a classic Indian dessert, is loved around the world for its sweet, syrupy and chewy texture. This delight, made with milk solids, flour and a hint of cardamom, is fried until golden brown to perfection and dipped in a fragrant sugar syrup. It is a staple of celebrations, symbolizing warmth, happiness and shared joy.
The journey towards creating perfect Gulab Jamuns begins with collecting quality ingredients. You will need:
Main Ingredients: 1 cup milk powder, ¼ cup all purpose flour, 2 tbsp ghee, ½ cup lukewarm milk, ½ tsp baking powder, a pinch of cardamom powder.
For the syrup: 1 ½ cups of sugar, 2 cups of water, a few drops of rose water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Frying: adequate oil.
Step by step instructions
Preparation of the dough: Mix the milk powder, flour, baking powder and cardamom. Stir in the ghee, then gradually add the milk to form a soft dough.
Shaping and Frying: After resting the dough, form smooth balls. Fry over low heat until golden brown.
Sugar syrup: Boil the sugar, water, lemon juice and rose water. Simmer until slightly thick.
Soaking: Dip the fried balls in the warm syrup for 1 to 2 hours.
Pro Tips for Perfect Gulab Jamuns
Temperature Control: Make sure the oil is moderately hot for even cooking without burning.
Dough consistency: Aim for a soft, pliable dough to avoid cracking.
Consistency of the syrup: It should be slightly thick, allowing the balls to fully absorb it.
Common mistakes to avoid
Avoid overworking the dough to avoid tough Jamuns.
Improper oil temperature can lead to uncooked interiors or burnt exteriors.
A syrup that is too thick or too thin can ruin the texture.
Gulab Jamun is best served hot, often garnished with dried nuts. Serve it with ice cream for a contrasting delight.
Storage and reheating tips
For short term storage, store in syrup at room temperature. For longer storage, refrigerate and reheat gently before serving.
Although indulgent, be aware of its caloric content. Moderation is key, especially for those with dietary restrictions.
Frequently asked questions
Can I use wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?
Yes, but it may slightly alter the texture.
How can I ensure my Gulab Jamuns are soft?
Do not overmix the batter and make sure the frying oil is at medium temperature.
Can I make vegan Gulab Jamuns?
Yes, replace dairy with vegan alternatives like almond milk and vegan ghee.
Why did my Gulab Jamuns break while frying?
This could be caused by cracks in the balls or very hot oil.
**Can I freeze Gulab Jamuns