The festival of colors is incomplete without some mouth-watering delights like gujiya and thandai. If you happen to be in Delhi at this time of the year, the merriment is infectious. There are endless sweetshops- both old and new churning out huge batches of thandai and crispy golden gujiyas.
From the serpentine bylanes of Chandini chowk to the bustling market place of Connaught Place, the innovations and varieties of gujiya are mind boggling. There’s something for everyone here. If you are watching your calories, you can try the roasted or baked variety. For those of you who are bored of eating the same old khoya filled gujiya- new flavors like paan and chocolate are now available. Once a humble little sweet meat, gujiya has now turned a gourmet delight.
If you’re hoping to try something new this Holi then head to these 5 places which will change the way you eat gujiyas.
Gujiya in Delhi : Holi festival Dish
- Farzi Café, Cyber hub, DLF Cyber City
This place is known for creating fusion Indian dishes that are out of this world. The desserts are a piece of art that look just as enticing as they taste. Try their Candy floss Paan flavor gujiya. They are served in a cane basket on a leaf much like dumplings. Inside the filling is of betel nut and they’re wrapped in white candy floss. This is something you must try if you’re experimental with food.
I have my own take on the paan gujiya recipe which is also mention at the recipe.
- The Village Balcony, Hauz Khas Village
This place serves a savory dish called Marwari Empanadas that looks like gujiya. It has an exciting filling of potatoes and Manchego cheese. The fusion of Spanish and Indian flavors gives a unique twist to this classic dish.
- Flying Saucer, Epicuria Food Mall , Nehru Place
When you combine two scrumptious dishes like Pizza and Gujiya you get a new hybrid that tastes heavenly. It comes in two varieties- chilly paneer for veggie lovers and chilly chicken for non-vegetarians. Move over regular Thin Crust or Pan Style pizza, this is some you must try the next time you make a stop at Nehru Place Metro station.
- Café Lota, Pragati Maidan
This is a small café tacked away into National Crafts Museum. This is a neat little place cooking up a storm that deserves a special mention. The Khajur ke Samose taste like a heavenly delight. It’s a flaky wheat pastry filled with dates and sesame, served with date cream.
- The Pavillion- ITC Maurya
The chaat platter served at this place is a combination of sweet and savory snacks like Tikki Chaat, Moong Dal Gugle and Dahi ki Gujia. Dahi ki gujia is much like a stuffed dahi vada or bhalla. The filling consists of urad daal and spices dunked in yogurt, topped with tamarind and date chutney.
Paan Gujiya Recipe
- 1 cup maida
- ½ cup sooji (semolina)
- 4 tbps Gulkand
- 2 tbsp saunf
- 2 tsp tooti fruiti/dry cherries
- Paan/betel leaves for wrapping
- Oil for frying
In a bowl mix gulkand, saunf, tooti fruiti together and keep aside. Now mix maida, sooji with some warm oil and start kneading to make asoft dough. Keep the dough in refrigerator for ½ hour. Later make 4-6 balls of dough and roll them out. Now make a cone of each rolled out dough and fill the mixture. Seal the edges using a fork. Now fry the gujiyas on a medium flame till they are golden brown. Now wrap the gujiyas in paan leaves and sprinkle some grated coconut.
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