Nov 4, 2013

Diwali Treats ~ Bengali Famous Sweets Kalo Jaam or Kala Jamun

Diwali / Deepavali is one of the important festival celebrated in India. The blog sphere is buzzing with Sweet and Savory varieties of Diwali recipes. Tomorrow is Diwali and all those celebrating are gearing up for the Festival of Lights by preparing festive treats for family and friends. I made batch of my most favourite sweets, Kala Jamun. 

Wishing all my Blogger friends, Viewers & Readers Happy Diwali !!!!!!!!!

Kala jamuns are wonderful little cottage cheese balls that are shaped into a scrumtious Indian sweets. Kala Jamun is a version of Gulab Jamun. Traditionally the Gulab Jamuns are deep fried in pure desi ghee to golden brown perfection. These version are larger and darker in colour than the other famous Gulab Jamun. Jamun jaam  is an Indian fruit, shaped in little dark purple colour. This sweet name kala jamun in after them Bengali is called "Kalo Jaam". The lovely twist of this jamun is it has been yellow colour in center when you open it. 

Ingredients :

Instant jamun mix
Water or milk as needed to make dough
Kesar powder - a pinch
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Oil for frying

For Sugar syrup ~
Sugar - 2 cup
Water - 2 cup
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Few saffron strands

Method :

Take jamun mix in a bowl and mix well, there id no lumps. Add water and make into a soft dough. Take 1/4th of the dough separately in a bowl and add kesar powder in it. mix well. Now divide the both the dough into equal portion. Cover and keep aside.

Now take sugar and water in a wide bowl, stir well. Bring it to boil with continuous stirring on low flame. When it turns sticky, turn off flame. sprinkle cardamom powder and saffron strands.

Grease your hand with little ghee, take the white portin of dough and press it slightly. Place the yellow ball in the center and cover it well. Shape into small round ball and then into long shape of your choice. Heat oil in a frying pan add the balls, fry till dark brown in low flame. Drain it.

Drop them in hot sugar syrup.Allow them to soak for minimum 1-2 hours.

Ready to serve Kala Jamun Warm, Cold or Chilled. Garnish with chopped almonds.

Enjoy this delicious Melt-in-Mouth sweets Kala Jamun.............

Sending this to Recipe Junction's "Spotlight : Festive Treats part-2" hosted by me, Pari's "Only-Diwali Treats" hosted by Nivedhanam, Amrita's "Party", Radhika's "Diwali Bash" event

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