava – evaporated milk and dry fruits. they also bear a resemblance to the mexican empanadas. again its the stuffing which is different here.
basically gujiya is a deep fried pastry with a sweet filling of evaporated milk and dry fruits. it is a melt in the mouth sweet dish and you will keep on asking more and more.
these gujiyas are made with whole wheat flour, hence they appear brown unlike the gujiyas made with all purpose flour/maida. whenever i deep fry any sweet or snack, i always make it a little more brown as thats how i like it…. and for some strange reason it gives me a consolation that it has been cooked well and is not undercooked.
i hate to see deep fried snacks like samosas, pakoras, kachoris, pooris undercooked and raw and with a lot of oil on their surfaces.
i have added some chopped apples to the khoya stuffing, but it is not essential. you can make the gujiya with just the khoya and the dry fruits. i have mentioned below the quantity of ingredients if just making the stuffing with khoya. also don’t add the cinnamon powder if you are just going to make the filling with evaporated milk.
since i have added apples, i have also added cinnamon as they are a wonderful combination. instead of apples, you can also use pears, pineapple, peaches, figs or mangoes.
the gujiyas are also soaked in one thread sugar syrup and then kept to cool. i have not done this step as i am scared of so much sugar
this is a step by step recipe for making gujiya at home:
1: in a large bowl, seive the whole wheat flour with salt. add the melted ghee or butter and rub it with your finger tips until the mixture starts to look like breadcrumbs or coarse meal.
2: add the cold water gradually…
3: and knead gently into a dough. you can also use curd instead of water to knead the dough.
4: cover the dough with a damp cloth and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
5: in the meantime prepare your filling. peel, core and chop the apples. in a saucepan or kadai/wok, stir fry the apples with sugar on a low or medium flame. if the apples are very sweet then no need to add any sugar.
6: add the cardamom powder and cinnamon powder to the apples after 10-12 minutes.
7: mix the spice powders with the apples.
8: after 4-5 minutes, add the crumbled khoya/mava/evaporated milk.
9: the khoya will soon begin to melt. keeping on stirring.
10: add chopped almonds, cashews and pistachois and mix well.
11: when all the khoya melts, switch of the fire and let the mixture cool. you can taste the mixture now…. but don’t finish it off…. its yummy… keep some for making the gujiyas
12: knead the dough again and form medium sized balls. roll the ball into a puri, neither too thick nor too thin.
13: place a few tablespoons of the filling on the half of the circle.
14: brush the circle with water on one of the edges where the two edges will meet. cover the other half and cut out the extra dough from the other sides.
15: press the edges and now pleat the gujiya along the edges. this is a skill and even i am not good at it. check that, there are no gaps to avoid the filling from pouring out during frying. you can also press the edges with a fork.
16: prepare all the gujiyas in this manner. cover them so that the dough does not dry out.
17: in a kadai or fryer, heat oil. the gujiyas are deep fried sweets…. i have never baked these. i prefer them fried instead of baked add the gujiya in the moderately hot oil.
18: fry till they become golden brown on both sides.
19: remove them and drain on kitchen paper napkins.
20: serve hot or warm. once cooled, you can store gujiya in an air-tight container and munch whenever you want.