Holi Festival Recipe: Chocolate Gujiya
Posted on 6th March 2015
Today is the celebration of Holi, a Hindu spring festival in honour of Krishna and the legend of Holika and Prahlad (a story based on a demon king who wanted to kill his son Prahlad so made his daughter, Holika to kill him in a blazing fire). Holi is a colourful festival which involves lots of dancing, singing and throwing bucket loads of powdered paint and coloured water at one another, all in the spirit of celebration. You might think this sounds like an odd religious celebration but it's the Indian way of signifying good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many, an opportunity to meet others, have fun, and forgive and forget.
Holi celebrations traditionally start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi. This is a time for people to gather, sing and dance. The next morning is when the real fun begins and a free-for-all carnival of colours starts. The festival date varies each year, according to the Hindu calendar, but normally lands in March. With the Holi celebrations comes some tasty cuisine for us all to enjoy, including some seriously delicious sweet treats.
One of the most popular traditional Holi recipes is the Chocolate Gujiya, a mouth-watering treat which will be too hard to resist.
For the dough:
- 1 cup of flour
- 3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
- Salt (to taste)
- 1 cup of water
For the filling
- 2 cup of mava (condensed milk)
- 2 cup of sugar
- Pinch of cardamom powder
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Oil (to fry)
- Sugar syrup to dip the gujiyas: this is really simple to make, just add 250ml of water and 250ml caster sugar to a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
- 250g cream
- 250g dark or milk chocolate
- 50g cardamoms
- The first thing you need to do is add the flour, ghee, salt and mix them together to make dough. Slowly add water to make the dough hard and leave it for half an hour.
- Get out another pan and cook the mava until its brown. Add the sugar and continue cooking, then add the cardamom powder.
- Once the mixture has cooled down, add some chocolate chips to the mix as well.
- Take a small piece of the dough and roll it well. Cut it into smaller pieces with the help of a moulder or katori (a stainless steel bowl) and then remove any extra dough and fill it with the mixture.
- With some water, seal the edges. Once this is done, fold the edges to the inside with the help of a fork.
- Fry until its golden brown
- Whilst that's frying, fill a bowl with milk or dark chocolate and add some fresh cream. Microwave it for 2 minutes at the lowest temperature and stir every 30 seconds.
- Once the gujiya are cooked, dip them in sugar syrup.
- Place them on a plate and pour some chocolate over them, garnishing it with some cardamom pods and serve.
This delicious recipe will impress all of your family and friends, a definite winner to make this weekend. Take a look at our other recipes here.