Gulab jamun is a popular Indian dessert that is made of milk solids known as khoya, which is then kneaded into a dough with a small amount of flour and then shaped into small balls. The balls are deep-fried until they turn golden brown, and then soaked in a sugar syrup infused with fragrant cardamom pods and saffron strands.
The sugar syrup is made by simmering sugar, water, and flavorings together until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens to a syrupy consistency. Once the fried dough balls are added to the syrup, they absorb the sweet syrup and become soft, juicy, and infused with the flavors of the syrup.
Gulab jamun is traditionally served warm or at room temperature, garnished with chopped nuts like pistachios and almonds, and sometimes accompanied by a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of clotted cream. It is a popular dessert for special occasions like weddings and festivals, and is enjoyed throughout the Indian subcontinent and beyond.