Gujiya Recipe– This is an Indian dessert which is made up of a Puff Pastry with a filling of Khoya/ Mawa. If you are feeling finicky hearing these terms, don’t be! I will provide the complete recipe with a good amount of substitutes with which you can play around and will have a blast in the final product.
Though, I am going to make the North Indian version of the recipe which is sweet and made with Mawa/ Khoya(at last), alongside I am also going to describe the various variations that you can try with the same puff pastry dough.
The puff pastry is going to remain the same, the stuffing will change likewise, the shape will also be the same.
The filling itself will make a big difference, indicating the places at which it was originated.
Let us begin with Sweet Gujiya Recipe with Khoya/Mawa:
This North Indian style Gujiya Recipe makes a perfect dessert for Holi- The festival of colours. Here, In India, we cannot imagine Holi without having Gujiyas in it. Gujiya- lol what a cute name it has, it tastes as wicked as it is named.
Before starting to make Gujiya, we need to talk about Khoya/Mawa which is supposed to be the filling/stuffing in our Gujiyas.
Khoya is made up of Dried Evaporated Milk Solids which has a very easy handy recipe-though a bit time-taking. I advise you to accompany this procedure with some other work that you could do alongside.
You can make your own Khoya or you can buy from a store, definitely homemade is going to taste a lot more delectable, I insist you use Full-fat milk, it will take around 1.5- 2 hours. Approximately 2 Litres/0.5 gallons of milk yields to 350gm of Khoya.
All you need to know about How to make Khoya/Mawa:
- Keep stirring the milk, to avoid browning of milk at the bottom.
- Avoid spilling of milk, I mean keep an eye! 😳
- Scrape the sides occasionally.
- High level of PATIENCE is required! ( Mandatory 🙄 )
At my home, my childhood memories are so funny at the time of Holi, the task was divided among the whole family like who is going to do what, one person will make the dough, one will wrap up the Khoya making thing, another will fold the Gujiyas into shape and someone will deep-fry them.
My favourite task was to eat it all before they even take their shape. I just love sweetened Khoya mixed up with raisins and other dry fruits. I liked it more than Gujiyas lol 😈
If you want to make your own, refer to this Khoya/Mawa Recipe….else simply go and buy from a store.
To begin with the dough part, I am listing the Ingredients down with the step by step instructions on how to make the best flaky dough:
- The flour to oil ratio is the thing which decides the flaky texture of the Gujiyas, also if the ration is not good and balanced then the outer layer will go bubbly which doesn’t look nicer. Do follow the ratio for perfect flakiness.
- If ration is uncertain, the crust will go hard and crispy rather than flaky.
- A little bit of Baking Powder turns out to be a game changer.
How to make Khoya / Mawa dough and stuffing for Gujiya Recipe Step by Step:
I am also going to describe How to make Baked Gujiya Recipe.
If you want to know How to make Gujiya dipped in Sugar Syrup, then don’t worry.
It is just two steps away from your final product. I have described that below.
You may like to experiment with Different ways to make Gujiya, then you’re at the right place!
Karanji- Gujiya Recipe With Coconut Filling
This dish is most famous in the Maharashtrian side of India, where they make it with desiccated coconut, some poppy seeds and some crunchy and healthy dry fruits.
Karanji is a sweet and savoury snack, which is usually made on festivals like Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi.
This dish will give you dual-flavours with a crispy-flaky outer crust followed by a sweeter and melt-in-mouth filling of slightly chewy and soft fresh coconut with a crunch of dry fruits.
Nevris/Neureos Gujiya Recipe-
It needs to be consumed in a little less time due to the use of fresh coconut. Everyone got their own version of this, you can use roasted coconut as well with palm jaggery.
For this, you can use a pastry dough which is 1:1 whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour. The deep fried version tastes the best, you can switch to the baked version too if you don’t want it to be hard on your tummy!
Empanadas (Namkeen Gujiya Recipe) –
This is a savoury form (Namkeen Gujiya Recipe) of Gujiya. You can make uncountable versions of Empanadas by switching over the filling over your choice, use leftover meat or make the vegetable filling of your liking with your favourite melting cheese in it.
This is simply heaven when you are bored of regular meals. And don’t worry about the dough, it is so easy to knead because it actually does not need too much of hard work in the kneading part. So, either go with your food processor or use the best tool(hands) and mix the ingredients well.
Want to go crazy about your desserts?
Chocolate Gujiya Recipe
Nutella Gujiya Recipe
Fresh Fruit Gujiya Recipe
Jam Gujiya Recipe
Bhang(Cannabis) Gujiya Recipe
Not just desserts, if you are crazy about baking, check these amazing baked homemade Garlic Breadsticks, so soft and chewy! Eating these, you’ll feel heaven in your mouth.
If this information made you feel like aahhhhh, it’s too much…drink a glass of Frappe to calm you down and buckle up for this sweet journey. Choose your type of Gujiya and you are in business.
Do not forget to share your feedback and the same disclaimer: I want your photos, oops not yours ” The Gujiyas’..haha I mean I would love to see both of you in your kitchen.Now-Its You and your Gujiya time..TaDa! I ll see you soon, pals!