Friday, November 1, 2013

Authentic Mava Gulab Jamun

A Very Happy Diwali to all our readers !!!!

Diwali for Jains: Diwali or Deepawali is the most significant festival in India. For the Jains, it is second in importance after the Paryusana Parva. For Jains Diwali commemorates the anniversary of Mahavir’s moksha. Mahavir achieved moksha on this day in 527 B.C. The Diwali celebration commences early in the morning of the preceding day, for it was at that time that Mahavira began his final discourse which continued till late in the night of Diwali. It is said that the eighteen kings of north India who were part of his audience concluded that the light of their master’s knowledge ought to be sustained symbolically by the lighting of the lamps. For this reason it is known as Dipawali since dipa means lamp, or Diwali.
On the day of the Niravana Kalyanaka of Lord Mahavir, the Jap or chanting of ‘Shri Mahavir Swami Sarvgnaya Namh’ is performed at night and at midnight the Jap of ‘Shri Mahavir Swami Parangataya Namh’ is performed by the people belonging to the Jain faith.
In any which ways Diwali is auspicious for everyone..and for this occasion I made this khoya/Khova Gulab Jamun, using Kosher Ricotta, by pouring it out in a non stick kadai/pan. Keep stirring on a very low flame till the moisture is entirely evaporated. It took about 25-30 mins for me to get a consistency of Khoya/Mawa, that along with bisquick & milk powder gave a very good texture and flavour of this Gulab Jamun..It exactly gave that rich tastes like the jamuns made in India Only with khoya/mawa..Wanna know how I made....Lets go to the recipe.

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Cooking & Preparation time: 20-30 mins
Yields About: 18-20 Small Size Jamuns

Ingredients

1 C Vegetarian Ricotta Cheese/Mawa/Khoya **
1/2 C Non-fat Carnation Milk Powder
1/2 cup Bisquick - Pancake mix (Instead of Bisquick Pancake mix, use 1/2 cup all purpose flour and 1/2 tsp baking soda)
1 tablespoons butter -melted
1 tsp Cardamom powder
Whole milk just enough to make the dough

For Sugar Syrup:

2 C Sugar
1-1/2 C water
4-5 Cardamoms, crushed
Few strands of Kesar / Saffron
Ghee | Oil for deep frying

Method:

1.  Make the dough by combining the khoya,milk powder, Bisquick, butter. Add just enough whole milk to make a medium-hard dough.
2.  Divide the dough into 18-20 equall portions.
3.  Heat Ghee on high and then lower the heat to medium, now quickly make soft balls by gently rolling each portion between your palms. Place the balls on a plate, cover them with a damp yet dry kitchen towel.
4.  Now gently slide the balls into medium- hot ghee from the side of the pan, one by one. They will sink to the bottom of the pan, but do not try to move them,instead, gently shake the pan to ensure slow complete cooking & even browning.
5.  In about 3-4 mins, the balls will rise to the surface, if the temperature is just right. If its too high it will tend to break.

For Sugar Syrup: The syrup should be made earlier and kept warm. 

1.  To make the hot sugar syrup add mix the 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water. Add 4-5 cardamom pods, slightly crushed and a few strands of "Kesar". 
2.  Mix with a spoon and then heat at medium heat for 5-10 minutes until sugar is all dissolved in water. Do not overheat, that will caramelize the sugar.
3.  Keep warm on stove. Add the fried gulab jamuns directly into the warm syrup. MAKE SURE ITS NOT BOILING HOT.
4.  Leave gulab jamuns in syrup overnight for best results. They can be served warm or at room temperature. ENJOY !!!


**Ricotta cheese is made from left over whey after some other types of cheese are made; and that process may have used animal rennet to separate out the cheese and whey. If you are able to get hold of Organic Dairyland by Shalom farms which is vegetarian go ahead with it. Otherwise stick on to Mawa/Khoya. Biazzo brand ricotta cheese is certified as approved for Kosher use, meaning that there is no meat in the diary. We are following up with this company to confirm that this brand is free of any animal renett and will update this post if we hear anything from them.

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45 comments:

Nithya said...

looks damn tempting :) Brilliant photography. Buddy are the rose petals original or artificial??? they look splendid.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,wonderful picture of the jamun!!

Pavithra said...

Oh wow thats fantastic click and mouthwatering jamuns looks drool worthy .... yummmm

Prathibha said...

lol...wat a gorgeous color..!!
just loved them...loved that silver varq on it..

chakhlere said...

Oh My!! What a amazing yummy picture.
I am drooling here ! Slurppppppppppppppppppp!!

Great, tasty and gorgeous picture!!

Angie's Recipes said...

This is really interesting, I have never seen and had any cheese balls like this, I am very sure they are delicious!

Tina said...

Ohhhh god what a picture yaar? Superb and superb. Perfect shape and yummy...pass that bowl dear...

rekhas kitchen said...

wow wow wow what to say no wards....They looks so prity soooooooooo tempting.............

Cham said...

Wow I love to pop in my mouth one of these jamuns!

Renu said...

