gujiya recipe with step by step pics – crisp, flaky and tasty gujiya made with a sweet mawa (khoya) and dry fruits filling. in this post, i am sharing both fried and baked version of making gujiya. so you can choose your pick.

gujiya is a deep fried pastry stuffed with a sweet filling of khoya. gujiyas do resemble empanadas and very much popular in north india, especially during holi festival. its not they are made only during holi. they are also made during diwali.

this time i did not want to make karanjis and hence made these gujiyas. both karanji and gujiya are similar sweets, except for the stuffing. karanji which is popular in maharashtra has a stuffing of coconut, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and dry fruits. whereas guijiya has a stuffing of khoya with dry fruits. in some variations desiccated coconut is also added. but i do not add coconut to the khoya stuffing. few more similar recipes on blog are:

  1. kachori recipe
  2. punjabi samosa
  3. urad dal kachori
  4. khasta kachori
  5. bengali matar kachori

usually the outer pastry is made of all purpose flour. but you can even make from whole wheat flour. in this recipe, i have added half-half of both the flours.

i baked some gujiya and fried the rest and have illustrated both the baking and fried methods in the step by step pics. texture and taste wise the fried gujiya are definitely much better. however for health reasons and to cut down on the fat you can easily bake these gujiyas.

mawa gujiya is served plain. once they are cooled, then keep them in air-tight box and they stay well for some days.

gujiya recipe below:

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gujiya recipe | mawa gujiya recipe

khoya gujiya recipe - crisp flaky pastry stuffed with a sweet khoya filling.

course desserts, sweets
cuisine north indian
prep time 45 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 1 hour 15 minutes
servings 10 to 12 gujiyas
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for gujiya pastry:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta) + 1 cup all purpose flour (maida) OR 2 cups of all purpose flour OR 2 cups of whole wheat flour *check notes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ to ½ cup water or as required
  • 2 tablespoon ghee

for mawa gujiya stuffing:

  • 1 cup khoya - tightly packed OR 200 to 220 grams khoya (mawa or dried evaporated milk solids)
  • ½ tablespoon ghee
  • cup chopped dry fruits - 10 cashews (kaju), 10 almonds (badam), 10 pistachios (pista), ½ tablespoon raisins (kishmish)
  • cup powdered sugar or as required
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder) OR 6 to 7 green cardamoms powdered in a small coffee grinder or a mortar-pestle.

how to make recipe?

making gujiya pastry:

  1. take the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour and salt in a bowl.
  2. heat ghee in a small pan or bowl. pour the ghee on the flours.

  3. rub the ghee with the flours, with your fingertips to form a bread crumb like texture.
  4. then add water in parts and begin to knead. the amount of water needed will depend on the quality and texture of the flour.
  5. knead the dough till firm. cover the dough with a moist cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes.

making gujiya stuffing:

  1. crumble and grate the khoya (mawa)

  2. chop the dry fruits and keep aside.
  3. melt ½ tbsp ghee in a pan on a low flame.
  4. add the crumbled or grated khoya.
  5. stir the khoya continuously on a low heat.
  6. cook the khoya, till it begins to gather around itself. switch off the flame and keep the pan down. let the khoya stuffing cool down completely.
  7. then add powdered sugar, chop dry fruits and cardamom powder. better to seive the powdered sugar if there are lumps.
  8. mix everything well and keep the stuffing aside. check the taste and add more sugar if you prefer.

assembling and making gujiya:

  1. divide the dough into two parts.
  2. make a medium log of each part and slice it into equal parts.
  3. roll each part in your palms to make balls and place all the balls in the same bowl. cover with a moist kitchen towel.
  4. dust the rolling board lightly with some flour. roll each ball with the rolling pin to a small circle having 4 to 5 inches diameter. don't add too much flour while rolling. if you can roll without the flour, then it is better.
  5. with your fingertip, apply water all over the circumference edge.
  6. place about 1 tbsp or 1.5 tbsp of the khoya filling on one side of the circle, keeping edges empty. don’t add too much of stuffing as then its difficult to shape them and the gujiya may break in the oil.
  7. carefully, bring together both the edges and join. gently press the edges.
  8. with a small gujiya cutter or pizza cutter, trim the extra edges. when doing this method, its very important that the gujiya is pressed & sealed well. avoid this method if you plan to fry the gujiya. if baking then method is good. as even if the filling comes out, you don't have to worry as there is no mess.
  9. however, its best to make pleated design at the edges. this way the stuffing does not come out while frying and the gujiyas look good too. just keep on folding and twisting the edges till the end.
  10. prepare gujiyas this way and arrange them on a plate or tray. cover the guijyas with a moist napkin so that the dough does not dry out.

baking method to make gujiya:

