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Mawa Gujiya is an Indian style deep fried pastry loaded with mawa (dried milk) stuffing. Gujiyas are crispy from outside and delectably soft, sweet, and melt in the mouth from inside. Gujiya is an exquisite festive sweet dumpling which is a must during the Indian festivals of Holi and Diwali.  

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As soon as you take a bite of a mawa gujia, the crunchy and flaky crust would break in your mouth, and the luscious, sweet, melt-in-mouth rich mawa filling would come out to impart an outstandingly satisfying taste over your tongue.

What is Mawa Gujiya?

Mawa Gujiya is a popular festive Indian sweet dumpling where a crispy deep fried pastry crust is stuffed with mawa (dried milk) stuffing. The outer layer of this deep-fried dumpling is crispy and flaky in texture, while the stuffing is rich and sweet.

The crispy and flaky crust of this dumpling is made out of all-purpose flour aka Maida. And stuffing is made using a mixture of mawa/khoya (milk solids), sugar and chopped nuts.

Holi, an Indian festival of colors, is due this month. For those who don’t know about Holi — it is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love.

Festivals need some excellent food. And the festival of Holi is not complete without Gujiya. Holi is all about tasty Gujia, thandai, and pretty colors. So much fun awaits.

As a child, during Holi I loved to play with colors, however, now I don’t really play with colors and water but I just adore this Holi jewel ‘Gujiya’. Believe me, I can make an entire meal out of Gujiya.

Other popular Holi snacks include this masala mathri, jau ki papdi, mohanthal, ghevar, mango shrikhand, pyaaj ki kachori, samosa and mirchi vada.

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Different stuffings of Gujiya:

The authentic gujiya recipe calls for sweet mawa or khoya stuffing. Mawa stuffed gujiya is also known as Mawa Gujiya. However,  there are many different versions of gujiya available with different stuffing.

In some parts of India, Gujiya is made only with mawa stuffing while others have mawa and sooji (semolina) stuffing. Some gujiyas are only made with sooji stuffing. And others have coconut stuffing.

What are the other names of Gujiya?

Gujias are called Purukiya in the state of Bihar.

Then there is Gujarati Gujiya which is known as Ghughra in Gujarati language.

In Maharashtra, Karanji is the Marathi name for Gujiya. This have a similar shape of Gujiya and stuffing is made with coconut. There is no mawa/khoya in Karanji.

Then there is another version of Gujiya from the state of Rajasthan and that is Chashni Wali Gujiya. In this version, after deep frying guijyas are dunked into the sugar syrup.

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Mawa Gujiya Filling:

Mawa Gujiya filling is made of Mawa or Khoya mixed with dry fruits & sugar. Mawa is milk solid which is made of either dried whole milk or by boiling the milk continuously till it thickens and reaches to a solid state. You simply dry roast crumbled or grated mawa for 5 minutes. Once the mawa cools down, you add sugar and dry fruits. Mix everything well. The filling is ready for use.

How do you make Gujiya Crust?

For making Gujiya dough, you add a pinch of salt and ghee to the plain flour. Then rub the mixture between palms until it holds a shape. Slowly add warm water and knead into a firm dough. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and set it aside for 30 minutes. Gujia crust is ready for use. You can make crispy outer shell of Gujiya using this dough.

How to shape/fold Gujiya?

Shaping and making Gujiyas at home is very easy. You can effortlessly make them at home. To give the shape to gujiyas, you can either use a specific type of mould which is meant for gujiya/dumplings. Folding/shaping Gujiyas using a mould is the easiest way of making gujiya.

However, if you don’t have the mould then you can still shape them without difficulties. In this recipe video, I have shared three ways of hand folding gujia — you can twist the edges, or use a fork, or use a vegetable peeler. Just be creative. 🙂

How to make Gujiya Recipe without readymade khoya/Mawa?

If you don’t find readymade mawa easily, then you can make homemade mawa using milk powder. For milk powder mawa recipe, you will have to make a smooth dough (which has a similar consistency as mawa) using milk powder, ghee, and milk. Your instant no-heat mawa is ready.