I can't get my eyes off the picture.....it is soooooo tempting and this is my favorite sweet....very nice click and recipe
BTW, you new template is beautiful !!

jeyashrisuresh said...

wow lovely jamuns, u have ur own recipe mix for the jamuns? oops i always buy the readymade mix,sometimes i buy the haldirams gulab jamuns itself.
Superb

Chocolaty Lifestyle said...

Looks so yummy, and the picture is wonderful! I have always wanted to try Gulab Jamun as they are so popular, but I haven't still made them.

Rohini said...

MMMM...Yummy..This one sweet I can never get enough of! Looks perfect!

lata raja said...

Girls you make me drool! Succulent jamuns!!!

Priya said...

Omg, such a delicious and gorgeous jamuns, loved the presentation...Droolworthy sweets!

sangeeta said...

nice adaptation of the original recipe...and you covered it with siver varak too...
see a gulab jamun descendant here..
http://banaraskakhana.blogspot.com/2009/10/diwali-wishes-with-malpua-and-yam-shami.html

Nandini said...

Wow! what a color! Gulab jamun is my favourite in festivities! It looks gobbleworthy and palatable!

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Woow... I can grab a couple of them from the screen.....
Just excellent!!

Anonymous said...

have u used ricotta cheese or khoya?

jyothi

Pavani said...

yumm.. yumm.. Those jamuns look super delicious. Can you plsss send some to me????

Medhaa said...

this is very interesting, I will try making them with pancake mix, they look perfect. Did you use Khoya or Ricotta?

Vrinda said...

OMG..i am not a big fan of these but ur jamun is so tempting dear..gorgeous click.....

shanthi said...

Perfect jamuns to be snatched directly from the screen. Are the petals original?

Gulmohar said...

OMG...The pic is too tempting..Superb click :-)

Madhuram said...

Lovely jamuns. I have never made it from scratch. So I'm planning to make it this week for my husband's bday. It's his favorite sweet.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

OMG! looks so awesome, beautifully presented. Feel like grabbing one from the screen:)

Mriganayani said...

Dude...you do oatmeal bars and then follow up with this? Not fair! Hahha - I might not eat all of your banana oat bars - but this one - I can eat everything in that bowl - not the cup in the front of the pic but the big bowl at the back! LOL!!

Looks gorgeous! And you have made them really small - coz I have the same serving cup and I know how many regular size can fit into it - you have a lot - so these are perfect to just pop in the mouth!

Sangeetha said...

Phenomenal picture.Wish i could have them right away :)

Abhilash said...

This is my favorite and you did it the best.

Nice one and delicious too...

Now I feel i am missing diwali again... :(

Anupama said...

What a fabulous pic.. the jamuns are so juicy and inviting... I simply can't take my eyes off of this pic... very well done!!!

Padma said...

WOW!!! Such a lovely and tempting picture... feel like just lifting some :)

munchcrunchandsuch said...

wat a gorgeous pic..give me that entire bowl pls..awesome

Bhawna said...

All i can say is wow, very nice color. Absolutely inviting Same saga is going on in my blog.

Spice said...

It's been long time since i made these....now I want to eat them....

Spice said...

BTW thanks for visiting my blog....looks u have a good collection here.

Sush said...

boy!!, I'm all drooling here.., such a tempting picture.., wish I could grab couple of them atleast :)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo looks soo cute ..i am coming over there to have taht..

Varunavi said...

Wonderful click:)

Anncoo said...

WOW! This is a beautiful blog with beautiful pictures. Would like to visit often :)

Joyce said...

I have never had these but they look and sound like a treat I would certainly enjoy. I just love all these recipes that you posted and sure wish I could be at your house to eat them:)
Joyce

Parita said...

Wow thats fantastic click, stunning!!!

Shobana senthilkumar said...

First time here...ur gulab jamun is tempting me a lot...my mom does it in same ay using khova

Mansi said...

those jamuns look absolutely divine!! and a lovely representation of Diwali:)

thanks for participating!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks Everyone for your comments,

Now answering some queries:

Nithya, & Shanthi...rose petals are artificial, but i take care of them like original..lol...dont they look like one ?

Renu, Thanks for the comment, I never thought my certificates in graphics & web designing would result in something good like designing this banner.

Sangeeta, thank for your comment dear, please email us for any links you may want to share...instead putting in comments...

Jyothi, I have used Ricotta cheese which is made into khoya while constantly stirring and burning out all the water...finally get mawa/khoya out of it...

Medha, I have used khoya made out of ricotta.

Mriganayani, Its Diwali..and its our visual gift to all our readers as we made this gulab jamun..but I agree with you...its a health blog after all...About the gulab jamun quantity, I made a good quantity for my entire family...and have blogged for the standard measurements for 1 cup..so dont get confused..why the quantity looks more...they are been really made tiny so it becomes easy for my kids as they can directly pop in their mouth, without messing around..and I can have a control on their quantity as well...Enjoy!!

Thanks
Muskaan

Nostalgia said...

This picture is outstanding!

 
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