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 Puja, Govardhan 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!
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.