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gujiya recipe, how to make gujiya recipe | baked & fried gujiya recipe

gujiya recipe with step by step pics – sharing both fried and baked version of gujiya for diwali.

gujiya is a deep fried pastry stuffed with a sweet filling of khoya. the 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 dal kachori, samosa, urad dal kachorikhasta kachori, bengali matar kachori and nevris recipe.

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.

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

if you are looking for more holi recipes then do check thandai, dahi bhalla, puran poli, namak pare, shakkar paredahi vada and punjabi mathri recipe.

baked & fried gujiya recipe below:

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gujiya recipe
prep time
45 mins
cook time
30 mins
total time
1 hrs 15 mins
 
gujiya recipe - crisp flaky pastry stuffed with a sweet khoya filling.
course: Dessert, sweets
cuisine: north indian
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 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 gujiya for 20 to 30 minutesat 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:
  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 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 gujiyas this way and once they are cooled completely, store them in an air-tight box.

  6. serve 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.


lets start step by step gujiya recipe:

1. take both the whole wheat flour/atta, all purpose flour/maida and salt in a bowl.

(1 cup whole wheat flour + 1 cup all purpose flour or 2 cups of all purpose flour or 2 cups of whole wheat flour *check notes and ¼ tsp salt)

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

3. pour the ghee on the flours.

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

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.

6. knead the dough till firm.

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

8. chop ⅓ cup dry fruits and keep aside.

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

10. add 1 cup crumbled or grated khoya.

11. stir the khoya continuously on low heat.

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.

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.

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

15. divide the dough into two parts.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

23. the neatly trimmed gujiya pic below.

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.

25. prepare 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.

baking method for gujiya:

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

27. place them in a baking tray.

28. bake the 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 for gujiya:

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.

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 gujiyas at a time.

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

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

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




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