Gujiya Recipe (Mawa Gujiya Recipe)

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Holi or Diwali festival is incomplete without this mawa gujiya recipe. I am sharing the step by step homemade gujiya recipe, so you can follow the pics and make it without fail.

5 mawa gujiya in a plate with one cut into half in a small plate in the back with napkin underneath

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What Is Gujiya?

Gujiya (Gujia) is a traditional sweet, deep-fried, half-moon shaped dumpling. The outer layer is made from all purpose flour and it is crispy yet flaky in texture. The stuffing is made from mawa (khoya), sugar, nuts and it is very rich, sweet in taste.

Different Regional Names

Different regions of India have their own name and version of making mawa gujiya. Some have different methods/ingredients for stuffing. But the basic method, shape, size are almost the same

  • Ghughra in Gujarat (stuffing made from semolina, dry coconut, nuts)
  • Karanji in Maharashtra (stuffing made from coconut, milk, poppy seeds)
  • Nevris in Goa (stuffing made from coconut, jaggery)
  • Kajjikayalu in Andhra Pradesh (stuffing made from dry coconut, semolina)

There is another version of making gujiya from the region of Rajasthan. Once they are fried, then it is dipped into the sugar syrup and garnished with chopped nuts. I will share this recipe sometime later.

The authentic gujiya has a stuffing of sweet mawa or khoya. Hence it is known as Mawa gujiya as well.

🧾Ingredients

Here is the pic of the ingredients used in making mawa gujiya recipe. 3 Ingredients (flour, salt, ghee) plus water are required to make outer cover. The rest is required to make stuffing. And oil is needed for deep frying (not shown in the pic).

Khoya (Mawa): I have used store-bought khoya which is available here in the USA in any Indian grocery store next to the dairy section. 

ingredients used in gujiya includes flour, salt, ghee, khoya, sugar, coconut, nutmeg, cardamom, almonds, cashews, raisins

👩‍🍳Step By Step Photo Instructions 

Making Stuffing:

1) Heat the mawa in a pan on medium heat. 

2) Keep stirring continuously, it will start to melt. Cook until it becomes light brown, turn off the stove. It took me about 3-4 minutes.

3) Remove it to a bowl and let it cool to touch (warm). Then add sugar, cardamom powder, nutmeg, cashews, almonds, and raisins. Please make sure that khoya is warm, not hot. If it is hot then the sugar will start to melt and stuffing will be a runny and paste-like consistency.

4) Mix it well.it is better to use your fingertip to break all the lumps and to mix thoroughly.

collage of 4 steps showing cooking khoya, becomes light brown, adding rest of the stuffing things in a bowl, mixing the stuffing

Making Dough:

1) You can do this step while mawa is cooling in the above step to cut down the prep time. Take all purpose flour, salt and ghee in a bowl. Rub the mixture using your fingertips. It will be a breadcrumb-like texture.

2) Start adding little water at a time. Knead into a stiff and smooth dough. Cover it and let it rest for 15 minutes. 

collage of 2 steps making dough. Shows dough ingredients in a bowl and dough ball in a bowl

Shaping Gujiya:

1) After the resting time of the dough, knead the dough once again to smooth out and divide it into 10 equal portions. Roll into a smooth ball and flatten it between your palms.

2) Work with one flatten disc at a time. Roll into a 4-inch diameter circle using the rolling pin and rolling board.

3) Put about a tablespoon stuffing in the center. Apply little water around the edges using your finger or you can use the pastry brush.

4) Fold it into a half-circle. Seal the edges by pressing it. If you have gujia mold then use that.

5) Now using a fork make the indentation around the edges. it will do two things, one makes a nice design and second it will make sure that it is sealed tightly. If it is not sealed properly then it will open up while frying and it will be a big mess. This design is for beginners, if you are expert and patient enough to make the design by hand then go ahead. I am not one of them.

6) Repeat the same for rest and keep them covered with a clean kitchen towel to prevent them from drying.

Collage of 6 steps showing small dough discs, rolled disc, stuffing in the center, shaped in half-circle, sealing with fork, all shaped gujia in a plate

Frying Mawa Gujiya:

1) When about to finish shaping, heat the oil or ghee in a pan on medium heat for frying. I have used oil. Once it is hot enough, then fry few at a time.

2) Flip or move in between for even browning.

3) Once it is golden brown and crispy from all sides, use the slotted spoon to remove it.

