Gulab Jamun

Gulab jamun.

Gulab jamun is a most popular dessert of India. Its a deep fried milk solid dumpling soaked in rose, cardamom and saffron flavourd sugar syrup.

No idea about why it called gulab jamun. Perhaps for rose flavour sugar syrup. Gulab is rose and jamun is round shaped Asian fruit black plum. What’s in a name. It tastes heavenly.

According to Wikipedia Gulab jamun are a milk-solid-based South Asian sweet, originating in the Indian subcontinent, notably popular in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as Myanmar.

Making of gulab jamun is so easy. Just mix milk solid and little cottage cheese with refined flour or semolina make small balls and deep fry. Then soak in flavoured sugar syrup. Refined flour or maida and semolina is used for binding. Sometimes it can be made without cottage cheese or with milk powder.

I am sharing the recipe of my mother. She was an excellent cook and loved to make different types of sweets. I remember those days when we kids entered the kitchen at afternoon attracted by the sweet aroma. Our house smell delicious.

Here is a very simple and easy recipe of our all time favourite gulab jamun.
Our this week’s 154 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #filmyFoodies.
Sharing this recipe inspired by the movie ‘Gulab Jamun’.
Read a news that entire Bachchan family to star in Anurag Kashyap’s film Gulab Jamun. But Abhishek Bachchan said that they are still in early talks regarding filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming production. Let’s wait.
Till then enjoy the Marathi movie gulab jamun and this delicious gulab jamun 😀

I have shared some more fried dessert here. Click on the name below to get the recipe

Pantua

Malpua

Gokul pithe

Its very easy to make. I have used homemade khoya and paneer in it. You can use store bought. If you are using store bought, grate before mixing. But homemade is always best.

Recipe

Khoya or dried milk/milk solid – 1 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Maida or refined flour – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Black Cardamom – 1

Mishri/rock sugar or pistachio – as require

Oil for deep frying

For sugar syrup

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. In a pan heat water and sugar. Add cardamom powder and saffron.

2. Let it boil. When sugar dissolved completely, simmer for 3 – 4 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Add rose water or essence. Mix and keep aside.

4. Take out the seeds of black cardamom. Keep aside.

5. Mix khoya or dried milk, paneer, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder and 2 tablespoon maida or refined flour. Mix well and make a smooth dough. If require add 1 tablespoon more refined flour.

6. Make small balls. Flatten the ball with your palm. Place one black cardamom seed and one mishri/rock sugar or pistachio in the middle. Bring the edges together and make a smooth ball again. There should not be any crack. Make all the balls this way.

7. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok. Fry the balls on low flame. Don’t overcrowd. Stir gently to fry all the sides.

8. Don’t increase the heat. Fry on low flame to fry well from inside.

9. When the balls become golden brown, remove from oil and place on paper towel.

10. Heat the sugar syrup again. Add the fried balls in sugar syrup. When it starts to boil switch off the flame.

11. Keep the balls in sugar syrup for 3 – 4 hours.

12. Serve hot. Before serving boil again or microwave on high power for 1 minute.
Garnish with pistachio.

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Watermelon Rasgulla / Diabetic Friendly Sweet

Watermelon rasgulla.
Another sugar free treat for you.
Rasgulla is a dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup. And I have used watermelon juice instead of sugar syrup to make these rasgulla.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know I love to share desserts for diet conscious and diabetic people. Because every one has sweet tooth. And we have to make something to satisfy their sweet craving.
So here is a rasgulla recipe without sugar.
Already shared watermelon sandesh and muffins.
And now one more dessert with watermelon.

Despite the popular belief that watermelon is just water and sugar, watermelon is actually a nutrient dense food. It provides high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and just a small number of calories.
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So enjoy this healthy and delicious rasgulla without any guilt.
I have made these rasgulla with watermelon juice. I am lucky that I have got the sweetest variety watermelon. If your watermelon is not so sweet and you are not on a restricted diet then you can add 1/2 cup sugar for better taste.
Get all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here.

