November 4, 2011

Gulab Jamoon

Gulab Jamoons

 

It was Arun’s Birthday yesterday and I had a hunch that he would request me to make these gulab jamoons even before I put forth the question to him. This is his very favorite of all the sweets and it is almost like a ritual to be made during Diwali. But since I was out of station for this Diwali, I did not make it and I knew he would definitely ask for this. He turned 12 and the fact that I’m the mother of an almost teenaged boy makes me feel so old. Just kidding. Winking smile

 

 

I would also like to apologize for not frequenting many of your spaces in the past few days. As my laptop just returned after a much needed servicing and hubby dear not being in station and with Arun’s birthday and guests and work I had been so held up with very little time to spare for anything else.  When Hubby dear called up to say that he might be held up due to heavy rain and could not make it for Arun’s Birthday, the boy was so heart broken. Broken heartBut some how he made it and was there when I brought the boys home from school.

 

 

This is to the boy who made mother hood a cake walk for a first time mother. I never had morning sickness when I was carrying him and he was the perfect baby when he was born. He never cried. Yes no throwing up tantrums at all. Even when the syringe pricked his butt during the routine shots he never cried and he never falls sick, never. Always smiling and gurgling. My neighbors always used to remark that it is very difficult to believe that there was a baby at home.  He was never a picky eater, always ate food so heartily right from the day when he was introduced to solid foods. I knew that he would eventually become “THE” foodie when his play mate happened to be my 10 ltr Pressure cooker. Watching him walk precariously carrying the cooker was always such a delight. 

 

 

This is to the boy who watches over his not so healthy younger brother always like a mother hen and who helps me in many things especially in cooking. This is to the boy who was a dream come true baby right from day one and watching him grow up all these years, bringing laurels by excelling both in studies and extra curricular activities has been a very rewarding experience.

 

 

Gulab Jamoons   (Print this Recipe)

You’ll need:

  • Milk Powder – 1 cup
  • All Purpose flour / Maida – 1/4 cup
  • Butter / Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Baking Soda – 1 pinch
  • Oil – To deep fry

For making Sugar Syrup:

  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Milk – 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp

 

 

Method:

For making Sugar Syrup: Heat water in a large pan. Add sugar and cook till it dissolves completely. Add the milk and and wait till the scum floats on top.

 

Remove with a ladel or filter it and cook the syrup further till it reaches a sticky consistency. Add cardamom powder and mix well. Keep aside.

 

For making Jamoons:
Sieve together milk powder, flour and baking soda. Add butter or ghee to this mixture and mix with your finger tips till it resembles bread crumbs.

 

sprinkle water little by little and mix together into a soft dough. Do not knead it tightly. If the dough is sticky grease your hands with ghee. Let the dough rest for at least 15 minutes.

Knead it once again with your finger tips and make small balls of the dough. Meanwhile heat oil in a frying pan. The oil should not be smoking hot. Slip 4-5 balls into the oil at a time and cook over medium flame till they get cooked to a brown color. Remove on a kitchen paper.  Once they get cooled off add these balls to the sugar syrup.

 

Let the gulab jamoons soak in the syrup for at least an hour before serving. These actually stays good for a week time.  Garnish with slivered almonds and pistachios before serving.

 

Do check out my Bread Jamoons here.

 

 

Notes:

  • If the dough is kneaded tightly the jamoons will become hard.
  • You can replace cardamom powder with a few tea spoon of rose water.
  • The temperature of the oil is important.  If the oil is too hot, the outer side will darken but the inside of the balls will not be cooked properly.
  • The dough should not become dry. If it gets dry sprinkle either milk or water to make it moist.

 

This is off to my Let’s Cook: Mughlai Cuisine and to Srav’s CC: Festive Food

49 comments:

  1. Bookmarked, its soooo perfect and gorgeous clicks R! Hope your little one had a great time yesterday!

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  2. Its too soooft and spongy. Luv the clicks. Feel like I am in your house to eat this

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  3. Gulab jamun looks super delicious..soft n gorgeous...Belated B'day wishes 2 ur lil one,he sure would hv had a blast

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  4. My belated birthday wishes to Arjun, spongy juicy jamoons looks fabulous..

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  5. I loved reading your post...Gulab jamoons look too tempting

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  6. Oooh!Yummy! Love that smooth texture, feel like grabbing some out of the bowl. My belated wishes to your little one :)

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  7. Jamoon's are fabulous.Just feel like having now.
    Belated b'day wishes to ur son.

