Bread gulab jamun recipe. A mouth-watering sweet made with bread, milk and sugar syrup. Garnish with sliced almonds or pistachios and serve warm or cold. This bread jamun recipe will treat your taste buds with delicious flavors.
According to Wikipedia, gulab is derived from the Persian words gol (flower) and ?b (water), referring to the rose water-scented syrup. “Jamun” or “jaman” is the Hindi-Urdu word for Syzygium jambolanum, an Indian fruit with a similar size and shape.
Gulab jamuns can be made using khoya/mawa, sweet potatoes, milk powder and even cottage cheese/paneer. This version of gulab jamun is made with bread slices, milk and sugar syrup. The texture, color and taste are very similar to gulab jamun made with milk powder or khoya. If not up for regular gulab jamuns, you’re welcome to try this bread gulab jamun. I can assure you that this bread jamun would gratify your sweet-tooth cravings.
Gulab jamun is a traditional sweet of india made during festival, family gatherings, and parties. These spongy bread gulab jamuns taste so delicious when soaked in the sugar syrup. Adding rose essence enhances the flavor of the sugar syrup, so please do not skip it.
For a soft gulab jamun, make sure you knead the dough in a gentle way. Do not knead it too hard. Also, do not deep fry gulab jamuns in very hot oil. Chances are that the outer covering would be cooked, but remain uncooked inside. Just deep fry jamuns in medium low heat.
So, get cooking’! You won’t be disappointed.
Preparation time. 15 minutes
Cook time. 15 minutes
Recipe cuisine. indian
Recipe category. sweet
Yield. 10 jamuns
Bread slices – 6 slices
Milk – 3/4 cup
Cooking soda – 1/4 tsp (optional)
Oil – to deep fry
For the sugar syrup
Sugar – 1 and 1/4 cups
Water – 1 and 1/4 cups
Cardamom powder/elakkai podi – a pinch (optional)
Saffron/kunguma poo – 5 strands
Rose essence – 2 drops
Note. The ingredients shown will vary with the original quantity.
1. In a pan, add sugar, saffron strands and cardamom powder. Now add water and heat it up.
2. In medium flame, let it boil for 8 to 10 minutes. Keep stirring continuously. Once sugar syrup turns sticky and little thick, switch off. Sugar syrup is ready!
3. Trim the crust of the bread slices. In a mixing bowl, add milk and dip the bread in it and squeeze out the excess milk. Repeat the same process for all the bread slices.4. Now add the bread slices to the mixer and pulse it few times. Make sure it is smooth and has no lumps. Transfer it to a mixing bowl.5. Add cooking soda to the ground bread and mix well. Pinch a small portion of the bread mixture and shape into small balls. 6. Repeat the same for the remaining bread mixture and arrange them in a plate. Heat oil for deep frying. In medium low flame, drop the balls gently into the hot oil. Do not crowd the pan. Gently turn the balls using a ladle so that they get cooked evenly. Once they turn golden brown, remove them and fry the remaining balls in batches.7. Drain jamuns in a tissue paper, and add them immediately to the sugar syrup. Cover and let it sit aside for 2 hours for the jamuns to absorb the sugar syrup well.
Now, bread gulab jamun is ready! Serve warm or cool. You can also garnish with sliced pistachios or almonds.
- If the dough has some cracks, sprinkle little water or ghee and make a smooth dough. If the balls have cracks, then it will open up while frying.
- The sugar syrup should be warm when you add the jamuns.
- Do not knead the dough tight as the jamuns will turn hard.
- Rose essence gives a very good flavor to gulab jamuns.
- Cooking soda will give a softer texture, but adding it is optional.
- While frying, make sure the flame is low. If not, jamuns would not be cooked inside.
- Jamuns may look too dark, but when soaked in sugar syrup, it will have a beautiful red color.
- You can serve bread gulab jamun with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
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