First time tried it without adding any colour but not satisfied with the look. Taste is good but not picture perfect 😀

So made again with little colour in chhena or cottage cheese balls.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Watermelon juice – 4 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Red food colour – a pinch or 1 – 2 drop if you are using gel colour, optional

Method

1. Make cottage cheese or paneer and make balls with it. Get the method of making cottage cheese and balls here.

2. Add colour if you are using. Mix well. Make smooth balls without any crack. If you feel difficulty to bind then you can add 1 tablespoon maida/all purpose flour or semolina. I didn’t. I have made these with only cottage cheese. Please follow the method of draining the cottage cheese I have mentioned in above link of tips and tricks of rasgulla.

3. In a large and broad pan heat watermelon juice and water. You can add 1/2 cup sugar in it if you like for better taste . You can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or rose water or essence if you want. I didn’t because I have wanted to retain the natural flavour of watermelon.

4. When it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame for 2 – 3 minutes. Don’t overcrowd.

5. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

6. Keep 1/2 cup hot watermelon juice handy. After 10 minutes add the hot water. Cover again. Don’t stir just shake the pan gently in between.

7. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 3 – 4 hours or until completely cool down.

8. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.

Enjoy the delicious and healthy watermelon rasgulla chilled or warm.
Better serve it chilled with some watermelon juice of rasgulla.

Notes

1. Use cow milk to make paneer or cottage cheese.

2. Mash the cottage cheese well with your heel of the palm and fingers at least for 4-5 minutes or until you feel your palm little greasy.

3. Sweetness depends on the watermelon. You can add 1/2 cup sugar with watermelon juice if you are not on a restricted diet.

4. Don’t overcrowd the rasgulla while cooking in watermelon juice. You don’t get round shape rasgulla if overcrowded.

4. Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla before trying to get perfect rasgulla. Click here
to get the detailed method.

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Gluten Free Mocha Coffee Cake With Coffee Glaze / Soyabean Flour Cake

Gluten free mocha coffee cake with coffee glaze.

Eggless and butter less super soft and moist cake made with soyabean flour.
If you like coffee and chocolate flavour then this cake is perfect for you. I am sure you will love the coffee chocolate mixed flavour.

I love the soft texture of the cake made of soyabean flour. So I was planning to make a chocolate cake with this protein rich flour.
And when our this week’s bloghop members decided the theme coffee. I have mixed coffee flavour with my chocolate cake. And I am very happy with the taste. Its really super yumm.

Sending this post to the 140 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Coffee theme.
And here is a soft delicious gluten free high protein coffee and chocolate flavoured cake.

You can also enjoy it without glaze. It will be a perfect cake to accompany your tea or coffee.
I have used walnut in the cake and glaze. If you don’t like walnut you can omit it. Or you can use any other nuts of your choice. Or make it without nuts. Cake will be yummy without any nuts. I love it’s strong coffee flavour.
If you don’t have soyabean flour you can use all purpose flour or whole wheat flour or mix of both flour.

Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1 /2 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Instant coffee powder – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Chopped walnut – 1/2 cup

For coffee glaze

Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

Instant coffee powder – 2 teaspoon

Warm water – 2 tablespoon

For garnishing

Chopped walnut – 1/4 cup

Cherry – 1, optional

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 175° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease a cake pan and dust with flour. Or line with parchment paper.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar in 3/4 cup milk and keep aside. Milk should be at room temperature.

4. Mix 2 tablespoon coffee powder in 1/4 cup warm milk.

5. In a bowl sieve soyabean flour, oats powder, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.

6. In a large bowl mix powdered sugar, oil and vinegar mixed milk. Whisk well. Add coffee mixed milk and vanilla essence. Whisk again.

7. Now add dry ingredients gradually. Mix well. Don’t over beat. Make a lump free batter.

8. Fold in chopped walnut in the batter.

9. Pour the batter in greased cake tin. Tap the baking pan gently.

10. Bake in preheated oven at 175° for 30 – 35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. To check insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake after 30 minutes.

11. Let the cake cool down.
When completely cooled invert the cake on a plate.

12. Dry roast 1/4 cup finely chopped walnut. Stir continuously. Roast till walnut starts to change colour and smell nice toasted aroma. Walnut shouldn’t be burnt. After roasting immediately transfer the roasted walnut on a plate.

13. Mix 2 teaspoon coffee powder with 2 tablespoon warm milk. Stir till coffee dissolve completely.

14. Mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar with it whisk well to make it smooth. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon water if require to make it spreadable.

