Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
I just had this dessert at a Nepalese restaurant and want to save a copy for myself. There is already one recipe listed on the zaar, but I prefer this one, taken from indianfoodforever.com.
For the dough
- 1 cup powdered milk
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- milk (just enough to make the dough)
For the Sugar Syrup
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 -5 cardamom pods
- 3 -5 saffron threads
- oil (for frying)
- Make the dough by combining the milk powder, flour, butter. Add just enough whole milk to make a medium-hard dough. Divide the dough into 18-20 portions.
- Make balls by gently rolling each portion between your palms into a smooth ball. Place the balls on a plate. Cover with a damp yet dry kitchen towel.
- Heat the oil on high and then lower the heat to medium. Slip in the balls into the hot oil from the side of the pan, one by one. They will sink to the bottom of the pan, but do not try to move them. Instead, gently shake the pan to keep the balls from browning on just one side.
- After about 5 mins, the balls will rise to the surface. The Gulab Jamuns should rise slowly to the top if the temperature is just right. Now they must be gently and constantly agitated to ensure even browning on all sides.
- If the temperature of the oil is too high then the gulab jamuns will tend to break. So adjust the temperature to ensure that the gulab jamuns do not break or cook too quickly.
- The balls must be fried very slowly under medium temperatures. This will ensure complete cooking from inside and even browning.
- Sugar Syrup:.
- The syrup should be made earlier and kept warm. To make the hot sugar syrup add mix the 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water. Add 4-5 cardamom pods, slightly crushed and a few strands of Kesar (Saffron).
- Mix with a spoon and then heat at medium heat for 5-10 minutes until sugar is all dissolved in water. Do not overheat, that will caramelize the sugar.
- Transfer this hot syrup into a serving dish. Keep warm on stove. Add the fried gulab jamuns directly into the warm syrup. Leave gulab jamun balls in sugar syrup overnight for best results. They can be served warm or at room temperature.
Since my husband and I are huge fans of Indian food, my young son was introduced to this dessert. He dubbed them "honey balls" and gets them any time we go to a restaurant. He thought these were delicious! I agree, they taste just like in the restaurant. I would just like to add that I rolled up the dough into the size of the ones I get at restaurants, but they ballooned out to twice their normal size once I put them into the syrup. Next time I am going to make them much smaller.
Thanks for this easy and delicious recipe. The detailed tips were helpful.