Gujia, Ghugra, Karangi
Gujia is a fried pastry filled with an aromatic nuts mixture. In India, Gujia is traditionally made for the holidays like Diwali and Holi and is a must have treat.
- 1 cup all purpose flour (plain flour or maida)
- 1 tbsp sooji (semolina flour)
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/3 cup lukewarm water use as needed
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
- 1 cup milk powder
- 1/4 cup coconut powder
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp melon seeds (optional)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp sliced almonds and pistachios
To Make Paste
- 1 tbsp all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp water
Mix flour, sooji, and oil in a bowl, make a soft dough adding water slowley as needed. Knead the dough until the dough becomes soft and pliable.
Set the dough aside and cover it with a damp cloth. Let the dough sit for at least ten minutes.
Mix the cream and milk powder in a frying pan. Cook on medium heat until mixture starts leaving the sides of the frying pan and becomes soft runny dough. Stir continuously so the mixture does not burn on the bottom of the pan.
Turn off the heat and add coconut, almonds, melon seeds, sugar, and cardamom powder. Mix together well. After cooling, the mixture will be lightly moist. Keep aside.
Making the Gujias:
Mix 2 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of flour to make a paste. Set aside.
Knead the dough again for a minute. Divide the dough into about 20 equal parts and roll into balls with the palms of your hands.
Roll each ball into about 4-inch diameter (like a roti or chappati).
Dip your finger in the flour paste and spread it around the rim of the rolled dough, but just on the half the circle.
Take the rolled dough in your palm and put about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the filling mixture in the center and fold it into a semi-circle. Now press the edges together with your fingers. Make sure the edges are completely sealed otherwise they will open while frying and oil will get in and filling will come out. Continue filling the rest of the gujia in the same manner.
Heat about 1 inches of oil in a frying pan on medium heat. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of dough into the oil. It should sizzle right away but come to the surface slowly.
Place the gujia in the frying pan few at a time.
After gujhias are floating on top of the oil, turn them slowly. Fry the gujias until they turn light golden-brown color on all sides. Don't fry on high heat; the gujia crust will be too soft and not crispy.
When they are done cooking, lift them out of the oil with a slotted spoon.
Boil the sugar and water on medium heat until syrup is about one thread or 230 degrees (Fahrenheit) on a candy thermometer.
Dip the gujias into the syrup making sure they are coated with syrup all around. Place the gujias on a wire rack to allow the extra syrup drain.
Garnish the gujias with sliced almonds and pistachios while the gujhias are still moist with syrup.
Gujias will be dry in an hour.