Mawa Gujiya – A traditional Indian festive sweet

This is my favorite time of the year! By the time one festival gets over, we start prepping for the next one; it’s such a joyful and happy season.

Today we are celebrating Diwali – the festival of light! This festival always brings happiness, laughter, joy and lot of smiles on everyone’s face. There are gifts being exchanged, families get together and there is always something special getting prepared in the kitchen.

Diwali celebration is spread over 5 days and there are lots of significant facts related to this day; return of Lord Rama, the killing of the evil demon Narakasura and return of the Pandava brothers. There are several Pujas (prayers) that happens in different houses depending on different beliefs and culture, like Lakshmi PujaGovardhan Puja and many many more..

We get to wear new clothes and the house is decorated with colorful lights, candles and diyas. Also, there is the bursting of crackers which lights up the sky beautifully and these fireworks go on for 2 days or even more.

Out here, I miss all Indian festivals a lot but this one, I miss the most! Having said that, we are still having our share of fun with some diyas and sweets.

Gujiya is a very common Indian sweet prepared during this festive season. You may call it Puli Pitha, Karjikai, Kadubu or even Emapanadas.. they all look almost the same except that they are made in different styles with different stuffing.

For the stuffing, I chose Mawa (also known as Khoya) and it’s as simple as solid milk. It can be prepared at home by slow cooking milk in an open iron wok for hours and it also involves constant stirring. I do not have that much of patience and since Mawa is so easily available in Indian store, why take the extra trouble!

Gujiya can be kept in airtight jars for few weeks but depending on the filling you chose, it could be either kept in room temperature or refrigerator. I like to enjoy these a lil’ warm. So, I microwave these for few seconds before taking a big bite. These are so delicious that it’s tough to store them for a long time.

Wish you all a very Happy Diwali 🙂 Enjoy a lot, have fun, share some love and stay safe!

Mawa Gujiya – A traditional Indian festive sweet

Serving Size: about 20 gujiyas

Mawa Gujiya – A traditional Indian festive sweet


    for the stuffing
  • 1-1/2 cups grated mawa/khoya
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup grated nuts (cashew, almond, pistachio or whatever you have at home)
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • for the dough 
  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbs ghee/butter
  • water for kneading
  • vegetable oil for deep frying


  • In a bowl, mix the flour and ghee until it's crumbly.
  • Add little water and knead for a short while to make the dough soft (do not knead for too long).
  • Cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 15 mins.
  • For the stuffing, heat a non-stick pan and cook the grated mawa for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour it in a bowl and let it cool down.
  • Mix all the other stuffing ingredients to the bowl and keep it aside.
  • To make the gujiyas, you could either use a mold or use the old school way, like I did.
  • Take some dough, make a ball and roll it very thin (do not add any flour as you roll the dough).
  • Take a cookie cutter or anything else that will help you cut few circles out of the dough (I used a 3-inch cookie cutter).
  • Put 1tsp filling in the tiny circle, fold it half and use a fork to press the edges.
  • In a pan or wok, fry enough oil for deep frying these gujiyas.
  • The key thing to remember is that do not make the oil too hot. It should be medium hot and fry these until they're light golden brown in color.


Let it cool before you bite into it.. it's tough to wait, trust me! I love it when its warm.. but it tastes good even when it's cooled to room temperature.

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Kim Bee says:

This is an amazing recipe. Looks so tasty. And your pictures are breathtaking.

Tyler Ngo says:

We just got a Diwali package from India from the bf’s mom! Even got Thalipeeth. Obviously it was meant for me because the bf is not going to do anything with it! Do you have a recipe? And Happy Diwali!

Rosa says:

Those look really delicious! I love the filling.



Oooh that looks so delicious Kankana! I LOVE that second picture with a sari(?) as the bg. It is breathtaking!

Kala says:

Beautiful mood in these images and of course they look delicious.

I love the look of this Kankana, and the combination of flavours with the nuts and coconut sound fantastic. Happy Diwali to you!! 😀

Alyssa says:

Ahh, so that’s why I’ve seen some neighbors putting up strings of lights recently! Those sweets look heavenly and the celebration sounds like so much fun!

Divya says:

Happy Diwali, Kankana! Hope you and your family have a great year ahead.

I absolutely love this post – it brought back so many Diwali memories from back home. 😀

The festival of lights sounds like a lot of fun! The treats look super-yummy too!

Sukanya says:

Happy Diwali Kankana

Gujiyas looks absolutely delishh…loved it, its very silent here on Diwali nights 🙁

Beautiful, Kankana! And happy Diwali to you! These look absolutely gorgeous and I hope that you have a wonderful day today!

i love gujiyas ! the diwali diyas look lovely, i used to paint small pots like those…miss doing that

Soma says:

Lovely Lovely post and I cannot take my eyes off that 2nd photograph. Dreamy and surreal. Happy Diwali Kankana!

balvinder says:

Happy Diwali to you,kankana. I love Gujiya. I used to miss it before when I can’t make the dough gluten free, now I do all sorts of experiment with my flours.

