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Gulab Jamun (Indian Doughnuts)

Soaked in sweet syrup, these Indian-style doughnuts can be enjoyed warm, hot or cold!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Ghee, to grease your hands
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon rose essence (or 1 teaspoon rose water)
  • A pinch of saffron
  • Oil for frying (canola/begetable)

Steps

  1. Combine powdered milk, flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Add melted butter and add milk, and gently stir until all ingredients are incorporated and form a thick dough.
  4. Allow formed dough to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes to slightly firm up.
  5. Prepare syrup by heating water and sugar, and simmer for 5 minutes until sugar has dissolved and slightly thickened.
  6. Add rose essence and saffron.
  7. Grease hands with ghee.
  8. Gently form small balls with dough (approximately 1-1 1/2 inches in diameter), making sure not to overwork the dough. (This can lead to a tough Gulab Jamun, so be careful.)
  9. Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a deep pan on medium heat.
  10. Add balls, and cook for 5-7 minutes until dark brown in color.
  11. Immerse the hot Gulab Jamun balls immediately into the syrup, and allow to soak for a minimum of 10 minutes. The Gulab Jamun will puff up as they soak.
  12. Serve warm, hot, cold - whichever way you like!