  1. preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius/390 degree fahrenheit. brush oil or melted ghee n the gujiya evenly all over.
  2. place them in a baking tray.
  3. bake the mawa gujiya for 20 to 30 minutes at 200 degrees celsius/390 degree fahrenheit, till they are golden. oven temperatures vary, so do keep a check while baking the gujiyas. place them on a wire rack for cooling. once cooled, store the baked gujiyas in an air-tight jar or box.

frying method to make gujiya recipe:

  1. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan.
  2. first test the temperature of oil, before frying. add a small piece of the dough in the oil. if the dough comes up gradually, then the oil is ready. if the dough sits at the bottom, the oil is still cold. if the piece of dough comes up briskly and quickly, the oil is too hot.
  3. gently slid the gujiyas in oil. just add a few pieces and don't overcrowd. at a time depending on the size of the pan/kadai, you can fry 2 to 3 mawa gujiyas at a time.

  4. turn them over carefully as fry the other side. deep fry till the gujiyas have become golden.
  5. drain on kitchen paper tissues. fry mawa gujiyas this way and once they are cooled completely, store them in an air-tight box.

  6. serve mawa gujiyas to your family and guests when required.

recipe notes

* if you use all purpose flour, then you will need less water for kneading than what is mentioned. if you use whole wheat flour for kneading, then you will need more water. so add water in parts and accordingly. if the dough appears dry, then add more water and if the dough become sticky, then add more flour.


how to make gujiya recipe:

a) making gujiya pastry:

1. in a bowl take both the whole wheat flour (atta), all purpose flour (maida) and ¼ tsp salt. you can use whole wheat flour and all purpose flour in below combinations as per your choice. overall you need 2 cups of flour + ¼ tsp salt.

(1 cup whole wheat flour + 1 cup all purpose flour) OR 2 cups of all purpose flour (maida) OR 2 cups of whole wheat flour (atta). *check notes above in recipe card for using amount of water for kneading dough.

flours for making gujiya recipe

2. heat 2 tbsp ghee in a small pan or bowl.

heat ghee - making gujiya recipe

3. pour the ghee on the flours.

add flour to ghee - making gujiya recipe

4. rub the ghee with the flours, with your fingertips to form a bread crumb like texture.

flour mixture for making gujiya recipe

5. then add ⅓ to ½ cup water in parts and begin to knead. the amount of water needed will depend on the quality and texture of flour.

knead dough for gujiya recipe

6. knead the dough till firm.

dough for gujiya recipe

7. cover with a moist cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes.

dough for gujiya recipe

b) making gujiya stuffing:

8. chop ⅓ cup dry fruits and keep aside.

dry fruits to make gujiya recipe

9. melt ½ tbsp ghee in a pan on a low flame.

melt ghee - making gujiya recipe

10. add 1 cup crumbled or grated khoya.

add khoya for making gujiya recipe

11. stir the khoya continuously on low heat.

stir khoya - making gujiya recipe

12. cook the khoya till it begins to gather around itself. switch off the flame and keep the pan down. let the khoya stuffing cool down completely.

cook khoya to prepare gujiya recipe

13. add ⅓ cup powdered sugar, chop dry fruits and ½ tsp cardamom powder. better to seive the powdered sugar if there are lumps. mixing is easier. i did not and had to break the lumps manually.

add sugar - gujiya recipe

14. mix everything well and keep the stuffing aside. check the taste and add more sugar if you prefer.

stuffing to prepare gujiya recipe

c) assembling and making gujiya:

15. divide the dough into two parts.

divide gujiya dough to prepare gujiya recipe

16. make a medium log of each part and slice it into equal parts.

gujiya dough balls to prepare gujiya recipe

17. roll each part in your palms to form a ball. prepare the dough balls this way and place them in the same bowl. cover with a moist kitchen towel.

gujiya dough balls to make gujiya recipe

18. dust the rolling board lightly with some flour. roll each ball with the rolling pin to a small circle having 4 to 5 inches diameter. use less flour and if possible you can avoid the flour for dusting completely.

roll gujiya dough - preparing gujiya recipe

19. with your fingertip, apply water all over the circumference edge.

apply water - gujiya recipe

20. place about 1 tbsp or 1.5 tbsp of the khoya filling on one side of the circle, keeping the edges empty.  don’t add too much of stuffing as then its difficult to shape them and the gujiya may break in the oil.

add gujiya stuffing

21.  carefully, bring together both the edges and join. gently press the edges. the edges have to be pressed well, so that the filling does not come out while frying.

cover and close gujiya

22. with a gujiya/karanji cutter or small pizza cutter, trim the extra edges. when doing this method, its very important that the gujiya is pressed & sealed well. avoid this method if you plan to fry the gujiya. if baking then this method is good. as even if the filling comes out, you don’t have to worry, as there is no mess.

