India is a place of diverse cultures and traditions, but above all, every festival has some special sweets associated with it. Indian sweets are a symbol of love and togetherness in the family, and most importantly, it is the science of eating right.
Yes, every food associated with the festival is actually a reminder to change food preparations, add certain ingredients in the diet and to reduce certain ingredients to prepare your body for the changing season.
Say, in January, there is Sankranti, where preparations use Jaggery to balance the heat, Holi is marked with the making of curd rice to mark the beginning of summers, and Diwali sweets include fried delicacies for the winters to keep you warm. We have curated these easiest recipes for 3 most famous sweet Indian delicacies for you, which will keep your festive times sorted.
It’s quite easy to learn how to make Gujiya, once you know the technique of preparing it. Follow these steps carefully, and you won’t go wrong.
Step 1- Take 1 cup Khoya and roast it till it is light brown, then keep it aside to cool down. In another bowl, mix 3 cups of maida and ½ cup of warm ghee together and blend it for a minute. Add lukewarm water to knead tight dough. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and rest the dough for 10-15 minutes.
Step 2- Add 3 tablespoon dried coconut, 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon cardamom powder, a pinch of nutmeg powder, a handful of chopped almonds and pistachio to the cooled Khoya. Mix well.
Roll the prepared dough into a fine sheet, flatten the edges. Cut palm-size circles out of it. Put Khoya mixture in the half of these circles, leaving the edges and close the edges by joining one end to the other, making the iconic semi-spherical gujiya shape. Use a fork to press into sheet, design, and fine-tune the edge, which actually seals it.
Deep fry the stuffed Gujiya on medium flame until it’s light brown. Let it cool for a few minutes, and it’s ready to be served!
2. Besan Laddoo
Roast 375 gm ghee and 500 gm gram flour together on low flame. Keep stirring and cooking till you have a light brown paste in the pan. Now, turn the flame off and stir lightly. Add nutmeg powder for mild aroma and mix well. Let it cool down and then add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder, around 6 cups of grounded sugar and a handful of chopped dry fruits.
Mix well and make laddoos out of this mixture, serve these delicious Indian sweets with almond garnishing.
3. Gajar Halwa
Grate 4 carrots and cook them in a pan with 1 tablespoon of ghee for 5 minutes. Next, add ½ litre milk to this mixture and allow it to cook till all milk is absorbed by the mixture. When it is about to be cooked, add sugar as per taste and mix it well. Now add a teaspoon of cardamom powder and roasted dry fruits for garnishing.
Your Gajar Halwa is ready for serving.