Monday, March 19, 2012

Gulab jamun (Indian sweet with milk powder)



1 cup milk powder
1/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp a pinch of baking soda *
3 tbsp unsalted butter or ghee at room temperature
1/4 cup milk at room temperature
oil about 1 1/2" high to fry

* too much baking soda will make the jamuns too soft and may break when frying

Mix the milk powder, flour, baking soda then add the butter or ghee and mix. Add milk to make a soft dough, the dough will be sticky. Leave the dough aside for about 15 minutes. Then knead the dough again, if needed grease the hands with a little oil before working the dough. Make about 20 to 24 balls, it will swell a little after making the balls.


Heat oil on medium heat, test the oil first with a small piece of dough, when it is put into the oil and if it takes a minute to rise, the oil is ready to fry in. If the dough rises faster the oil is too hot and gulab jamuns will be become dark on the outside and the inside will not be cooked. If the dough doesn't rise in a minute the oil is not hot. Because the size of the balls were small, I fried it in low medium heat.


The gulab jamuns will expand a little while frying so leave space and keep rolling to evenly brown all sides. The inside as to be fully cooked and spongy. Leave the gulab jamun in an absorbent paper towel to cool before putting it into the hot syrup. If hot gulab jamuns are added to the syrup it will become chewy and loose its shape. Leave the gulab jamun at least an hour before serving.

syrup
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
pinch of saffron strands

Add all the ingredients in a large pan and bring to a boil. Let the syrup boil for a minute or two until the sugar dissolves. Can keep it in lowest heat until it is thick, one string consistency.
Add the cooled gulab jamuns to the hot syrup. Keep the gulab jamuns covered in the syrup and the gulab jamuns will expand in the syrup.
To serve sprinkle nuts over the sweets, this is optional.

The recipe is adapted from here and here. This goes to IndianFoodPalooza.

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68 comments:

  1. The gulab jamuns look perfect Akheela!

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  2. Looks so beautiful, soft and yummy.

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  3. It is too tempting !!! They are so soft and feel like reaching out to take one..

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  4. Awesome clicks, very tempting jamuns..

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  5. Inviting gulam jamoons Akheela.

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  6. Wow..looks so delicious and tempting..bookmarked it..

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  7. Yum! Those look so perfect to munch on!

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  8. Awwww how cute and pretty! I noticed Indian sweets have a lot of ball shape. Very attractive!

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  9. My another favorite sweet after Gujiya. Delicious!

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  10. Wow..they look cute and tempting...Yum!

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  11. yum yum my favourite! remember eating loads of these when i was pregnant!:)

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  12. nice color and texture...gr8 jamuns

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  13. Great recipe!
    Have a nice day

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  14. delicious jamuns...looks yummmm

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  15. Lovely clicks, my dear.
    Also, they have come out so well....perfect!! :)

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  16. I have seen so many recipes on awesome indian treats and desserts and this is one of them! I think cardamon is one of the best spices to use in any sweet or baked good and I love donuts, so there is no question that I would be addicted to these after one taste. Glad you posted this, your pictures are so tempting!

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  17. Delicious gulab jamuns! WOW...I love them! :)

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  18. very nice and surely a home made one is better then buying from the Indian stores. I don't really fancy anything sweet but a small bite goes after my dinner for a sweet touch on my tongue.

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  19. delicious jamuns and nice recipe too

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  20. The first click is awesome! Makes me crave for it! Looong since I had one:-(

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  21. My all time favorite dessert. Sinful but delicous.

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  22. Hi There,
    I love gulabjamuns and these are looking so delightful and appetizing. A very well made post with beautiful pictures.Loved it. I've bookmarked this special recipe of urs and wud love to give it a shot asap. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

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  23. Looks divine,so perfect..makes me drool

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  24. Yummy jamuns...looks absolutely tempting

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  25. Gorgeous gulab jamuns, iam drooling here.

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  26. I love GJ's anytime .. just stealing a couple from the fridge makes me feel like a kid again.
    Love Ash.

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  27. Looks very Soft and Spongy...Perfectly Done

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  28. my fav they have come out so perfect!

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  29. perfectly done jamuns.....ur pics just killing me.....
    Maha

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  30. Beautiful pic and they look so perfect,

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  31. What beautiful, glazed little orbs! They look delicious!

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  32. The aroma of cardamom and saffron must be so enticing!

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  33. I had these at a restaurant once and never really knew what they were... glad to find your recipe!

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  34. Deliciously Done!
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  35. Oh, I do love these little balls! What do you do with the oil that you fried them in?

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  36. Yummy gulab jamuns!! Loved the fact that you used milk powder.
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  37. Perfect looking gulab jamuns. They are a delicious treat...anytime!

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  38. wow yummy mouthwatering Gulab jamun, my son's fav,

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  39. The gulab jamuns look so good :-) Drooling :-))))

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  40. Simply mouthwatering..yummmmm

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  41. These looks amazing and perfectly done. mouth watering dessert.

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  42. I love this dessert! I had no idea they were so simple to make. Thanks for this recipe!

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  43. I love that these are made with milk powder - they must just melt in your mouth. The syrup is outstanding.

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  44. They look beautiful, simple, and delicious.

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  45. Gulab jamuns looks so soft n yummy.

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  46. Always wanted to make jamuns from scratch, but never got around to do it so far :-) This looks perfect and I bet it tasted better than the packet one

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  47. Ahh..now I know how this Indian sweet is made! They served this in some of the Indian restaurants here.

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  48. Mmm, what a tempting treat! Thank you for sharing!

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  49. What amazing flavors here!! Delicious.

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  50. i love love gulab jamun, infact i think i will make some right away.thanks for the inspiration :)

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  51. Perfect looking balls of goodness, I like your recipe so will give it a go instead of my old version..and hope it will turn out as nice as yours:-)

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  52. One of my favorite sweets :) But if I would make it at home I would finish them at home.. :)

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  53. yes indeed a mouth watering sweet dish!!!

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  54. I tried making the jamoon, but it turned out too hard :( :(.. wat could have gone wrong

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  55. Sorry to hear Minnu I made this recipe a few times, in this post I have linked 2 other sites that made the recipe there is a video in one of them hope you will take a look at that.
    the jamuns must be fried in low heat or it won't cook through and you have to leave it to cool before putting into the hot oil. Sometimes if the jamuns were hot and you put it into hot syrup this could cause it. I hope it helps. Thank you for letting me know.

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