India is a land of cultures and festivals where every festival is loaded with a number of customs and traditions. Can you imagine any Indian festival without any specific customary cuisine? Well, at least we can’t!  Most of the Indian festivals need loads and loads of Indian sweets and snacks and this special cuisine makes the happiness of the festival spread in the air. Since Holi is near, let us have a look at the most popular Holi cuisine recipe. Yes, you got it right. We are referring to none other than “the mouth-watering Gujiyas”!

Refined Flour’ aka ‘Maida’ is the main ingredient in preparing Gujiya. Some say that consuming refined flour has some adverse effects on health, still we use it in most of the snacks and cakes. Ironical, isn’t it? It is because, Maida does possess the basic properties that scientifically produce better breads, biscuits, cakes, pastries, pies and doughnuts!

Let's get onto some fun facts about Maida that you perhaps never noticed!

Elasticity: Maida is basically a part of wheat flour that has no germ or bran. It is whiter, finer than wheat flour with a lot of Elasticity. There is no other flour that provides as much elasticity as maida does. Can you imagine the sumptuous Rumali Roti without the elasticity in the dough? This would have made you understand how important it is to have maida in kitchen! 

Great bread maker: Well, not only it’s a great bread maker in itself but also acts as a perfect supplement for other flours, especially those that simply doesn’t hold well, like Bajra flour. Who can forget our very own Naans in their varied versions, Butter Naan, Stuffed Naan and many more? Whether it’s the sweet flavored Maharashtrian puranpoli or the Singapore staple roti prata, maida is just irreplaceable.

Multi-purpose power:  Well, apart from our beloved pizza or pav, do you know what can maida be used for? Well, sprinkle some of it while rolling your pastries and see the magic! Or to prevent your fruit cake from sticking to the bottom of the cake, coat the dry fruits well with a little maida and enjoy the cake! We know you just loved these tips and we are glad you liked them!

Let us have a look at the most famous of the Holi Sweet recipes – The  Mawa Gujiya recipe

Ingredients for Khoya Gujiya Recipe: 

  • 1/3rd cup crumbled Khoya/Mawa
  • ½ cup Maida or Refined Flour
  • 2 teaspoon Ghee
  • Oil to deep fry

Dry Fruits:

  • Dried Figs ½ cup (chopped)
  • Seedless Dates ½ cup (chopped)
  • 5 Chopped Cashews
  • 5 chopped Almonds
  • 5 chopped Walnuts

Step by Step Recipe 

  1. For the covering, rub the flour with your ghee dipped fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Now add 1/4th cup of water and knead into hard dough. Cover with lightly damp muslin or cotton cloth and keep aside for twenty minutes.
  2. Prepare the Filling by adding Khoya/Mawa into a hot non-stick pan and sauté for 4 minutes or until the oil starts separating.  Set aside for cooling.
  3. Add all the fry fruits mentioned in the ingredients and mix well. Divide into seven equal portions.
  4. Now, even the dough must have been settled. Divide it also into 7 equal portions and roll into round puris.
  5. Place 1 portion of the stuffing prepared on the other half of the puri. Gently moistens the edges and fold the other half on the stuffed part.  Since the edges are already moistened, a simple pressure on the edges will seal the Gujiya. You can pinch the edges to give them a beautiful designer shape.
  6. Heat sufficient oil in a non-stick kadai and deep fry the gujiya till it turns golden in color. Don’t slip all the gujiyas in one time, only a few at a time.
  7. Let them cool for some time and store thereafter.

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