madcookingfusions wishes you all a very Happy Holi……
In today’s busy life we generally tend to ignore our loved ones, many reasons behind it though….mainly because of our hectic lifestyles and never-ending priorities. So much of running around for all those materialistic things and competing with each other……you must be wondering why such thoughts and that too on my Holi festival post…???? Well we all need to re-sensitize ourselves to such thoughts….and what better time than festivals!!!!
Celebration time is the best time to make it up for all those misses in life, try to spend time with you family and friends, make them feel that “extra special”……I made these Gujjia’s as part of my Holi festival cooking spree. Wish you all also try to make some special dishes for your loved ones this Holi and make a difference because after all – it’s all about being MAD – making a difference!!!
Here I go with my Gujia recipe -
For the dough -
- All Purpose Flour – 2 cups
- Melted ghee or butter – 1/3 cup
- A pinch of salt
- Water for preparing the dough
For the stuffing -
- Khoya/ Mawa (evaporated milk) – 1 cup
- Raisins/Cashews/Almond/Pischatios – 2 tablespoons (chopped)
- Chiroinji (unshelled sunflower seeds) – 1 tablespoon
- Cardamom Powder – 1 teaspoon
- Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup
- Ground Sugar – 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon
- Sooji (Semolina)– 1/3 cup
- Ghee – 2 teaspoons (for roasting sooji)
- Oil for frying
For the dough – Take a bowl, add all-purpose flour to it and add oil or ghee in the centre. Start mixing with your hands softly till the flour forms a bread crumbs like texture. Now add little water and knead the dough, keep adding water slowly and little by little to form a stiff dough.
Ones the dough is ready, cover it with a wet kitchen cloth and keep aside for 20 minutes.
Till the dough is resting, we will prepare the stuffing mixture. Heat 2 teaspoon ghee in a Kadai and add sooji (semolina) to it and roast till light golden brown. Remove in a separate plate and keep aside to cool. Now in the same kadai add khoya/mawa and stir on low flame for about 4 - 5 minutes. Remove it also from flame and keep aside to cool.
After both khoya and sooji are cooled, take a big bowl add khoya, sooji,ground sugar, coconut powder, cardamom powder,chironji seeds and all the nuts. Mix them well with your hands. Your stuffing is now ready! (You can eat this mixture as it is also …yummy)
Now time to make the Gujia’s and then frying them -
Knead the dough ones again with your hands before you start preparing the rolls. Keep it covered under wet cloth during the entire process. Make lemon size balls, roll them into circle shape with the help of a rolling-pin. Put water with your fingers on the edges of the circle, fill it with the stuffing say about 1 1/2 teaspoon. Gently close it as shown in the pic, press with your hands and then use a fork to press the edges, it will give nice look to the gujia’s and will also close the ends of the gujia nicely so that it doesn’t open in the kadai while frying. Please do this step real carefully.
Now heat oil in a kadai, when the oil is hot, gently pour gujia’s into it and cook on medium flame. Do not put more than 3 -4 gujia’s at a time if you using a medium-sized kadai.
Turn sides gently and let them cook for another few minutes (Gujia’s should be cooked from both the sides nicely, fry for few extra seconds if you prefer a little darker crisp color). Take them out and place them on kitchen napkin so that the excess oil is absorbed on it.
The leftover gujia stuffing mixture (if you also have, do go by my way), I will be using for making some parathas from it for my kids – Nutty Mawa Paratha , a spontaneous new invention from my kitchen – it will taste yum trust me!!!!
Serve these gujia’s immediately or else you can also store these in an air tight container for few days!
Here’s another version of yummy gujia recipe for this Holi from an excellent cook & a dear fellow blogger Dassana of vegrecipesofindia. Her Apple Gujia with a touch of cinnamon is so mouth-watering and healthy….Do check out her space for more holi recipes too!
Enjoy these yummy traditional Gujia’s with your family & friends!!!!