Gulab Jamun

Sweets form an integral part of Indian cuisine. Gulab Jamun is one of such sweets which are made in every household. I have many fond memories attached to Gulab Jamun. I remember my mom making them on almost all occasions. She always kept in mind to use fresh ingredients for making them rather the packaged ones. Although there are many ways of making I always stick to traditional one as it gives the best taste and texture.

So here’s my recipe which I learned from my mother. Hope you all like it.

Ingredients:-

  1. 100 grams of fresh paneer( Indian cottage cheese)
  2. 250 grams of khoya.(similar to ricotta cheese but lower in moisture)
  3. 500 grams of sugar and water (I prefer less sweet you can increase sugar according to taste).
  4. 3 tbsp of all purpose flour.
  5. 1/4 tsp baking powder.
  6. 3 table spoon chopped nuts (I used almonds and cashews).
  7. Cardamom powder.
  8. Refined oil for frying.

Method:-

In a plate combine paneer, khoya all purpose flour and baking soda till they are well combined and form soft dough. Divide the dough in equal sized gulab jamun balls and stuff inside each balls little chopped nuts. Make sure there are no cracks in them. Deep fry them in medium heat till golden brown. Keep aside.

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Now for the syrup boil water and sugar till one string consistency and add in cardamom powder and remaining powdered nuts. When it’s still warm add in fried gulab jamuns.  Let them soak for a while. Enjoy  them when they are still warm.

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Pav-Bhaji

Pav –Bhaji is an Indian roadside snack which is thoroughly enjoyed by all age groups. Pav is also known as “dinner rolls” and Bhaji is a thick gravy made out of variety of vegetables. It has a perfect blend of Indian spices. It’s served with finely chopped onions, lemon wedges and a dollop of butter. And the best part what I like about it is you can easily add in all the vegetables (except the slimy and water content ones) to it without kid’s knowledge. It’s perfect any time meal. Here is my recipe for Pav aka Dinner rolls. Hope you all enjoy it. Ingredients for Pav or Dinner rolls:-

  1. 2 cups of all purpose flour.
  2. 2 tsp yeast.
  3. 2 tbsp sugar.
  4. 180 ml lukewarm water.
  5. 2 tbsp milk powder.
  6. Salt

Method:- Sieve all purpose flour along with salt and keep it aside in bowl. Mix yeast and sugar in lukewarm water and keep it aside in a dark place to prove (I kept inside my microwave oven).Once the yeast mix is frothy add it into sieved flour and form a dough. The dough will be very sticky and gooey. Remove the dough in a flat surface and knead it in circular motions by pressing your palm in the mixture. By doing this we are forming gluten which will help our dinner rolls to be fluffy and soft. Repeat this procedure till dough comes together. Place this dough preferably in greased glass container. Smear some water or oil at the top of the dough (so that the dough doesn’t crack from above) and cling wrap it and keep in warm place for proving (I again placed it in my microwave oven). photo 283 9-56-18 After one hour the dough will be double its size. Punch dough down with lightly floured hand and again knead in a flat base for 15 min. Divide the dough into equal sized balls and place it in greased microwave safe try and leave it for second rise again in dark place for ½ an hour. After 1/2 an hour they will double their size. At this point lightly brush them with milk and place them in a preheated (200c for 10min) and bake it for 15min in 200c or till its golden brown in the top. Serve hot with Bhaji. Ingredients for bhaji or vegetable gravy:-

  1. 1 onion finely chopped
  2. 1riped big tomato finely chopped
  3. Few garlic cloves finely chopped
  4. 3 potatoes peeled and diced
  5. 1 carrot peeled and diced
  6. ½ cup chopped beans
  7. ½ capsicum diced
  8. ½ cup of green peas
  9. ½ cup of cauliflower florets
  10. 3 tablespoon butter or clarified butter
  11. ½ tsp of turmeric powder
  12. 1/ tsp of chili powder
  13. 1 tbsp of Pav Bhaji masala
  14. 1 cup water
  15. Salt according to taste
  16. Little cashewnuts and coriander leaves for garnish

Method:- Boil ingredients from 3 to 9  in a pressure cooker with water little salt and turmeric powder till they are soft and well cooked. In a thick bottomed pan add 2 tbsp butter and add in chopped onion and garlic. Fry till they turn pink. Once they turn pink add in chopped tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are soft. Now add in chili powder, coriander powder and pav bhaji masala till the raw smell o the masala goes off. Once the masala is done add in the cooked and mashed vegetables and little water. Let this mixture come to boil. In another pan melt butter and add in cashews to it. Fry cashews till they are light brown. Add this to boiled mixture and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with pav or dinner rolls. IMG_20150424_175928