Previously I have shared a video of microwave instant mawa/khoya recipe in my earlier post about Mawa Kachori. Please do check it if you want to learn how to make milk powder mawa at home.

How to make Gujiya with suji?

Filling made with suji (sooji/semolina) has a prolonged shelf life because it does not have any dairy product such as mawa/khoya.

For making sooji gujiya, simply roast sooji in ghee. Then add sugar and dried fruits to roasted suji. Gujiya Suji stuffing is ready for filling.

How to make Gujiya crispy?

Addition of ghee to the dry flour is advised for making crispy pastry crust. When you add ghee as a ‘moyen’ to the filling, it makes the crust crispy and flaky. Also, always fry Gujiyas on medium-low heat.

How to make Baked Gujiya Recipe?

To make baked Gujiya, preheat the oven to 180°C. Line the Gujiya on a baking sheet and brush them with ghee. Bake for 18-20 minutes and bake.

I have also shared baked Puff Pastry Gujiya recipe where I have used puff pastry sheets for ease. They taste awesome too.

Tips to make your best Gujiya Recipe:

  1. If you are a beginner, then using Gujiya mould is advisable.
  2. You can also add some roasted poppy seeds and coconut to the stuffing.
  3. Shape all the gujiyas first and then fry them. This would make the process easier.
  4. After folding gujiyas, keep them covered with a towel.
  5. Frying gujiya at medium-low heat is recommended. Do not fry gujiyas at high heat. If you use high heat, gujiya will be browned quickly from outside and inside would remain raw.
  6. Before frying Gujiya, check the right temperature of oil by dropping a tiny piece of the dough ball to the hot oil. If it comes on top steadily then it is ready. If it comes on top too slowly then it is not hot enough, or if it comes up too fast then it is too hot.
  7. Make sure that you secure gujiya edges tightly, if the edges won’t stick properly then gujiyas might open up and stuffing would come out in the oil/ghee while frying.
  8. Do not overstuff the gujiya. If you stuff them too much, they might break up while frying.
  9. Do not overcrowd the frying pan. Gujiya won’t fry properly.
  10. Gujiya fried in ghee tastes best, but you can replace ghee with vegetable oil.
  11. If Gujiya breaks in oil while frying, then you can’t fry next batch in that oil. Simply strain the ghee/oil using a metal strainer and then use it again for frying.
  12. You can easily half or double this recipe.
  13. You can store Gujiya at room temperature in an air-tight container for 8-10 days.
  14. Do not forget to add (ghee/oil) ‘moyen’ to the dough. The right amount of ‘moyen’ would give you the perfect crispy and flaky crust.
  15. Do not add too much or very less ghee to the dry flour. Too much ghee will cause breaking up the crust while frying and very less ghee would make the crust very hard.

Make this Mawa Gujiya to celebrate Holi with your loved ones.

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Mawa Gujiya Recipe [RECIPE]

Mawa Gujiya is an Indian style deep fried pastry loaded with mawa (dried milk) stuffing. Gujiyas are crispy from outside and delectably soft, sweet, and melt in the mouth from inside. Gujiya is an exquisite festive sweet dumpling which is a must during the Indian festivals of Holi and Diwali.

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INGREDIENTS

For mawa gujiya pastry dough:

2 cups of all purpose flour (Maida)
a pinch of salt
4 tablespoons ghee
⅓ cup warm water or as needed

For mawa gujiya stuffing:

1/2 cup mawa/khoya – (dried milk solids)
1/2 cup powdered sugar, or as per taste
3 tablespoons chopped cashews (kaju)
3 tablespoons chopped almonds (badam)
3 tablespoons chopped pistachios (pista)
4 tablespoons chopped raisins (kishmish)
1 teaspoon cardamom powder (hari elaichi powder)

For Frying Mawa gujiya:

Ghee or oil


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Dessert Indian 18 Gujiya

Nutrition Info: 125 calories // Servings: 1 gujiya

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to Make Gujiya Dough:


1. Add 2 cups maida (all-purpose flour) to a large mixing bowl.
2. Add a pinch of salt and 4 tablespoons ghee to it.
3. Rub ghee into flour using your fingertips and hand. Now rub the dry flour between your palms to make sure there are no lumps. It should have breadcrumb like texture.
4. To check, press the the flour ghee mixture in your fists, if is holds the shape it is ready.
5. Start adding warm water little at a time. Knead it into stiff and smooth dough.
6. Cover the dough with the damp towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.
7. Divide the dough into 15-18 equal portions.
8. Roll each portion into a smooth ball and flatten it on a work surface or between your palms.
9. Work with one flatten dough ball at a time and cover rest of the balls with a damp towel.