4) Remove it to a paper towel-lined plate and let it cool completely before serving or storing them into the container. NOTE: This mawa gujiya does not store for more than 2 days because of the khoya. 

collage of 4 steps showing gujia into the oil, slightly browned, removing the fried gujia and fried ones in a plate

💭Expert Tips

  • For the dough, flour and ghee proportion should be right. The addition of ghee or oil in the flour is known as ‘Moyen’ or ‘Moyan’. It makes the outer layer crispy and flaky. If you add less amount than mentioned, the crust will be hard and crispy (not flaky). If you add more amount than mentioned, the crust may break while frying.
  • Do not over stuff. Little less is ok, but too much stuffing will cause breaking up while frying.
  • Gujia has to be sealed tightly, if not then it will open up during frying process. And filling will come out into the oil. Thus it will burn and stick to other gujiya’s surface. It will ruin the taste as well as look.
  • Oil should be at the right temperature. Check by dropping a little piece of dough, if it comes on top steadily then it is ready. If it comes on top too slowly or too fast then it is not good to fry.

FAQs

How to make gujiya without khoya?

If khoya is not available where you live then you can use the same amount of milk powder. Add a little drizzle of melted ghee, just to make the mixture a little moist and crumbly. 
Or simply make instant khoya using milk powder and use that. 

How to make gujiya stuffing with semolina?

Substitute the same amount of mawa with semolina. Roast the semolina in a couple of tablespoons of ghee until aromatic and has slight color change.

gujia cut into half to show inside stuffing in a small plate with napkin under the plate.

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Gujiya (Mawa Gujia)

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Gujiya is a traditional sweet, deep-fried, half-moon shaped dumpling.  Holi or Diwali festival is incomplete without this mawa gujiya recipe.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Indian

Calories: 329kcal

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 1 hour

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml) See details

Instructions 

  • Making Stuffing: Heat the mawa in a pan on medium heat. Keep stirring continuously, it will start to melt. Cook until it becomes light brown, turn off the stove. It took me about 3-4 minutes.

  • Remove it to a bowl and let it cool to touch (warm). Then add sugar, cardamom powder, nutmeg, cashews, almonds, and raisins.

  • Mix it well.it is better to use your fingertip to break all the lumps and to mix thoroughly.

  • Making Dough: You can do this step while khoya is cooling in the above step to cut down the prep time. Take all purpose flour, salt and ghee in a bowl. Rub the mixture using your fingertips. It will be a breadcrumb-like texture.

  • Start adding little water at a time. Knead into a stiff and smooth dough. Cover it and let it rest for 15 minutes.

  • Shaping Gujiya: After the resting time of the dough, knead the dough once again to smooth out and divide it into 10 equal portions. Roll into a smooth ball and flatten it between your palms.

  • Work with one flatten disc at a time. Roll into a 4-inch diameter circle using the rolling pin and rolling board.

  • Put about a tablespoon stuffing in the center. Apply little water around the edges using your finger or you can use the pastry brush.

  • Fold it into a half-circle. Seal the edges by pressing it. If you have gujia mold then use that.

  • Now using a fork make the indentation around the edges. it will do two things, one makes a nice design and second it will make sure that it is sealed tightly. If it is not sealed properly then it will open up while frying and it will be a big mess.

  • Repeat the same for rest and keep them covered with a clean kitchen towel to prevent them from drying.

  • Frying Gujiya: When about to finish shaping, heat the oil or ghee in a pan on medium heat for frying. I have used oil.

  • Once it is hot enough, then fry few at a time, flip or move in between for even browning.

  • Once it is golden brown and crispy from all sides, use the slotted spoon to remove it.

  • Remove it to a paper towel-lined plate and let it cool completely before serving or storing them into the container.

Notes

  • For the dough, flour and ghee proportion should be right. It makes the outer layer crispy and flaky. If you add less amount than mentioned, the crust will be hard and crispy (not flaky). If you add more amount than mentioned, the crust may break while frying.
  • Do not over stuff. Little less is ok, but too much stuffing will cause breaking up in the oil.
  • It has to be sealed tightly, if not then it will open up during frying. And stuffing will come out into the oil. Thus it will burn and stick to other gujiya’s surface. It will ruin the taste as well as look.
  • Oil should be at the right temperature. Check by dropping a little piece of dough, if it comes on top steadily then it is ready. If it comes on top too slowly or too fast then it is not good to fry.

Nutrition

Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.3g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 16.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 27g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.4mg

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving




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