Best Gujiya Recipe (Indian Sweet Empanadas – Fried and Baked)

Best Gujiya Recipe (Indian Sweet Empanadas – Fried and Baked) : A flaky, sweet and almost melt in your mouth gujiya recipe is a synonym of Holi (Festival of Colors) in India. This post is step-by-step detail on ‘How to make a perfectly fried or baked Gujiya (Indian Sweet Empanadas) this Holi (March 13, 2017)’ and treat all your family and friends. 

easy-gujiya-recipe The festival of Holi is incomplete without my ‘Best Gujiya Recipe (Indian Sweet Empanadas – Fried and Baked)’ that’s been passed on from generations to generation. It’s one of those traditional Indian desserts recipes that made with lots of love and patience – Yes, patience is the key factor. We have been making the fried version of this recipe ever since I could remember anything about cooking or making food. But as time changes and so does our health need or other circumstances hence I came up with these baked gujiya version which to my surprise my parents love and enjoy the most. The baked version definitely gets done quickly and you can of course have more than 2-3 …. seriously you thought I would say 1-2 😉

easy-gujiya-recipe-pictureI still remember when my grandmom used to visit us, we used to have tons of relatives / family friends come to our place and learn a dish or two from her and if it was Holi (the Festival of Color) then I would see her and mom prepare these fried gujiya atleast a week before the festival….they literally made 100’s of them. And, then they were wrapped in cute little jute baskets with colorful clothing and sent over to people’s house for Holi or were given to visitors at our place. I did use to try my best to help them by either filling the stuffing or pinching the ends of the gujiya with a fork to made that cute design. best-gujjiya-recipe-picture

Now, as I mentioned above, this post is all about making that perfectly shaped gujiya or Indian Sweet Empanadas and I would elaborate the process step by step with pictures. Although the recipe is very simple or basic to making any pie crust dough, it still has these few nitty-gritty points, which when missed results in sometimes undercooked/overcooked, blotchy or weird looking ones. A perfectly made gujiya would be ‘ Smooth, Shiny and Almost flakey to touch’ and the filling needs to be slightly coarse in texture, properly filled, so that the gujiya doesn’t burst while frying.

Best Gujiya Recipe (Indian Sweet Empanadas - Fried and Baked)

Here’s the process to make the ‘Best Gujiya Recipe (Indian Sweet Empanadas – Fried and Baked)’

Making the Dough: Picture Above
This is the MOST Important step in the whole process cause if your dough is not stiff enough or not kneaded well, you’ll end up with blotchy/moist crust. To make a stiff dough, here’s what we do:
1. Add enough Oil to the flour mix, so that if you try making a ball in your hand, it binds well. (pic above).
2. Add chilled water.
3. Make the dough in a food processor or dough machine as it kneads it to perfection.
4. Cover the dough with slightly moist cloth/kitchen towel to keep it from becoming too stiff.


how-to-make-mawa-from-ricotta-step-by-step-picturePrepare the Filling:
The traditional gujiya or Indian Empanadas are filled using khoya / mawa (thick milk mixture), sugar, dry fruits, green cardamom, and coconut. For this particular recipe, I’ve made khoya from ricotta and it is really easy to make it in a microwave in 8 minutes. (Steps in Recipe below). Remember these 2 Things and they both are as per taste:
1. You can either use a slightly sauteed khoya for the filling.
2. You can roast the khoya with some ghee to brown it slightly more.


Once your khoya/mawa is ready, you just pulse dry fruits (almonds), green cardamom, coconut powder and khoya in a blender to crumble everything together. This mixture can be prepared and kept in the fridge for 2-3 days.


how-to-prepare-gujiyaShaping the Dough to Make Gujiya: Picture Above
This is the easiest step in the whole process. All you need is a round cutter or use a medium-size bowl with slightly sharp ends. Just roll the dough on a slab (slightly thick), then place the bowl upside down (shown in the pic above) and make circular shapes. Remove the shapes and mix the extra cuttings back into the main dough. Similarly, make all the circular shape and place them on a moist towel. If you want to further shorten this process, you can buy any of those gujiya shaped tools.


how-to-stuff-gujiyaStuffing the Gujiya / Empanadas: Picture Above
You need to make a mix of flour+water to seal the ends of gujiya before you start stuffing them. Then take the disc fill the stuffing and close the ends properly, seal the edges and crimp the edges using a fork. This step is very very important so that the gujiya don’t open/burst while frying.


