Gulab Jamun / Gulab Jamoon is basically a cheese based dessert traditionally made with khoya. The term gulab jamun comes from Persian words gol (rose) and ab (water), referring to the rosewater-scented syrup, and jamun from an Indian fruit with a similar size and shape...(Reference : Wikipedia)
When I saw this easy jamun recipe made using bread I loved the idea as it was quick with easy available ingredient that is bread.Also I was not confident in trying the khoya jamun directly as this is the first time I making my own jamun at home....I remember only once trying jamun with instant jamun mix that too with the help of amma.Check out my Khoya Jamun Recipe
Gulab Jamun - Bread Jamun Recipe - Ingredients
Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Makes : 15 jamuns
Milk Bread - 7 slices
Milk powder - 2 tbsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Rose Essence - 2 drops
Cooking Soda - 1/8 tsp (optional)
Oil - as needed to deep fry
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
For the sugar syrup:
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Saffron strands - a tiny pinch
Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp
- Trim the edges of all the bread slices and set aside.Take sugar,saffron strands and elachi powder in a container, add water and heat it up until sugar dissolves completely.It may take some time so meanwhile you can start making the balls(step2).When the sugar syrup starts turning sticky switch off.When its warm add rose essence and set aside.
- Dip each bread slices in milk squeeze out excess milk and transfer it to the mixie, repeat this process for all the bread slices.In the mixer add milk powder along with crushed bread slices and pulse it for few seconds, grind it to a smooth paste.Add cooking soda and mix well.
- Pinch a small ball and roll smoothly.Dont apply pressure while rolling and also dont roll them tight...the balls should be smooth.Make it ready then heat oil in a pan(I used my small tadka pan) - When oil is hot drop few balls at a time, fry in low flame till golden brown.
- Keep rolling with the laddle so that its fried evenly on all sides.Fry till golden brown and drain in tissue and immediately add the jamuns into the warm sugar syrup.Cover and let it rest for 2 hrs for the jamuns to absorb the sugar syrup well.
Serve warm or chilled as per your preference.
- Make sure you roll the balls smoothly at the same time not too tight. Dont apply pressure while rolling else the center part will not get cooked and will be hard while eating.
- Even plain bread can be used but use unsalted bread for best results.
- Make sure you keep in low flame while cooking the jamuns as it may get burnt easily.If the oil is too hot, then the jamuns may turn brown faster but it may not have cooked inside especially the center part.
- As milk is added this keeps well only for 2 days(refrigerated).
- I added milkpowder just for extra flavour, but its purely optional.
- Fry only till deep golden brown, not too dark.
- You can even add a tiny pinch of saffron into the sugar syrup but I like the rose essence flavour more.Garnish with any nuts of your choice.
- Cooking soda is optional but gives a more softer texture.
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