Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gulab Jamuns (milk powder method) ...and two wonderful years

I can't believe that I am here. That I am done with two years of blogging. Yes this time, two years back I started blogging actively about food, about food that I cook. The blog baby was started a month before that but then active participation was done by the month of January. Never did I think that, that which started as a bet would become a full time hobby or rather addiction. Yes, this kid was born when my huss challenged me if had the guts to do something which would keep me going, when I told him that everyday IT life sucks and when I told him that I had always intended to blog. He challenged me to a live blog for a time period of minimum 6 months.But here I am, not 6 months but 2 long years.

Blogging had always been there, buried deep inside but stacked beneath other hobbies. Whenever I digged it up, the first question that popped up was "What to blog about?". An online diary seemed fine, but then there was privacy concerns. I didn't want every stranger around the world to know a piece of my life. A travelogue ~ but then the only places that I have been to is where I lived and live. A film/book/restaurant critic ~ now I don't eat out too much, am never up-to-date on the latest releases. So the plan was dumped, again.

It was only after marriage that I started exploring the kitchen ~which I quite liked and as days passed by I started enjoying cooking. Making plans for the weekend meals interested me and I started browsing for new recipes. When my cooking skills started improving, it was the huss who suggested why not start my own food blog... It all started out as a joke over tea but he asked me to think about it. After days, I took my first step and created the blog. I had never been regular here, but something has kept me going. This baby has been my stress reliever, has introduced me to a whole lot of friends, and has helped me to know all many few things cookery. And to celebrate her birthday, I made these soft balls of joy.

Happy birthday doll... I promise that I will never desert you...

Thanks to my dear huss, who has always been there, who has always supported me and without whom, I would never be who I am now.
Thanks to amma and appa, thanks for everything.
Thanks to all my dear readers. Your comments have kept us going and you mean everything to us.

~*What U Need*~
Milk powder - 1/2 cup
All purpose flour - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Baking soda -1/4 tsp
Milk - 1/4 cup (+/-)

For sugar syrup:
Sugar - 1 to 1 1/2 cups
Water - 2 cups
Cardamom - 2 pods

How I Made it:
In a mixing bowl, add the flour, milk powder and baking soda. Mix well. Add ghee and mix well. Add milk and make a dough. Knead well till you get a non-sticky dough.

By this time, lets make the sugar syrup. Add sugar, water and crushed cardamom pods in a sauc-epan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 3-5 mins.

Form small balls from the dough. Heat oil and deep fry the balls till evenly brown. Drain the balls in a tissue paper. Add this to the warm sugar syrup. Allow to soak for 2-3 hours.

Serve chilled!!!

** My Notes:
** Serve the gulab jamuns warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream ~ bliss!!!
** Serve warm gulab jamuns over a bed of rabdi/rabri ~ heaven in a plate!!!

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

Signs off!!!

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63 comments:

  1. Beautiful jamuns to celebrate 2 fruitful years :) congrats Vimitha :) keep cooking and keep loving all the attention you get through this blog... Happy blogging dear :)

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  2. Loved the texture of gulab jamuns,a great way to celebrate dear..Yummy & Congrats,wishing many more blog birthdays!!
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  3. Wow yummy and perfectly made,jamun's are my favorite

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  4. congrats girl...u rock..... and the gulab jams look lovely...perfect

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  5. Congrats on ur blog anniversary Vimi and jamuns looks so yummy....

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  6. Congrats Vimitha. Keep going. Just like you, blogging is my best stress buster. BTW, Gulab jamuns looks tempting..

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  7. Congrats dear... happy blogging... and jamun so tempting and inviting clicks...
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  8. Congrats on the bloggiversary :) gulab jamuns are so tempting :)

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  9. Heard about this milk powder jamun.But never tried.Got perfect ball shape.

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  10. Congrats on ur blog anniversary.. yummy jamun...

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  11. nice presentation vimitha.. congrats on second blog anniversary.. wish you many more..

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  12. These look beautiful!!! congrats on the the 2nd anniversary!
    mary x

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  13. Congrats dear, super yummy jamun!!

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  14. Loved the texture of gulab jamuns,a great way to celebrate dear..Yummy & Congrats,wishing many more blog birthdays!!

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  15. Congrats,love the yummy gulab jamuns..

