Gulab jamun

    Gulab jamun


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    About this recipe: This is a traditional Indian dessert. Spongy milky balls soaked in rose scented syrup. Delicious with fresh cream, Kulfi or ice cream. To make it even more fancy, sprinkle gold-leaf on top of each serving.

    Serves: 7 

    • 130g dried milk powder
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter), melted
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 125ml warm milk
    • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachio nuts (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon sultanas (optional)
    • 1 pinch ground cardamom
    • 1 litre vegetable oil for deep frying
    • 250g caster sugar
    • 200ml water
    • 1 teaspoon rose water
    • 1 pinch ground cardamom

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. In a large bowl, stir together the milk powder, flour, baking powder and cardamom. Stir in the almonds, pistachios and sultanas. Mix in the melted ghee, then pour in the milk, and continue to mix until well blended. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
    2. In a large frying pan, stir together the sugar, water, rose water and a pinch of cardamom. Bring to the boil, and simmer for just a minute. Set aside.
    3. Fill a large heavy frying pan halfway with oil. Heat over medium heat for at least 5 minutes. Knead the dough, and form into about 20 small balls. Reduce the heat of the oil to low, and fry the balls in one or two batches. After about 5 minutes, they will start to float, and expand to twice their original size, but the colour will not change much. After the jamun float, increase the heat to medium, and turn them frequently until light golden. Remove from the oil to kitchen roll using a slotted spoon, and allow to cool. Drain on kitchen roll and allow to cool slightly.
    4. Place the balls into the pan with the syrup. Simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes, squeezing them gently to soak up the syrup. Serve immediately, or chill.

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    It came out runny and i was unable to make balls i followed the recipe exactly i added a tsp of milk powder but it was even runnier so confused - 11 Jan 2014

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