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Diwali preparation in full swing , here is a traditional recipe which is tuned a little healthier πŸ™‚ You can have it guilt free πŸ™‚ We call this as sweet somas in TN. Gujiya usually prepared with mawa, but the filling can be changed. So here it is with coconut and jaggery(gur). Replacing sugar with jaggery make it much better. I have prepared this with both All purpose flour and Whole wheat flour.

You can find step by step pictures at the end of the post.

Below are made with Maida



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Below are made with Wheat flour



For the filling:

Grated Coconut : 1/2 cup

Roasted Gram(Channa Dalia)/Pottukadalai : 1/2 cup

Jaggery/Gur : 1/4 cup (You can increase it as per your taste)

Poppy Seeds/Khus Khus : 1 tablespoon ( optional this gives a lot of crunchiness)

Cardamom/ Elaichi : 2

Water : 1 tablespoon

For the covering:

All purpose Flour(Maida)/Whole wheat flour : 1 1/4 cups

Corn Flour : 1 tablespoon

Oil : 1 teaspoon + extra to brush

Salt : a pinch

Water : as needed to knead dough


  • Mix all purpose flour or wheat flour with corn flour, oil, salt. Add water slowly and knead a soft dough.
  • Cover it set aside for at least half an hour.
  • Next Grind the roasted gram/pottukadalai along with cardamom to Suji/Rawa Β consistency and set aside.
  • Heat a pan and dry roast grated coconut till nice aroma comes and water content goes off.
  • Next dry roast poppy seeds for just 2 mins.
  • Place the jaggery in the pan, add 1 tablespoon water and heat it. Heat till it gets meted.
  • Now add jaggery syrup with roasted gram flour, coconut, poppy seeds and mix.
  • It should not be watery, just a dry mixture.
  • After half an hour, form small poori’s with the dough.
  • Take a small round bowl and place it over the poori and squeeze it, remove the extra edge to form a nice round shape.
  • Now place the filling in between and fold over.
  • pinch the edges. Make sure they are pinched properly otherwise they would open up while baking or frying.
  • Now take a fork and pinch on the edges. Or with a pizza cutter the edges can be trimmed off. I used fork, as I don’t have a cutter.
  • Preheat oven to 390 F and grease baking tray with oil.
  • Now place one by one and brush them with oil.
  • Bake for 12 mins in one side. Then remove flip sides and bake for another 12 mins on the other side.
  • Remove and cool down for few mins. Now the baked somas/Gujiya is ready πŸ™‚

As always this can be deep fried in oil.

Jaggery can be replaced by sugar.

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