The second reason is that this is my 500th post!At last it has come after two and a half years!! Well actually this is no big deal,but for me its another reason to celebrate.
So come on dear friends,let's celebrate with a giveaway and a sweet treat.Now all you need to do is take a bite of this sweet treat and leave a message in the comments section telling me about you favorite sweet dish fit for celebration.[If you really like my recipes,you can also follow my blog /subscribe to the recipes through mail.This is purely optional :)].And it would be great if you can spread the word about this giveaway.
Your comments are welcome from today till the 10th of August 2010 and on the 11th I shall pick a random winner who gets a $100 gift certificate from the CSN store!You can shop online in one of their 200+ websites with this certificate.
Since the CSN store ships goods to the residents of USA /Canada,the others who leave the comments, if selected ,can pass on their $100 gift certificate to their friends / relatives living in these areas.
Now lets get to the sweet treat.I made these Kaala Jamuns a few days ago.Kaala Jamun can be described as a cousin of our dear Gulab Jamuns.There are a few differences though[and that's why I call them cousins :)].Kaala jamuns use panner and khoya and are fried to a darker shade.I however did not cook them very dark and turned out to be like gulab jamun in appearance.
I came across this recipe @ Chef In You.DK's Kaala Jamuns were so tempting that I had to prepare them at home.The original method is to use ghee to deep fry,as it imparts a rich taste but I used oil.
Khoya/ Maawa /Paal khova - 1 cup [I used store brought khova]
Paneer - 1/4 cup
Maida / All purpose flour-1 tablespoon
A few teaspoons of milk
Cardamom powder- a pinch
Water-1 1/2 cups
Sugar-3/4 cup[I used sweetened khoya so used less sugar]
Oil to deep fry.
- Grate / crumble paneer and khoya into a large bowl.
- Add maida and cardamom powder and use a little milk to make a dough.[It should not be sticky]
- Meanwhile heat water in a pan and put in the sugar.Stir till it dissolves.[Put in a spoon of milk into the sugar solution and in a while the impurities will float on top.Strain and again put it back into the pan.]
- Simmer and check for the one string consistency.[Take a little syrup in a ladle and touch a drop with your index finger.Touch your thumb to the forefinger and take the fingers apart to check].If a single string is seen,take it off the flame and transfer into another vessel.
- Heat oil in another pan.
- Make small balls of the dough and keep ready.
- Drop them in batches and fry on medium flame till they are dark brown / black.
- Drop the fried balls into the prepared sugar syrup.
- Serve once the balls soak up the sugar syrup.[You will notice that the kaala jamuns increase in size once they are soaked.]
Sending this tasty dessert to Umm Mymoonah @ Taste of Pearl City who is hosting Iftar Moments and to Nupur's BB6
Bon Appetit and don't forget to leave a comment to be a part of the giveaway