Stuffed Gulab jamun

stuffed gulab jamun

 

Bhai phota (in Bangla) or Bhai Duj (in Hindi), is a festival for all brothers, in this country. A Hindu festival, celebrated on the second day after Deepavali. Sisters pray for a long, healthy and prosperous life for their brothers.

Bhai = brother

In our modern world, such festivals are a novel way of keeping the family bond strong and healthy. πŸ™‚

My brother stays more than 1400 kms away from my place :/ but that doesn’t dampen our love for each other. Our professional commitments do not make it conducive for us to meet during Bhai Phota, but then the age old adage stands true……the distance makes the heart grow fonder πŸ™‚ ❀

Keeping my bhai and his sweet tooth in mind, made some stuffed gulab jamuns. Mom used to make soft and juicy gulab jamuns, once upon a time and i used to be her assistant. Since my father’s death, and she herself being diabetic, sweet making has become practically non -existent.

What makes this gulab jamuns more special is that, I made it for Bhai following mom’s recipe and I made them after 23 years. πŸ˜€ That makes me a very happy woman !! πŸ˜‰

stuffed gulab jamuns

My last offering for this Deepavali, stuffed gulab jamuns.

Here’s what i did………..

INGREDIENTS

Makes 7 -8 medium sized jamuns

For the jamuns :

1 cup – grated khowa (unsweetened Indian condensed milk)

1 tbsp – chenna (fresh home made cottage cheese)

1 1/2 tbsp – semolina /sooji

3 1/2 tbsp – APF / maida

1/4 tsp – baking powder

1 cup – clarified butter (ghee) + 2 tbsp – refined oil

For the stuffing :

1 tbsp – dried rose petals

1 1/2 tsp – rose syrup

1/4 tsp – nutmeg powder

For the syrup :

1 cup – granulated sugar

1 cup – water

1 nos – bay leaf

1 stick – cinnamon

1 nos – crushed green cardamom

METHOD

Make the stuffing by mixing all the ingredients given under it. Keep aside.

stuffed gulab jamun

Knead the khowa, chena, refined flour, baking powderΒ and semolina with the heel of your hand, till no lumps remain. Knead it into a soft dough. If the dough looks dry, wet your hands in water and knead again. Make marble sized balls from this dough. Make a depression and put 1/2 tsp of the prepared stuffing. Close the ball and start rolling it up into round ball. There should be no cracks on the ball surface. If so, roll again. Cracked balls will break while frying.

Heat the clarified butter with the refined oil, together in a wok or a deep pan. The depth of the pan should be such that the jamuns get fully immersed in the hot clarified butter, for an even frying.

Gently slide in the balls, as many as can be comfortably accomodated and lower the heat and fry evenly. Fry till its dark golden brown. Keep increasing and decreasing the heat while frying. Too hot will make the balls dark brown without cooking the inside. Less hot, the balls will soak more butter and may even break.

Drain the balls on kitchen paper and keep aside.

Heat the sugar and water with bay leaf, cinnamon stick and crushed cardamom. Let the sugar melt and keep cooking on low heat for 8 -10 mins, till the syrup thickens. Take it off fire and strain.

Slide in the jamuns in this hot syrup. The jamuns will swell up a little in few mins.

stuffed gulab jamun

Serve hot during winter and chilled during the summer πŸ™‚

Or serve it hot over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

stuffed gulab jamun

 

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Shubho Bhai Phota !!

Taking these stuffed gulab jamuns over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday !! May God bless all the brothers and sisters around the world !! ❀

Let’s party !! πŸ˜€

Happy cooking !! πŸ™‚

Cheers !! πŸ˜€

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About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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29 Responses to Stuffed Gulab jamun

  1. Alka says:

    Very nice recipe…..though we do not observe this day in odisha,….I still can feel the sentiment of a sister for her brother…….

  2. Woooow it’s terrific andy

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  4. Jayeeta says:

    golaper papri die pur karar idea ta darun……..23 bachor pore koreo ato perfect hoeche…great…… πŸ™‚

  5. Wow yummmers. .. πŸ™‚

  6. I am sure you toughed your brothers heart by reminding him of family and sweets from your past.

  7. Malar says:

    Awesome Andy πŸ™‚

  8. Madraasi says:

    Innovative πŸ™‚

  9. Ginger says:

    They are looking amazing! I love the idea of having a festival to remind you of your siblings, especially when they are living so far away.
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. How delicious and wonderful that you made these using your Mothers recipe and for your brother. I know even though he is far away he feels the love. Thank you so much for bringing these to Fiesta Friday. They are very special.

  11. Hilda says:

    Even better than the unstuffed ones!

  12. Chhapan Bhog says:

    Lovely and gorgeous looking GJs Andy.. πŸ™‚

  13. This recipe is really interesting – wow!

  14. Thanks for liking my post gangtok – your photo made mouth watering, great

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