Gulab Jamun is a classic, traditional Indian sweet dish cherished by everyone. It is made from khoya (dried whole milk or milk thickened by heating in an open iron pan), paneer (Indian cottage cheese), and chenna (freshly made cottage cheese). The small balls of the dairy products are then deep-fried till golden, soaked in sugar syrup and flavored with cardamom and rose water, giving the dessert its signature flavor and name. It is enjoyed during festivals, special occasions, or even as a part of dessert after meals.
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In a mixing bowl add khoya, paneer, maida and knead into a smooth dough.
Divide the dough in small equal portions, roll into smooth balls ensuring there are no cracks.
To prepare the syrup, in a deep pan add sugar, water, cardamom powder, saffron strands, lemon juice and simmer until sugar dissolves completely. Once the syrup is ready add rose water and switch off the flame.
Heat oil in a pan, deep fry the dough balls on low heat till golden brown.
Drain the fried balls and immediately drop them in the warm sugar syrup. Soak for about 2 hours before serving.
Gulab Jamun can be served warm or chilled as per preference.