Zaffrani Gulab Jamun, also known as Kesar Gulab Jamun, is a delightful variation of the classic Indian dessert, Gulab Jamun. This particular version of Gulab Jamun is a favorite during festivals, celebrations, and special occasions. Homemade zaffrani Gulab Jamun is rich, soft, delicious and melt-in-mouth much loved Indian Sweet. Unleash your inner confectioner, embark on this sensual journey of flavors, and immerse yourself in the heavenly realm of Indian sweets. Get ready to succumb to the irresistible allure of Zaffrani Gulab Jamun!
About This Recipe
Gulab Jamun, a beloved Indian dessert, has been tantalizing taste buds for generations with its rich, sweet and delectable nature. While the classic version is already a treat in itself, there are various delightful variations that elevate this sweet treat to a whole new level. One such variation that has gained popularity is the saffron-infused Gulab Jamun. Saffron, with its unique flavor and vivid color, adds a touch of luxury and exoticism to this already cherished dessert.
It’s each bite, tinged with the essence of saffron, entices your taste buds with unparalleled richness and velvety texture. Zaffrani Gulab Jamun is not just a sweet treat; it is an experience that elevates any occasion to new heights of culinary bliss. Oh, the joy it brings during festivals and celebrations, igniting a symphony of flavors in every bite. Once you savor the sheer delight of homemade Gulab Jamuns, the notion of settling for store-bought mixes will be forever banished from your thoughts.
What is Gulab Jamun?
Gulab Jamun is a popular dessert in India and other South Asian countries. It is a sweet, spongy, dumpling-like dessert that is usually served with sugar syrup. Gulab Jamun has a long and interesting history. It has evolved over time to become the dessert that we know and love today.
The origin of Gulab Jamun is not entirely clear, but it is believed to have originated in India during the Mughal period. The Mughal emperors were known for their love of rich and decadent food, and they introduced many new dishes to India during their reign. It is believed that Gulab Jamun was one of these dishes.
The word “Gulab” means rose and “Jamun” refers to a fruit that is similar in size and shape to Gulab Jamun. It is believed that the dessert was named after the Jamun fruit (Java Plum | Indian Blackberry) because of its resemblance to the dessert.
Over time, Gulab Jamun has evolved to include different flavors and variations. One popular variation is Gulab Jamun with saffron flavor. Saffron is a spice that is commonly used in Indian cuisine, and it adds a unique and delicious flavor to the dessert.
The history of Gulab Jamun is fascinating, and it remains a popular dessert in India and other places. Whether you like the traditional version or a newer twist, there’s no denying how delicious this sweet and spongy treat is.
Saffron: The Golden Elixir
Saffron (Zaffran), known as the ‘King of Spices,’ is a spice derived from the stigma of the Crocus sativus flower. It is famous for its vibrant red color, earthy aroma, and exquisite flavor. Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world. This is often referred to as “red gold,” and it has been used in culinary traditions across the globe for centuries.
Adding saffron to Gulab Jamun not only imparts a beautiful golden hue but also lends its unique aromatic and slightly earthy flavor. The combination of saffron’s subtlety and the Gulab Jamun’s sweetness creates a symphony of taste and aroma that is sure to captivate anyone’s palate.
Zaffrani Gulab Jamun Ingredients
Mawa | Khoya – Khoya, also known as mawa in some parts of India. This is a crucial ingredient in many traditional Indian sweets and savory dishes. It’s essentially concentrated milk solids, prepared by reducing milk until most of the moisture has evaporated. Mawa is easily available in any super market and online stores.
All-Purpose Flour | Maida – Is a key ingredient in many Gulab Jamun recipes. It is used to bind the khoya (milk solids) and create the dough for the Gulab Jamun dumplings. The addition of all-purpose flour gives the Gulab Jamun its characteristic texture. And also helps the dumplings hold their shape when fried and soaked in sugar syrup.
Baking Soda – The leavening properties of baking soda helps the dough rise and create a lighter, fluffier texture.
Saffron Milk – We soak saffron strands in lukewarm milk for 10-15 minutes. Later we use this in kneading the dough. Saffron milk infuses the dessert with saffron’s unique flavor, aroma, and a beautiful golden hue.
Sugar – Serves two primary purposes. It sweetens the dessert, and it forms the syrup (Chashni) in which we soak the Gulab Jamun dumplings.
Cardamom Powder – Helps in enhancing the flavor and aroma of this classic Indian dessert.
Oil – For deep frying the jamuns.
Tips for Perfect Gulab Jamun
Here are some tips to ensure that your Zaffrani Gulab Jamun turns out perfectly every time:
- Make sure the dough is soft and smooth. If it’s too dry, add a little more milk. If it’s too sticky add a little more flour.
- Fry the Gulab Jamuns on low heat to ensure even cooking and prevent them from burning.
- Don’t overcrowd the pan while frying. Fry them in batches if necessary.
- Make sure the sugar syrup is warm when you add the fried Gulab Jamuns. If it’s too hot, it will make the Gulab Jamuns hard. If it’s too cold, they won’t soak properly.
- Let the Gulab Jamuns soak in the sugar syrup for at least 30 minutes to ensure that they absorb the flavor and become soft and sweet.