Gujiya-IngredientFrying the Gujiya / Empanadas:
This is the last step and fairly easy, all you have to remember are these few points:
1. Always fry the gujiya in low to medium flame for evenly fried version.
2. Don’t overcrowd the frying pan, I usually use a big pan and add only 3-4 gujiya at a time.
3. Don’t press the gujiya while frying or they’ll break and the filling will mix in the oil resulting in a splatter mess.
4. Always keep the fried gujiya on a kitchen towel for few seconds to soak up any excess oil and let gujiya firm up in air.

Baking the Gujiya:
For this step, you just ned to line the baking sheet with some parchment paper, brush the gujiya with a oil+flour mixture and bake for 15 minutes.


So, here are all the steps to make the Best Gujiya Recipe (Indian Sweet Empanadas – Fried and Baked) for your loved ones. Enjoy the Festival of Colors with your friends/family and wish you lots of love.

Until Next Time-easycookingwithmolly



Yields 24 Gujiyas / Empanadas

Best Gujiya Recipe (Indian Sweet Empanadas – Fried and Baked)
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Dough Ingredients:

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1/4 Cup Olive Oil - for making dough.

1 Cup Water - 2-3tbsp more

Gujiya Stuffing Ingredients :

1 Cup Ricotta Cheese

5 Tbsp Ghee

5 Tbsp Raw Almonds

5 Tbsp Coconut Powder

2 Tbsp Green Cardamom

1 Tbsp Flour

4 Tbsp Water

2 Cups Oil - for frying Gujiya


    Making the Dough:
  1. Place flour and oil in a food processor and blend for 30 second.
  2. Remove one tbsp of mix in hand and squeeze tightly to form a ball. If the ball is formed, the oil is enough (if not, add 2tbsp more oil and blend).
  3. Now, add water and slowly blend and form a stiff dough.
  4. Remove the dough and place on slab.
  5. Knead the dough for a minute and cover with a moist kitchen towel.
  6. Prepare the Filling (Khoya/Mawa):
  7. Using Ricotta:
  8. Mix ricotta and ghee in a bowl and microwave covered for 1:45 minutes.
  9. Remove and stir the mix.
  10. Place in microwave again for 2 minutes.
  11. Remove and stir the mix.
  12. Place in microwave for 1:20 minutes.
  13. Remove and stir (the mix will be golden-medium brown in color and coarse)
  14. Cool the khoya.
  15. In a small blender, add almonds, green cardamom and coconut.
  16. Blend to form a coarse mixture.
  17. Add the cooled khoya and blend to form a thick mix.
  18. Shaping the Gujiya:
  19. Take a large dough ball and roll it on a slab. (should be slightly thick).
  20. Now, take a bowl and press it facedown to form a circular shape on rolled dough.
  21. Similarly, make 3-4 circle as much the rolled dough permit.
  22. Remove any excess dough and keep the circlular disc on a plate.
  23. Similarly, roll and form disc using the entire dough.
  24. Filling the Gujiya:
  25. Now. take one circular disc in your hand and place 2tsp filling in the center.
  26. Apply the water+flour mix to the semi-circle edges of one side of the disc.
  27. Press both the sides into each other and seal the edges.
  28. Place the gujiya on slab and press the edges using a fork (sealing the edges).
  29. Similarly, fill and seal all the gujiya.
  30. Frying the Gujiya:
  31. Heat 2 cups oil in a large deep pot.
  32. When the oil is hot (2 minutes), reduce the flames to low.
  33. Now, add 3-4 gujiya in the hot oil and fry over low-medium flames on both sides.
  34. Make sure each side is golden brown.
  35. Remove the fried gujiya on a paper towel to soak up excess oil.
  36. Similarly fry all the gujiye
  37. Baking the Gujiya:
  38. Pre-heat the oven to 200F
  39. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  40. Place 7-8 gujiya on a large tray and brush with water+flour mix.
  41. Place the tray in oven to bake for 10-12 minutes.
  42. Remove the gujiya once golden brown and similarly bake all the gujiya.
  43. Once the gujiya are made, you can serve immediately.
  44. These store well in an air-tigh jar in fridge for a week.
  45. Simply reheat in microwave.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Dessert
542 cal
28 g
54 g
16 g

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24 Replies to "Best Gujiya Recipe (Indian Sweet Empanadas - Fried and Baked)"