shaping gujiya - gujiya recipe

23. the neatly trimmed gujiya pic below.

gujiya

24. however, its best to make pleated design at the edges. this way the stuffing does not come out while frying and the gujiyas look good too. just keep on folding and twisting the edges till the end.

gujiya design

25. prepare mawa gujiyas this way and arrange them on a plate or tray. keep the guijyas covered with a moist napkin so that the dough does not dry out.

gujiya

baking method for making gujiya recipe:

26. preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius/390 degree fahrenheit. brush oil or melted ghee on the gujiya evenly all over.

apply ghee on gujiya

27. place them in a baking tray.

bake gujiya

28. bake the mawa gujiya for 20 to 30 minutes at 200 degrees celsius/390 degree fahrenheit till they are golden. oven temperatures vary, so do keep a check while baking the gujiyas. place them on a wire rack for cooling. once cooled, store the baked gujiyas in an air-tight jar or box.

baked gujiya recipe

frying method for making gujiya recipe:

28. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. first test the temperature of oil, before frying. add a small piece of the dough in the oil. if the dough comes up gradually, then the oil is ready. if the dough sits at the bottom, the oil is still cold. if the piece of dough comes up briskly and quickly, the oil is too hot.

heat oil to fry gujiya

29. gently slid the gujiyas in oil. just add a few pieces and don’t overcrowd. depending on the size of the pan/kadai, you can fry 2 to 3 mawa gujiyas at a time.

fry gujiyas

30. turn them over carefully and fry the other side. deep fry them till the mawa gujiyas have become golden.

fry gujiyas

31. drain on kitchen paper tissues. fry gujiyas this way and once they are cooled completely, store them in an air-tight box.

gujiya recipe

32. serve mawa gujiyas to your family and guests when required.

gujiya recipe




34 thoughts on “gujiya recipe | how to make gujiya recipe | mawa (khoya) gujiya recipe”

  1. Hi Dassana, I always check your recipes to clear my doubts especially baking stuff. I tried this one gujiya, they puffed up beautifully and was crispy when it was hot, later they lost their crispness after storing them. Where have I gone wrong?

    1. thanks priya. the gujiyas need to cool completely before you store them. if stored when they are slightly hot or even warm then due to moisture released from condensation they will loose their crispness. hope this helps.

  2. Hello !!
    I made gujiyas for the first time ever last year and followed the recipe to the T. The results were AWESOME !! Perfect gujiya with the perfect amount of sweetness. My toddler loved it. I’m planning to make em for Diwali this year and I had a question, can I double the recipe ? Shud I just add everything twice to make double amount (last year it yielded 30 bite-sized gujiyas) . Also can I half the recipe, like if I want to make smaller batch than the one u mentioned, can I just use half of the ingredients? Thank you in advance !!

    1. thank you meA. glad to know. of course the recipe can be halved or doubled. just halve or double the ingredients proportionately. wish you happy diwali in advance.

  3. Hi Dassana,
    I followed your recipe to the tee including making khoya from scratch. Unfortunately all the gujiyas started to open within a minute while frying. I improvised, took them out of the oil & baked them for 10 mins at 350F. The filling came out of the cracks & caramelized but rest of the structure stood.

    I don’t know what went wrong, my mom thinks I added too much ghee to the dough or kneeded it too soft or overstuffed the filling. I suspect I waited too long before frying them (waited almost 2 hrs).

    However I want to thank you Dassana for this & many other recipes. And guess what, we are making another batch later tonight & plan to fry gujiyas within 30 minutes of assembling them. Any advice? Wish me luck!

    1. Thanks Ankita. They have not been stuffed properly. If the stuffing is done well then the filling will not come out. Some more ghee in the dough does not lead to the stuffing coming out. I guess the stuffing is too much in the gujiya. Thats why while baking also the stuffing has come out. Do not over stuff the next batch and seal very well. All the best.

  4. hey guys
    last year when I try to make gujiya it was not soft as a want and there are small bubble on gujiya.someone plz suggest reason and solution. Iam going to make this year too.

    1. bubbles are fine on Gudiya. if you do not want them, then try to cook on a medium flame or medium-low flame. on a high flame bubbles can appear. also do not make the dough too soft. hope this helps.

  5. it means whenever ghee is mentioned for moyan we can use desi ghee or refined oil in the same quantity ?and also mam can we use desi ghee in the same quantity of butter for baking cookies and cakes instead of butter ?

    1. you can use in the same quantity. you can even reduce the amount of ghee a bit if oil is used as a moyan. eg if a recipe has 3 tbsp oil as moyan, you can add 2.5 tbsp ghee as moyan. for making cookies and cakes, you can use the same amount of desi ghee as butter.

