Friday, March 9, 2012

Gujias With Paneer and Coconut filling

It's been so colourful this week everywhere, not just in India and in our great blogosphere too.  Oh! Yeah, everybody around here is celebrating Holi,  I don't know much about this festival and we don't celebrate it either, but I don't think there is nothing wrong in getting tempted by the sweets which are specially made for Holi. Although being a food blogger is a real pleasure, sometimes I feel like we do have a few disadvantages, like started craving and tempted by the foods which we see in other blogs  or may be it's just me :( 


Anyway, this whole week I have been tempted by these yummy sweets and drinks like gujias and thandai.  I satisfied my craving for thandai by having some store bought Badam milk, so I need some gujias now.   Gujias are a traditional Indian sweet, it has a wrapper made out of flour and filled with khoya , dry fruits and coconut.  We, in South India, particularly in places like Nagercoil, they make a sweet very similar to this, filled with only sweetened coconuts, which is known as Poorians, funny name, huh!
Me and my husband enjoy this sweet with just coconut filling, today I have added some paneer too, which was really yummy! Enjoy making this simple sweet with your favourite filling.

Preparation Time:30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Makes about 20

Ingredients:
For the pastry cover:
Plain flour- 200 g
Ghee- 1 tbsp ( melted )
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda- a pinch
Water to knead the dough

For the filling:
Paneer- 100 g
Fresh grated coconut- 4 tbsp
Sugar- 50 g
Saffron- few strands soaked in warm milk
Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp
Almonds and pistachios- 1 tbsp (roughly chopped)

For the paste:( mix it together to make as a paste )
Plain flour- 1 tbsp
Water- 1/2 tbsp

Oil for deep frying.

Method:
Mix the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda in bowl.  Add the melted ghee and mix well to incorporate into the dough. Now add enough water and make it into a smooth and pliable dough.  Cover the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.

Prepare the filling:

Crumble the paneer and mix it with sugar, coconut and saffron milk.  Start heating this mixture in a stove top in medium heat, keep stirring continuously without sticking to the bottom of the pan.  After sometime you can notice that the mixture has started releasing some liquid.  Keep stirring continuously until the mixture looks dry.  Finally add the cardamom powder and chopped nuts, mix it well.

Prepare the gujias:

Divide the dough into 15 to 20 equal rounds.  Roll out each into a 5 to 6 cm diameter circle.  Place a small amount of filling in the middle.  Apply the paste around the edges, make it into a semi circle and seal the edges.


Heat oil in a kadai, when the oil gets heated.  Reduce the temperature to medium to low, add 2 to 3 gujias at a time and fry it on both sides until it looks golden brown in colour.
Serve it while they are still warm or let it cool down completely and store it in an air tight container.  Since we have added paneer and coconut, it's better to finish it off in a day or two.
 

38 comments:

Ramya said...

lovely snack..my kids fave

What's Baking?? said...

Looks good. We have the same here but it's savory. The filling is usually curry chicken.

Ambika said...

Beautiful gujiyas!! I also made them for Holi and your look so much better than mine! Love them!

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely clicks ayeesha and hey it's sweet of u to enjoy the joyous spirit of holi !

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Absolutely tempting gujias...Looks beautiful and Now I wish to grab one but cannot :( So Will drool at your picture.

Lecker and Yummy Recipes said...

No its not just u getting tempted with these sweets....me too, especially after seeing these gujias !!!! very inviting !!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Gujiyas look simply outstanding. Since Holi is called festival of colors, pray to Almighty that may all these vibrant colors fill your life.

Deepa
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Aarthi said...

This looks delicious..Totally YUMMY

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Farah said...

amazing pics and creativity! lovely recipe too.......

Srimathi said...

Beautiful photos. Happy Holi. The coconut filled gujias look delicious.

Priya dharshini said...

gujias luks so tempting...well made..

Suja Manoj said...

Tempting and flavorful filling..superb,perfectly made

maha said...

Oh my god..such a mouthwatering dish..it looks just awesome...vl try 4 sure....

How can u take these wonderful pics..awesome creativity in pics
Maha

Rasi said...

they look so good..loved the paneer filling :)

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Kitchen Flavours said...

There is no harm in feasting the delicacies....even i was tempted to see so much of sugar rush for HOLI...Love that stuffing....Gujia's look perfect in shape and yum...

Alpana said...

Perfectly made gujyas........I also made some for holi but gujiya post is already there on my blog from last year.

Julie said...

Very tempting ones..never tried adding paneer,innovative idea!!

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Gayathri Kumar said...

Nice twist to the traditional gujjiyas. Awesome snaps...

indugetscooking said...

The pictures are so clear.....

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Beautifully made n wonderful clicks..

simran said...

yummy!..........perfect gujias.....love the filling!

BurntApple said...

This looks so good! Your gujiyas look absolutely beautiful!

Kaveri said...

Nice pics and yummy gujiya

Tina said...

beautiful clicks dear...Gujia looks delicious.

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow...
looks rich and delicious dear :)
awesome clicks .

Archana said...

Beautiful ghujia

San said...

Finger licking good gujias, like the stuffed coconut filling. Superb pics.

Familycook said...

This post brought back a lot of good memories. Pics look perfect,

Preeti Garg said...

Awesome....

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schmetterlingwords said...

Yummm.... Now I just want to gobble up a few of these gorgeous gujias... They look so perfect and inviting Ayeesh... Lovely photos too :)

Pranjali said...

mouthwatering dish...I m abig fan of gujias.

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RAKS KITCHEN said...

Never taste one before, lovely pictures with authentic feel!

SuzyEats said...

these look amazing. im happy that i found your blog! i am always looking for good indian recipes :-)

Kanan Patel said...

such a mouthwatering dish..it looks just awesome. 1st time here and lie your space.
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Lavanya said...

This is my fav :)

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Torviewtoronto said...

gujias look fabulous

Akila said...

OMG...so yummy n delicious...

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