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
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.
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.