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Cam and I go to Indian restaurants a lot, and cause he has the appetite of 1000 men we're always getting the banquet option. For dessert he always chooses gulab jamun and gets super sad when the bring him out a single solitary dumpling. So I decided to remedy the gap in his life and make it at home. 

For the uninitiated, gulab jamun is a dumpling-like dessert soaked in a sugar syrup. There's loads of ways of making it and flavouring it. These ones are flavoured with cardamom and soaked in a cinnamon, cardamom and rosewater syrup. They mostly taste like cinnamon donuts with some extra lovely spices. 

Grab the recipe and step-by-step instructions at the blog.
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chocogirl10 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I am an Indian and i would like to say that they look delicious :clap: :)
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Ooooh SO NICE!! <3
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These look so good!  I still have yet to try some of your recipes T_T
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, those look completely delicious. :D I need to try Indian food sometimes...maybe I'll try these first.
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ef-barber Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I had these in a village in South India and they are glorious! Indian desserts are so sweet though, I'm not sure I could eat more than one, but I seem to be in the minority here haha. I like how you included the bowl in the photo, they look so appealing when they are soaking in all that yummy syrup <3
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epicspacebadger Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
The things I would do for a pile of these things right now 
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DarkStarlightAngel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Oh my gosh we eat this so much at my place. If you guys do really enjoy Indian desserts you might also like ladoo and chum chum as well ^^
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jaims182 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Amazing.  One of my favorites, but I never think I can master it.  Now I'm reconsidering.... ;)
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TheMonsterMaiden Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my very favorite treats. Omg, yum. <3
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niacherryblossom Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here in Trinidad my Indian friends makes this all the time....i love them. For every country there is a different look and recipe also. These are beautiful.
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amayaangeline Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! It looks yummy! Gotta try it!! XD
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Oh, I meant to ask, how many does the recipe make?  Looks like 14 or so from the pictures?
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I made them on the larger side, so I got about 16 or so. You could easily get 20-25 out of it though. 
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Ooo I could take them to work if I made them small!
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
looks delicious :D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Thank you!
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BaLaNcIngHiMe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow OMG , this is awesome, I literally did a double take after seeing the thumbnailHappy dance .  I'm Indian, and this is my younger brother's favorite dessert so my mom makes it a lot for parties and other special dessert worthy events, lol, but it's so cool seeing it on DA! These look super delicious! :) 
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Oh that's awesome :la:
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VampireUsako Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those taste amazing, I can't quite remember thought because the first and last time i ate them was 4 years ago.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Haha, yeah they're pretty awesome. 
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Goddesofwolves Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks amazing.... I think Im going to try this tomorrow!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
yay! :la:
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perniciouswulf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this desert is really tasty! it goes great with coconut rice
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I'll have to try that one day!
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laurytheotter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014   Digital Artist
It taste like a Fried Flan in a ball Mmmmmm.
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Tabbloza Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These look beautiful and flavorful!
My friend and I made a pot full of gulab jamun once (almost 100 balls)... it was from a packet for the dough though, so they turned out like syrup donuts.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Sounds delish!
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Seraphestus Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
These are the BOMB! I always grab some when we dine Indian too! We've got no end of restaurant choices out here in Cali, which makes it fun trying out all the different ways people interpret Indian quisine.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Definitely! It's rare to find two places that make the same curry the same way. 
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Lovely photo!  I've enjoyed had this dessert and it is delicious!  For me is was the combination of spices which made it special!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Thank you!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eew cardamom d: I prefer mine to be uniformly soft and melt in the mouth, haha.

Can you get mava out there? My mom used to make em with Crisco.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Y-you don't like cardamom? :saddummy:

I don't think I've heard of mava. I have to look it up now. 
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not in gulab jamun itself...I love it in a lot of other stuff, but my favorite jamuns are the ones you just pop in and take a bite and the whole thing melts :drool:

No idea if you can get it outside India, haha. But there's lots of effective substitutes.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
"remedy the gap in his life" XD  The poor thing, thank goodness he has you!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Bahaha. If there's one thing I can do it's fill his tummy. XD
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Sometimes that's all you need to do for guys to be happy :D
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Bunni89 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'd never heard of this before and now I definately wanna try making it! I love how you make such a variety of cakes ^_^
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Thank you :heart:
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GoldenMasquerade Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Ok so.. I just read the recipe and I /hate/ frying things. I seriously can't stomach the smell of the oil. It always makes me sick. Can these little babies be baked instead? *is hopeful*
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
How are you with ghee? They're traditionally fried in ghee. 
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GoldenMasquerade Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I've never tried it.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
It's just clarified butter, used in a lot of Indian cooking. It doesn't have that strong odour of oil when cooking. It's usually a more expensive option (depending where you live) so I'd probably opt to shallow fry them just so you don't need to use as much.
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GoldenMasquerade Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Ok! I'll see if I can't find it locally. Thanks. ^_^
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
If you can't find it and get desperate, you can just clarify your own butter using regular, unsalted butter. It doesn't have the same depth of flavour as ghee but it does the trick. 

I'm not sure what it's like over there, but here basically every supermarket has at least one brand of ghee in the butter/cooking fats section.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I use it all the time to fry potatoes for breakfast. It pretty much smells like butter when heated, if it smells like anything at all.  Look for it at a health food store or a co-op
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GoldenMasquerade Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Are those... THEY ARE!!! OMG I LOVE THESE!! I get them every time I go to my favorite Indian restaurant. They are soooooo good! And always the perfect way to finish a meal after chicken tikka masala and palak paneer. ^_^
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Oh dear, I have not heard of those. But there are not many indian restaurants where I live. There was one called "Gandhi" but it closed down and I have a  feeling it may be cos to name a restaurant after someone who is mostly famous for starving in protest, was probably not clever marketing. 

They look awesome and I bet they are yummy. Maybe I will try them myself soon :eager: 

and omg I would be so disappointed, too, if they only brought out one of them :noes: 
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Oh I'd cry so much if there weren't many Indian places. Maybe it's cause we have such a large Indian population here, my suburb and surrounds particularly, but they are everywhere. We also have an Indian grocer that opened a few years ago. I really want to pop in but I'm yet to overcome my fear of being perceived as a dumb Skip who knows nothing about real Indian cuisine. xD
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah, it's rather sad, cos I love the taste so much :la: I should make a curry again, I have a yummy recipe by Jamie Oliver and you make the paste yourself, including roasing and grinding the spices :giggle: the smell is awesome :XD: But yeah, I think there are probably more Indians living in Australia, it is a lot closer to India after all :meow:

Oh I know that feeling, I have that with Turkish stores, you really do feel out of place and stared at :B Even tho I may not … on vacation in Turkey guy's kept talking to me in Turkish e___e 


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