Festival Recipes

WholeWheat Pista Gulgula | Indian Sweets | Festival Recipes

Alphabet W was probably one of the toughest alphabets to choose
for the A-Z marathon considering I was doing only Karnataka & Tamilnadu
recipes. Today’s sweet is made generally for Diwali, and I have given it a mild
twist adding pistachio meal and glazing it with sugar syrup and pistachios like
the original Gulgula, which is the Indian equivalent of doughnuts. I made this for my lil one’s first birthday this week and it tasted just perfect for a celebration…

Though not
from either states (karnataka or Tamilnadu), you could consider making this for
the festive season ahead with Navratri and Diwali barely a few weeks away. A
sweet treat to celebrate a nearly-month long Alphabet Marathon thats to end in
a few days..


Prep time : 20 mins , Resting time : 10 mins + 2 hours

Frying time : 15
mins | Makes : Approx a dozen pieces


  • Whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup
  • Fine sooji / Chiroti Rave – 2 TBSP
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Milk Powder – 4 TBSP
  • Pistachio meal – 1/4 cup
  • Warm water – 1/4 cup, or as needed
  • Oil – for frying (approx 1 cup)


  • Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Water – as required
  • Saffron strands – few

Garnish : Chopped pistachios



Sieve wholewheat flour along with salt. Add Fine Sooji and milk
powder and mix well. Now add pistachio meal (roasted and powdered pistachio)
and mix well. Add warm water little by little and make a semi soft dough. Cover
and rest for 10 mins

Make a syrup with sugar and water for 1 string consistency. Add
saffron strands and keep aside.

Make small roundels from the dough of equal sizes (makes approx
12-13 roundels). Heat oil to moderate heat and fry them on low flame till the
cover turns golden brown (like a gulab jamun). Drain on absorbent paper.

While still warm, drop them in the sugar solution and let them
stay there for 2-3 hours till they swell and absorb the syrup. 

Transfer to a serving dish, pour rest of the syrup if any and
garnish with chopped pistachios




  1. Have seen the maida gulgula… Whole Wheat is a nice variation… and these cute gulgulas are so tempting!!


  2. vaishali sabnani

    Oh wow..these must have tasted fantastic..they look so adorable and anyway I love sweets made of wheat flour..so Indian and the flavors blend so well ..the saffron and Pistas all add up to the aromas and richness.super one..and this will last a few days for sure..hey how about sending acrooss a few..:))

  3. Very pretty looking sweets..and a neat twist..:)

  4. Wow!!!They look totally awesome…chennaikku anpungo:-)

  5. wow wow fabulous pista gulgula looks super delicious and yumm .. a very interesting twist to usual gulgulas 🙂 tempting me dear !!

  6. Would love to munch some, very attractive and addictive gulgula..

  7. The Pumpkin Farm

    happy bday to the lil princess, she is already one, cant believe and this seems like a perfect recipe to celebrate, lovely presentation

  8. Chef Mireille

    so gorgeous – all of these treats are making me so hungry as I read these posts at 11:30 at night – it is taking all of my self control to NOT to go to the kitchen for a late night snack

  9. Look delicious and sinful… awesome

  10. Nice and a healthy twist for the traditional gulgule!

  11. cookingwithsapana

    Gulgula looks so delicious . Nice twist ….

  12. Sandhya Karandikar

    Wonderful variation with whole wheat flour. Sprinkled with Pistachios they look stunning.

  13. wow mouth watering…yummyy…

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  14. Such an interesting and yummy looking dessert.

  15. WHole wheat sweet is a new one for me…These look delicious!

  16. Wow this is a new one for me. Love the use of whole wheat flour.

  17. This is again a new sweet to me….looking very delicious!!!

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