Any festival in India is incomplete without dessert. Holi is one such festival which is about a riot of colors and can hardly be complete without a hearty dose of mawa gujiyas – a recipe made with dough stuffed with a sweet filling mawa and deep-fried. Gujiya which is a fried crispy flaky pastry stuffed with sweet mawa filling is one of the staple dessert prepared especially on Holi festival. On this Holi, let us learn how to make gujiyas/mawa gujiyas at our home and serve it with thandai, which is a delicious beverage.
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.
The outer layer is made from all purpose flour. While the stuffing is made from mawa, sugar and nuts. Gujiya is not an overly sweet dish. It has a crispy, flaky exterior with a cardamom flavored sweet filling. Today, am blogging Mawa Gujiya where khoya/mawa is used in place of sooji (semolina). There are many different variation is stuffing recipes like made with sooji or dried fruits and jaggery. The authentic gujiya has stuffing of sweet mawa or khoya. Hence it is known as Mawa gujiya as well.
Gujiyas have come a long way now, and along the way, new shapes and fillings have emerged. You can try the croissant shaped savoury ones, the rich shahi gujiyas, the sweet samosas, the fragrant clove flavoured laanglata, the saffron tinged kesari ones, the coin purse-like potli gujiya and the phool gujiya, that are garnished with petals from the Lotus.
But gujias can be calorie-rich due to the fact that it is fried and filled with mawa or khoya. If you are watching what you eat this Holi, and would like to cut back on the calories, you can try this Potli Gujiyas which is not fried but Baked. This will help you keep the weight off this dessert and will allow you to enjoy it, minus the guilt.