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Garijalu from Indian State Telangana

Garijalu, also known as Gughara, Pedakiya, Karanji, Kajjikayalu, Somas, and Karjikayi, is a sweet, deep-fried pastry that is a popular dessert in the Indian subcontinent. This delicacy is made using either suji (semolina) or maida (all-purpose flour), which is stuffed with a mixture of sweetened khoa (milk solids, also called mawa) and dried fruits. The dumpling is then fried in ghee to give it a crispy texture.

The earliest mention of gujiya dates back to the 13th century, when a jaggery-honey mixture was covered with wheat flour and was sun-dried. The preparation method of a typical gujiya/pedakiya is rather similar to that of a samosa, but the gujiya/pedakiya looks like an empanada. Shaped like a half moon, the gujiya or pedakiya is filled with a sweet mixture of grated and roasted dried fruits, khoa, grated coconut, and a hint of suji to lend it a grainy texture.


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Garijalu

Garijalu
Garijalu

Course : Snack

Cuisine : Indian

Prep time : 10 minutes

Process time : 20 minutes

Total time : 30 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • Maida - 1 cup

  • Semolina - 1/2 cup

  • Chopped mixed nuts - 1/4 cup

  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup

  • Powder sugar - 1/2 cup

  • Salt - 1 tsp

  • Oil - to fry

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, add maida, semolina and salt, mix

  2. Add required water, knead to soft dough, rest for 1 hour

  3. In a pan add oil, chopped nuts, semolina, grated coconut and powder sugar, mix well

  4. Roll out the dough into small size, place the nuts filling, fold and seal the corners, press the corners with fork

  5. Deep fry in hot oil

  6. Strain and serve

Pictorial:

maida, semolina, salt
maida, semolina, salt

water, knead to soft dough
water, knead to soft dough

oil, chopped mixed nuts, semolina & grated coconut
oil, chopped mixed nuts, semolina & grated coconut

sauté
sauté

powder sugar
powder sugar

roll out small dough
roll out small dough

nuts filling
nuts filling

fold
fold

seal the corners
seal the corners

deep fry
deep fry

strain
strain

serve hot
serve hot
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