Thursday, 30 August 2018

Kesar Gulab Jamun

How to make Kesar Gulab Jamun | Kesar Gulab Jamun is an enticing and delicious all-time dessert recipe of Indian desserts flavoured with aromatic saffron.

Kesar Gulab Jamun is an enticing and delicious all-time dessert recipe of Indian desserts flavoured with aromatic saffron. It makes for a perfect dessert to serve on a special occasion and I bet your friends and family will love this awesome surprise. What's more, it is an ideal recipe for Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan or Eid.


It makes for a perfect dessert to serve on a special occasion and I bet your friends and family will love this awesome surprise. What's more, it is an ideal recipe for Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan or Eid.




The traditional and classic gulab jamun is a very famous Indian sweet or dessert that is enjoyed by young and old in most of the festive celebration meals. No matter which region you travel, you are sure to get hold of some Gulab jamuns. These sticky sweet deep fried balls aren't for weight watchers as they are loaded with calories but once in a while, you are allowed to cheat right?

It makes for a perfect dessert to serve on a special occasion and I bet your friends and family will love this awesome surprise. What's more, it is an ideal recipe for Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan or Eid.


Gulab Jamun is the most favourite and preferred dessert or sweet for any happy occasions such as birthday parties, weddings or festivals like Diwali, Holi or Ramadan. A bowlful of hot or cold gulab jamun bowl brings nothing but the utter joy of heaven! And that's exactly how I feel. I remember my mum making a big batch of Gulab jamuns every Diwali. She would use pure mawa or khoya (Indian milk solids) to make jamuns (balls) and add rose water in the sugar syrup to get the essence of floral flavours.

Being Indian in origin, I too love Gulab Jamun and kala jamun,  so does my family. I used to make gulab jamun quite often but since becoming a food blogger, always tried making a different type of sweets and baking goodies. I think last time I prepared and posted Gulab Jamun recipe was in 2010, alright after that I made Paneer Gulab Jamun, Sweet Potato Gulab jamun but that doesn't count as traditional gulab jamun, does it?

It makes for a perfect dessert to serve on a special occasion and I bet your friends and family will love this awesome surprise. What's more, it is an ideal recipe for Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan or Eid.


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Because we hadn't had any Gulab Jamun for sometimes, we decided to make some for this years Raksha Bandhan, Usually, I prepare Gujarati meal on this day, but this time we decided to prepare Awadhi dishes, amidst the lavish feast of Awadhi food, ending the meal with kesar gulab jamun which seemed not just fitting but also much-needed treat. These creamy melt in the mouth kesar gulab jamun were so aromatic, spices such as saffron and cardamom give it that required warmth in delicious in Indian desserts.

Now, we know that numerous Indian festivals are lined up until right up to November, so do not shy away from this Kesar Gulab Jamun but add to your dessert menu and get ready to receive many compliments.

It makes for a perfect dessert to serve on a special occasion and I bet your friends and family will love this awesome surprise. What's more, it is an ideal recipe for Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan or Eid.



How come to these are Kesar Gulab Jamun?

Usually, authentic gulab jamun dough is prepared with mawa or khoya, and no any other ingredients are added to bring any flavours, in the sugar syrup rose water added for the floral note. But I have added saffron threads in the dough and sugar syrup and omitted the rose water.

Can I make Gulab Jamun with Milk Powder?

Yes, you can. If khoya or Mawa is not available use full-fat milk powder.

How can I make soft and melt in mouth Gulab Jamun using milk powder?

Usually, with milk powder, many add semolina, which makes gulab jamun little hard and cracks. Avoid semolina, knead the dough thoroughly and make a soft and sticky dough. When you make balls, make sure there are no cracks.

What other ingredients can I add for more flavours?

You can add cardamom powder, also can stuff one whole pistachio or chocolate chips in each ball.

On what temperature should I fry the gulab jamun in oil or ghee?

To get the perfect gulab jamun, first heat oil or ghee on a high heat once heated turn off the heat, let the oil cool then again heat the oil on a very low-medium heat and fry the gulab jamun so that the inner side of the jamun cooks well too.

What so Gulab jamun doesn't break in oil while frying? 

In the dough, if you've added too much soda bi-co, gulab jamuns will break. So take care, when you add soda bi-co.
Make sure balls are rolled properly without cracks.
Do not overcrowd the kadai by adding many jamuns same time.
make sure oil temperature is maintained throughout the whole frying process.

What colour Gulab Jamun should be?

Gulab Jamun should be between light to medium brown.

For how long I should keep Gulab jamuns in the sugar syrup before serving?

At least 5 hours, the more the better.

Gulab Jamun best served hot or cold?

Gulab jamun is delicious and irresistible hot or cold (at room temperature) it depends on you how you like it. In my family, we like both ways. According to my daughter when it is hot, it is sweeter.

What do I serve with Gulab jamun?

Traditional way you don't need anything to serve with, just serve at room temperature. But nowadays I've seen hot Gulab Jamun served with vanilla or kesar Pista ice cream and sometimes cream too. You can garnish it with toasted almond or pistachio slivers too.

Can I make Vegan and sugar free Gulab Jamun?

Yes, you can :)

It makes for a perfect dessert to serve on a special occasion and I bet your friends and family will love this awesome surprise. What's more, it is an ideal recipe for Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan or Eid.


