Best Gulab Jamun Recipe | How to Make Gulaab Jamun With Khoya — Gulab Jamun is a legendary Indian sweet. In this surefire recipe, the delicate, spongy and melt-in-your-mouth berry sized deep-fried milk based balls are dunked into the skillfully flavored sugar syrup. These homemade gulab jamuns made from traditional mawa or khoya tastes the best.
Precisely, we are in Fall season. How do you feel about it? For me, it’s a combined feeling. At times when the sun rarely shines, I am overjoyed to see the Fall shades. I just love this beautiful combo of dazzling sun and colorful Autumn leaves. Well, I suppose everyone does that. Isn’t it? But sometimes I also feel a little sad that these shades will soon depart.
It’s the festive season: September is ending and October is coming with a lot of festivities. A month-long festive time in India has already begun this month. Yes, currently, most of the India is having a big festive season. This running Hindu festival is Navratri, which is dedicated to Devi Durga (Goddess). Navaratri (नवरात्रि) literally means nine days. Thus, this festival is celebrated for 9 days. Each one of the 9 days are dedicated to 9 forms of Goddess Durga. Thus, people worship the 9 Avatars of the Devi on these 9 days, one on each day.
Well, this Navaratri ends after the 9th day and the 10th day is known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra (दशहरा). And then there starts the countdown for Diwali. Diwali is the festival of lights which is celebrated 20 days after Dussehra. So, this upcoming month will bring lots of goodies. Anyways, do foodies need an excuse to eat or cook a goodie? I guess, not. 🙂
Gulab jamuns are widely made during celebrations and festivals like Holi & Diwali. As this is the celebration time, I could not think of a better recipe to share today than this Indian Gulab Jamun (गुलाब जामुन) which was on my list for a long time. And today it felt most appropriate to share this.
The cooking process: Gulab Jamun is a milk solid based dessert, so traditionally it is made mainly from milk solids. Today I am sharing a simple and easy way to make gulab jamuns at home but this is not a quick recipe. It takes about 3 hours to get ready for eating. The process includes the dough making, frying and sugar syrup dunking time.
Khoya/Mawa as the main ingredient: As you now know that khoya is the main ingredient of this recipe, but I also agree that khoya is not available in many places like we don’t get khoya here in Finland. And I also agree that sometimes making khoya at home with the milk is a tedious job. However this khoya can be made in minutes without any labor. Here, I have earlier shared a recipe for making Instant Khoya with milk powder. But if you don’t have milk powder then you can also make this recipe with paneer aka Indian cottage cheese.
Ingredients you’ll need: All you need is some all purpose flour, semolina, mawa/khoya or paneer, and oil to make basic and simple gulab jamun at home. Plus, some sugar, water, and lemon juice to make a sugar syrup to sweeten it up. This tastes SO GOOD.
What is Gulab Jamun? A classic Indian sweet or dessert that is an absolute delicacy which is very famous and is enjoyed in most festive and celebration meals. This traditional version of gulab jamun is so silky, melt-in-mouth and so luscious. The literal translation of ‘Gulab’ is Rose flower, and ‘Jamun’ is black plum which is also known as purple Indian berry broadly available in India. The crispy and fried dough balls are dunked in the sugar syrup which is generally scented with rose water, the resulting large berry sized dessert is called Gulab Jamun.
Frying: Since this is an Indian dessert, the traditional way of frying these gulab jamuns are frying in the ghee. By using Ghee, they taste so rich, so sometimes when people make them at home, they simply fry them in groundnut oil or any other vegetable oil. Therefore, frying in ghee or oil is totally up to you, but I can assure you that these jamuns would taste awesome either way.
How to make the right dough: Making gulab jamun is very simple. The only thing which people find complicated is making the dough perfectly. Once you have mastered the dough making skills, then you will never think of buying gulab jamuns from the market again. With this authentic recipe, you can make them from scratch easily. And I guarantee that these sweet jamuns will supercharge your taste buds with their unforgettably rich and pleasant taste.
If you are looking for more ‘Diwali Sweets’ recipes, then do check the following:
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