Certainly! Here’s a classic and mouthwatering recipe for Gulab Jamun, a popular Indian sweet:
For the Gulab Jamun balls:
- 1 cup milk powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (maida)
- 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter), melted
- 2-3 tablespoons milk (warm)
- A pinch of cardamom powder
- Chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds) for garnish (optional)
- Oil or ghee for deep frying
For the sugar syrup (Gulab):
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1.5 cups water
- 4-5 saffron strands (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon rose water (optional)
- Prepare the Sugar Syrup (Gulab):
- In a saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring it to a boil on medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Add saffron strands (if using) for a beautiful color and aroma.
- Simmer the syrup for 5-7 minutes until it slightly thickens. You don’t need a very thick syrup, just enough to coat the Gulab Jamun.
- Turn off the heat and add rose water (if using) to the syrup. Stir well and set it aside.
- Prepare the Gulab Jamun Balls:
- In a mixing bowl, combine milk powder, all-purpose flour, baking soda, cardamom powder, and melted ghee.
- Mix well until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Gradually add warm milk to the mixture and knead it into a soft and smooth dough. The dough should not be too sticky or too dry. Add more milk if needed.
- Cover the dough and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes.
- While the dough is resting, heat enough oil or ghee in a deep pan for frying. The oil/ghee should be at medium heat.
- Divide the dough into small, smooth balls without cracks. Make sure there are no cracks on the surface as they might cause the Gulab Jamun to break while frying.
- Once the oil/ghee is hot enough, fry the Gulab Jamun balls in batches until they turn golden brown. Stir gently to ensure even frying. The balls will expand slightly after frying, so make sure not to overcrowd the pan.
- Remove the fried Gulab Jamun balls with a slotted spoon and drain excess oil by placing them on a paper towel.
- While the Gulab Jamun balls are still warm, immerse them in the prepared sugar syrup (Gulab). Let them soak for at least 1-2 hours so they absorb the syrup and become soft and sweet.
- Garnish the Gulab Jamun with chopped nuts if desired.
Your delicious Gulab Jamun is now ready to be served! Enjoy this sweet treat on special occasions or as a delightful ending to any meal.