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Gujiya (Karanji) Recipe

As the vibrant festival of colours approaches, a familiar aroma wafts through Indian households—the irresistible sweetness of Gujiyas. While these delectable treats can be enjoyed year-round, they hold a special place during Holi and Diwali celebrations across India. Made with maida, oil, suji, elaichi, dried fruits, nuts, and creamy Nestlé MILKMAID, these half-moon-shaped delights made using our Gujiya recipe are more than just a flavourful treat; they symbolise bite-sized parcels of joy and togetherness.

About Our Recipe

Our easy Gujiya recipe uses Nestlé MILKMAID in the filling, creating a smooth, rich texture. No more grainy, overly sweet fillings— luscious and sweet MILKMAID seamlessly blends with other ingredients, resulting in a delicious filling.

To make these delectable Gujiyas, start with meticulously prepared maida dough, divided, and rolled into thin rounds—a canvas for delightful flavours. The star is a generous dollop of Gujiya filling, featuring creamy richness from MILKMAID. The pastry elegantly folds into a crescent, sealed with a gentle press.

As they sizzle in oil, a magical transformation happens. Nestlé MILKMAID's sweetness and creaminess intertwines with cardamom and crunchy nuts, enveloping the surroundings in a delightful aroma. Each bite lets you savour the tradition and love in these small parcels of joy.

This festive season, skip store-bought sweets, make Gujiya sweets at home using our easy Gujiya recipe, and share with family and friends—a token of love and celebration!

You can explore our other Holi sweet recipes as well, including Malpua Rabri, Chocolate Gujiya, and Thandai.

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For Dough:

  • 125 gmsMaida (All Purpose Flour)
  • 1/4 cupWater
  • 4 tbsp (20 ml)Oil

For Filling:

  • 1Nestlé MILKMAID Mini
  • 1/2 cupSemolina (Suji)
  • 1/4 tspElaichi (Cardamom) Powder
  • 2 tbspKishmish (Raisins)
  • 2 tbspKaju (Cashew Nuts)
  • 2 tbspChopped Badam (Almonds)
  • 150 gmsFresh Grated Coconut

How to make Gujiya (Karanji)

  • Step 1: To make the filling, roast semolina (suji) on low flame till it changes colour. Mix in Nestlé MILKMAID, elaichi powder, raisins, cashew nuts, almonds, and grated coconut. Cook on medium/low flame, stirring occasionally, till the mixture is dry. Divide into 16 portions.
  • Step 2: To prepare the dough, pour oil into the maida. Add water and make it into a stiff dough. Knead the dough till pliable. Keep aside covered for 10-15 minutes. Knead dough once again. Divide into 16 balls.
  • Step 3: Roll each ball into a flat round. Place one portion of the filling, fold it over and shape it into gujiya sealing the edges with little water. Deep fry in hot oil till golden brown.
  • Step 4: To seal use gujiya moulds or press with the ends of a fork or simply twist with your hand.

Tips to make Gujiya

  • Create a soft, elastic maida dough for flaky Gujiyas by incorporating ghee for added richness (as given in the above Gujiya recipe).
  • Ensure a secure seal to prevent filling leakage when frying Gujiya sweets.
  • Achieve a golden, crispy texture by frying Gujiyas in medium-hot oil.
  • Dip your Gujiyas in warm sugar syrup for a sweet, glossy finish.
  • You can experiment with different fillings like chocolate or gulkand (rose filling).

FAQs on Gujiya

1. Can I bake the Gujiyas?

Certainly, you can opt for a healthier alternative to the traditional deep-frying method by baking Gujiyas. Preheat the oven to 200 °C, follow our easy Gujiya recipe, arrange them on a baking sheet, and bake for 20-30 minutes until they achieve a delightful golden-brown hue.

2. Why is my Gujiya hard?

Even if you follow the Gujiya recipe dedicatedly, sometimes it can end up hard for different reasons.

  • Dry dough - you did not add enough oil or ghee
  • Over-kneading
  • Dry filling

To fix this, you can add more ghee/oil to the Gujiya recipe, knead less, or adjust the filling’s moisture with more Nestlé MILKMAID.

3. Why did my Gujiya’s filling leak?

If your Gujiya's filling leaks, it may be due to improper sealing or overfilling. Prevent leaks during frying by firmly pinching the edges to ensure a tight seal. Also, avoid overstuffing, as excessive filling can break the dough.

4. What is the shelf life of Gujiyas?

Gujiyas can stay fresh for around 1 to 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. You can even refrigerate them to extend their freshness for slightly longer.

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