Holi 2020- Here are Some Healthy Gujiya Recipes with a Twist

Holi is just around the corner and the festival of colours is incomplete without a plateful of mouth-watering gujiyas. The traditional dessert of Holi is not only popular in North India but also in Maharashtra. The combination of desi ghee, khoya, and grated coconut make this dessert immensely flavourful and aromatic. However, many people resist themselves from eating gujiyas, thanks to the high calories. If you stay away from this mouth-watering delicacy because of high calories, you can give a twist to this famous delicacy by using healthy dough and fillings. With the help of KENT gujiya Maker, you can also give a healthy twist to the dough and try different types of gujiya recipes.

Gujiya Recipe for Holi
Different Types of Gujiya for Holi

Different Options for Healthy Gujiyas

Here are some healthy gujiya recipes that you can try which are tasty and at the same time don’t increase your calorie count.

Wheat Gujiya

Health-conscious people completely avoid refined flour as it is harmful to your health. However, you can also opt for wheat dough instead of refined flour to give a healthy twist to the delicacy. When it comes to the filling, you can use unsweetened khoya or coconut to give the dish a healthy twist. With the help of KENT Noodle and Pasta Maker, you can easily knead the dough and get perfectly shaped gujiyas without any manual effort.

Baked Gujiya

Baked Gujiya Recipe for Holi
Baked Gujiya Recipe for Holi

Though the true flavour of gujiya comes out when you fry it, for health reasons this Holi opt for baked gujiyas. Deep-fried snacks are high in calories and you may end up gaining a few pounds. So, instead of frying the gujiyas, you can bake them to give a healthy twist. You can opt for a healthy filling made of dry fruits or sooji. When it comes to the taste, baked gujiyas always taste better than the fried ones. So, you can enjoy a healthy version of your favorite dessert without any guilt.

Oats Gujiya

If you want to give mawa filling a miss, you can try this gujiya recipe without mawa. The twist, however, is that you can make only savory gujiya when trying out this recipe. Savory gujiyas also give you a break from the monotonous sweet gujiyas that you make every Holi. The best part is even diabetic patients can gorge on oats gujiyas without worrying about their sugar levels. Make this unique dish with wheat flour, dry fruits, and oats to surprise your guests.

How to Prepare Traditional Gujiyas at Home?

In addition to the above-mentioned gujiyas, let us have a look at some of the traditional gujiyas that you can prepare at home easily. India is a land of diverse cultural amalgamation and if you assume that gujiyas are only integral to states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, then you are wrong. Gujiyas are very much a part of Indian Holi, irrespective of the region. Here are some of the varieties of Gujiyas from the different corners of the country.

Karanji

Traditionally, Karanjis are stuffed with dry fruits, raisins, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder along with grated coconut and sugar. You can have a baked version of these deeply fried Indian sweets, by opting out from coconut and sugar to prepare the same. You can use natural sweeteners and dry fruits as the stuffing.

Karanji Recipe

How to make Karanji?

Ingredients:

  • Flour (to make the dumplings)
  • Milk
  • Dry Fruits (all nuts)
  • Raisins
  • Grated Coconut
  • Cardamom Powder
  • Nutmeg Powder
  • Sugar/ Stevia/ Molasses
  • Sesame seeds (Roasted)
  • Oil or Ghee

Karanji Recipe:

Heat ghee in a pan and slightly roast the grated coconut in it. Finely chop all the dry fruits and raisins. Mix them with the grated coconut. Add sugar, nutmeg powder, cardamom powder, and roasted sesame into it.

Now, knead the dough with flour, melted ghee, and milk. Now take out small portions of dumplings from the dough. Roll out the smaller portions, fill them with the stuffing and make the Gujiya dumplings. Make sure that you do not stuff too much filling into it. Heat oil or ghee in a pan and fry the gujiyas. Serve at room temperature.

