Monday, 21 March 2011

Holi greetings 2011/Gujia Recipe

Holi is a Hindu religious festival. It marks the arrival of spring, so it is celebrated during the month of march. As per Hindu calender it falls on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. As many other Indian traditional festivals it is also celebrated to please the gods for good harvest and fertility of land. It is also time for spring harvest in india. It is famous for bonfire, throwing colors and mouthwatering food. It is observed by hindu community all over the world.In West Bengal and Orissa of India it is known as Dolyatra (Doul Jatra) (Bengali: দোলযাত্রা), or Basanta-Utsav ("spring festival")(Bengali: বসন্তোৎসব). The most popular story associated with this festival is the one with Prince Prahlad a strong devotee of Lord Vishnu. It is also associated with the everlasting love of Radha and Krishna.

Major days or activites: Dhuli Vadana: Throwing colors at each other.
Bonfire lit : Little Holi: Holi ka Dahan or kama Dhanam, the story says, Prince Prahalad was carried to fire by Holika to destroy him but he escaped from the fire because of Lord Vishnu"s Blessings.

As mentioned earlier it is a festival of food( like all the other Indian festivals) and the sweet you can see here in the first picture is called Gujia. One of the main sweets of Holi. A pretty simple and sweet snack. The chemistry behind this is simple make a pastry base, fill that with sugar+dry fruit and fry it. Well the traditional recipe is an elaborate version of this with some must need elements.
As some one away from home I don"t have access to all the essential elements,so my gujia is a bit different from the traditional version. But it taste the same.

Here we go:
For 10 Gujia
Maida/all purpose flour: 1 cup.
Khoya/,mava(or burnt milk):(which I avoided: essential element of traditional recipe)=1/2 cup or
Condensed milk=1 table spoon(I used: not an element of traditional recipe).
Clarified butter= 3 Table spoon.
Ghee or oil= For frying.
Powdered sugar=1/2 cup
Jagari (crushed)=4 Tablespoon.
Mixed dry fruits(crushed)=3 Tablespoon.
Cardamom powder=1/4tsp
Roasted suji=1 Table spoon.
Dedicated coconut=1 table spoon.
1.Combine the flour with ghee/oil,bit sugar and pinch of salt using your fingers.
2.Make soft dough and knead it lightly. Add water if needed. Cover with a damp cloth and leave aside for half an hour.
3. In a frying pan fry the dry fruits and turn the gas off and add suji rava +jagari + cardamom powder and mix well and make small balls(7-10) and roll it in the condensed milk Now reserve it to cool.
4.Prepare equal amount of small and thick chapati from the kneaded dough.
5.Stuff the chappathi with our sweet balls. (keep it in the middle,fold it to one side, seal the edges with bit water,roll the edges a bit using your fingers and press the edges with a fork).(or you can use a gujia mold which is available in Indian stores and markets)
5.On slow fire, deep fry this gujia till golden brown.
6.Drain and leave to cool. Our gujia is ready to be served...Enjoy it.
Happy holi again to all.

Well I am surprised to see two lovely bloggers shared two awards with me, first experience for me. ~Thanks dears.
Firs one I got from lovely blog award( the one above). Thanks dear.
It is my turn to pick 15 lovely blogs..tough choice, I had more than 150 I think in my mind because all you people are so wonderful and talented. Hopefully I will get a chance to include all you people in coming days..

My lovely bloggers:

1.Taste of pearl cityTaste of pearlcity.
2.Divyas easy recipeDivyazeasyrecipe
3.Authentic Food delights.Authenticfooddelights.
4.Vidhyas food blog.
5. Zen can cook.
6. My wonderful world of cooking.Mywonderfulworldofcooking.
7. Fun wid fudFunwidfud.
8. Jishaskitchen
9. Not quite nigella
10. Yummy yo yummy
11. Spoonful of delight.Spoonfulofdelight.
12. Kitchentantra.
13 Vimitha"s Blog.vimithaa"s blog.
14. Divya"s blog.divya"s blog.
15. Vegcultural creatives.Vegculturalcreatives

And the second  award I got from neenu praveen

Thanks Neenu. Now I can share this with few more lovely bloggers.

3.My experiments with food
4. Angiesrecipes.
6. Minisoven.

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Divya.M said...

hey thanks for the award and first time visiting ur blog...wonderful blog and happy to follow u....

Divya.M said...

thats a wonderful recipe....ur pics r good...

Sarah said...

Congratulations Deepa and Thanks for passing it on to me. You have a lovely and colourful blog.

Vimitha Anand said...

Those gujia are so very mouth watering... First time to ur blog and you have a lovely one dear. Thanks for sharing the lovely blog award... means a lot to me...

aipi said...

Perfect looking gujiyas..
Congrats on your awards..vey well deserved !

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Swathi said...

Your Gujia recipe is awesome. nice clicks . thanks for visiting my blog. you have a wonderful space.congrats on your awards, thanks for sharing award with me.

Jay said...

congrats dear...absolutely tempting recipe with fab clicks..
Tasty appetite

Sushma Mallya said...

Thanks so much for sharing the award with and leaving ur feedback in my blog...Gujias look so yummy ...beautiful clicks as well:)

Sonia said...

The gujiyas are looking so lovely. Happy Holi to you too !

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Congrats deepa...Thanks for the award...

Vidhya said...

Congratulation on your awards and thanks for passing it over its turely appreciated.You do have a lovely blog and I loved your pictures.The gujia looks so tempting.

Priti said...

Wow such tempting pics ....looks so gud ...Belated Holi wishes to you ....Gujja looks so yum and congrats on your award...thans a lot for sharing with me sweet of you :)

Sowmya said...

Congratulations on the award and thanks a lot for sharing!

Vegetarian Cultural Creatives

Yummy Team said...

Congratulations, Deepa..Thanks a lot for passing the award to us :)

Gujiya looks amazing..Its my fav sweet. Thanks for sharing!

Rumana Rawat said...

Congrats... lovely gujia

Not Quite Nigella said...

Thankyou so much for the award! I'm so flattered that you included me. And happy Holi festival!

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog -- and I'm delighted to find yours! Wonderful photos and delicious sounding recipes. I'll be back.

Suja Sugathan said...

Congrats on your awards..gujia looks awesome.

Michael Toa said...

Congrats for the award first of all and thank you for passing it to me. I am flattered. I'll be posting it very soon on my blog.
Have a nice day.

raji said...

wow this recipie looks yum..:))

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