Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Raksha Bandhan and Dry Jamun

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
After my marriage,I always missed my brother on this day as I was in UAE and we could not meet at all during this period. After 11 years, last year, we both celebrated together. But this time again we could not meet as the kids have school. But I always wish him all the good things in the life.
This is for him and my daughters who does not have brothers. But today, they tied Rakhi to each other and celebrated with home made Jamuns.

There are few recipes which never comes out perfect for me. Jamun is one of those. But! this time it was a super duper hit!! At last I learnt to make jamuns at home. 
I always made jamuns with ready packet from the market. MTR is always a good help for me. 
But preparing everything at home for Jamun was a real tricky for me, And today I can make it at home. All thanks goes to three people.
First is  Suma of Cakes And More!!! : who posted the recipe to make KHOYA or mava. I am really thankful to her for sharing it with us.
 Second is PJ of      Seduce Your Tastebuds....  whose RECIPE  I had bookmarked to make it.
When I browsed her recipe, she had followed it from other blog. 
That is from Chef in You, who has given a detailed recipe  Here
I prepared very little yesterday as I was not sure about the outcome. But as Jamuns came out so good, that I had to prepare it again for today.
For Jamuns:
Home made KHOYA- 1 cup, grated
Home made Paneer - 3/4 cup, grated
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
All purpose flour or Maida - 1 tbsp
Milk - 1 to 2 tbsp for mixing.

For syrup:
Sugar - 2 cups
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Rose essence - 1/2 tsp(optional, I did not put)

To fry Jamuns:
Oil - 1 cup
Ghee - 1/4 cup
Or take 50:50

Take sugar and water in a steel vessel and bring it to boil. After five minutes, take a spoon of syrup and check the thread consistency. Off the heat when it reaches one thread consistency.
Till that,
Take all the ingredients for jamuns in a wide plate or vessel.
Mix and knead it well to remove lumps and get soft dough. But do not over do it.
Make small balls and keep ready.

Keep oil and ghee on heat. When hot, reduce the flame and start frying the jamuns in batches. Fry till they are almost very golden color. 
Remove, drain the oil and put into the ready syrup.
Keep it in the syrup for 1 to 2 hours. 
Remove and store in a dry glass jar.(If remains before you store)

This is my second time preparation in two days. 

Sending this to three events:



Keep Smiling,


Sudeshna said...

This is exactly the situation at my home. I never had a brother so tied rakhi to my sissy and she just waits the whole year for this day. She even went to school today wearing the rakhi :).

nivedita said...

Hi Sudeshna
I know how it feels, I could not tie my brother for many years as we could not meet.
But its sweet of you and your sister that you share such a beautiful bond.
Hugs to your sister.
Even my daughters went to school with rakhi!

kanthi said...

Niveditha,happy rakhi din,with delicious jamuns..

Jay said...

wow ...wat a beautiful post...so lovely . YOur cute kids look so smart and jamuns are perfect to enjoy this special occasion...Thanx dear for sending this to my event...!
Happy Rakhsha bandan to you...:)

Nithya said...

Happy Raksha bandhan :) Its so cute to see your kids celebrating :)

And Jamoon looks fantastic :) yummy

Mina Joshi said...


Happy Raksha bandhan to you and your family. My hubby has no sisters and my two sons have no sisters but luckily they have managed to find sisters who send them rakhis without fail. I know how your girls must feel but I am sure they too will find a good brother soon.

Gulab Jamun made with khoya are the best!! Your's look so yummy!!I will save your recipe to try out soon.


Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow, beautiful jamuns dear. Happy rakhi to you too. Your girls are very very cute :)

Satya said...

thats really sweet dear ...ur daughters looks so happy to tie rakhi to each other ...i too miss my brothers very much :( ...anyways gulab amun looks really tempting ...perfect for the occasion..yummy

niveditha said...

Hey daughters are sooo cute. And so are those yummy jamoons. Ver tempting. My all time favorite dessert. Never tried to make without the readymade packet. Now i think i will with this ready made reicpe.Thanks for sharing

Shanthi said...

Happy rakhi and awesome jamun

Prathibha said...

Happy Raksha bandhan..those cute girls tied rakhi for each other...lovely sweet 2 celebrate with

BangaloreBaker said...

Jamun looks awesome. My kids love Jamun and can polish off a lot at one time. To answer your question on bread -
375 F - 190 C
and 325 F - 160 C approximately (162 C is more accurate)
A rectangular loaf pan can be of the size 9" X 5" in that case, this recipe works fine in that. It can also be 8" X 4" in that case, the dough might be too much for the pan. Covering with aluminum foil helps in getting nice color. Otherwise the bread would be too dark. Baking at lower temeperature doesn't really help since it will give you a dense loaf. If you are using a convection oven (like a toaster oven), make sure you lower the temperature by 25 F (4 C approximately).Hope that helps. Looking forward to your bread.

Nupur said...

So cute to see your girls tying rakhis to each other. Thanks for the entry.

nivedita said...

Thanks everyone.

Akila said...

so lovely dear...


Akila said...

so lovely dear...


Priya said...

Beautiful sisters, droolworthy jamuns..

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