Mixed Fruit Gujiya is a twist on the traditional festive sweet dumpling made of all-purpose flour / Maida filled with a delightful khoya and dry fruits mixture. Deep fried in ghee and dipped in sugary syrup, this Indian dessert is commonly made during the festival of Holi around the country.
These filled pastries are made just like samosa but with different shape and sweet filling. It melts in the mouth when eaten hot. I always love to have more and more of these so I finally thought of making a healthier version of this Gujiya, so I don’t have to count my calories.
If this filling is replaced with lots of healthy fresh fruits then definitely it will become a more nutritive, and instead of frying if we bake we will be able to skip the oil. Sounds great! Isn’t it.
I got this idea from one of my regularly followed blog TarlaDalal.com. They had Apple Gujiya, so I wanted to try my own version of a Mixed Fruit Gujiya with more diverse selection of fruits, and trust me it came out extremely delicious with that natural fruity sweetness.
Mixed Fruit Gujiya is not an overly sweet dish. It has a crispy, flaky exterior with a tender mushy mixed fruit flavoured sweet filling.
Ingredients for Mixed Fruit Gujiya
For The Outer Pastry case or Shell:
- 2 cups plain flour (Maida)
- melted ghee
- cold water
For The Fruit-khoya Filling:
- 1 cup crumbled mava (khoya)
- 1 – 2 medium apples
- 1 – 2 pears
- 1 – 2 plums
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (dalchini) powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (elaichi) powder
- 2 tablespoon chopped Almonds, Cashew, Raisins, Chiraoungi nut
- 2 tablespoon grated coconut
Method to make Mixed Fruit Gujiya
For the outer pastry or shell:
- In a large bowl sieve the flour and salt together.
- Add the melted ghee or butter.
- Rub the ghee in the flour with your fingertips till the mixture resembles bread crumbs or coarse meal.
- Add cold water gradually and knead the flour into smooth dough.
- Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes
For the fruit khoya filling:
- Heat a pan and add the chopped apples, pear & plums along with sugar.
- Stir on a low flame for 10-12 minutes.
- Add the spice powders and mix well.
- After 4-5 minutes, add the khoya and stir the mixture.
- The khoya would begin to melt. Continue stirring.
- Add the chopped dry fruits and mix it with the mixture.
- When all the khoya has melted, switch off the fire.
- Keep this mixture aside till it cools.
Preparing the mixed fruit gujiyas:
- Make medium sized balls of the dough.
- Roll in to a round/puri, neither thick nor thin.
- Put a few tablespoons of the fruit-khoya filling on one side.
- Apply water on one of the outer edges.
- Cover and press the edges together.
- Cut out the excess dough from the edges with a knife or pastry cutter.
- Pleat the Gujiya neatly from top to end.
- Make all the Gujiyas this way and keep them on a thali or plate.Brush them with ghee, Cover them.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C. Arrange the shaped Gujiya’s on the baking tray and bake in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes until you notice them getting browned and crisp. Make sure you turn them at least couple of times in the baking process so the Gujiya’s get evenly baked.
- Serve Hot or warm
Healthier alternatives to deep frying
You can even bake it in microwave – It takes 18 minutes for the Gujiya to bake in convection mode in the microwave, but in a regular oven it will take less time.