Best Gujiya Recipe | Step by Step How to Make Gujiya (Fried+Baked)

Best Gujiya Recipe: Step by step recipe to make Gujiya (Indian sweet empanadas) filled with mawa, coconut, dry fruits, and cardamom powder. Also, learn How to make Mawa using Ricotta Cheese.

Gujiya is The Most Popular Indian Sweet for Holi  best gujiya recipe

The festival of Holi is incomplete without my Best Gujiya Recipe that’s been passed on from generation to generation.

What is Gujia /Karanji?

Gujia or Karanji is Indian dessert empanadas that are filled with sweet stuffing made of mawa (cottage cheese mix), coconut, dry fruit, and cardamom powder.

It’s then deep-fried or baked.

It’s one of those traditional Indian dessert 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 😉

Gujiya Recipe


I still remember when my grandmom used to visit us, we used to have tons of relatives/family friends come to our place and learn traditional Indian dish or two from her.

And, if it was Holi (the Festival of Color) then I would see her and mom prepare tons of these fried gujiya atleast a week before the festival….they literally made 100’s of them.

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 make that cute design.

Gujiya or Karanji on a metal plate with cardamoms

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.Picture of Ingredients needed to make Gujiya

The Process to make the Best Gujiya Recipe:

The Gujiya process is broken into 4 Parts:

Make the Dough

Prepare the Filling 

Shaping the Gujiya

Stuff and Fry/Bake the Gujiya


Making the Gujiya Dough using flour

Making the Gujiya 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 the chilled water.

3. Make the dough in a food processor or dough machine as it kneads it to perfection.

4. Cover the dough with a slightly moist cloth/kitchen towel to keep it from becoming too stiff.


how to make gujiya mawa at home using ricotta. step by step picture

Prepare the Gujiya Filling or Gujiya Mawa

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.


picture of gujiya stuffing made using ricotta cheese

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.


Shaping the 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.

step by step picture of How to Shape the Guijya including cutting, filling and folding

Stuffing the Gujiya – 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 to 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


Frying the Gujiya

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 splattered mess.

4. Always keep the fried gujiya on a kitchen towel for few seconds to soak up any excess oil and let the gujiya firm up in the air.

Baking the Gujiya

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

baked gujiya recipe

So, here are all the steps to make the Best Gujiya Recipe (Fried and Baked) for your loved ones.

Enjoy the Festival of Colors with your friends/family and wish you lots of love.





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Best Gujiya Recipe | Step by Step How to Make Gujiya

Best Gujiya Recipe | Step by Step How to Make Gujiya

Best Gujiya Recipe: Step by step recipe to make Gujiya (Indian sweet empanadas) filled with mawa, coconut, dry fruits, and cardamom powder. Also, learn How to make Mawa using Ricotta Cheese. #gujiya

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


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 seconds.
  2. Remove one tbsp of the 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 it on the slab.
  5. Knead the dough for a minute and cover with a moist kitchen towel.

Prepare the Filling (Khoya/Mawa):

  1. Using Ricotta:
  2. Mix ricotta and ghee in a bowl and microwave covered for 1:45 minutes.
  3. Remove and stir the mix.
  4. Place in the microwave again for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove and stir the mix.
  6. Place in microwave for 1:20 minutes.
  7. Remove and stir (the mix will be golden-medium brown in color and coarse)
  8. Cool the khoya.
  9. In a small blender, add almonds, green cardamom and coconut.
  10. Blend to form a coarse mixture.
  11. Add the cooled khoya and blend to form a thick mix.

Shaping the Gujiya:

  1. Take a large dough ball and roll it on a slab. (should be slightly thick).
  2. Now, take a bowl and press it facedown to form a circular shape on rolled dough.
  3. Similarly, make 3-4 circles as much the rolled dough permit.
  4. Remove any excess dough and keep the circular disc on a plate.
  5. Similarly, roll and form disc using the entire dough.

Filling the Gujiya:

  1. Now. take one circular disc in your hand and place 2tsp filling in the center.
  2. Apply the water+flour mix to the semi-circle edges of one side of the disc.
  3. Press both sides into each other and seal the edges.
  4. Place the gujiya on the slab and press the edges using a fork (sealing the edges).
  5. Similarly, fill and seal all the gujiya.

Frying the Gujiya:

  1. Heat 2 cups oil in a large deep pot.
  2. When the oil is hot (2 minutes), reduce the flames to low.
  3. Now, add 3-4 gujiya in the hot oil and fry over low-medium flames on both sides.
  4. Make sure each side is golden brown.
  5. Remove the fried gujiya on a paper towel to soak up excess oil.
  6. Similarly, fry all the gujiya

Baking the Gujiya:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Place 7-8 gujiya on a large tray and brush with water+flour mix.
  4. Place the tray in the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove the gujiya once golden brown and similarly bake all the gujiya.
  6. Once the gujiya is made, you can serve immediately.
  7. These stores well in an air-tight jar in the fridge for a week.
  8. Simply reheat in the microwave.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300 Total Fat: 56g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 43g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 107mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 6g


27 Replies to "Best Gujiya Recipe | Step by Step How to Make Gujiya (Fried+Baked)"

  • alina November 7, 2018 (3:24 pm)

    You mention 200F for the baked version. That sounds very low a setting (admitteedly I havent tried out the recipe yet, but in preparation to do so). Did you mean 200 Deg C by any chance ?

    • Molly Kumar November 9, 2018 (3:20 am)

      Alina, thanks for pointing it out. It’s indeed 200C

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