Sunday, November 9, 2008

Jammin' with Jamuns!

I have to say once again that I am so thankful for all of your kind wishes, thoughts, and prayers. Every comment that everyone has left on my last couple of posts have really helped to pick up my spirits. Each comment has made me smile and has touched my heart. I cannot thank you all enough for all of your support. I'm really lucky to have found so many kind souls in this world!

Ok, I should stop being so ultra sentimental before I start getting tears in my eyes! So, let's get to the subject of today's post, shall we?

This actually goes back to Deepavali. Somehow, I wasn't able to get my act together and take pictures to post right after Deepavali. Well, better late than never, right? :) I made these gulab jamuns for Deepavali along with carrot halwa (long gone before I could get the camera out), murukku (chakli), and thattai. I was truly lazy about taking pictures and this was the only one that I managed to click some photos of.

I have to say that the gulab jamuns were so much easier to make this time since I had Amma's help! I learned that the dough for the jamuns should be fairly stiff (sort of like poori dough). Also, the jamuns should be fried at medium temp.

If they're fried at too high a temperature, they will brown on the outside before getting cooked on the inside. On the other hand, if they are fried at a very low temperature, they will break apart in the oil! Just great, I thought! The key is to heat the oil at medium to medium low heat and keep the heat at a constant temperature. If you're not sure if the jamuns are cooked, just poke a cooked one with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, they're done!

I've read many, many recipes that say to drop the hot fried jamuns directly into warm syrup. I have to say that every time I've tried it that way, my jamuns wind up blowing up like over inflated balloons and collapse in the syrup. So, I did it Amma's way. I allowed the jamuns to cool until slightly warm before dropping them into warm syrup. I also let the flavors marry in the fridge for a day. The end result was perfectly soft, spongy jamuns!!! All it took was a little patience. Well, that's asking a lot of me (patience is not my forte!), but I finally managed to do it!

Ingredients:

Jamuns:
Nonfat milk powder - 1 cup
All purpose flour (maida) - 1/2 cup
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Melted butter - 2 tbsp
Salt - pinch
Milk - enough to make a medium stiff dough

Syrup: (make earlier and keep warm)
Sugar - 1 1/2 cups
Water - 1 cup
Cardamom - crushed seeds of 2 pods

Oil to fry

Method:

1. Combine the sugar and water in a pan. Heat until the sugar dissolves. Then, add crushed cardamom and remove from heat. (The syrup should be slightly warm when adding jamuns.) If you like more syrup, just make 1.5 to 2 times the amount stated in the recipe.

2. Heat oil on medium heat. As the oil heats, combine flour, milk powder, baking soda, salt, and butter. Slowly add milk to make a medium stiff dough. Take small pieces of the dough (about nutmeg sized) and roll into balls. (Note: Keep in mind that the dough will expand and enlarge on hitting the oil, so make the balls smaller than you want the end size to be!) Keep the dough balls aside, covered with a slightly damp cloth to prevent them from drying out.

3. Slowly, slip the balls into the warm oil. You may need to fry them in 2 batches, depending on the size of your pan. Gently and slowly, shake the balls around in the oil to cook them evenly. When they are golden brown and rise to the top of the oil, remove them and allow them to cool until just slightly warm.

4. Add the cooled balls to the warm syrup. Allow the flavors to develop in the refrigerator for 24 hours before serving, for best results. Warm jamuns before eating and enjoy every luscious bite!

Temptation in a spoon!

I know that many of you have passed awards to me in the recent past. I'll post them soon, so please forgive me. I am so grateful for each one! :)

25 comments:

indosungod said...

Absolutely! and the jamuns look perfect.

sowmya said...

looks yummy...nice presentation..

Cham said...

Wow, the spoon is for me I guess :) So spongy very attractive click!

Lavi said...

Kalai..yesterday i made jamuns, and your looks so perfect..even i learned the same trick this time..

Hope you are coming up with spirit again!! Enjoy Amma's food:)

sra said...

Hi Kalai, glad you're feeling better and back blogging! Hope everything goes well and your health is back in top form soon.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Perfect looking spongy delights.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This is really nice to make jamun at home,mean fully! Looks so soft:)
Your picture also looks beautiful!

ranji said...

What a lovely presentation :)..and who doesnt love jamuns...my fav indian dessert...would love to have it with a scoop of vanilla icecream :)..

Usha said...

Looks very tempting...great pics:-)

kamala said...

Tempting jamuns..As I have sweet tooth I coulnt resist this Kalai..So soft

Sunshinemom said...

What a cute presentation:)

raaji said...

This sure must be waiting for me......i love jamuns real hot.......u really tempted me ....am just short of this milk pwd.else would have munched up on them........

Nirmala said...

Hey I came here seeing u're comments in other blogs. Really happy to see u back blogging! Welcome back dear! I was missing u and u're comments all these days! Those jamuns look very festive. Never tried them from scratch, always used the ready mix. this looks so easy.

Madhavi said...

Very nice presentation and looks mouth-drooling!!!

Sangeetha said...

I have been looking for a jamun recipe from scratch! Just in time!
These look fab!

Divya Vikram said...

Glad to hear that u are doing good! And that is a vibrant picture of jamuns..

Sig said...

Hi Kalai,it is great to hear that you are feeling better now... :) Loved your gulab jamun presentation, very cute :)

Uma said...

Those gulab jamuns look so soft and delicious dear! What a pretty picture!

Daily Meals said...

Looks delicious...

AnuSriram said...

They are perfect.. Gulab jamuns are always a fav for everyone... I have something for u in my blog.. pls accept!

Alka said...

This is a typical favourite sweet here in Mumbai .I like ur presentation,simply innovative
One of a kind neighborhood Halwai( one who makes Sweets...hope u know tht)shared a tip with me .He said that while frying Gulabjamuns (at home where pans are smaller in size),fry only 2-3 jamuns at one go,and also instead of tossing and turning of jamuns ,move the kalchi(or laddle whtver)in circular motion in oil,without touching jamuns,till these turn light brown.For me this trick always works and i end up making even surfaced gulab jamuns,cooked perfectly from outside as well as core of jamuns

Laavanya said...

Perfect looking jamuns Kalai... :)

homecooked said...

OMG!!! These look so delicious! Just looking at the pics makes my mouth water :)

Malar Gandhi said...

jamuns look delicious

Gayathri said...

yummy yummy jamuns..