Indians have a number of desserts and sweets that tease your palates. And Gulab Jamun is one of them.
This sweet treat belongs to the flour/dough based category of Indian Sweets. This dessert is usually flavored with cardamom, saffron and the star of the show is the beautiful rose syrup.
- 1 c non fat milk powder
- ¼ c of plain all purpose flour
- ¼ tsp of baking soda
- 3 tsp melted clarified butter or ghee
- 3 to 4 tbsp of milk
- 1 c of light brown sugar
- 3 c of water
- 7 pieces of cardamom pods
- 2 c of regular oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Get a large mixing bowl and combine all the dry ingredients: milk powder, all purpose flour, bicarbonate of soda, and then add the clarified butter. Using both hands, mix the ingredients together.
- When you have reached a crumbly consistency, add the liquid milk and knead the mixture together. Allot 5 minutes to achieve the desired look.
- Roll the dough in to 1 inch balls.
- To make the sugar syrup, combine the sugar and 3 c of water in a sauce pan and let the mixture cook over low fire. This takes 30 minutes.
- In a large deep frying pan, heat 2 cups of oil and fry the dough balls until they are golden brown.
- Line a plate with paper towels or drain the excess oil.
- When you have finished frying the milk balls, you can start reheating the sugar syrup and you may now add the cardamom pods.
- As soon as the syrup reaches a rolling boil, you can now add the fried dough and let them simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Once the balls have absorbed the syrup, it’s time to remove them from heat.
- When serving, place the balls in a bowl and pour the prepared sugar syrup on top.
- You can serve this hot or cold.
You can use rose syrup with sugar and water for this recipe too.