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Gujiya
Ingredients

For the dough
•1 cup all-purpose flour (maida)
•1/4 cup semolina (suji)
•1 tbsp melted clarified butter (ghee)
•A pinch of salt
•Warm milk to knead the dough, as needed

For the stuffing
•1 cup grated coconut
•2 tsp poppy seeds (Khus khus)
•1 cup powdered sugar
•1/4 tsp powdered cardamom (Elaichi)
•A pinch of nutmeg powder (Jaifal), optional
•2-3 tbsp almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts, finely chopped
•Oil for deep frying

Method
•Add all-purpose flour, semolina, salt, clarified butter in a big bowl and mix well with hands.
•Now slowly add warm milk as needed and knead into a firm dough.
•Cover the dough with a damp cloth and Keep aside for at least 30 minutes.
•Heat a pan and dry roast the coconut for 1-2 minutes, just to warm it (Do not let it turn brown). Keep aside.
•Dry roast the poppy seeds for 50-60 seconds and them take them out.
•Take a big bowl and add coconut, poppy seeds, sugar, mixed nuts, cardamom, and nutmeg powder. Mix well and keep it aside.

How to make the Gujiya
•Roll dough into the size of a puri, neither too thick nor too thin.
•Put 1 tbsp stuffing in the centre of the puri.
•Moisten edges with milk and fold and press the sides so that the filling does not spill out during deep frying.
•Now press the edges with a fork to seal them and make a beautiful pattern.
•If you have a gujiya mould, put the rolled dough in it. Fill mawa mixture. Moisten edges with milk and fold the mould. Remove excess dough from the edges.
•Heat oil in a pan and when the oil is medium hot deep fry the gujiyas till they turn golden brown.
•Serve it warm or store in any air tight container. You can easily store them for 10-15 days.

Notes:
•Do not over-stuff the gujiya else it will break during frying.
•Seal them well else it will open up and the stuffing spill out.
•Oil must not be too hot for frying. Hot oil causes bubbles on the outer covering.
•Always fry the gujiyas on a medium/low flame, they will be crispy else they will become soggy after a while.
•If you don’t want to deep fry, bake the gujiya in a preheated oven on 200°C for 18-20 minutes; flipping them over after 10 minutes, till they get brown spots.
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