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Thursday, April 12, 2018

A - Z Indian Street Soods ~ J for Jamun Bun

My husband's hometown is Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh and naturally he has fond memories attached to the place. Y.V. Street happens to be the central point of that town both literally and figuratively. It is the primary business center and the focal point for all the hustle bustle of the town. My husband's ancestral home used to be smack right in the middle of this area and a few steps outside in the evening would land him in the tempting zone of street foods. I guess as a kid, it was definitely enchanting to him considering that the man hasn't changed much at all in his love for street fare. 

This jamun bun seems to be one of his favorite during those times and he wanted me to recreate that magic once more. He remembered what went in though he forgot the name of these delicious sweet buns. He wasn't even sure that any one sold these buns anymore in the town. I had never heard about it before and so, was no help in figuring out the name of this bun. A few calls to his siblings and even a friend in Kadapa resulted in knowing that these buns are still sold in the town. That particular friend had in fact ate that bun the previous day he was called but said that he doesn't recall the name either. 

These buns have gulab jamun stuffed inside. Gulab jamun is a famous Indian dessert where spongy milk-solid balls are fried and dunked in rose flavored sugar syrup. I have never seen anyone in southern India using the rose flavor for the syrup though and so we simply call it as jamun. That's why at last we figured out that these must be obviously called jamun buns. A jamun is placed on one of the half a bun, topped with chopped nuts and sprinkled with cardamom to flavor and then syrup is poured over on the other half. I have a sweet tooth and naturally these buns tempted me as soon as I heard the description and I chose these 'Jamun Buns' for my alphabet 'J' in the 'Indian Street Foods' Series. I used the store bought instant pack of jamun mix to prepare my jamuns. These buns were a real treat and I could understand why my husband would remember these buns after all this time.

Ingredients for each serving:
1 bun
1 jamun
1 tbsp. of chopped nuts (I used pistachios and almonds.)
2 pinches of ground cardamom
2 tbsp. or more sugar syrup (used to prepare jamun)

* Open the two halves of a bun. (I used the Ham burger buns.)

* Place a coarsely mashed jamun on one half of the bun.

* Top it with chopped nuts and sprinkle the ground cardamom.

* Pour the syrup uniformly (as much as you prefer) on the other half of the bun. 

* Place this syrup soaked half on the other half.
* It can be eaten immediately but I found that allowing it to sit for five minutes makes the bun soak the syrup better and it tastes better. 

So far, on this series,
A for Aloo Kabli
B for Bajra Vada
C for Chooda Matar
D for Dahi Batata Puri
E for Elaichi - Kesar Lassi
F for Fulwadi
G for Ghugni Chaat
H for Hare Chane Ki Chaat
I for Indori Garaadu Chaat

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 87


Priya Suresh said...

Wow, am hearing about this jamun bun for the first time, its too tempting.. And i have to say a big thanks to you Suma for posting this yummy buns. Cant wait to make some soon.

vaishali sabnani said...

Omg ! What a unique street food ! And how interesting ! The while concept of this sweet burger is mind blowing , no wonder your hubby has fond memories ! Seems you have put in loads of efforts to get this recipe , kudos ! Seriously sometimes one has to go through so much to get a authentic recipe . Beautiful Jamun bun !

Kalyani said...

What a find, suma ! This is absolutely wonderful to re-live the wonderful memories that your husband had of his growing up years ... my younger one might like this unusual treat ��

Unknown said...

omg jamun buns , looks so irresistible and such an addictive street food, your hubby has some great memory suma he is so helpful.. very very unique street food for sure !! looks fabulous !!

Padmajha said...

This is such a unique street food Suma.Never came across such a delicious dish! With all the ingredients handy, I need to make this for the kids during the summer holidays.Awesome find Suma!!

Gayathri Kumar said...

This is such a rich drool worthy recipe. Just looking at your pictures of the jamun bun, I am craving for some. It looks like a perfect treat for everyone...

Harini R said...

Wow! that is definitely a wonderful treat. Glad you were able to recreate the magic ! I am sure there are umpteen number of such street foods and glad you unearthed one gem!

Sandhiya said...

Wow, what an amazing find,Suma. First time hearing this, it sounds so delicious and such a unique recipe. No wonder that your hubby remember this still now. Will give a try next time when i make jamuns.

Sharmila kingsly said...

Such a interesting pick ,i became a fan for this buns.. Awesome share!!

Srividhya said...

Great find yaar and what a delicious treat with gulab jamun. Great idea to serve gulab jamun this way.

Pavani said...

Oh my goodness that is such an unique way to serve Gulab Jamun. Never thought they can served as a sandwich but come to think of it, it’s genius idea. Juicy Jamun with nuts between pav, what’s not to love.
Thanks to your husband, we got to learn a very interning and tempting street food. I will be trying this real soon.

Srivalli said...

OMG what a fantastic find Suma and the efforts to track down the recipe is awesome..that's the love of a foodie..:)..this is something I must try, just for the sake of this being so unique!..

Mayuri Patel said...

What a wonderful recipe. Its new to me but any excuse to eat a jamun. Looks so delicious.

cookingwithsapana said...

Omg jamun buns sounds so addictive as we love jamuns and buns too. The combination of these two would make a nice dessert sandwich.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

All those efforts to know the bun has worked out great Suma! That jamnun bun looks amazing! I m definitely going to make this 😊

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

OMG! What a great find this is. I am in love with this bun and need it right now. Looks absolutely marvelous.

preeti garg said...

Wow.. what a fantastic idea.. love the fusion bun with gulab jamun.. bookmarked.