India is the land of festivals. From the very beginning till end of the year, one or another festival manages to keep us Indians full of energy and in festive mood. Now, Holi is here and so is the festive spirit. Holi is a festival that brings out the joviality in every Indian. With colors flying in the air, delectable platter of sweets and myriad of happiness sums up to a perfect Holi.
Now, Holi is nothing without the traditional Gujia. Hardly, there are homes in India that do not prepare Gujia on Holi. However, it is only natural if people do not know Hence, today we tell you how you can prepare delectable traditional Gujia at home.
You need to prepare the dough for the gujia pastry:
- All-purpose flour – 1.5 cups
- Ghee – 8 tablespoons
- Baking soda -1/4 teaspoon
- Powdered sugar – 1-2 Tablespoons
Ingredients for the filling
- Fresh grated coconut -1.5 cup
- Cashew nuts, chopped fine 3 tablespoons
- Finely chopped raisins – 3 tablespoons
- Finely chopped dates – 3 tablespoons
- Thinly sliced almonds – 1/4 cup
- Sugar (Use more or less according to your taste) – 3/4 cup
- Powdered cardamom – 1/2 teaspoon
- Powdered ginger – A pinch
- Crushed saffron – A pinch
- 1 tablespoon Ghee
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For deep frying
Mix the flour, sugar, ghee and baking soda to create a texture of bread crumbs that just almost hold together. Now, add water to knead dough. Cover the dough with a damp cloth.
Take a pan and heat 1 tablespoon of ghee in it. Add the almonds, cashews and just sauté them for a few seconds. Make sure they do not turn brown. Now, add coconut, cardamom powder, and sugar, raisins, dates, saffron and ginger powder. Finally add coconut and cook on a very low flame, so that you don’t burn it. It should turn pale brown and should remain dry.
Now, take small balls of approximate similar size dough. Roll the balls into small same sized circles.
Take a tablespoon of filling and fill in the center of each circle and fold over into crescent shapes. Dip the tips of your fingers in water and press the edge tight and seal it, just like dumplings. Fill all the circles. Keep all the gujias aside.
Heat ghee in deep frying pan and fry all the gujias, till they are golden brown in color.
Now, either you can have them like this or you can dip them in sugar syrup and enhance the taste.
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Follow the steps below
Take half cup sugar, a pinch of saffron and ¼ cup water. Boil the sugar and saffron in the water. Heat until the syrup is stretchable to one thread. Slowly down all the gujias into the syrup, don’t keep them dipped. Take them all out, after making sure that all the gujias are well coated in syrup.
Serve them when they are cooled.
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