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Instant Sweet Paneer Gujiya Shells

Gujiya and festivities go hand-in-hand! My instant version of this Indian dessert recipe is made with sweetened paneer, and puff pastry shells! It's one of the easiest, quickest, and most delicious dessert recipes on the blog!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 pieces
Calories 365.5kcal

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the frozen Puff Pastry Shells on it and bake until they puff and become golden brown. It should take around 20 minutes - but follow the instructions on the package.
  • You can also brush them with cooking spray or milk before baking if you want a deep golden brown color.
  • Warm milk in a bowl and add saffron strands to it. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing. For that, first, grate the paneer.
  • Transfer the paneer to a mixing bowl. There is no need to cook the paneer first.
  • Add the cardamom powder.
  • Add the powdered sugar.
  • Add thandai powder.
  • Then add the saffron milk to the bowl.
  • Mix it all together until everything is well combined.
  • Remove the pastry shells from the oven and allow it stand for 5 minutes.
  • You can either scoop out the center or press the center part down using the back of the spoon.
  • Generously scoop the paneer mixture into these puff pastry cups. Put it in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped almonds, and pistachios. You can also garnish it with some dried edible rose petals, and/or varak (silver leaf) or sprinkle powdered sugar on it.
  • It tastes the best when served straight out of the oven.

Notes

You can swap paneer with khoya or mawa and make Mawa Gujiya instead. If using mawa, you will have to saute it a bit to remove the raw smell.
Mix in some desiccated coconut with the paneer filling to give it a coconut flavor and slight crunch. You can also add raisins.
If you can't find Puff Pastry Shells, use any other kind of puff pastry sheets. If using sheets, you can wrap them as samosas.
To make it sweeter, brush some kewra water or simple syrup over the pastry shells before adding the stuffing.
Alternate flavoring ideas
Mix in some gulkand or rose syrup to give this paneer dessert recipe a refreshingly new and different flavor.
You can also add in some cocoa powder and chocolate syrup with paneer to make Chocolate Gujiyas. Your kids will love it!
In fact, you can use paneer and convert it into a spicy filling by adding different spices and herbs along with some veggies.
Can you make this vegan?
Yes, you can make them vegan by swapping paneer with coconut. Saute coconut and jaggery with sugar and dairy-free milk to form a mixture. Use this as a stuffing.
How to store them?
Firstly the paneer mixture can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge a day or two before.
I would recommend you prepare the pastry shells only when you need to serve this Indian dessert.
Leftover puff pastry gujiyas can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Alternates to puff pastry
If you don't want to use puff pastry sheets or shells to make this dessert, you can go the traditional way. Prepare a pastry dough, roll it out and then stuff it with this paneer filling.
You can then either deep-fry, bake, or air fry it in the oven. In fact, you can also make stuffed sweet flatbread with the dough and mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 365.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.33g | Protein: 11.08g | Fat: 24.73g | Saturated Fat: 8.5g | Cholesterol: 25.03mg | Sodium: 133.61mg | Potassium: 55.06mg | Fiber: 0.76g | Sugar: 3.65g | Vitamin A: 25.11IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 149.24mg | Iron: 1.55mg