Gulab jamun is a popular sweet prepared all over India. Since i had leftover bread, i thought of preparing some sweet with it. So prepared bread jamun with stuffed almonds and raisins to add some richness to the sweet. It came out well and here comes the recipe.
- 8 nos – Bread ( i used whole wheat bread)
- 1 cup + 4 tbsp – Milk (boiled and cooled)
- 1 cup – Sugar
- 1 cup – water
- 2 nos – Cardamom seeds
- 1 pinch – Saffron (optional)
- 1 tsp – Ghee
- Oil for deep frying
- Chopped almonds for garnishing.
- 4 tbsp – Almonds (chopped finely)
- 4 tbsp – Raisin (chopped finely)
- In a small bowl, mix chopped almonds and raisins, set it aside.
- Trim the edges of the bread and dip them in milk. Squeeze off milk completely from the bread and pulse it few times in a mixie so that there are no lumps. Do not grind it completely.
- Transfer it in a mixing bowl and add ghee, knead it like a dough. Now make small balls out of the dough.
- Take one ball, flatten it like you see in the picture and stuff it with 1/4 tsp of almond raisin mix and bring them together, make a round ball again. Make sure the stuffing does not come out.
- Heat oil in a pan, fry balls over low flame until they are golden brown in color. Do not over cook. Remove from fire and place it to a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
- Meanwhile, make a simple syrup by adding water and sugar. Let the sugar melt completely. Now add the cardamom and saffron (optional) and simmer for 5 more minutes or until it is sticky. Switch off the stove.
- Add the fried balls to the lukewarm sugar syrup. Make sure they are completely immersed in the syrup. Let it sit for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with chopped almonds while serving.
- While frying balls, keep flame in low always, If not then the inner portion of the balls may not be cooked properly.
- Do not boil the sugar syrup too much, otherwise the sugar syrup tends to crystallize. Once the sugar dissolves in water, allow them to cook until it is slightly sticky not too sticky.
- Do not add fried balls immediately in hot sugar syrup. Allow them to rest for at least five minutes before putting them in the sugar syrup.
- I used whole wheat whole grain bread so the fried balls may be less brown than the jamun made out of white bread.