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Gujia is a sweet dumplings made with suji/ maida/wheat flour and stuffed with different stuffing like khoya/ Mawa, coconut, dry fruits.
It is popular in North India, particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. It is very much look alike that of a samosa, how ever the gujia has a very distinct shape.
The gujia is filled with a mixture of grated and roasted dry fruits, khoya, coconut and to add a grainy texture, a little suji.
Gujias are called Purukiya in Bihar. Purukiya are very popular in Bihar and are relished by everyone. Mostly two types of gujias are popular one is filled with khoya/Mawa and other one is coconut and Rawa.
In suji gujia, suji is roasted in ghee with sugar, cashew, grated coconut, cardamom, raisins, and other dry fruits and lastly deep fried in ghee/oil . In khoya gujia, pure khoya is mixed with nuts and sugar than deep fried.
Gujia has many names in different states like Ghughra (Gujarati) in Gujarat, karanji (Marathi) in Maharashtra, karachika (Tamil) in Tamil nadu, karjikayi (Kannada and Telugu) in Karanataka and Andhra Pradesh are all fried sweet dumplings made of wheat flour and stuffed with dry or moist coconut delicacies.
In Goa Goan Hindus prepared it on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi and call it Negri..
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Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Served As: Beverages, Desserts
Recipe Cuisine Type: Desserts, Indian
Recipe Taste: Sweet
Calories 678 kcal
Servings 8


  • 2 cup All purpose flour or 500 gm
  • 8 tbsp Desi Ghee or oil for moyan or 1/4 cup
  • Water lukewarm, to knead the dough

For stuffing

  • 250 gm Khoya Or 1cup (Mawa)
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp Desi Ghee
  • 3/4 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Nuts chopped, I used cashew nuts, almonds, raisins, pistachios
  • 1 tbsp Milk for soaking Kesar
  • 12 - 15 strands Saffron
  • Desi Ghee or oil for frying

For sugar syrup

  • 2 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Water

For garnish

  • 2 tsp Kesar
  • 1 handful Pistachios sliced
  • 1 handful Almonds sliced


  • In a big bowl sieve all purpose flour add ghee. Rub it with your hands. Add lukewarm water and make stiff dough. Cover it with damp kitchen cloth and keep it aside. Now we will make stuffing.
  • When it's hot enough add Mawa and sauté it till brown in colour. Make sure keep stirring else it will stuck to the pan. Switch off the flame. Keep Mawa out in another bowl and let it cool. Add powdered sugar/tagaar add cardamom powder. Mix well.
  • Add chopped dry nuts mix all together. Add Kesar milk Keep it aside. For sugar glaze gujia we will make sugar syrup. Heat a pan add water and sugar mix well let it boil till it becomes thick and two string consistency.
  • Divide the dough in small equal balls. Roll it with help of rolling pin. Fill stuffing with spoon and cover it with all sides with help of water at its edges, give your desired gujia shape. You can use gujia maker.
  • Heat ghee or oil in a pan. When it's hot enough fry these gujia on low medium flame till golden brown in colour from both sides. I made some gujias with sugar glaze, if you don't want sugar glaze than let all gujia fried and cool down.
  • Keep these gujias in air tight container, now for sugar coated gujia keep these hot gujia in sugar syrup for 30 seconds. Flip it and again keep them in 30 seconds.
  • Keep these gujias out from sugar syrup and let it cool. Garnish them with saffron strands and sliced pistachios and almonds.. Enjoy your Mawa gujia on festivals.
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Recipe Notes

  • I used ghee for moyan and frying but if you wish can use oil.
  • For stuffing you can use desiccated coconut, roasted suji.
  • Moyan makes gujias khasta and soft. So don’t skip it.
  • I made both types of gujias sugar coated and without it.
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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 678kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 2mg

Shikha Gupta
Shikha Gupta

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