OMG my mom maked these but without the mawa/kohya. She makes two versions one with coconut and one with sweetened semolina and nuts in both. My American husband absolutely loves them and she will make these especially for him when we visit Israel. It is a traditiona; break the fast treat for Yom Kippur and I considered making them this year and post but happy to see it here instead.:) We call it something different though. Been a ong day already and the name escapes me now..I will let you know on twitter. Great job. Gorgeous!!

Happy Diwali Kankana:)

Manju says:

those gujiyas looks so amazing…I make a similar version but instead of khoya I add roasted semolina , it tastes awesome.
Wanted to make some this year but having a little baby at home can totally change your plans 🙂
Wishing you a Happy Diwali!
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Joyti says:

I haven’t had gujiyas in years…yours turned out so pretty. I love that you made them the old-fashioned way. And they sound delicious.
Oh, and happy and prosperous Diwali to you!

a feast indeed- a simply delicious, beautiful, appetizing feast~! Wow, i mean it i love the filling in the pastry.

Beautiful my dear…..
What a perfect choice of recipe for this time of the year,
I am gonna make this soon, always loved them but somehow never tried at home.
Beautiful pics, specially the small handi’s n diya….

That was so lovely, Kankana. Really enjoyed reading this post and drooling over those delicate gujiyas.

Such lovely photos, I especially like the one on the platter with the fabric.

Wishing you happy Diwali Kankana.
Btw, the mood of your photographs are created very well *bravo! it really suits for the festive, i just loving it!

Ann says:

Wow – that looks delicious and your photos are simply stunning! I hope you have a GREAT festival, but judging by the deliciousness and sheer happiness of your post – I suspect you will!

How do you take such stunning pictures, sweetness? Really! My favorite is the second shot-WOW. Not sure if I’ve tasted gujiya, looks delish. Happy Dipawali dearest, belated though!

Happy Diwali K! Gujiya is one my husbands favoritest thing and I have never attempted making it. The recipe you posted sounds fairly simple and one that i might try!

Spandana says:

Beautiful pics kankana.. my mom makes them with coconut filling!!
Mawa filling sounds very delicious!!
I loved the small colorful candle pots 🙂

Happy Diwali to you! My neighbors are turning all lights and I was thinking of you. I hope you had a nice celebration. I love every photos… the coconut filling is killing me. Do you eat this only this time? I can eat this every day…. looks so yummy!

Priya says:

Nice presentation,kankana..hope u had wonderful diwali with ur family..

Suzi says:

Kankana these look lovely. Nice and crispy, yum. Happy Diwali to you and your family.

What amazing pics Kankana..I am in love with each one of them..wanna gobble up some of those cutie pies !
Happy Diwali!

Kankana, I hope you had a nice Diwali!
🙂 Erin

A belated Shubh Divali! These look out of this world good. I have never had these before but this is definitely going on my to do list

sally says:

What beautiful little treats! They sound delicious!

Kelly says:

Kankana, your pictures are so beautiful and full of richness. These Indian treats are right up my alley: cardamom, coconut and raw nuts – delightful!

Happy Diwali Kankana! I know the feeling of missing celebrations and holidays like Diwali is. But isn’t it neat that we could re-create these festivities through food. It takes us home with every bite… and the rest is left with our imagination to take us “home”
The weekend is here… I hope you will have a fun one!

Kalyani says:

wow looks delicious and tempting clicks ……..

Priya says:

Great shots…..Love the one with the pots!

Charles says:

Happy Diwali! Thank you for sharing these stories and photos with us. So nice to read! I love the look of these little sweets. So delicious looking!

Beautiful festive treat! Happy Diwali to you and your family!

Joanne says:

I love learning about new Indian sweets and that filling sounds incredibly delicious!

a festival of light–how wonderful! I loved learning about Diwali, and these photographs capture the mood perfectly—they are especially stunning. Beautiful work, beautiful treat.

Hope you had a wonderful Diwali. These sweets do look really fantastic and inviting!

Happy Diwali love – the photos are as beautiful and reminisce of how we celebrate back at home 🙂

Pia says:

gorgeous photographs, kankana! and the gujiyas were too, i’m sure. not sure about getting mawa here, so i’m going to try these with homemade chhana instead.

Mallika says:

That looks divine, gujiyas are my favorites and I love them to core!

alpana says:

One of my fav’s ……..looks awesome………pics are beyond amazing as always. Thanks for sharing this wonderful treat.