  6. Hi!
    I made gujias and Punjabi mathri following ur recepi and it was a hit.. All just loved them and I was so happy and satisfied
    Thank you so much

    1. pleased to know this himani 🙂 glad your family liked the mathru and gujias recipe from our blog. thankyou for your kind words and you are welcome.

  7. may be water could be the reason..mam,when its talking about ghee for moyan is that mean vanaspati ghee ? i hope you will not mind my queries ,,,,,

    1. not at all shuchi. feel free to ask your queries. both ghee and vanaspati can be used as moyan. i avoid vanaspati as its hydrogenated vegetable fat and not good at all for the body. you can read more or hydrogenated vegetable fats and oil on the internet. could be water is the reason. more water or less water can also change the texture of the crust.

  8. mam i made gujhia as per your recipe but the outer part of gujhia was so crust like papdis i think the quantity of moyan you mentioned is less…to make soft outer part what quantity should be used of moyan?

    1. shuchi, the quantity of moyan is enough for 2 cups flour in a gujiya recipe. too much of moyan can make the crust soft or too flaky. i feel some more water needed to be added in the dough. could be due to this reason that the crust was papdi like. at the most you increase the moyan to 3 to 4 tbsp. but here the crust will be more like the crust of samosa. if you are fine with it, then add 3 to 4 tbsp of ghee.

      have a look at this karanji recipe (similar to gujiyas) too. same amount of moyan has been used.

      https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/karanji-recipe-maharashtrian-karanji-recipe/

  9. mam is the same quantity of single acting baking powder and double acting baking powder to be used ?and if we cant find aluminium free baking powder then what quantity of baking powder having aluminium has to be used ?

    1. shuchi, i do not know about single acting and double acting baking powder. in india, we do not get these ones. if you do not get aluminium free baking powder, then use the same quantity of regular baking powder as mentioned in any recipe.

  10. Hi mam,in some of your recipes you have mentioned only to gather the dough not to kneading that here i wanna know what is the differnce in between these two things and also tell me which brand of baking powder you use as mine has sodium aluminum sulfate which makes my recipe some bitter…and warm wishes for holi …..

    1. shuchi, wishing you too a great holi. kneading the dough helps to give an even round shape while rolling the dough balls. there won’t be any cracked or jagged edges when rolled. while making gujiya, the edges need to be smooth or else it becomes difficult to shape them. i use aluminium free baking powder. the link is given below. this baking powder is aluminum free as well as gluten free.

      link – http://www.amazon.in/Zero-G-Baking-Powder/dp/B00XL78OEI/

  11. Hello Dassana,
    It has been quite long time I am following your recipes. They are awesome. I have tried many of them including this one. And the way you describe the recipe is commendable. I have heard that after frying the gujiya they dip in sugar syrup for sometime. Have you tried this way? If yes tgen would love to know the stepwise process. Thanks. All the best.

    1. thanks a lot purvi. yes the gujiya is dipped in sugar syrup. i do not make it this way as i feel its too much sugary and sweet. i have tasted this gujiya too. after you are done frying the gujiyas, let them cool down completely. then prepare sugar syrup with 1 string consistency. dip the gujiya and coat it with the sugar syrup. place them on a plate. you can take 1/2 cup sugar and add 1/2 to 2/3 cup water for this recipe.

  12. Tried the baked version, and results are awesome, I also added some grated coconut in stuffing. I have fried gujiya for lots of times, but baked for the first time. Baked once are equally good n delicious. I may never fry my gujiya afterwards. 🙂 Thank you very much.

    1. nitay, if you add sugar then add it when you add khoya. so that the sugar melts while heating khoya. otherwise sugar particle will come in the mouth.

  13. Tried the fried version with all purpose flour… The result brought tears to my eyes. It’s unbelievable that a terrible cook like me could make something so delicious. Your step by step pics are very very helpful. Thanks a ton !

    1. thats good vaishali. tears do come at times. even mine when i master a difficult complicated dish. no body is a terrible cook. we all learn. just that some people cook better, some okay and some not so good 🙂

  14. Dassana
    This recipe is also very popular in Andhra. It is made on many festive occasions like Diwali, Pongal etc. However, in Andhra, khoya with nuts is not used as stuffing. The stuffing is usually made by using coconut and either brown sugar or white sugar. Coconut is dry cooked along with brown sugar (jaggery) or white sugar till it becomes a sticky viscous solid. Then it is stuffed in the shell made with the flours you described. Semi tender grated coconut is required for this preparation. These are called ‘Kajji Kayalu’ Just wanted to let you know, in case you are not familiar with this.

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