Gulab Jamun is a very famous dessert in the Indian subcontinent. It is made in all festivals, celebrations and marriages. In India, any celebration is incomplete without making this dessert. Kala Jamun is a modified version of Gulab Jamun which has add stuffing in it. Anybody having a sweet tooth has a special love for these. Gulab Jamun is made from milk solids which are then fried and dipped in sugar syrup. It is most famous in North India.
What is it made of
Gulab Jamun is basically fried khoya balls dipped in sugar syrup. Khoya is made by reducing the milk till only the solids remain. It is then cooled and mixed with a binding agent to make balls. The balls are then fried in clarified butter or ghee. After frying it, they need to be soaked in sugar syrup for 3-4 hours. Khoya can be made at home also. While at Indian homes we also use milk powder to make this recipe. Saffron and Rose water play a special role in this dessert to make it more aromatic.
How to make without Mawa/Khoya
In this recipe I will show you how to make them with milk powder. Milk powder is very easily available at home. So to make the process hassle free we do not use khoya. These are as tasty as the ones made from khoya. Make this recipe to make everyone a fan of your culinary skills. Trust me if in this, if you do it right you will never get tired of making this. Making this can be a till tricky for some people. But if you follow the given instructions carefully your Kala Jamuns will turn out perfectly.
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Kala Jamun Recipe|How to make Kala Jamun at Home
Kala Jamun Recipe
For Sugar Syrup
- 2 Cup Sugar
- 2 Cup Water
- 3 pod Cardamom
- Few Strands Saffron
- 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1 Cup Milk Powder
- 2 tbsp Maida/All Purpose Flour
- 1 tbsp Sooji/Rava
- 1 tbsp Ghee
- 1 Cup Milk
- 2 Pinch Baking Soda
- 2 tbsp Pistachio
- 2 tbsp Cashew
- 2 tbsp Almond
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
- 1 tbsp Saffron Water
- Firstly add 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water in a pan.
- Once the sugar starts melting add 2 cardamom pods and a few strands of saffron.
- Do not forget to add half a tea spoon of lemon juice to avoid crystallization of the syrup.
- Check the consistency of the syrup after 5 minutes, if the syrup feels like oil in between your fingers turn off the flame.
- Cover the syrup with a lid.
- Now to make the dough take 2tablespoons of maida/all purpose flour mix with 1 tablespoon of ghee/oil andRava/sooji each.
- To this mixture add 1 cup of milkpowder, 2 pinch baking soda and mix well.
- Make a soft dough out of this using 1 cup milk. Do not add the milk all at once. Make sure to add it little by little.
- Now to make the stuffing take a small portion of this dough in separate bowl
- Add 2 tablespoon of chopped pistachio, almond and cashew.
- To this add 1 teaspoon sugar and mix well.
- Do not forget to add 1 tablespoon of saffron water and ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder.
- Let the dough rest for 2-3 minutes.
- Meanwhile add Oil/Ghee to a pan for frying the balls.
- The flame should be low and oil should not be too hot.
- Now make balls out of the dough and fill it with the dry fruit mixture.
- Make sure that the balls do not have cracks and are smooth.
- Add these balls to the oil/ghee and fry in low flame.
- After 2-3 minutes start flipping the balls to other sides so that the balls get evenly cooked on all sides.
- After the balls start turning golden in colour take them out and add to the hot sugar syrup.
- Let them soak for 2-3 hours so that the syrup is completely absorbed.
- Your Kala Jamuns are ready to be served.
How to Serve
These can be served hot or room temperature.It basically depends on how you like to have them. I prefer to heat them in the microwave before serving. It can also be eaten with Vanilla Ice cream. Do not forget to add freshly chopped dry fruits while serving it to the guests.
Notes– Tips and Tricks to make Soft and Fluffy Kala Jamuns
Temperature of the oil- Temperature of the oil should be low while frying to cook the balls completely. Otherwise they will burn from outside and will be uncooked inside.
Balls should be dipped completely in oil while frying- This is also done to make sure the balls are cooked fully. If some portion of the ball is not dipped fully it will also remain uncooked.
Sugar syrup should be hot while adding the balls- If the sugar syrup is not hot the balls will not absorb it completely.
Make sure the dough is soft- Soft dough makes soft Kala Jamuns. It is not possible to make the balls smooth and fluffy with a hard dough. This is the most basic step in this recipe to get right.
The balls should be smooth and crack free- If the balls have crack then the frying will not be uniform. Some portions will be over cooked and some will be under cooked. The sugar syrup will also not be absorbed uniformly.
Before adding the whole batch, add a single ball to check whether it cracks- Sometimes even when everything seems to be fine there is some mistake that we make. In order to avoid wasting the whole batch we should try with a single ball first. If that does not go fine try to make a few changes in the dough according to your judgement.
Kala Jamun Recipe|How to make Kala Jamun at Home
Video of the recipe attached below