How to make Gulgule

Gulgule or Pue are a North Indian sweet dish that are essentially lightly sweetened whole wheat fennel doughnuts. 

What are Gulgule

Gulgule are traditional Indian sweets and an important part of certain festivals such as Karwachauth and Ahoi Ashtami. They are sometimes referred to as ‘meethe pakore’ and Punjabis often refer to them as ‘pua’ or ‘pue’ (plural). This gulgule recipe results in a crisp exterior and a soft interior. Gulgule are essentially the Indian version of doughnuts, but less sweet.

How to make Gulgule

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How to make Gulgule

Gulgule for Ahoi Astami ⁣

In celebration of Ahoi Ashtami, a fast observed by mothers for the well-being of their children I wanted to show you how to make Gulgule, or meethe pue. On Ahoi Ashtami  mothers offer prayers to Ahoi Mata another for of Parvati Maa while abstaining from food and water while emerging themselves into prayer. The fast ends after sighting the stars in the sky and eating Gulgule, which are essentially lightly sweetened whole wheat fennel doughnuts. 

Making Gulgule or Pue How to make Gulgule

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How to make Gulgule

How to make Gulgule
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Gulgule or Pue are a North Indian sweet dish that are essentially lightly sweetened whole wheat fennel doughnuts.
Serves: 10-12
  • ¼ cup gud/jaggery powder or brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup wheat flour / atta
  • ½ tsp fennel / saunf (crushed)
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 3 cup neutral oil (for frying)
  1. In bowl mix together the dry ingredients: the atta ( whole wheat flour, fennel seeds, baking soda, jaggery/gud powder or sugar.
  2. Whisk this together and start by adding half of the water first.
  3. Mix well and add more water as required to make a batter that is thick like a pakora batter. I use the full ½ cup measurement to reach this consistency.
  4. Cover and rest the batter for 15-20 minutes.
  5. In a deep pan or kadai heat oil on medium high heat until hot. Take spoon fulls of the batter and fry in oil until golden brown.


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