These are my dad’s hands. The hands that raised me.., taught me how to write and I haven’t stopped writing since then. My dad! My hero. I have yet to meet another sharp, suave and intellectually inclined man. There is a not a single moment of boredom with him. We can spend hours walking and talking about everything – From books to Health to Travel to History. He has the biggest influence on me. Want to dedicate this post to him. Happy Father’s Day, Dad..today and every day.
I shot these pictures when he was visiting me last Dec. Made Gulab Jamun and served that with some chilled honey yogurt.
You can call them Gulab Jamun, or Lengcha or Pantua or, you can safely call them mini donut holes soaked in a fragrant sugar syrup. These dreamy balls of deliciousness are my utmost weakness. I can close my eyes and imagine getting lost in these gulab jamuns. Have you ever wondered, why they are called Gulab Jamuns though? That’s because Because they are made up of powdered milk and oil deep fried and are soaked in rose water and saffron flavored hot sugar syrup. Here ‘Gulab‘ means ‘Rose‘ and Jamun indicates the shape of a flower named as Jamun.
There are different ways of making this extremely popular Indian dessert but in my recipe, I have used powdered milk, all-purpose flour, baking powder and clarified butter or ghee.
Here are a few more Indian Desserts that you may enjoy –
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or maida
- 1 cup powdered milk. I used the Nestle brand
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 TBSP baking powder
- 3 TBSP Ghee
- 1 TBSP cardamom powder
- Sufficient oil for deep frying
- 1 cup lightly sweetened hung curd or Greek Yogurt (optional)
- 2 TBSP Crushed almonds (Optional)
For Sugar Syrup
- 2 cup sugar
- 3 cup water
- few pinches of saffron
- 1 tbsp. rose water
- Mix 1/2 cup all purpose flour or maida, 1 cup powdered milk, 1/2 TBSP baking powder, 3 TBSP Ghee, 1 TBSP cardamom powder in a big bowl with whipping cream and make the dough
- In the meanwhile, make the sugar syrup by heating sugar, water, saffron, rose water in a big saucepan on high heat. The syrup should 1 string consistency
- Make small balls out of the flour dough without any cracks
- Heat oil and deep fry these balls in low-medium heat until they turn golden brown
- Immerse the balls in hot sugar syrup and let them rest for an hour or two
How to serve as a Perfect Gulab Jamun
Take some yogurt in a serving bowl or fancy glasses. Cut a Gulab Jamun into half and add t to the yogurt bowl and top with some crushed almonds. ENJOY!!!
**** You can also serve hot gulab jamuns with vanilla ice cream.
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