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Skinny Gujiyas

Give those traditional Gujiyas a modern twist. No more wrapping and struggling for the perfect shape. Making Skinny Gujiyas got so much easier using these phyllo cups and air frying them. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, as our kids like to call it, isn't it? Best part they are already portion controlled. They make a perfect festive party treat for any occasion. 

[avatar user="aartimistry" size="thumbnail" align="right" link="file"]Aarti Mistry[/avatar]

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Hi everyone. I am Aarti and this is my first guest post here. Obviously, you don't know me so here is some information about myself that I'd like to share. I love to cook, especially for my husband and our teenage daughter. I love to come up with simple yet innovative dishes, that are both nutritious and appealing to the taste-buds. I love to experiment with different types of cuisines, which most of the times evolve into 'fusion-dishes'. My family willingly and lovingly participates in tasting and critiquing my food which encourages me to drives my passion for cooking. I love multiple cuisines and I have realized that after moving to the US, I have enjoyed making my own fusion foods. Hope you find this recipe interesting and delicious too.

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What are Gujiyas?

If you haven't heard of Gujiays before, there are sweet crispy hand pies or dumplings stuffed with either semolina, dried fruits, and nuts or even khoya which is similar to Ricotta cheese, except it has less moisture.  It's typically a festive Indian treat made during Holi, Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi. Like many Indian dishes, it is named and made differently in different parts of India. So there can be several variations to this one classic dessert. 

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Ever since I moved to the US, I was never really encouraged or enthusiastic about making the traditional Gujiyas. However, my love for fusion made me come up with this modern take on the classic Gujiya. 

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Modern Fusion Gujiyas 

I am sure you can relate to the effort and time that goes into perfecting those hand pies. Honestly, with my schedule of taking my daughter to classes and my job etc, I thought if just I could take away the part of making the batter and folding the hand pies, life would be so much simpler.  So thanks to the phyllo cups that I was able to get the perfect crispy flaky texture of the hand pies and didn't require a lot of time and effort giving them the perfect shape. 

All I had to do was prepare the mixture and scoop it into the ready-to-eat phyllo shells, simple as that. No folding, no mess, no frying!!! Phyllo cups already have the perfect cute shape for a dessert cup plus they are less than half the size of a traditional gujiya. So perfectly portion controlled. You can either bake them or air-fry them.

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Gujiya Stuffing

Now let's get to the main part, the stuffing. There are so many variations here. Since I like to keep things easy, minimalist and yet delicious I am going with the popular Semolina stuffing. It's literally roasting the semolina and dry coconut with some dried nuts and some cardamom. Trust me the roasting aroma will make it hard for you to wait to grab that first bite. No fancy ingredients here, just semolina, coconut, sugars, cardamom and whatever nuts or raisins you would like to add. If you are looking for a naturally sweetened version of Gujiyas, then here is a different version using just dried fruit and nuts.

This is a skinnier version of the typical gujiyas. 

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Why you will love these Skinny Gujiyas?

  • No fry
  • No khoya
  • No wrapping
  • Quick & easy
  • Portion controlled

Hope you consider trying these skinny gujiyas for your next get together. If you do try them, don't forget to take a picture and send it our way. Stop by and leave us a comment letting us know what did you think of these Skinny Gujiyas. If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth with more healthier options, check out these ideas, here. If you are looking to make something savory to go with these Gujiyas, then here are 8 ways you can serve Samosas. A perfect combo of sweet and savory.

This guest post by our friend Aarti Mistry was originally posted on Feb 27, 2015, and has been updated with new content.

Skinny Gujiya Recipe

Skinny Baked Gujiyas

Skinny Baked Gujiyas

Give those traditional Gujiyas a modern twist. No more wrapping and struggling for the perfect shape. Making Gujiya's got so much easier using these phyllo cups and air frying them. Easy peasy isn't it? Best part they are already portion controlled. They make a perfect festive party treat for any occasion.

Ingredients

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  • 24 mini fillo shells available in the US
  • 2 tablespoon ghee / clarified butter / oil
  • 1/2 cup dry coconut
  • 1 cup sooji / rava / semolina
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon elaichi / cardamom powder
  • handful of pecans / walnuts
  • raisins / cranberries to garnish on each

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter) or oil in a pan . Add in, the crushed almonds and walnuts and keep stirring it for 5 minutes on low to medium heat.
  • Then add the dry coconut and stir it for 3-5 minutes.
  • Empty ingredients into an empty bowl
  • Heat the rest of the ghee / oil . Add in the semolina & keep stirring it for 10-12 mins on low to medium flame . Make sure the semolina doesn't turn brown as it will mean it has been over cooked.
  • Empty the semolina into the same bowl as the dry fruits and the coconut.
  • Allow the mixture to cool down for a few minutes.
  • Add the cardamom powder & sugar to the dry fruit and semolina mixture.

Baking

  • Preheat the oven / OTG at 350 F and bake the fillo shells for about 5-7 minutes. Allow them to cool.
  • Fill the fillo cup with the gujiya mixture decorate it with either almonds / raisins / cranberries or saffron.

Air Fryer

  • Fill the fillo cup with the gujiya mixture decorate it with either almonds / raisins / cranberries or saffron.
  • air fry them on 325 * 5 mins .

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J

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Tasted great! Thanks for sharing your recipe Aarit! How many days ahead could I prepare this? What is the best way to store it for lasting freshness?

Thanks, J

TheBellyRulesTheMind

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Hi J,

I have made this mixture several times and it has lasted me a few months without going bad. You can surely make the mixture ahead in time and refrigerate it. I made a big batch during Diwali and it is still good in my refrigerator.

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