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  16. Congrats dear !!! Perfect jamuns to celebrate the occasion :-)

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  17. Looking just you bought from the sweet shop... So lovely Vimitha.Perfectly made.I like this one very much.

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  18. Gulab Jamun looks amazing...

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  19. Vimitha, Happy 2nd Anniversary! I hope you continuing blogging for a long, long time!

    How did you make the balls so perfectly round? I'm wondering if it is possible to oven-bake these or cook them in a smaller amount of oil. Your idea of serving them with ice cream sounds wonderful.

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  20. Congratulations Vimitha for so much effort you have put in, in two years. Wishing you good luck for many more years to come!

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  21. Congrats Vimi, for two successful years of blogging..Way to go gal.

    Those juicy jamuns looks absolutely prefect and succulent.

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  22. Congrats Vimitha! Gulab jamuns are our family fav sweet, yours looking so soft, juicy n delicious...well made!

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  23. Congrats. Kep going. Softy n juicy jamuns.

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  24. Congrats! keep it going.. So soft Jamuns
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  25. Congrats on your milestone Vimitha! Perfect Jamoons, want to try some right away!

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  26. Congrats and jamun looks relly good

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  27. Congratulations Vimitha,for your nice job here..Happy Birthday to your beautiful space...Nice way to celebrate..Yummy jamuns.

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  28. delicious jamun using milk powder.....congrats for the successful blogging.....

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  29. Congrats and wish u lot more years of happy blogging...Jamuns look wonderful..

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  30. Vimitha, here's wishing you many more enjoyable blogging years to come! I love it a lot too, it motivates to to try new recipes. Speaking of new stuff, I have always been curious about gulab jamun. And your suggestion of serving it with vanilla ice-creams is certainly a big motivation!

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  31. So soft and delicious gulab jamun.

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  32. Happy anniv..Jamuns look tempting n prefect !

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  33. Happy Blogging Vimitha and hearty Congratulations. Love your preparation... I love gulab jamuns

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  34. Congrats for ur blog anniversary, yummy juicy jamuns, mouthwatering!!!

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  35. Yum ...looks so perfect ....Congrats on blog anniversary

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  36. oops when did u post this

    seems i missed in dashboard

    u know this is the way we make gulabjamun with milk powder and maida
    and i still goof up with measuarments
    this is how i was told 6 spoons milk powder 4 spoon maida and still something goes wrong
    hv to try again now

    and happy anniversary to ur blog

    my story is bit similar to u and i wud also complete two yrs in june

    keep rocking

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  37. Mouthwatering jamuns! Happy anniversary!

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  38. Congratulations Vimithaa...Keep rocking...Delicious jamuns

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  39. Congrats Vimitha ! Keep up the good work! Nice jamuns.

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  40. CONGRATS!!!! Keep rocking!!! The jamuns look so very soft & melt in your mouth..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  41. Wow!! Delicious gulab jamuns!! Nice snaps and may your blog continue for years!!

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  42. Just drooling over the pics ...looks yum..n congrats dear

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  43. Congratulations Vimitha.
    Gulab Jamuns look super super delicious.

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  44. so yummmmm......thanks for the recipe buddy....will sure give a try!

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  45. Congrats vimitha..good to know that we both started blogging on the same day...nice work..you deserve whole lot of appreciation..Keep rocking...

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  46. congrats dear. Wow gulab jamoon looks so delicious and tempting.

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  47. Congrats dear...Superb yummy jamuns...

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  48. Congrats on completing two years of blogging..........looking forward to many more. Gulab jamuns always make me drool. Belated birthday wishes to your little doll.

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  49. Congrats Vimitha Gulab jamuns are amazing. Looks inviting.

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  50. Congratulations Vimitha for completing 2 years of blogging and wish you many many more years of blogging!
    The Gulab jamuns are perfect way to celebrate!

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  51. Congrats Vimitha, keep going, these jamuns look so juicy and delicious..

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  52. Congrats Vimitha! wish you many more yrs of happy blogging. jamuns look perfect

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  53. My son LOVES Gulab Jamuns...Thanks for recipe, and happy anniversary!

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  54. congrats vimitha on the second blogoversary... lovely looking jamuns!!!

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  55. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your GW2 gold, led faucet, swtor credits articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the good work.

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  56. I love gulab jamuns , but always make it from mixes , I Gotta try your recipe . Thank you for visiting my blog :)

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