Coconut Gujiya | Karanji | Coconut stuffed Empanada | How to make Gujiya

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Indulging oneself in food is so much fun. You try learning the basics, then start researching for it’s history, try out few fusions with the local flavors and then comes out a beautiful recipe. It’s so surprising to notice that the trend of food we eat doesn’t limit to our boundaries, but rather spreads its horizon across boundaries. Gujiya is one such recipe.

Coconut Gujiya or Karanji is a famous North India sweet served and relished during Holi. Gujiya or Karanji has different variations of sweet stuffings in it and is generally baked or fried. The dish is a must during the Festival of colors “Holi” and Festival of Lights “Diwali”.  Gujiya or Karanji is a sweet version of Empanda.
Talking about Empanada, it’s a bread either baked or fried and stuffed with various stuffings ranging from fruits, cheese, vegetables and meat. The dish is mainly served in Latin Europe, Latin America, Southwestern United States and South East Asian countries.
Here goes the recipe of coconut and cashew nut stuffed Gujiya or Empanada:
Ingredients:
 
For Stuffing:
  1. Coconut – 1 whole (finely grated)
  2. Sugar – 1 cup
  3. Cashew Nuts – handful
  4. Cardamom – 4 pieces, crushed (or use 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder)

    Cashew Nuts and Cardamom
    Cashew Nuts and Cardamom
For Outer Covering:
  1. All purpose Flour – 2 cups
  2. Clarified Butter / Ghee – 2 tsp for Kneading
  3. Vegetable Oil / Clarified Butter – For deep frying
Steps of Preparation:
 
For Stuffing:
 
Coconut Stuffing:
Stuffing
Stuffing
  1. Take a wide bottomed pan and heat it for 2 mins.
  2. Put the desiccated coconut or the grated coconut in the heated pan.

    Stuffing Step02
    Stuffing Step02
  3. Fry it approximately for 3-4 mins.
  4. Add a cup of sugar to the semi-fried coconut and saute it for 2-3 mins.
    Stuffing Step04
    Stuffing Step04

    Stuffing Step04
    Stuffing Step04
  5. Crush the cashew nuts and cardamom, add the crushed ingredients to the fried stuffing for enhanced flavors.

    Stuffing Step05
    Stuffing Step05

For the Outer Covering:

  1. Take 2 cups of all purpose flours in a wide bottomed vessel.

    Outer Covering Step01
    Outer Covering Step01
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of clarified butter.
  3. Rub the flour along with the clarified butter to bring it to a proper consistency.
  4. Slowly add the water to the flour and knead the dough.

    Dough
    Dough
For the assembling and frying:
  1. After the dough is kneaded, make small sized balls as you make it for Puri.

    Assembling n Frying Step01
    Assembling n Frying Step01
  2. Roll the balls to make Puri.

    Assembling n Frying Step02
    Assembling n Frying Step02
  3. Add the stuffing to the center of the Puri as shown below.

    Assembling n Frying Step03
    Assembling n Frying Step03
  4. Gently fold the Puri, bringing two edges of the pure together, ensuring the stuffing is properly laid inside.
  5. After folding, make pleates with the hands as shown below or use different moulds available in the stores.
    Assembling n Frying Step05
    Assembling n Frying Step05

    My mother showing how to fold a Gujiya

    Assembling n Frying Step05
    Assembling n Frying Step05

    Assembling n Frying Step05
    Assembling n Frying Step05
  6. Take a wide bottomed pan and add oil for frying.

    Assembling n Frying Step06
    Assembling n Frying Step06
  7. Let the oil heat up properly for deep frying, in order to ensure proper temperature of the frying oil. Add a small piece of dough and see it fries up with sprinkles all around.
  8. After the oil is properly heated up, add the folded Gujiyas to the oil, turn sides.

    Assembling n Frying Step08
    Assembling n Frying Step08
  9. Fry it till golden brown on both sides, place it paper towels to remove excess oil.

    Assembling n Frying Step09
    Assembling n Frying Step09
Serve it hot, it’s really a treat to the sweet taste buds with an amazing crunch in it.
Coconut Gujiya
Coconut Gujiya

Coconut Gujiya | Karanji | Coconut stuffed Empanada
 
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
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Cook time:
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Step by step process with pics on how to make Gujiya. Gujiya or Karanji or Empanada is form of stuffed bread that is either baked or fried. It has multiple variations ranging from sweet to savoury.

 

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