November 10, 2010

Mawa filled Gujiya/Karanji ~ Diwali Sweet

Gujiya/Karanji is in my to-do list for a long time. So Diwali was the perfect time to give it a try.  Preparing the filling isn't any difficult. I wasn't sure if I the outer cover will come out well. It should neither turn soggy or very hard. I told my MIL, if it doesn't turn out well, I will convert this into Bolis. After frying the first batch and I switched off the stove and waited for it cool down. I asked my MIL to do the taste testing and she gave a thumbs up.

Since sugarless khova is easily available here unlike my hometown, I decided not to prepare the khova at home since its very time consuming and  I had other sweers and savories also to be made. I got khova from a near by dairy farm and it was very fresh.

You need

For the outer cover
  • All purpose flour /Maida - 1 cup
  • Ghee/Butter - 2 tblspn
  • Powdered sugar - 2 tspn
  • Warm water to prepare the dough
  • Oil to deep fry

For Filling

  • Mawa/Khova - 1 cup
  • Dry Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Powdered sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Cashews/raisins - 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom - 1 tspn
  • Semolina - 1 tblspn


Add ghee and sugar to maida. Mix in well so that the ghee/butter coats the flour well. Slowly add warm water to get a stiff dough. Cover with a damp cloth and leave it for at least an hour.

Take mawa in a kadai. Roast it over low heat for a minute or two. I used store bought dry coconut. If you are using fresh grated coconut, roast it separately till it starts browning.  Add in grated coconut, sugar, cashew, raisins, semolina and cardamom. Mix well and continue cooking till it comes together. It might appear a bit sticky but on cooling it will be fine. While filling, if you find it too sticky, just add a teaspoon of maida and mix.

Take a marble size dough and roll into a thin poori. I rolled into a big chappathi and cut out using a lid of steel dabba. I did not  need any flour for dusting while rolling. Not using any flour also helps in the texture of the fried gujiya, to keep it soft.

Keep a spoon of the filling on one half and fold the other half on top of the filling.

Seal the edges well. Take care that it is sealed well so that it doesn't open up on frying.

To seal, you can use a paste of maida and water. I didn't require any.I pressed it well and I didn't have any problem of opening up. After shaping the gujiyas, if you are not immediately frying them, cover them with a damp cloth. Deep fry 3 or 4 at a time in a moderately hot oil. Drain them when it is golden in color.

The covering was very crisp and soft and indeed has layers too. I wanted to try applying rice flour and ghee paste on multiple pooris and then again roll it out to get layers. But in spite of not doing that, I got perfect Gujiyas. To make it more rich, you can just dip them in sugar syrup. I chose not to do that.

You can practically stuff this with any filling of your choice. I had made the dough using 1 1/2 cups of maida. The filling was not enough. So for the remaining dough I made a filling of chutney dal/pottukadalai powder , sugar, dry coconut and cashews. I just mixed everything and filled it. That also turned out very delicious.


  1. Looks so yummy :) I have never tried anything of this kind. Your pics and post is making me want to do it soon :)

  2. Looks yum yum, a delight for the eyes and taste.

  3. Karanji Looks yummy....
    1st time got nice blog..and yummy recipes..

    Gald to follow you..

  4. Looks yummy. You are simply enjoying in Pune I think!!!


  5. Totally inspired to try out your recipe,you writing style makes me want to try them right away!And super pics!WOW

  6. I had this at my friend's place,she had used the spring roll pastries for this , this looks very tempting! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. looks so delicious. Nice recipe.

  8. Hi Jayasree, am totally new to your blogs. Its really nice.


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