Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Happy Valentine's Day !!!
Gulab Jamun is one of the favorite Indian desserts. They are golden brown balls in flavored sugar syrup. They are served warm or at room temperature.You can also eat hot Gulab Jamuns with a dollop of Vanilla ice cream.Enjoy...
Carnation Milk Powder-2 cups
Bisquick/Pancake mix-1 cup
(You can also use 1 cup of Maida/all purpose flour and 1tsp of baking soda instead of Bisquick)
Butter-4 tbsp (melted)
Whole milk/Water just enough to make the dough
For the Sugar Syrup
Saffron strands-a few
Pistachios or cashews (to sprinkle on the top)
Oil for frying
Combine the milk powder, Bisquick, butter and make the dough. Add enough whole milk to make the dough.Dont knead hard.Make balls by gently rolling each portion between your palms into a smooth ball. Place the balls on a plate. Cover with a damp cloth.
Heat the oil on high and then lower the heat to medium. Slip in the balls into the hot oil one by one.They will sink to the bottom of the pan,and raise to the top slowly.... do not try to move them.Gently move the balls around to avoid browning on just one side. The Gulab Jamuns should rise slowly to the top if the temperature is just right.Fry in medium heat till they are done by moving them gently ensuring that they do not break.
How to make Sugar Syrup
The Sugar syrup should be made earlier and kept warm. Mix 4 cups of sugar to 2 cups of water. Heat the mixture at medium heat for 5-10 minutes until sugar is all dissolved in water.Simmer for 5 mins.Add 3-5 cardamom pods crushed and a few strands of Saffron.
Add the fried gulab jamuns directly into the warm syrup. Leave gulab jamuns in syrup for about half hour.Serve warm or at room temperature.