Gulab Jamun is a very refreshing and tangy dairy-based suite that comes from the state of West Bengal in India. It is made by straining boiled milk in ripe jama (milk) plant leaves, resulting in a thick creamy drink. In fact, the name “gulab” derives from two Sanskrit words: “jama” or “milk” and “jamun” or “straw”. This delicious sweet has a very rich history, going back at least to ancient Hindu legend.
Our recipe of Gulab Jamun
Ingredients for Gulab Jamun:
* Bisquick – 1 cup
* Carnation Powder – 2cup
* Water – 2cup
* Sugar – 2 cups
* Cardamom – 3 no’s
* Butter – 4 tablespoon
* RoseWater – 5 drops
* Curd/Yogurt – 2 tablespoon
* Milk – 1/2cup
* Oil for deep frying
Method for Gulab Jamun:
* Heat butte, add bisquick, carnation powder and curd/yogurt and mix well.
* Knead well to make a smooth dough , cover and let it rest for around half an hour.
* Divide the dough into 15 parts round shape like small ball .
* For sugar syrup boil the water and sugar, add cardamom and simmer for 20 minutes.
* Heat the oil until hot and fry the balls to a golden brown or until they are dark brown.
* Soak the fried balls into hot sugar syrup for a few hours until they double in size.
* Enjoy Gulab Jamun hot or cold.
History of gulab jamun
Although the exact origin of this sweet is not known, most historians and scientists have traced it back to the state of Maharastra in ancient India. There, it was considered a sacred fruit and it was eaten by high-caste Hindu women on special occasions. They were called “Kisans” or “Naadi-Brigade” in Hindi. Interestingly enough, even today a lot of traders in the sub-continent still believe that it is a religious festival that is important for all Hindus, particularly those from the Brahmins (lower castes) and scheduled castes. Therefore, many traders will buy gulab as a commodity when they enter the state of Maharastra to seek rai (fruit) contracts.
How to cook
This very tasty sweet is not difficult to make since it contains a number of health benefits. It has been known to increase appetite, especially in women who want to eat less but gain more. Women who are trying to lose weight find it particularly effective. People who have kidney problems or diabetics who want to control their blood sugar levels also prefer to consume it. In addition, since it is made up of water and natural sugar, it is a low calorie sweet that can help weight loss.
Gulab Jamun’s versatility makes it a favorite food of people from different regions of the country. For example, it is found almost exclusively in the state of Maharashtra in India. You can also find it available in places like Gujarat and Rajasthan. The taste is bitter, spicy and slightly sweet, although it varies from region to region.