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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy March 6, 2017 (2:15 pm)
    The last time I ate this, was probably a decade ago! Brings back so many memories... I must make this at home... love the pictures!
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    Byron Thomas March 6, 2017 (4:08 pm)
    Every time I see a new post on your blog, I'm reminded that there's so many foods in the world that I haven't tried. Sadly, most of them are right in my back yard. I've got to get on the wagon and get out there more. :) Can't wait to try these, Molly!
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    Pam March 6, 2017 (10:33 pm)
    This sounds so good! I love that there is a baked version for people who need to eat healthier. Yum.
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    Kathy McDaniel March 7, 2017 (1:52 am)
    I never had this sweet empanadas. They sound delicious and I love the detailed instructions and tips! Definitely a recipe I would love to try soon.
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    Veena Azmanov March 7, 2017 (5:15 am)
    I have not eaten Gujiya in ages or made Khoya in forever. This brings back memories of fine Indian food for me. I love that you can fry or bake them. Your recipe sounds so delicious Molly. On my list of 'must try'
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    Sharon Chen March 7, 2017 (1:18 pm)
    These look perfectly shaped and yummy! I want to make them on my own :)
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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way March 7, 2017 (4:13 pm)
    I'd like to have several of those right now with my tea. YUM! I've had empanadas but more with the Mexican flavor. I'd love to make these. I'm sure my kids and grandkids would gobble them up in a second. Thank you for your recipe.
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    Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery March 7, 2017 (6:13 pm)
    These sound so good, and I love that you took a typically fried food and baked them instead. Even better that your parents prefer your version!
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    Stephanie@ApplesforCJ March 7, 2017 (7:14 pm)
    These sound so good and I'm glad you have the baking option. The step by step pictures help out a lot as while. When I read the ricotta filling in these I was sold..I bet these are so Yummy :)
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    Noel Lizotte March 8, 2017 (12:06 am)
    Something that looks this great and yet is so simple to make ... who would have thought! I always saw these little treats and was afraid to try making them because I thought they would be complicated. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
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    Christine - Jar Of Lemons March 8, 2017 (12:24 am)
    Oh wow, these sound amazing! I love empanadas, so I can only imagine how delicious these would be!
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    Jennifer A Stewart March 8, 2017 (12:26 am)
    Amazing! What a gorgeous holiday celebration! I would love to spend a year in India and experience all of these festivals and holidays. So many beautiful colors, lights, the amazing things to wear, and all these treats!! What a great tutorial Molly!
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      Molly Kumar March 8, 2017 (6:49 am)
      Thanks Jennifer! Yeh, you should visit India during celebrations or festival time, its just so bright, colorful and filled with the finest of food n clothes :)
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    Adriana Lopez Martn March 8, 2017 (3:49 am)
    I am an Indian cuisine lover. I enjoy everything so I am sure this fried empanadas are right up my alley. Wish I had some now.
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      Molly Kumar March 8, 2017 (6:02 am)
      Thanks Adriana and hope you try them soon :)
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    Amanda March 8, 2017 (8:46 pm)
    I've not had much Indian food. I do understand empanadas, though. These sound absolutely delicious. I love the tutorial. It makes it seem so less overwhelming than just reading it. Cardamom is one of my favorite spices to use in desserts. :)
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    Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine March 9, 2017 (1:46 am)
    I absolutely adore empanadas, but I've never tried the Indian version. I've tried samosas, but they were nothing like this. I need to make these soon, because I'm definitely intrigued! :)
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    Kylee from Kylee Cooks March 9, 2017 (6:19 pm)
    Dishes like this make me wish I celebrated Holi!
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    Agness of Run Agness Run March 10, 2017 (7:07 pm)
    The empanadas always bring me memories of Spain, Molly! Great recipe, worth giving it a try!
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    Heather March 11, 2017 (2:15 am)
    What a gorgeous dish!! I didn't know these were so easy to make.. you're detailed pics are awesome, by the way!! The combination of almond and coconut is guaranteed to be amazing!
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    Hanady @ Recipe Nomad March 11, 2017 (3:11 am)
    These look absolutely delicious! I had an Indian neighbor who made the best Indian desserts! Now that she's moved away I'll have to make these and send her a pic! She'll be so proud of me!
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    Sandhya Ramakrishnan March 11, 2017 (3:32 pm)
    Molly, the gujiyas are perfect and I love the mawa filling in it. Ricotta cheese is a blessing when it comes to making mawa. It is so simple to make at home and they are so much fresher than the store bought ones. Thanks for the detailed recipe.
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