Ghughra

Another Indian sweet marvel from Gujarat. These are made by preparing a mixture of rava, coconut, and dry fruits. This stuffing is then put into flour pasties and fried. And in a healthier option, you can skip using in the stuffing and rather use a natural sweetener like molasses. Also, unlike the traditional ghugras are coated in sugar syrup, you can opt without the sugar syrup one.

Ghughra Recipe

How to make Ghughra?

Ingredients:

  • Flour (for patty)
  • Grated coconut
  • Milk
  • Dry Fruits
  • Rawa
  • Cardamom Powder
  • Sugar/ Stevia/ Molasses
  • Oil or Ghee

Ghughra Recipe:

Heat ghee in a pan and slightly roast the grated coconut in it. Finely chop all the dry fruits. Mix them with the grated coconut. Add sugar, cardamom powder, and roasted rawa in it. Now, knead the dough with flour, melted ghee, and milk. Now take out small portions of dumplings from the dough. Roll out the smaller portions, fill them with the stuffing and make the Gujiya dumplings. Make sure that you do not stuff too much filling into it. Heat oil or ghee in a pan and fry the gujiyas. In another pan make a little sugar syrup and dip the fried Ghughras or Gujiyas in it. Let it cool down and then serve at room temperature.

Nevri

Now, you can never imagine Goa serving gujiyas. But, Nevri is Goa’s very own gujiya. It is very much prevalent within the Goan Hindu families. It has a stuffing of sugar, poppy seeds and cardamom. Unlike the entire country, Nevri is prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi.

Nevri Recipe

How to Prepare Nevri

Ingredients:

  • Flour (to make the dumplings)
  • Milk
  • Poppy seeds
  • Grated Coconut
  • Cardamom Powder
  • Sugar/ Stevia/ Molasses
  • Oil or Ghee

Nevri Recipe:

Mix together grated coconut, sugar, cardamom powder, and poppy seeds.

Now, knead the dough with flour, melted ghee, and milk. Now take out small portions of dumplings from the dough. Roll out the smaller portions, fill them with the stuffing and make the Nevri dumplings. Make sure that you do not stuff too much filling into it. Heat oil or ghee in a pan and fry the Nevris. Serve at room temperature.

Karjikayi

Karjikayi is a delicacy from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Unlike the regular gujiyas, these are not dry. On the contrary, these gujiyas are moist in texture and filled with coconut and dry fruits. You can opt for a healthier option by skipping the refined sugar in it. You can opt for stevia or molasses to act as the sweetening agent.

Karjikai Recipe

How to make Karjikai

Ingredients:

  • Flour (to make the dumplings)
  • Rice Flour
  • Water
  • Roasted Gram Dal
  • Grated Coconut
  • Cardamom Powder
  • Molasses/ Stevia/ Sugar
  • Oil or Ghee

Karjikayi Recipe:

Mix together grated coconut, sugar, cardamom powder, and roasted gram dal.

Now, knead the dough with flour, rice flour, melted ghee, and water. Now take out small portions of dumplings from the dough. Roll out the smaller portions, fill them with the stuffing and make the Karjikayi dumplings, shaped as crescent moons, sealed properly. Make sure that you do not stuff too much filling into it. Heat oil or ghee in a pan and fry the Karjikayi. Serve at room temperature.

So, Which Recipe will you try?

KENT Noodle, Pasta and Gujiya Maker
Prepare Gujiya with KENT Noodle and Pasta Maker

 

So, what are you waiting for? This Holi, surprise your guests with healthy gujiyas. With the help of KENT Noodle and Pasta Maker, you can easily prepare healthy gujiyas without any hassles. All you need to do is add the desired flour and water in the gujiya maker. Use the sheet die to extrude the gujiya sheets. Add the filling and use the shaping die to get perfectly shaped gujiyas.

If you are a health freak, the healthier versions are mentioned above or can relish the deep-fried ones with KENT’s Induction Cooktop. After all, Holi is all about a “Cheat Day” on your diet chart, isn’t it? Whatever you wish for, with KENT’s wide range of smart chef appliances section exploits your culinary skills.

To know more: https://www.kent.co.in/cooking-appliances/

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