Diwali sweets

Mother-in-law was visiting around this time last year on Diwali. So there was a lot of cooking going on. From Khasta kachoris and flaky mathri to rich and seductive gulab jamuns and pipping hot gujiyas which practically melted in your mouth, we were cooking non-stop. Butterfly ran through the house stealthily grabbing some for herself and a few for her dolly friends who were apparently “very very hungry for some gujiyas” at the time. My 7 month pregnant self was fatigued, tired and bothered by the fact that Abhishek had not put up the diwali lights yet. He had been promising me for several days now that it will be done right away and it was almost diwali night. No sign of lights still! And those rangoli colors. Somehow they manage to find a safe place in the storage to hide every year, right before diwali.

Gujiya

Hurriedly going through every possible box with the butterfly, looking for the boxes of red, green and yellow I suddenly realized- it felt like diwali! The same aroma filling up the air in the house. A weird yet unforgettable mixture of the smell of crumbly gujiyas frying in the kitchen, hugging the sweet smell of jasmine scented agarbatti (incense sticks) escaping mumma’s room. The same sense of urgency to get things in order before it’s time for the whole family to sit together in our finest attire and joining hands for pooja and thanking god for all he has blessed us with. It felt like Diwali! Even more so with the parents being here.

Gujiya

That’s what festivals are for right? About celebrating what we are blessed with. Not about lights, or rangoli or gujiyas maybe. Although those rangoli making with your little one and frying gujiyas with your mum-in-law makes memories. Good ones! So they need to be done too. Although I will not be able to do that with mum-in-law this year as we are a long distance apart but gujiyas still need to be fried. So while missing family here in a land which we cannot call foreign anymore for it’s what’s home now, it still feels foreign on festivals. Hopefully these gujiyas will help.

Wish you and yours a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali!

Gujiya Recipe

A deep fried dumpling made with a crispy and flaky pastry covering with some kind of sweet filling inside.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Diwali, Indian, Sweets
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Prerna Singh

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • Mawa- 1 cup  solidified reduced milk available at any Indian store
  • Powdered Sugar- 1/4 cup
  • Almonds-1 tablespoon  coarsely chopped
  • Golden Raisins- 1 tablespoon
  • Cashews- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped
  • Ghee- 2 teaspoon
  • Cardamom powder- 1/2 teaspoon

For the pastry:

  • All purpose flour- 2 cups
  • Ghee- 2-3 tablespoons warm and melted
  • Cold Water approx. 1/2 to 3/4
  • Oil for deep frying

Instructions

Preparing the filling:

  1. Crumble the mawa/khoya or grate it.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan on medium low heat. Add mawa/khoya. Cook the mixture until the crumbles soften and come together, stir continuously for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat. Add sugar, nuts and cardamom. Mix it all together and let it cool completely.
  4. Kneading the pastry dough:
  5. In a large mixing bowl mix together flour and ghee together. Rubbing between your palms slowly mix the two until it looks crumbly and holds itself when held tight in the fist.
  6. Now slowly add water and knead it into a soft dough. Follow the instructions in this video.
  7. Cover with damp cloth. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes.

Bringing it all together:

  1. Divide the dough into equal sized balls, golf ball size.
  2. Dust the work station and roll the dough into circular disks, approx. 4 inches in diameter. (Try using as little flour as possible for dusting as extra dusting flour on the pastry will separate in the oil when fried.)
  3. Place the rolled dough either on the gujiya mould or lying flat on the work station, add 1 1/2 tablespoon of filling on one half side of the circle. Lightly moisten the edges with a paste of water and flour mixture, fold the other half over the stuffing and press the edges to seal. Pinch the edges either with a fork or a gujiya cutter.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the filling. Cover the prepared gujiyas with damp cloth while working on the rest before frying.
  5. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Deep fry untill the pastry is golden. Either serve piping hot or cool it down before storing in an airtight container.

Here are some other recipes that might fit in your diwali celebration menu.

Doodh Ka Sheera

Mango Pudding

Coconut Laddu

Apple Halva

Jalebi

Kaju Katli

Gajar halwa

Cocoa Covered Pistachio Truffles

Rose Petal Jam (Gulkand) Ice Cream

Firni

Khasta Kachori

Dahi Vada

Sweet And Savory Orange Cumin Shortbread Cookies

Baked Misti Doi

Nankhatai

Goriba

Peach Gujiya

Falooda Kulfi

Rice Pudding Mango Parfait

Besan Halwa

Some more recipes from friends:-

Spicy Sev Recipe By Sia of Monsoon Spice

Mewa Chikki By Tanvi of Sinfully Spicy

Sweet Potato Gulab Jamuns By Kankana of Playful Cooking

Nolen Gur Rice Kheer By Deeba Rajpal of Passionate About Baking

Apple Jalebi By Pavithra of Dishes From My Kitchen

Coconut and Saffron Semolina Cake (Basbousa) By Kajal Tensinghani of Applemint

Samosa Pinwheels By Richa or Vegan Richa

Moong Daal Mini Samosa By Hina Gujral of Fun Food and Frolic

Paal Kozhukattai (Rice Flour Dumplings in a Coconut Milk Pudding) By Anjana of Happy and Harried

Caramel Custard Pudding By Ishita of Ishita Unblogged

 

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