How to make Instant Gulab-Jamuns?

Gulab-Jamun is one Indian dessert that’s loved by all. Traditionally, gulab-jamuns are prepared with mawa (khoya) and paneer (cottage cheese). However, many a times, following traditional recipe becomes difficult due to crunch. So, if you want to instantly serve guests with some traditional dessert, this gulab-jamun recipe should help you.

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These instant gulab-jamuns are really simple and easy to make. Frankly speaking, whoever I have served these gulab-jamuns, everyone has asked for its recipe. They taste just like traditional rich gulab-jamuns.

It’s long due to share the recipe to so many of my bhaili’s. So, why not share it on this blog! 🙂

Here is the process I follow to make instant gulab-jamuns:

  • Making time: 25 minutes
  • Serving: 10-11 pieces (medium-size)

Ingredients

  • Milk powder: 1 cup
  • Ghee: 1 tbsp
  • All-purpose flour: ¼ cup
  • Milk: ¼ cup
  • Baking soda: 1 pinch
  • Cardamom powder: ¼ tsp
  • Saffron: few strands
  • Pistachio: ¼ tsp
  • Almond flakes: ¼ tsp
  • Rose extract: ¼ tsp (optional)
  • Ghee for deep frying

Ingredients for sugar syrup

  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Water: 1 cup
  • Saffron: few strands
  • Cardamom: ¼ tsp

Procedure of sugar syrup:

  • To make the syrup, add water and sugar into a heavy bottom vessel and put it on low flame. It will approximately take 10 minutes.
  • Take a drop of syrup between your fingertips, join your fingers and move them apart. You must see a single strand. This is called “ek taar ki chaashni”. We need “ek taar ki chashni” for gulab-jamuns.

Make the sugar syrup (chaashni) and keep aside. The sugar syrup should be warm while putting gulab-jamuns into it. If the syrup is hot gulab-jamuns will burst.

Also, sugar will thicken a bit on cooling. So, it’s advisable to make it before-hand you will get exact idea on cooling and no chance of any doubt. If on cooling you find syrup too runny put it again on flame and if it’s too thick on cooling just add little water and heat a little. See it’s so easy!

  • Add few strands of saffron, cardamom powder and rose extract in this syrup and keep aside.

Procedure of gulab-jamuns:

  • Mix milk powder, flour, ghee and milk with gentle hands. Milk powder and flour will bind and result in a sticky dough.
  • Cover and let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  • Gently rub the dough, you will find it little less sticky.
  • Apply ghee on palm and divide the dough into 10 equal portion.
  • In each potion add a stuffing of pinch of cardamom powder, saffron and make smooth ball.
  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottom skillet and fry balls on medium heat till they are golden.
  • Immediately soak them in warm sugar syrup.

After dipping gulab-jamuns in sugar syrup, cover the vessel with a plate. Let gulab-jamuns soak the syrup for an hour before serving. You will notice the increase in size of gulab-jamuns.

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Garnish with few almond and pistachio pieces before serving. You can increase these gulab jaumuns richness by adding a generous amount of kesaria rabdi on it just before serving.

If you like traditional Indian desserts you will also love instant moong daal halwa.

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How to make easy coconut cookies

These days I have been baking some healthy cookies. Some of the attempts have been really good while some were close to disaster.

However, of all the attempts, these crunchy and soft coconut cookies are the simplest and easiest to make. With a mischievous kid at home I’m always looking out for easy to make healthy recipes. 🙂

These coconut cookies are made of whole-wheat flour and without baking soda, making them perfectly suitable for kids. My daughter is fond of these soft coconut cookies and like to munch them along with cup of milk.

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Kids normally like taste of coconut thus I often make these easy non cooking coconut ladoos.

If you are looking out for healthy recipes for kids you will definitely like cottage cheese muffins, millet flour and sesame seed cake and not to forget tasty egg-less ragi flour orange cake.

