I enjoy most Indian sweets. Especially kala jumuns! …but to make a proper kala jumun–blackened gulab jamuns–I have to first figure out how to make a basic gulab jamun.
Gulab jamuns could be described as lightly spiced donut holes which have been soaked in a fragrant, sweet sugar syrup. They’re quite good, and can be served hot or cold (I prefer them hot). Their name literally means “rose-flavored plum,” and they’re probably the most well-known of all Indian sweets (in America, at least!).
Apparently there are many ways to make a decent gulab jamun. You can use khoya (thickened milk), milk powder, or even bread.
I did some searching online and decided to try making my sweets using milk powder. I already had the powder and had no idea how to make khoya, so it seemed like the best option. …I might have to learn to make khoya though.
I used THIS recipe–which was incredibly easy!
The results were okay. Not perfect, but they were edible. The outside of the gulab jamuns were deceiving—they look so nice, so tempting.
The problem was the inside. I’m pretty sure 2 tsp. sooji (cream of wheat) was too much. It made the sweets a little crumbly, and the texture was off. They definitely weren’t like the sweets I enjoyed so much in India.
I also didn’t really like the sugar syrup. I think the proportions were a bit off, but that’s easy enough to fix next time. And there will be a next time.
I’ll have to ask maa and baba if they have any tips. I’m sure they can help me make these perfect!
If you make gulab jamuns….what is the method you use?
On a completely unrelated topic, I must show you my niece! Her birthday was yesterday, and she’s now 2 years old; although she’ll tell you she’s 8.
She is so funny and loves a lot of Indian things—such as bangles, biscuits and bindis (the decoration or dot worn on the forehead between the eyebrows). She really loves bindis!
I think it’s so cool that she knows what they are, what they’re called, and where they belong. She sometimes throws little tantrums, crying “where my bindi go?,” and you can’t even trick her by giving her a sticker. It must be a proper bindi.
Notice the giant clip-on earrings? This girl is a diva!
Piyush and I are babysitting her on Sunday, I’m sure it’ll be entertaining!