Jowar Flour Gujiya - no maida, no oil!

Hema

Natural Healing Guide

11:10 AM | 09-03-2020
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings
3 servings

Gujiya is a must-have during the Holi festival in most North Indian homes. Traditionally made with maida and deep-fried in oil. Here is an attempt to make a healthier and less sinful way to indulge in this delicacy. It was inspired by recipes found from other health websites and recipes of gluten-free flours.

Ingredients

  • Jowar flour: 1. 25 cup
  • Flax seeds powder: ¼ cup
  • Rock salt: 1 big pinch
  • Water: 1.5 cups

For the filling

  • Cashew nuts: 10-12
  • Peanuts: 2 tbsp (roasted)
  • Sesame seeds: 2 tbsp (roasted)
  • Poppy seeds: 1 tbsp (roasted)
  • Fried gram/ roasted chana: 4 tbsp
  • Jaggery powder: ½ cup
  • Water: 1/8 cup
  • Elaichi: 1 pod (powdered)

Method

  • Powder cashew nuts, fried gram/ roasted chana, roasted sesame seeds, roasted peanuts, and elaichi powder until coarse.
  • In a pan melt jaggery with water until slightly thick.
  • Add the powdered mix and cook until you have a soft mixture.
  • Stir in the roasted poppy seeds and allow it to cool.

  • To make the gujiya casing, mix flax seeds powder with jowar flour.
  • Boil water, reduce the flame and add salt and the jowar flour and flax powder mix stirring continuously.
  • Cook for a couple of minutes until you see it come together into a dough.
  • Remove from flame and leave covered for 5-10 minutes.
  • Knead the dough well to smoothen it.
  • Make even sized balls.
  • Roll the dough into small puris.
  • Place a spoon of filling in on half of the rolled dough and fold the other half over.
  • Press the edges with a fork to get seal the edges.

  • Repeat the same for the rest of the dough.
  • Preheat oven to 160° C.
  • Place the shaped gujiyas on a greased tray and bake for around 30 minutes. Turn around and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Cool and store in airtight containers.

Wellcure tip:

  • Once the dough is ready keep it covered with a wet cloth to prevent dough from drying up.
  • If the dough cracks on rolling add some warm water.
  • If the dough is sticky add little flour.
  • Fried gram is also known as daliya or chutney chana or roasted chana.

Eating guide:

  • Food group: millets and nuts
  • Millets are gluten-free, rich in fiber and high on nutritional value. They are a good option to add variety to your meals or when you want to go grain-free.
  • Replace them in recipes that call for rice or wheat
  • Nuts provided healthy fats.

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