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  8. Jamus looks soo awesome!! just perfect!!
    Belated wishes to ur son:-)

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  9. Belated Wishes to the li'l sweetheart.
    Thanks a ton and miles for sharing this recipe....I tried Gulab Jamuns with milk powder way back in Manila where there was no khoya available in the market and now your recipe reminds me of those days...
    The GJs look utter soft, fresh and so madly melting...wooooh! :)

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  10. Wow..Luks soo cute softy balls..Belated birthday wishes to ur son..

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  11. Lovely Pics radhika and motherhood can be so many different emotions i totally agree...wish u all very happiness in ur life :D

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  12. Perfectly done and deliciously clicked.Luv this Jamun Recipe Dear.

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  13. Great job, absolutely drool worthy! My belated birthday wishes to your son :)

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  14. Tempting jamoons..Bookmarked,belated Bday wishes to ur little one :)

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  15. Belated wishes to your lil one,jamun looks perfect,soft and spongy.

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  16. Love the texture,soft and smooth..perfectly made jamoons..yum

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  17. perfectly done jamuns !! looks so tempting !! Belated Birthday wishes to ur little one !!

    Ongoing Event - Festive Food

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  18. belated wishes to Arun ! and the gulab Jamuns are sooo gooey - me wanna grab from the screen !

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  19. Belated Wishes to Arun the almost teen. If you feel old now when he is just 12 wait for him to be 17 and tower over you. I know! But they are our babies.

    Abt the gulab jamun they are delicious and just what I was looking for. My friends mom made these and she does not know abt them. Thanks.

    Hosting an event which I am calling Back to our Roots Also hosting for Nov’11 Veggie Food for the Month_Raw Banana.

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  20. Your post is full of pride:)...the jamuns look perfect!

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  21. Gulab Jamoons look perfect Radhika! I've never made them from scratch & have been wanting to do that. Most times its the instant pack I use

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  22. Perfect jamoons..I never made with milk powder & maida.. Bookmarked it..

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  23. Your gulab jamun look absolutely perfect!

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  24. My hearty wishes to Arun, your son. Hope you are had a fun filled time with him. Jamuns are tryly delicious and perfect. this is making me drool.

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  25. perfect looking gulab jamuns...really tempting dear...

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  26. Belated Birthday Wishes to your lil boy! Those jamoons are so inviting. It would have made his day.

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  27. perfect Gulab Jamuns....Belated Bday wishes to the Bday Boy...

    http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

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  28. Wonderful jamuns, belated birthday wishes to the Birthday boy.

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  29. lovely write up Radhika...i loved it more than the recipe...hope you guys had a great time...jamuns looks so delicious n tempting...

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  30. B'day wishes to your son...Gulabjamuns looks very tempting...

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  31. Hope your Lil teenger(!) had a very happy B'day! Wish him many more happy returns!

    Gulab jamoons look so so yummm! :P

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  32. Gulab jamun looks super delicious..soft n gorgeous...Belated B'day wishes 2 ur lil one,he sure would hv had a blast

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  33. happy birthday delicious dessert looks wonderful

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  34. Birthday wishes to Arun!!!!!!Nicely written post:-)......and jamuns look amazing......mouthwatering!!!!

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  35. Scrumptious jamun really i am drooling here...

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  36. Happy birthday...u know what I was on a lookout for this...thanks for sharing..bookmarked!!

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  37. First of all, belated birthday wishes to Arun. May the Almighty bless him with all His choicest blessings. :) And, same pinch with him - Gulab jamun is my favorite of all sweets too. You have made it absolutely delicious, soft and soaky with sweet. I wish I could get that entire bowl for myself.

    Radhika, thanks a lot for your latest comment on my space dear. It really made my day. One of the cherished comments I have received so far. :)

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  38. Finger Licking Recipe!!! And beautiful click too..
    First time to be in your site , will be back soon!!!
    Following You, when u get time drop in to my site too!!!
    www.kiranmary.com

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  39. you have many wonderful recipes. will follow your blog from now on.

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  40. soft and yummy jamuns,homemade always has its unique taste and hope ur son feasted on this

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  41. Aaah its sooo perfect....
    Hope ur lil one freaked out ...

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  42. wow, wonderful .. loooks perfect !

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  43. Radhikaaaa.. those gulab jamuns.. man!!! they are so perfect!! Love them :)

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  44. It is very perfect Radhika. A drooling over here. Yummy...

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