Baked Indian Dumpling (Gujia) with Semolina, Condensed milk, Coconut and Nuts Filling

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Ohhh…these beautiful dumplings filled with sweet filling makes me feel so nostalgic! My mum use to make so many of these little devils on Holi and Hartalika Teej. She has magic in her hands! No matter how many times I make them its impossible to get the very same taste. It’s the magic of her hands that makes gujias even more delicious 🙂

Gujia is a North Indian delicacy, particularly Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The filling and form of gujias vary from region to region. In the Northern parts of India (Where I come from 🙂 ), the filling is usually made with sweetened khoya, coconut and dry fruits.

On the occasion of Hartalika Teej this year, I decided to make it. I wanted to go for the filling that my mum use to make, but I soon realized I was running out of Khoya 😦 . I looked for the option of making Instant Khoya, but soon I found that I was running out of Milk powder too.

“Now what???” I asked myself

I started searching for other option on Google and came across an interesting filling made with condensed milk. I had brought few cans of condensed milk the day before and it got me all excited to give it a try.

This was the most delicious gujias I have ever had in my life, after my mum’s. Crisp from outside, soft and juicy from inside, Just the way it was meant to be! Totally in love with the baked version ❤ ❤

Won’t keep you waiting for the recipe any longer. So lets start!!

 INGREDIENTS

For the covering:

1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
4 tbsp Oil
1/4 cup Water or as required

Instructions:

Take the flour in a bowl and add oil to it. Rub oil into the flour with soft hands until it resemble bread crumb like texture.  Gradually add water and mix it  to form a stiff dough. Knead the dough till pliable. Keep aside covered for half an hour.

INGREDIENTS

For the Filling

1/2 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk (If you don’t have sweetened condensed milk you can also add 1/2 cup sugar)
1/4 cup Semolina
1/4 cup grated Coconut
1/4 cup Almonds, Cashewnuts (chopped) + raisin
1/2 tbsp Green Cardamom Powder (Grind it fresh if you can)
1 tsp oil

Method:

Heat oil in a pan. Add semolina and roast it on slow heat till it changes colour. Mix in all the other ingredients for the filling.

Cook on slow flame, stirring occasionally, till the mixture is dry. ( Stirring is very important or else the mixture will stick to the bottom of the pan).

Divide the prepared dough into about 20 balls.

Roll each ball into a thin flat round. If you have the mold, place the rolled dough onto the mold, covering it. Place a teaspoon of the filling onto the rolled dough. Apply little water on the edges to seal it and fold it into semicircle. Close the mild tightly.

Alternatively, take the rolled dough in your palm and put about 1 tablespoons of the filling mixture in the center and fold it into a semi-circle. Now press the edges together with your fingers or a fork. Make sure the edges are completely sealed

Bake them in a preheated oven at 400 deg F by placing on a baking tray, lined with parchment paper, for about 25 min. Tun them over after 25 min to cook on both the sides. You can Bake for around 25 minutes and then broil them for one minutes so that they get a nice golden brown colour.

Serve hot or cold. You can also drizzle over some condensed milk or chocolate sauce while serving.

Enjoy!

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Elaichi Flavoured Melt-in-mouth Cookies

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Butter cookies are soft,crumbly and just melt inside your mouth releasing buttery flavour. They are a big hit at my place, and everyone goes gaga over them. I am posting the recipe so that you can make it, and enjoy every bit of these sweet devils ❤

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Unsalted butter, at room temperature (Take it out of the refrigerator half an hour before using it)
3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon of Elaichi (Cardamom) Powder

METHOD

~Preheat oven to 300°F.

~Take the butter in a bowl.

~Beat the butter with the help of an electric beater until butter turns light and creamy in texture.

~Now, add in the sugar and continue beating until the sugar is completely incorporated in the butter.

~Sieve together flour, elaichi powder and cornstarch in a separate bowl. Add this mix into the butter and sugar mixture. Add gradually and keep beating until whole of the flour mixture is combined.

Note- If you want to give colour to your cookies, you can add the colour along with the flour.

~Place ball of cookie dough on baking tray lined with parchment paper. Press down the ball with a fork. You can also use cookie cutter to give your cookies any shape.

Note – Leave some space between cookies allowing room for them to expand.

~Bake in preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes or until bottoms are lightly golden.

~Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on wire racks before eating.

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Enjoy!!