15. Spread it evenly over the cake.
Sprinkle roasted walnut pieces over it. Place a cherry in the middle.
Slice and serve. Or keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
Happy baking!!

Notes –

1. If you want you can make it with all purpose flour or whole wheat flour. Or mix of both flour.

2. If you don’t like walnut you can omit it. Cake will be delicious without walnut too.

3. You can use any nuts of your choice.

4. You can also make this cake without glaze.

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Pineapple Cupcake / Gluten Free Cake / Protein Rich Cake / Soyabean Flour Cake

Eggless gluten free pineapple cupcake with soyabean flour.
You can call it a protein rich or high protein cake. A perfect protein diet for your kids and you both. Soyabean flour made the cake super soft.

Soyabean flour is a rich source of proteins, iron, B vitamins and calcium.
It is said that consuming soybean helps to reduce the risk of many health related problems. And it gives the cake a lovely texture, colour, taste and flavour. Taste is better than wheat flour. So not only yummy its also a healthy treat.

Consumption of Soy products every few days, like soy beans, tofu and soya milk among others, will ensure an adequate intake of protein.
Source – https://www.chefatlarge.in/health/top-10-sources-vegetarian-protein-58251/

Our this week’s 138th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Pinapple.
My contribution is this pineapple cupcake.

Delicious soft cake with the taste of pineapple. Didn’t use wheat flour in it. Try this cake made with soyabean flour, oats and condensed milk and enjoy the heavenly taste. You will love the taste of pineapple chunks in it.

You can also make pineapple upside down cake with this batter.

 

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Soyabean flour tends to brown quickly so you have to make it at low heat. I have used vanilla essence in it but you can use pineapple essence. If you don’t have soyabean flour you can use any flour of your choice. I have used canned pineapple. If you have fresh pineapple you can use it.

 

 

Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Condensed milk – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/4 cup

Apple cider vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Pineapple juice – 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon or as require

Chopped pineapple – 3/4 cup

Cherries as require

 

 

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 170° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease the cupcake or muffin moulds or line with cupcake liners.

3. Mix vinegar with milk and keep aside. You can use any gluten free vinegar or fruit vinegar. Milk should be room temperature.

4. Chop the pineapple into small pieces.

Cut the cherries into half.

5. Grind the oats into fine powder.

6. In a bowl sift soyabean flour, oats powder, cornflour, baking powder and soda.

7. In a large bowl beat condensed milk, vinegar mixed milk, and oil. Mix well and add vanilla essence.

8. Now add the dry ingredients gradually. At first mix half of the flour, mix and then add remaining flour.

9. Add pineapple juice as require to make a pourable batter. You can use fresh pineapple juice or if you are using canned pineapple like me use the syrup.

10. Don’t over beat. Mix well and make a lump free batter.
Fold in chopped pineapple.

11. Fill the cupcake or muffin moulds with this batter. Fill the moulds 3/4.
Tap the moulds gently. Place half cherry on every cupcakes. I have made 12 cupcakes and a small cake with remaining batter.

 

 

12. Bake in preheated oven at 170° for 20 minutes.
Insert a toothpick in one of the cupcake. If its comes out clean, cakes are ready.

13. If not bake again at 160° for 5 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

14. Let the cupcakes cool down.
Enjoy delicious, soft, moist, high protein, gluten free cupcakes.
Happy baking!!

Notes

1. You can make this cupcakes with refined flour or maida or whole wheat flour if you want.

2. You can use butter instead of oil.

3. You can replace oats powder with any flour.

4. Soyabean flour tends to brown quickly so bake it at low heat.

5. You can use pineapple essence instead of vanilla.

6. You can also make a single cake with this batter.

7. If you want to use egg, omit 1/4 cup milk and vinegar and use 1 – 2 egg instead.

 

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Dal Palak Or Pigeon Peas With Spinach

Dal palak or pigeon peas with spinach.
A delicious, healthy and easy to make lentil. Make it thick or thin as per your choice. You can serve this delicious dal with steamed rice or roti.

Pigeon peas or tuar dal or arhar dal can be delicious with cumin, hing or garlic tadka or tempering. But today we will make it more healthy and delicious with spinach or palak.

