Gulab jamun – (pronounced “goe-laab DJA-moen“) is a well-known and popular Indian dessert made of fried dough balls. A type of dumpling, gulab jamun is soaked in a sweet, sticky syrup. Gulab means ‘rose water’ so, as per tradition, the sugar syrup has a delicate rose flavour.
Gulab jamun (also spelled gulaab jamun) is a milk-solid-based sweet from the Indian subcontinent, and a type of mithai, popular in India, Nepal, Pakistan (where it is known as gulab jamun), the Maldives (where it is known as gulaabujaanu), and Bangladesh (where it is known as gulab jam, as well as Myanmar.
It is also common in nations with substantial populations of people with South Asian heritage, such as Mauritius, Fiji, the Malay Peninsula, Great Britain, South Africa, and the Caribbean countries of Trinidad and Tobago, (where it is called rasgulla), Guyana, and Suriname.
It is made mainly from milk solids, traditionally from khoya, which is milk reduced to the consistency of a soft dough. Modern recipes call for dried or powdered milk instead of khoya. It is often garnished with dried nuts such as almonds and cashews to enhance flavour.
INGREDIENTS for Gulab jamun:-
- ¾ cup (100 grams) milk powder, unsweetened
- ½ cup (60 grams) maida / plain flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp ghee
- milk, for kneading
- ghee or oil, for frying
FOR SUGAR SYRUP:
- 2 cup sugar
- two cup water
- 2 cardamom
- ¼ tsp saffron / kesar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp rose water
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING GULAB JAMUN:-
- firstly, in a large bowl take ¾ cup milk powder, ½ cup maida and ½ tsp baking powder.
- mix well, homemade gulab jamun mix is ready.
- now add 2 tbsp ghee and mix well making the flour moist.
- further, add milk as required start to combine.
- combine well forming a soft dough. do not knead the dough.
- cover and rest for 10 minutes.
- meanwhile, prepare the sugar syrup by taking 2 cup sugar, 2 cup water, 2 cardamom and ¼ tsp saffron.
- mix well and boil for 5 minutes or until the sugar syrup turns sticky. do not attain any string consistency.
- turn off the flame and add 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp rose water. lemon juice is added to prevent sugar syrup from crystallizing.
- cover and keep the sugar syrup aside.
- after 10 minutes or resting the dough, start to prepare small ball sized jamuns.
- make sure there are no cracks in the jamun. if there are cracks then there are high chances for jamuns to break while frying.
- deep fry in medium hot oil or ghee. frying in ghee gives good flavour to jamuns.
- stir continuously and fry on low flame.
- fry until the jamuns turn golden brown.
- drain off and transfer the jamun into a hot sugar syrup.
- cover and rest for 2 hours or until jamuns absorb the sugar syrup and doubles in size.
- finally, enjoy gulab jamun with ice cream or as it is.
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