- Garnish the Gulab Jamuns with chopped pistachios or almonds for added flavor and presentation.
That’s it! Follow these simple steps and tips, and you’ll have perfect Gulab Jamuns with saffron flavor every time. In conclusion, the process of making gulab jamun with saffron flavor is not as complicated as it may seem. With the right ingredients and proper instructions, anyone can make this delicious dessert at home.
Gulab Jamun is a popular Indian dessert that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. It is a sweet, spongy and syrupy dessert that is made from milk solids and flour. Adding a touch of saffron to the recipe gives it a unique flavor that is hard to resist. Here are some serving suggestions for Gulab Jamun with Saffron flavor.
Traditional Serving Methods
Gulab Jamun is traditionally served warm with a drizzle of syrup. The syrup is made from sugar, water and cardamom powder. The warm dessert is garnished with chopped nuts, such as almonds and pistachios. It is usually served during festivals, weddings and other special occasions.
Another popular way to serve Gulab Jamun is with vanilla ice cream. The warm dessert is placed on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream, creating a delicious contrast of warm and cold. This is a perfect dessert for a hot summer day.
We can also serve Gulab Jamun in a variety of modern ways. Here are some ideas to give your Gulab Jamun a new twist:
- Gulab Jamun Cheesecake: Crush the Gulab Jamun and mix it with cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over a Graham cracker crust and bake it in the oven. Once it cools down, garnish it with chopped nuts and serve.
- Gulab Jamun Trifle: Layer the crushed Gulab Jamun with whipped cream, fresh fruits, and custard. Repeat the layers until you reach the top of the glass. Garnish it with chopped nuts and serve.
- Gulab Jamun Milkshake: Blend the Gulab Jamun with milk, vanilla ice cream and a pinch of saffron. Pour the mixture into a glass and garnish it with chopped nuts.
Gulab Jamun with Saffron flavor is a versatile dessert with various serving options, traditional or modern. Satisfy your sweet tooth!
Adding saffron to the recipe not only enhances the flavor but also adds a beautiful golden color to the jamuns and syrup. It is important to note that saffron is an expensive spice, but a little goes a long way and it is worth the investment for the unique taste it brings to the dish.
When making gulab jamun, it is important to follow the recipe closely and not overcook the dough. Overcooking can result in a dry and hard texture, which is not desirable. It is also important to ensure that the syrup is warm when adding the gulab jamun to it, as this helps them absorb the syrup and become soft and spongy.
With a little practice, anyone can perfect the art of making this mouth-watering dessert.
To Make Jamuns
- 1 cup crumbled Mawa | Khoya
- 2 tbsp. All-purpose flour
- ¼ tbsp. Baking soda
- 1 tbsp. Saffron
- ¼ cup lukewarm Milk
To Make Sugar Syrup
- 1 cup Sugar
- ¾ cup Water
- ½ tbsp. Cardamom powder
- Oil for deep frying
- 2 tbsp. Pistachio, roughly chopped
- 1 sheet Silver leaf
How To Make Zaffrani Gulab Jamun
STEP 1: Make Saffron Milk
Add saffron strands to lukewarm milk, gently stir and set aside for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Preparing Dough For Jamuns
Take crumbled mawa in a bowl and to it add all purpose flour and baking soda. Lightly using your fingers mix the ingredients.
Add saffron milk and loosely using your fingers mix the ingredients. Start adding saffron milk little by little and lightly using your fingers start mixing the ingredients, till you get smooth dough. (Don’t knead hard).
Cover and keep this dough to rest for 10-15 minutes on kitchen counter.
STEP 3: Make Sugar Syrup
In the meantime, make sugar syrup by adding sugar and water to a thick bottom (wide mouthed) vessel. Add cardamom powder and on medium flame, stir till sugar gets dissolved.
Cook for 10-12 minutes on low flame or till the sugar syrup lightly thickens. Turn off the flame and set aside.
STEP 4: Frying Jamuns
Heat oil, for deep frying the gulab jamuns. Till then, lightly knead the dough and make equal sized balls and set aside.
Check whether the oil is hot enough for deep frying by dropping a small dough ball into the oil. If the ball sizzles and reaches the top of the oil, then oil is ready for deep frying.
Slowly and carefully slide the dough balls one by one into the oil. Fry on low heat by continuously stirring using a slotted ladle to get the gulab jamuns evenly cooked on all sides.
Fry till the balls turn nice golden brown in color. Be careful not to burn them. Fry 4-5 depending on the size of the vessel.
STEP 5: Soaking Jamuns In Sugar Syrup
Take out the fried gulab jamuns on to a kitchen tissue and gently drop them into above made sugar syrup.
Do the same with the rest of the balls. Leave gulab jamuns in sugar syrup for 2-3 hours before serving.
STEP 6: Garnish
Garnish with roughly chopped pistachio and silver leaf. Serve warm or chilled.
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Lubna's Serving Suggestions:
Gulab Jamuns are such a wonderful treat, that you can serve these warm or cold.
Warm or cold, gulab jamuns can be served with scoop of ice cream or chilled custard or rabdi or in a trifle.
More serving suggestions in the post above.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.