Coming back to these egg-less coconut cookies, here is the list of ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour: 1 cup
  • Ghee: ½ cup
  • Powdered sugar: ¾ cup
  • Desiccated coconut: 1/2 cup
  • Milk: 3-4 tbsp.
  • Baking powder: ¼ tsp
  • Coconut extract: ¼ tsp
  • Rose petals: few

Procedure

  • Sieve together baking powder and flour twice.
  • In a bowl, beat sugar and melted ghee together for 2 minutes. You will notice sugar dissolving completely.
  • Keep aside 1 tbsp coconut powder and add rest of it in the bowl.
  • Further add coconut extract and flour in the bowl. Rub flour with fingers and mix evenly with ghee and sugar mixture. Proper rubbing and mixing with fingers will result in nice texture of cookies. In around five minutes flour will get collected.
  • Add milk to form a soft dough. You may require to add little more milk, it depends on flour to flour.
  • Divide the dough in equal balls. This quantity will give you approximately twenty medium size cookies.
  • You may use cookie cutter, here I have shaped each ball by just pressing between palms. Roll each ball in remaining desiccated coconut powder and give final shape. After giving shape, stick dry rose petal on each of the cookie.

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  • Bake the cookies at 180°C in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Baking time varies from oven to oven. So keep an eye while cookies are getting baked. On baking you will get nice golden color.
  • They will be soft and gooey when you take them out of oven. Let the cookies rest for 5 minutes and then gently transfer them on cooling rack for further cooling at room temperature. On cooling they will become crisp and crunchy.

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Once cooled, transfer these healthy coconut cookies in air-tight container. These cookies stay good for 15-20 days.

I relish the combination of coconut cookies and healthy ragi cookies with my evening cup of masala tea. Do let me know how the cookies turned out. It’s always good to get your feedback.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day (March 8) is the global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. A day to celebrate women empowerment.

Here is madhubani painting done by me and dedicated to all women. This painting depicts my desire of right for education for all women – women educated and well aware of their rights.

International-womens-dayMy dear bhailis, it’s been a wonderful journey with you all so far. I have grown a lot and learned so much from you all. I hope you all must have learned new things and met some amazing people around.

So, on the eve of Women’s Day, I want to say few things with you all.

  • Take yourself seriously: I know we are always taught to think about others first. But the truth is we cannot keep others happy if we are unhappy. So, do things that make you happy. If you want others to take you seriously, first take yourself seriously.
  • Time is money: Yes honey, time indeed is valuable money. More valuable than that diamond ring on your finger! So dispense your time very carefully. Stop wasting time on gossips, it’s not going to take you anywhere. In fact after meaningless negative talks you feel drained.
  • Make better use of technology: We are blessed to be in this internet age. Learning anything is easy with vast range of information available on our fingertips. Use technology for your advantage and for learning new things. However, think twice before donating your time on social media watching photos of others. Rather read some news and be aware of current happenings.
  • Take out time for yourself: We all know we should exercise, but how many of us actually do so. Consistency is important. Yoga class today, aerobics tomorrow and gym the other day with lots of bunking in between. Include some form of exercise in your routine and follow it regularly and sincerely.

Take out time for some art work (or anything creative) if you have inclination for it. Even some amount of creative art work will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. Coloring pages for grown-ups in an excellent way to sooth your overworked mind.

  • Eat healthy and fresh: It’s so easy to get tempted by convenient options and follow unhealthy eating habits. Our dadi’s and nani’s are active in their old age because they ate fresh home-cooked food. So include some multigrain and healthy food options in your diet.

It’s so easy to include amaranth laddos and millet cakes and cottage cheese in our diets.

  • Don’t compete but empower others: The sad truth is, most females are competing with each other instead of supporting and helping. Stop castigating and judging others. You never know what someone’s struggle have been and their journey so far. Together we women can achieve so much.

So here’s wishing you all a very Happy Women’s Day!

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