We love sweet rolls! We started making cinnamon rolls a few years ago. At first we were soo excited about how amazing they turned out. And for some reason it was a special occasion dish. Then we started craving them more and more, so we just kept experimenting with the doughs and fillings.
So while we were brainstorming for Diwali treats to make this year, we knew we wanted to stick with something we were already good at. And that’s how we started coming up with cinnamon roll variations. We just fell in love with the idea of ghughra sweet rolls since the filling is similar almost like pecan sticky buns. The filling is nutty and super sweet, but also a little floral and earthy because of spices blended in.Jump to Recipe
What is a Ghughra?
A Ghughra is a deep fried sweet Indian pastry. It is filled with a mixture of sugar, coconut, mixed nuts and semolina. The pastry dough is typically made from all purpose flour. The pastries are fried in ghee so the crust has a nice buttery flavor. Ghughras are typically shaped like half moons, similar to empanadas.
Indian Fusion Dessert
So here’s what I did in this Indian fusion recipe: I made a batch of ghughra filling. Toasted almonds, toasted pistachios, shredded coconut, sugar, cardamon, nutmeg! Combine everything together and let it cool, its so delicious on its own! Just make sure you save some for the rolls!
Then I made the yeast dough! It is an easy dough recipe from The Pioneer Woman. (I added just a touch of saffron to give it a brighter hue, but that’s completely optional.) Roll out the dough, add lots of melted butter and sprinkle over the ghughra filling. You have the most incredible sweet rolls with a ghughra filling: Ghughra Sweet Rolls!