Whenever you visit any restaurant and when you have starters, main dishes, and other food items, the ideal thing to have is a dessert. But the very first thing that comes to our mind when it comes to dessert is Gulab Jamun with Ice cream. This dessert comes with two variants either the hot version of gulab jamun or the cold version of the Gulab Jamun. The ice cream with which it is being served is usually vanilla-flavoured ice cream. But this dish can be made with other flavours of ice cream such as chocolate, mango, litchi, and so on.
This post contains all the necessary information on how to make gulab jamun with an ice cream recipe. Also, we will see what is gulab jamun and how to make a gulab jamun. This also includes steps to make your own homemade ice cream. If you are not familiar with making ice cream at home, it is suggested to buy your own favourite version of ice cream and have it along with gulab jamun. But I would not suggest buying gulab jamun from the store as it removes the homemade authenticity of the dish. Hence it is suggested to make gulab jamun at home with step-by-step instructions provided in this post.
Before we move on with the recipe, let us see what is a gulab jamun and what are the ingredients required in order to prepare a soft, delicious, and fluffy gulab jamun. At the end of this post, you would be an expert on the Gulab Jamun ice cream recipe.
What is Gulab Jamun:
Gulab Jamun is a medium-sized rolled ball of flour and milk solids that are crispy fried in oil and then soaked in heated saffron-flavoured sugary syrup. It is a classic Indian sweet that is usually served in marriage functions or usually, a dessert served in Indian restaurants after main dishes and appetizers. The word Gulab literally translates to Rose in the Hindi language but the whole word is derived from the middle eastern languages where Jamun means medium balls.
Ingredients used in Gulab Jamun:
Some of the ingredients used in Gulab Jamun are listed below. Only the ingredients used in Gulab Jamun are listed below. The exact amount of ingredients are listed out in this post while we make this recipe.
- Milk Powder or khoya if milk powder is not available.
- Refined flour/ maida
- Baking Soda
- lemon juice
Making Gulab Jamun Dough:
Preparing Gulab Jamun is a two-step process. The first step is to create the dough of Gulab Jamun and to fry them in order to make fried balls. The second step is the sugar syrup preparation. Let us approach the preparation step by step.
- Firstly take 2 cups of milk powder and put them in a bowl. Milk powder is nowadays commonly available in all the retail stores. If it is not available, I suggest using khoya instead of milk powder which is commonly available.
- Once we have 2 cups of milk powder in our bowl, next add 1/2 cup of refined flour or maida and stir both the powders well until they have equal consistency. It is suggested that the flour be refined well so that the dough balls do not break while they are being fried.
- Once we have 2 cups of milk powder and 1/2 cup of flour mixed in our bowl, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda into the bowl. Be cautious while adding baking soda to the dough mixture as too much baking soda might make the dough becoming hard and sometimes break.
- Now in a separate bowl add 2 teaspoons of yoghurt, 1 teaspoon of raw lemon juice, and 4 cups of lukewarm water and mix the liquid well.
- Now take 3 teaspoons of this liquid from this bowl and keep on adding the liquid to the flour mixture while constantly stirring. Similarly, follow this process and stir the flour until the batter becomes a thickened dough. Add salt as required.
- Once the dough is ready, close the bowl and let it become fermented for 3 hours in order to hasten the smoothening process of the dough.
- Now take the softened dough from the bowl and make medium-sized dough balls by taking a part of the dough and rolling them evenly by hand until are there are no cracks seen in the dough balls. This is vital because even small cracks in the dough balls may crack the dough balls while frying in the pan.
- Now take a frying pan and pour oil into the pan and heat the oil up to 340-degree Fahrenheit. Once the oil has reached this temperature add the dough balls into the frying pan and fry them until the colour of the dough balls reaches a golden brown.
Making the sugar syrup for the Gulab Jamun With Ice Cream Recipe:
Now we look into the second step of preparing the sugar syrup for gulab jamun. The sugary syrup is the key ingredient responsible for providing the sweetness of the dessert. Now let us look at how to make gulab jamun syrup in the following steps below:
- Add three cups of refined sugar to a bowl. The type of sugar is your choice. If you are looking at a healthier option, then brown sugar is your choice since it does not have chemicals during the refining process.
- Once the sugar has been added to the heating pan, add 6 cups of water to the sugar. The idea is that two cups of water for one cup of sugar.
- Now that we have added water to the sugar, now heat the sugar water consistently over medium heat for one and a half hours till the sugar water becomes thick and syrupy.
- Now add 4 cloves of cardamom to the syrup for an increased aroma. If you require the syrup to be more flavorful and have a distinct color, add some saffron to the syrup.
- After following the two-step approach above, you would be now left with medium-sized fried balls and a bowl of sugary syrup. Now add the fried balls to the sugary syrup and let it soak in the syrup for 2 to 3 hours till you serve.
Cold Gulab Jamun With Ice Cream:
Cold Gulab Jamun is a variant of Gulab Jamun where the dish is served in a cold manner. Once the dough balls are fried and soaked in the syrup for 2 to 3 hours, the dish is then kept in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 hours and then served. Again it depends upon the taste of each person, some people like the gulab jamun to be served cold and some like the hot version. The idea is that the dough balls which are soaked in the sugary syrup tend to have a more softened texture and more sweetness.
Hot Gulab Jamun With Ice Cream:
Hot Gulab Jamun is a variant of Gulab Jamun where the dish is served in a hot manner. In this variant, once the dough balls are fried, it is directly served along with the sugary syrup in a separate bowl. In this version, the consumer has to soak the dough balls manually in the syrup for each spoon. Usually, Hot Gulab Jamun tastes better with ice cream.
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Gulab Jamun Ice Cream Recipe:
It is recommended to buy ice cream while serving the Gulab Jamun. But in this post, let us see how to make ice cream so that we have the complete dish made at home. Also, one advantage is that we get the satisfaction that the dish is completely homemade and also it is guaranteed that there are no added preservatives since the dish is completely homemade right from scratch.
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Ingredients for making Ice cream:
Some of the ingredients used in making ice cream are:
- Chilled or cooled milk(after it has been thoroughly boiled)
- Milkmaid or heavy condensed milk
- some salt
- Fresh Cream
Steps to make Ice cream:
- Add 2 cups of cooled milk and 1 cup of fresh cream and stir it well in a bowl.
- Now add some condensed milk and some vanilla flavour for some essence and use an electric beater until we get some froth from the mixture.
- Now pour the mixture into a bowl and keep it in a freezer for 2 days until the mixture hardens.
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Final Thoughts on Making Gulab Jamun With Ice cream Recipe:
My final advice for this dish would be, once you have decided to make this dish for any occasion, it is highly recommended to make only the gulab jamun at home and to buy ready-made ice cream because we can have any type of ice cream flavours included in a short span according to our liking. Also, we can have sizzling ice cream Gulab Jamun by heating the pan to very high temperatures and placing the gulab jamun and ice cream over the hot pan. Again it all boils down to, once we have the gulab jamun ready, we can have the cold version or hot version of the gulab jamun or even the sizzling version according to our requirement.
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