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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Baked Gulab Jamun

Recipe Source: Priya Suresh

The final week of this month's blogging marathon starts from today and I chose the "Copy Cat " theme. I am supposed to cook from other marathoners' posts and it was quite challenging considering the fact that there are many mind boggling recipes in the marathon collection. I had one particular recipe in mind from dear Priya's blog when I visited her space yesterday. I totally forgot about that when I came across a baked version of gulab jamuns. I had missed this recipe due to my vacation and when I saw "zero oil" in the title, I must say that I was intrigued and interested at the same time.

I was even skeptical about the results of this experiment but I did try them today. For a baked version, these are pretty good and are almost close to the frying version. I did not get the regular brown color though. I think we can bake them at 300 deg F or a little lower temperature and have to keep constantly moving the jamuns all around for uniform baking. I noticed that they kept browning within 2 - 3 minutes on each side. If they are not moved, it would end up looking like the jamuns are burnt and so keep turning them.

Soaking jamuns in the sugar syrup for a few hours is very crucial in this recipe. When the jamuns come out baked, they are a little on the crispy side. You end up disappointed if you serve them immediately with sugar syrup. I had prepared them around 11 am and after a couple of hours of soaking, the texture of these baked jamuns was more like rosgullas. By evening, they tasted exactly like the fried jamuns except the color which didn't bother me at all.
We really enjoyed them and thanks Priya for this wonderful recipe and the delectable jamuns.

Ingredients: (Makes 12 jamuns)
1 ready made jamun mix (100 grams)
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp powdered cardamom
Slivered almonds / pistachio for garnishing

Preparing sugar syrup:
Add a cup of water to the sugar and bring it to a simmer. When sugar completely dissolves, add cardamom powder. If preferred, a pinch of orange food color may also be added at this point. Simmer 3 - 4 minutes more and turn off the stove.

Preparing the Jamun dough:
Add a few Tbsp of water and prepare a firm dough according to the package directions. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Then divide the dough into 12 portions and roll each of them into a ball with your hands.

Baking the Jamuns:
Preheat the oven to 300 deg F. Place the jamun dough balls on a greased or foil covered baking sheet and bake for 15 - 20 minutes, constantly turning them around for uniform baking.
Add them to the sugar syrup and let it soak for at least a couple of hours before serving. The longer soaking results in softer jamuns.

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Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

baked jamuns - yummmmmmmmmmmm and more healthier than the traditional fried ones!!
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Anonymous said...

They are very inviting. I am sure they tasted fabulous.

Vimitha Anand said...

Baked sounds interesting... Healthy take on the regular ones...

Srivalli Jetti said...

Ah, even I was taken in so much when I had read this recipe...I should also try it sometime..that bowl looks very tempting Suma.

Roha said...

Looks Beautiful and Interesting recipe..Am Going to tried this Recipe :)

Rajani S said...

Nice and a very different recipe :). I like the idea of baking these!

Priya said...

Thanks for trying this jamuns from my space Suma. I tried again with aluminum foil and they turned out super brown than the one baked in baking sheet, i think all depends upon the oven's heat, glad you liked it.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

indeed a tempting recipe...even i get attracted to zero oil recipes...glad u tried, wud love to try

Srimathi said...

Hi Suma,

Many people who love GJ's and are not indulging in them because it is deep fried. This one might make them very happy. Try adding baking soda a little to your dough, it will give the brown color. Will keep this one in mind and try it sometime.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Those guilt free jamuns look wonderful. If it tastes exactly as the fried ones there is no need to be bothered about the colour...

Chef Mireille said...

what a healthy way of making them, instead of frying.. This is my all time favorite Indian sweet...by baking them no need to feel guilty for indulging

Prabha Mani said...

Oil free dessert!? Absolutely fabulous ., never tried jamun in oven !

Jayanthi said...

Who cares about the color if tastes so good. Very nice recipe Suma...I need to try them as my rift with weighing scale is going stronger.

ANU said...

luv the baked version...guilt free dessert... :)
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Sadaf Afshan said...

Very interesting recipe........would cut down a lot of the calories.

Anonymous said...

Lovely Recipe....looks delicious...

Nupur said...

Wonderful recipe... Never could see Gulab Jamuns being baked... lovely attempt and very descriptive write up

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