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Kesar Gulab Jamun

prep time: 15 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 35 mins
Kesar Gulab Jamun is an enticing and delicious all-time dessert recipe of Indian desserts flavoured with aromatic saffron.

ingredients:

Sugar Syrup

3 cup sugar
4 1/2 ( Four and a half ) cup water 
Big pinch of saffron 
4 whole green cardamom
3-4 drops lemon juice

Kesar Gulab Jamun 

1 1/2 (one and a half) cup full-fat milk powder
3 tbsp. plain flour ( Maida)
3 tbsp. Ghee
Big pinch saffron threads
Tiny pinch cardamom powder
4-5 tbsp. milk
Oil for deep frying
Very tiny amount of soda bi-co ( small chutki )

instructions:

Make Sugar Syrup

In a big pan place sugar, water and cardamom. 
Heat it over a medium heat and bring it to boil.
Once it starts boiling add lemon juice and cook until just about the sugar syrup reaches the 1/2 thread consistency.
It will take about 12-15 minutes. 
Turn off the heat and add saffron threads and leave it aside.


In a wide and big plate, place all the ingredients of the kesar Gulab Jamun except oil.
Mix everything well, and add milk little by little and knead a soft and sticky dough.
Make sure you knead properly to achieve softer and uncracked gulab jamuns. 
Leave the dough covered for 5 minutes.
Then once again knead the dough. 
Divide the dough into equal size portions and make balls of an even size.   
Heat the oil well. Switch of the heat and cool a little.
Let in some of the jamuns (3-4), when they rise up put back on heat and fry them on a slow heat till medium brown.  
Remove from the oil and put them in Sugar syrup to soak.  
Repeat for all the jamuns.  
Let it soak for 6-7 hours.
Serve hot or cold, with ice cream or cream or on its own.
Enjoy!

NOTES:

If Jamuns falls apart while frying, add little plain flour in rest of the dough and knead it again.
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26 comments:

  1. Oh Jagruti! I'm trying to control my sugar intake and you are tempting me with your such a flavourful, soft & luscious gulab jamun.

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    1. Hahaha Ritu, Gulab jamun cheez hi aisi hai, ;) Thanks for your kind comment.

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  2. Beautiful and super tempting post!!! Love every shot and angle of this scrumptious dish!

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  3. I am drooling Jagruti Your daughter is absolutely right, when it is hot its sweeter. And I and my son both love hot gulab jamun. Your gulab jamun looks mouthwatering.

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  4. Omg, this is absolutely irresistible, my sweet tooth is craving for those golden beauties. How fabulous its looks. Feel like gobbing some rite now.

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  5. Jagruti, this is really torture... you've been posting so many irresistible sweet dishes, not fair at all. Jokes aside, I love all the tips you've given about making perfect gulab jamuns.

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  6. Nothing can beat the comfort and indulgence of biting into a soft, juicy, syrupy warm gulab jammun for me! Yours look so perfect, so delicious, I could lick my cell phone screen right now! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‹

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  7. These look delicious! We are huge Indian food fans at our house, but I've never tried these. Definitely giving them a go!

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  8. These kesar gulab jamoons are so soft and succulent just want to dig in with my spoon and finish off the whole plate greedily, ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡, your post made me salivate craving for these so much now.

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  9. Gulab Jamuns have always been one of my favorite sweets and yours look simply incredible with tempting shots. The way you have provided all the tips for making them with perfection is also commendable. I am certainly trying them out soon!!

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  10. Although I love gulab jamun, I have never tried making them at home ever. You have made it possible with this easy recipe.

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  11. I missed mu mom a lot when I saw these beautiful jamuns today. hers used to look exactly same and were always close to my heart. loving these images Jagruthi.

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  12. This one is a masterpiece. Festive Season is already here and I should really watch my weight as well.. So many tempting recipes from you. I loved your notes on how to make and serve these Gulab Jamuns. Though I say every time these words. But once again "AWESOME CLICKS"..

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  13. The Gulab Jamums look utterly delicious Jagruti. Love the tips you have shared to make these beauties perfectly. Your pgophotogra make the dishes very inviting and irresistible !

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  14. Love Gulab jamun's and this look so so tempting. Beauties cooked and bathed in sugar syrup. Yum

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  15. Gulab jamun looking amazing di. we all love having it, but now quit as we finish them very soon and gain weight. Looking so tempting to try them soon. Having khoya at home. Thinking to make.

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  16. I've never had Gulab Jamun, but I really want to try this recipe. It looks so delicious and decadent!!

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  17. I've never heard or had these before, but would certainly love to give it a try! Love all the details about the recipe too - thanks!

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  18. Your photography is stunning. I love trying flavours of the world right from my own kitchen. This looks like a fun rainy weekend experiment for sure.

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  19. My dad had a client years ago who made these. I forgot about them until now. Can’t wait to make my own!

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  20. SO so yummy! perfect for any occasion and festive too.Loved the clicks.

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  21. What a beautiful dessert!! The little round balls are perfect and bathed in a sugary syrup sound so very tempting. I love the details that you gave in explanation to the recipe and how you can make it. Your photos really make the dessert look delicious.

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  22. I love trying different desserts from different cultures! This looks absolutely delicious!

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  23. This is a great dessert! I love changing up my recipes when it comes to dessert and this is a great recipe to do that with!

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  24. These little golden dumplings look so good! My favorite kind of comfort food dessert. The fact that they stay in the syrup for 5 hours makes them even better.

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  25. These look so pretty!! I have been on a cardamom kick lately and love finding new ways to use it.

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