Gujiya, Karanji or Chandrakala is a very popular dessert which is prepared in most households during festive occasions like Holi, Diwali, Dushera etc. This sweet dish is a celebration of deliciousness in the festive season of Holi. Traditionally this Holi special gujiya is stuffed with Khoya/mawa, chopped almonds, walnuts, pistachios raisins, green cardamoms, and nutmeg to enhance the flavor . Gujiya is known as different names in different parts of the country like Kajikalayu in Andhra Pradesh, Nevries in Goa, Karachika in Tamil nadu, Ghughra in Gujarat, Karanji in Maharastra & Odisha, Chandrakala in northern part of India, They all are similar in making but have different ingredient in stuffing.
For Outer Layer
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
4 tbsp Ghee or Oil
1 tsp salt
water for kneading
1 Cup Mawa/Khoya
1 Cup jaggery
1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
1/4 Cup Grated Coconut
2 tbsp Raisins
1/4 cup powdered Cashewnuts
1/4 cup powdered almonds
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
For the pastry, sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the ghee with your fingertips till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add one-fourth cup and one tablespoon of cold water and knead into a stiff dough. Cover with piece of damp muslin and set aside for fifteen minutes.
If using frozen mawa, microwave for 20-30 secs or let sit on the counter for 20-30 mins to thaw. Once thawed, gently crush with your fingers making sure to break all the lumps for a crumbled mawa. If using freshly home made mawa, make sure it is crumbly before use.
For the filling, heat a non-stick pan; add the khoya and sauté for three minutes or till the fat separates. Set aside to cool.Add the cashew nuts, almonds and raisins, grated coconut, nutmeg powder, jaggery and mix well.
Divide the dough into equal portions and shape into balls. Roll out each ball into a puri.
Place one portion of the stuffing in the middle , lightly moisten the edges, and bring all sides together to make a potli like design as shown in the picture above.
This is not tough at all. Here you have to pinch it upwards and bundle them.It doesn’t have to be perfect,just make sure it sticks well so that it doesnt open up during the baking process.
Preheat oven to 180 degree centigrade. Grease the baking tray or line a butter paper in a baking tray. Line the gujiyas in baking tray. Coat the gujia with ghee (clarified butter) and honey. Bake for 18-20 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn the sides and brush with ghee and bake till they are golden.
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