How to Make Mawa Gujiya Stuffing:


Crumble or grate the mawa/khoya.
Heat the crumbled or grated mawa in a broad pan over medium heat.
Roast for about 5 minutes. Keep stirring continuously.
Turn off the heat and let it cool completely before transferring it to a bowl.
Remove it to a bowl. So it gets cool down faster.
Once mawa is cooled, transfer it to a mixing bowl.
Now add sugar, cardamom powder, cashews, almonds, pistachios and raisins. (Mawa should not be warm or hot when you add sugar to it, otherwise sugar would melt and the mawa would turn wet. And we certainly don’t want that).
Mix it well until combined. You can also use your fingertips to it evenly. Keep it aside.

How to Shape Gujiya Using a Fork:


1. Using a rolling pin, roll the flattened dough ball into a 4-5 inch diameter circle. It should not be too thick or too thin.
2. Put about 1.5 tablespoon stuffing in the center. (Do not add too much stuffing, this would break up in oil while frying.)
3. Apply little water around the edges using your finger or brush.
4. Fold it into half circle and seal the edges tightly by pressing it with your fingers.
5. Make dent using a fork and seal it well.
6. Shape all the gujiya and keep them covered with kitchen towel to prevent them from drying out.

How to Shape Gujiya Using a Mould:


1. Using a rolling pin, roll the flattened dough ball into a 4-5 inch diameter circle. It should not be too thick or too thin.
2. Put the rolled disc in the gujiya mould.
3. Place 1.5 tablespoons of filling.
4. Apply water on the edges and press the mould to seal gujiya well.
5. Remove excess dough portion from mould. Gently open mould and take out gujiya.
6. Shape all the gujiya and keep them covered with kitchen towel to prevent them from drying out.

How to Shape Gujiya by Twisting:


1. Using a rolling pin, roll the flattened dough ball into a 4-5 inch diameter circle. It should not be too thick or too thin.
2. Put about 1.5 tablespoon stuffing in the center. (Do not add too much stuffing, this would break up in oil while frying.)
3. Apply little water around the edges using your finger or brush.
4. Fold it into half circle and seal the edges tightly by pressing it with your fingers.
5. Make a design by pinching and twisting all along the sealed edges. (Check the video for reference)
6. Shape all the gujiya and keep them covered with kitchen towel to prevent them from drying out.

How to Fry Gujiya:


1. Heat the ghee/oil in pan over medium heat for frying.
2. Before frying Gujiya, check the right temperature of the oil by dropping a tiny piece of the dough ball to the hot oil. If it comes on top steadily then it is ready. If it comes on top too slowly then it is not hot enough, or if it comes up too fast then it is too hot.
3. Once the oil is hot enough, drop the gujiyas and fry them for all the sides till they are golden brown and crispy.
4. Using a slotted spoon remove the fried gujiyas from oil.
5. Transfer them onto a paper towel lined plate and let them cool completely before storing.
6. Serve at room temperature.

How to Bake Gujiya:


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
2. Place gujiyas in a baking tray and brush them evenly with ghee.
3. Turn the heat to 180°C/356°F.
4. Bake gujiyas for 18-20 minutes or till they are golden.
5. Place baked gujiya on a wire rack and let them cool completely.
6. Once cooled, store the baked gujiya in an air-tight container.

NOTES:

1. You can replace plain flour with whole wheat flour , filo sheets, or puff pastry sheets. 2. You can store Gujiya at room temperature in an air-tight container for 8-10 days.

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