And we all know about low calorie and low fat spinach.
Popeye was definitely on to something. Spinach is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. Dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for skin, hair, and bone health. They also provide protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals.
Source

Pigeon peas or tuar dal are low in fat, very high in protein and dietary fiber.
As well as being a good source of fiber and protein, pigeon peas contain various other healthy nutrients. They contain vitamin C and several member of the B vitamin family including folate and thiamin. They also come with a number of essential minerals including iron, manganese, potassium, and phosphorus.
Source

This dal is very easy to make. If you want you can omit ghee or clarified butter. You can use refined oil instead of ghee. In that case add at least 1 teaspoon ghee add the end for flavour.

Recipe

Pigeon peas or Tuar dal/arhar dal – 1/2 cup

Spinach – 3 cup, cleaned, washed and finely chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 chopped

Garlic – 4-5 cloves, crushed or grated

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Hing or asafetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

For tadka or tempering

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafetida – a pinch

Dry red chilli – 1 – 2

Kasmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

Soak tuar dal or pigeon peas for 30 minutes. Boil the dal with salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker until dal becomes soft.

Heat 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add Asafetida or hing.

Now add chopped tomatoes, garlic, ginger and green chilli. Saute till tomatoes become mushy.

Add chopped spinach and cumin powder.
Saute for 2-3 minutes or until the spinach becomes soft.

Add boiled dal. Add water as require. If you want thick dal don’t add much water.

Let it boil on low flame for 8-10 minutes or till you get your desired consistency.
Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well and remove from heat.

Heat 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and dry red chilli. When the seeds starts to splutter add hing or asafetida and switch off the flame.

Now add kashmiri red chilli powder and pour the tempering into the dal.

Serve hot with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or any bread.

 

Note

1. If you want you can omit ghee or clarified butter. You can make it with refined oil.

2. If you are using refined oil add at least 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter at the end for flavour.

 

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Assamese Massor Dal Boror Tenga Or Red Lentil Fritters In Sour Gravy 

Assamese massor dal boror tenga or red lentil fritters in sour gravy.

Assam, a state in northeastern India known for its archeological sites, wildlife, tea gardens, and Assam silk.

A traditional meal in Assam begins with a khar, a class of dishes named after the main ingredient, and ends with a tenga or sour dish.

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For this month’s monthly challenge my partner is Shobana Vijay who blog at

http://shobasdelight.blogspot.in/?m=1

 

Shobana gave me two of my favourite ingredients, potatoes and green chilli. And I choose this superbly delicious tangy masoor dal fritter curry or massor dal boror tenga.

I have already shared one more Assamese recipe

Masor tenga or tangy fish curry

Masor tenga or tangy fish curry

 

 

 

Recipe


Masoor dal or red lentil – 1/2 cup

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 2

Garlic – 2 cloves, optional

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

For gravy


Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2, slit

Panch phoran ( a mixture of cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, and nigella or kalonji) – 1 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 2

Tomato – 4 medium, chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

Potato – 2 medium, boiled

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Salt to taste
Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli for garnishing

 

 

 

 

Method


Wash the masoor dal or red lentil. Soak in water for 30 – 40 minutes.

 
Now grind the lentil with 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger, 2 chopped green chilli, 2 garlic cloves and a pinch of hing or asafetida.

 
Make a smooth paste. Add little water if require to grind.
Take out the mixture in a bowl. Add salt and mix well.

 
Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Drop a spoon of lentil mixture in it. Fry from both sides till golden brown.

 
Place the fried lentil fritters on a paper towel.
You can taste one. Yummy isn’t it 😊

You can also serve it hot as a snack with any chutney or sauce.

 
Mash the boiled potatoes roughly and keep aside.

 
Now heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. You can use same oil in which lentil fritters are fried.

 
Add panch phoran. And let it splutter.
Add bay leaf, chopped onion and slit green chilli. Fry till the onions become translucent.

 
Now add chopped tomatoes and 1 teaspoon grated ginger. Saute till the tomatoes become mushy.

 
Add coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder. Add sugar if you are using. You can add 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves too if you like.

 
Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add boiled and mashed potato and mix well.

 
Add 1 & 1/2 cup water and let it boil.
Cook on simmer for 8 – 10 minutes.
Add lentil fritters, stir well and switch off the flame.

 
Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

 
Notes

 

1. Fritters will soak the gravy so add water as you like the gravy thick or runny. I love thick gravy.

2. Add chilli according to your taste.
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