Mawa Gujiya – A traditional Indian festive sweet

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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


  1. In a bowl, mix the flour and ghee until it's crumbly.
  2. Add little water and knead for a short while to make the dough soft (do not knead for too long).
  3. Cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 15 mins.
  4. For the stuffing, heat a non-stick pan and cook the grated mawa for about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour it in a bowl and let it cool down.
  6. Mix all the other stuffing ingredients to the bowl and keep it aside.
  7. To make the gujiyas, you could either use a mold or use the old school way, like I did.
  8. Take some dough, make a ball and roll it very thin (do not add any flour as you roll the dough).
  9. 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).
  10. Put 1tsp filling in the tiny circle, fold it half and use a fork to press the edges.
  11. In a pan or wok, fry enough oil for deep frying these gujiyas.
  12. 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
    Kim Bee
    October 25, 2011 at 9:58 PM

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

  • Tyler Ngo
    Tyler Ngo
    October 25, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    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
    October 25, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Those look really delicious! I love the filling.



  • Rose of Magpie's Recipes
    Rose of Magpie's Recipes
    October 25, 2011 at 11:36 PM

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

  • Kala
    October 26, 2011 at 1:03 AM

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

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    October 26, 2011 at 3:20 AM

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

  • Alyssa
    October 26, 2011 at 3:36 AM

    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
    October 26, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    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. 😀

  • Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    October 26, 2011 at 8:28 AM

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

  • Sukanya
    October 26, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Happy Diwali Kankana

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

  • Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    October 26, 2011 at 8:43 AM

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

  • a spoonful of yumm
    a spoonful of yumm
    October 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM

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

  • Soma
    October 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM

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

  • balvinder
    October 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    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.

  • foodwanderings
    October 26, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    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!!

  • foodwanderings
    October 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Happy Diwali Kankana:)

  • Manju
    October 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    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!
    Do visit my blog when you can :


  • Joyti
    October 26, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    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!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    October 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

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

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    October 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    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….

  • Tadka Pasta
    Tadka Pasta
    October 26, 2011 at 6:22 PM

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

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    October 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM

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

  • Ira Rodrigues
    Ira Rodrigues
    October 26, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    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
    October 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    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!

  • Nash at plateful
    Nash at plateful
    October 26, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    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!

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    October 26, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    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
    October 26, 2011 at 11:10 PM

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

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    October 27, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    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
    October 27, 2011 at 2:28 AM

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

  • Suzi
    October 27, 2011 at 5:59 AM

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

  • Sarah Naveen
    Sarah Naveen
    October 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM

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

  • yummy supper
    yummy supper
    October 27, 2011 at 1:03 PM

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

  • wizzythestick
    October 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    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
    October 27, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    What beautiful little treats! They sound delicious!

  • Kelly
    October 27, 2011 at 4:33 PM

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

  • skip to malou
    skip to malou
    October 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    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
    October 27, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    wow looks delicious and tempting clicks ……..

  • Priya
    October 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM

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

  • Charles
    October 28, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    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!

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    October 28, 2011 at 4:06 AM

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

  • Joanne
    October 28, 2011 at 5:18 AM

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

  • nancy at good food matters
    nancy at good food matters
    October 28, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    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.

  • Karen Xavier
    Karen Xavier
    October 28, 2011 at 8:14 AM

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

  • Kiran @
    Kiran @
    October 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM

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

  • Pia
    November 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    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
    November 7, 2011 at 3:21 AM

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

  • alpana
    November 7, 2011 at 6:01 AM

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