Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shahi Gulab Jamun with Vanilla Ice cream

Gulab Jamun are the hot favorite sweet of Indian subcontinent, liked in every season and served for any good reason. The term gulab jamun comes from persian word, gulab (rose water scented syrup) and hindustani word called jaman, a south asian fruit with a similar size and shape. (source: wikipedia).

This time I have prepared them for the festival of Shiva-ratri, coming up on 2nd of March.  Traditionally these are made of dough consisting of milk solids or  khoa (caramelized reduced milk) and rolled into a ball together with some flour and deep fried in pure desi ghee. The balls are then soaked in sugar syrup flavored with cardamom, saffron and rose water. 

For the ease of making it, I used the instant gulab jamun mix by Gits. Its preferable to use the shahi mix but if its not available, then you can do the way I did, make it shahi (Royal) at home. According to the instructions at the back of the pack, water is used to roll in to balls. But I replaced water with the milk, add chopped nuts in the center of the balls and added cardamom and saffron to the syrup. In couple of minutes the sweet carmalized dumplings were ready to be relished.

Ingredients for Gulab Jamuns :
Gulab Jamun mix : 1cup (use any brand by GITS or MTR, available on Amazon)
Warm Milk: 1/4 cup
Chopped Almonds, Pistachio: 2tsp
Cardamom powder: a pinch
Oil/Ghee: for frying

For syrup:
Water: 1cup
Sugar: 2 cup
Cardamom: 1/2tsp
Saffron: a pinch
Rose Water: 2-3 drops

Take gulab jamun mix in a bowl.
Add some warm milk instead of water to make the dough.
Gently knead the dough and set  it aside for 10 minutes.
Add finely some chopped almonds, pistachio in the dough and roll it into small balls.
Make sure there are no cracks in the balls, so fix if any by dabbing little oil on your fingers.
I prefer to make small balls, for even cooking of jamuns from inside out and kids love the size.

Prepare the syrup in a pan, by boiling  - water, sugar, saffron, rose water and cardamom for enhanced flavor.
Heat ghee/oil in a deep skillet. I used canola oil  and fry the jamuns on low heat till it turns dark brown.

Take out the jamuns on the paper towel  and soak them in sugar syrup.
Leave for a few hours, preferable overnight.
The gulab jamuns can be either served at room temperature or a little warm.
Can be warmed  in a microwave for 10 seconds just before serving.
Can't beat the feeling, warm thin caramelized crust outside & sweet and soft from  inside.

I like to top up the gulab jamuns with pistachio just before serving and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
What say ? - "Deadly Combo" and I simply love to have  hot jamuns with chilled ice cream...!

Yumm...yumm my little one is loving it and hope you love it too !!!!!!!!

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Ilke said...

Very sweet looking sweets! We have something similar called "Lokma" in Turkey, deep fried syrupy balls! I can not eat more than 2 at a time... I think it is a great idea to pair it with icecream!

The Foodie said...

Perfectly made sonia... my kiddos all time favourite sweet...garam gulab jamun aur thandi icecream is making me do balle balle :)

Umm Mymoonah said...

Your jamuns really tempted me a lot.

Food Frenzy said...

My favorite Indian dessert. Now I can make it at home...thank you!

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Daksha said...

Lovely! sonia my little ones also fevorite dessert and it's great idea with ice cream thanks for sharing.

Prathibha said...

Just drroling over those decadent gulab jamuns..looks heavenly

Prathima Rao said...

My fav indian mithai!!! Imtotally in love with ur photography...Very very creative..;) Glad to be ur follower..c u around..:)
Prathima Rao
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Arthur said...

I have never tried this type of dessert, but I am drooling. Looks amazing.

Pam said...


Sonia said...

I'm so glad that you guys liked the sweet gulab jamuns. Thank you so much for stopping by my space.

Krishan said...


Krithi's Kitchen said...

Looks so yummy and inviting...

GeethuSathiyaN said...

Looks amazing tasty...wonderfully caught...jus came across ur site,fell in love with ur creativeness and photography.Really awesome!!U rock :)

Sharon @ Fun and Life said...

Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog :). These look so delicious! I've never tried these before but I'd love to sometime! They sure sound real sweet! Great blog you have here :)

Heguiberto said...

Wow beautiful looking donut like dessert. It seems incredibly easy to make and this little donuts soaking in syrup. I bet its divine. I've seen them at Indian restaurants but never ordered them.
Heguiberto said...

Looks amazing tasty...and well explained. good photography as well. good work :)

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