Gulab Jamun is one of the most popular dishes in India. Whether it is a wedding, a party, or a luncheon, Gulab Jamun never fails to steal people’s hearts. The sweetness of Gulab Jamun is fondly experienced across the globe.
Gulab Jamun is also known as rose berries or Indian fried doughnuts. You can have different versions of Gulab Jamun with different ingredients like khoya, milk powder, bread, or sweet potatoes.
Now, you might be curious about why these sugar-syrup balls are known as Gulab Jamun. Gulab Jamuns are flavoured with rose water and are roughly the size of Jamun berries, hence popular as Gulab Jamuns.
It is believed that Gulab Jamun was first cooked by one of Shah Jahan’s chefs. World Gulab Jamun Day is celebrated on the 10th of October every year.
Traditionally, Gulab Jamuns are made with khoya, while most modern recipes use powdered milk.
Is Gulab Jamun a dessert?
Yes, it’s a dessert.
There are some food pairings that you can’t say no to and the one I like most is Gulab Jamun plus ice cream. If you haven’t tried this combo yet, you are missing a lot. The ice cream with the Gulab Jamun is my all-time favorite.
Every time I crave Gulab Jamuns, we get them from Vijay Dairy. They are so fresh and soft. It’s almost as if they melt into your mouth.
And there are a lot of fusions that are trending these days that may seem weird at first, but taste awesome! I often make these for my family and friends with Vijay Dairy Gulab Jamuns.
So have a look at them:
The Gulab Jamun Cupcake: This is a mind-blowing desi fusion when the East meets the West, which is quite alluring. The Gulab Jamun cupcake got me confused at first, but this combo was exhilarating.
Moving on, another fusion is the Gulab Jamun Cheesecake. This fusion has no doubt created a craze in the market. Whether you like cheesecake or Gulab Jamun, this dessert fusion is popular with both groups. And not only that, this is one of the most well-known fusions in the food world too. Gulab Jamun cheesecake is a layered cake with biscuits and toppings of Gulab Jamun and cream cheese. This dessert is cooled in the refrigerator. Enjoy your service.
Gulab Jamun Custard: If you’re planning a party or a luncheon and want to brighten even a small dinner, this Gulab Jamun custard will brighten everyone’s smiles and appreciation.
In my opinion, there is no special occasion needed to enjoy this dessert. Gulab Jamun itself has a vibe. The Gulab Jamun on the table is itself used as a game prop in my friends’ group; complete a dare and have Gulab Jamun.
After reading this blog, if you too are craving Gulab Jamuns, then here is a special gift for you. This is the recipe by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor for making Gulab Jamun in the comfort of your home.
So what are the magic ingredients that you need for cooking these delicious Gulab Jamuns?
- Mawa (khoya) 1 1/2 cups
- Chenna 1/4 cup
- Soda bicarbonate 1/4 teaspoon
- Refined flour (maida) 3 tablespoons
- Green cardamom powder 1/4 teaspoon
- Sugar 2 cups
- Ghee to deep fry Let’s make it and learn Gulab Jamun Recipe!
Grate khoya and mash chenna and keep aside. Mix the two along with soda bicarbonate, refined flour, green cardamom powder, and a little water to make a soft dough.
Divide into sixteen equal portions and shape into balls. Prepare sugar syrup with sugar and two cups of water. Clear the syrup by removing the scum, if any.
Heat ghee/oil in a kadhai. Add the balls and deep fry on low heat till golden in colour. Drain and soak in the sugar syrup for at least fifteen to twenty minutes before serving.
Bonus! Here’s a video that will help you through this delicious journey! https://youtu.be/5f40PzXoNL0