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Coconut Gujiya: Rakhi Special

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Raksha Bandhan is a festival that celebrates the unique relationship between a brother and sister. Coconut gujiyas are the perfect Indian dessert to celebrate this bitter-sweet relationship with your brother. Gujiya is a traditional Rakhi recipe. Apart from being a popular sweet dish for Rakhi, Gujiyas are also prepared on other auspicious occasions like Holi and Diwali.

This special gujiya recipe uses coconut which is the main ingredient of this Indian dessert. But, milk powder is used instead of khoa. Gujiyas are deep fried snacks so do not expect it to be a very healthy dessert.

Serves: 4 (10 gujiyas)

Preparation Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients For Crust

  • All purpose flour- 2 cups
  • Sooji or Semolina flour- 1/2 cup
  • Refined sugar- 1tbsp
  • Water- 1.5 cups

Ingredients For Filling

  • Coconut- 2 cups (grated)
  • Milk powder- 1/2 cup
  • Fresh cream- 1 cup
  • Almonds- 10 (chopped)
  • Cardamom seeds- 1tsp
  • Sugar- 1/2 cup

Other Ingredients:

  • Ghee- 1tbsp
  • Oil- 3tbsp
  • Sugar syrup- 2 cups

Procedure

1. Mix all the ingredients of the crust in a bowl. Pour the water slowly and knead into a soft dough.

2. Heat ghee in a pan. Cook a mixture of milk powder and fresh cream in it for 4-5 minutes on low flame.

3. When it browns, add coconut, cardamom seeds, almonds and sugar to it. Cook for another 2 minutes and then remove from flame.

4. Allow this mixture to cool. Meanwhile make small balls out of the dough and roll them out in the shape of small puris (round).

5. Place a tablespoon of filling into each puri and seal the edges with your fingers. You can give it the traditional zig-zag shape of the gujiyas with the help of moulds used to shape it.

6. Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan and fry the guijyas on low flame until they turn golden brown. This should take about 3-5 minutes for each gujia.

7. Allow the fried sweets to cool and when they are at room temperature, soak them in sugar syrup and refrigerate.

Serve chilled coconut gujiyas garnished with dry fruits to your brother/sister on the occasion of Rakhi.

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