Monday, July 11, 2011

Gulab Jamoon Paneer Kofta Curry

I always loved the crunchy gulab jamoons, the fried balls before dumping into sugar syrup. The fried balls made by my father would be perfectly round with no flaws and cracks. When I was a kid and when dad made these for diwali, little me would be out there in the kitchen snooping around to get one or two. Dad would be yelling around. I still remember how crunchy and yummy they would taste. When I made gulab jamuns last time, I could not resist these and hence was popping in a ball every now and then. Turned around to have a look at the plate and oh dear!!! there was only half the amount fried… I had some left over gulab jamoon mix which would not be sufficient to make the sweet and was thinking what to do with it when an idea struck… Why not try to make a kofta curry with it?? Would be different to the normal ones we make and so here comes the recipe.

The soaked balls was different and had a masala-y taste which we liked a lot. The crunchy texture went hand in hand with the masala and it was a yummy combination for pooris / chapathis

Makes – 12-15 balls

~*What U Need*~
For the Koftas
Gulab Jamoon mix - 1 cup
Grated Paneer - 1/2 cup (optional)

Salt - to taste
Water - as needed

Oil - for frying

For gravy
Onions(Large) - 2

Tomato puree - 1 1/2 tbsp

Ginger - garlic paste - 1 tsp

Coriander powder - 2 tsp

Turmeric powder - a pinch

Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp

Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp

Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp

Water - as needed

Fresh cream - 1/4 cup
Salt - to taste

Coriander leaves, chopped - 1 tbsp
Dried Kasuri Methi Leaves - 1 tsp

Oil - 3 tbsps

~*How I made it*~
Gulab Jamoon Koftas:

Mix the Gulab Jamoon mix and grated paneer. Adding paneer is purely optional. But gives a unique taste to the koftas. Add salt and combine well. Add water little by little and mix the dough to poori consistency. Pinch into Amla size balls and fry in oil till evenly golden brown. Pat excess oil in tissue and set aside.

Roughly chop the onions. Grind to a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add onion paste and sauté for five minutes

Add ginger-garlic paste and saute till oil oozes out.

Now add the tomato puree and fry till done.
Add coriander-, red chilli-, cumin-, turmeric-, garam masala- powders and salt.
Sauté till oil starts oozing

Add water to the gravy. Bring it to a boil and simmer for ten minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
You will now see oil floating on top.
Add fresh cream. Stir for a minute
Add chopped coriander leaves and kasuri methi leaves and stir.

Add the fried gulab jamoon koftas. Mix once and switch off the heat.

Serve hot with pooris / any flat breads!!!

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  1. Very innovative recipe of koftas..must have tasted yummy..

  2. Delicious recipe...cant wait to try out!!

  3. lovely droolworthy and yummilicious recipe.

  4. That is one awesome innovative dish dear:) Loved the use of gulab jamuns in a gravy.. superb:)

  5. wow...very innovative...sounds so delicious n looks so tempting...can't wait to try this out :)

  6. What a creation ~ delicious recipe!
    US Masala

  7. very innovative dear, this is such a great recipe..pass me that plate :)

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  8. wonderful idea it is very yummy and perfect

  9. wow ...very new recipe...koftas with gulab jamun..sound interesting...have to try this.......

  10. Oo, these koftas look delicious! Yum...

  11. Looks dleicious, love the kofta curries.

  12. Extremely creative recipe :) looks so delicious and wish I could grab a mouth from your pics :)

  13. Looks delicious ...I never had this but heard so much about it ...

  14. I too make this koftas..looks yumm n delicious..:)

  15. That is an innovative way to use gulab jamuns.

  16. I have seen many blogs posting this dish n now its u .. now i conclude its def a superb dish i shd try it soon with poori..

  17. That sounds very interesting, so creative. That would be delicious with pooris. I'm feeling hungry :)

  18. I too do the same thing, most of the time there won't be enough fried jamoons left to make the sweet.. This is a nice way to use the leftover jamoons

  19. Very innovative of you .Interesting recipe.Thanks for sharing

  20. I too have this in one of my cookbooks and wanted to try for long time,looks so so tempting with those pooris !

  21. loved your kofta recipe dear, have the recipe with me, shall give it a try soon.

  22. Very innovative, can feel the flavors, bookmarked this delcious curry.

  23. vimitha, can I please invite myself over to your home the next time you plan to make this! really drooling dear!

  24. Thats very unique of you to make use of the jamoon mix!! your new follower! u have got a lovely blog of recipes!

    Keep em coming


  25. Woww.. this is a new style for me.. Gulab jamun mix and kofta.. wow.. :D Awesome.. Looks yumm

  26. What a great way to incorporate the koftas in a savory dish!

  27. WOW this is very creative Vimitha! Gilab jamun mix to make a savory dish.. excellent.

  28. :))))))))))

    I love the gulab jamoons before soaking in the syrap..but never thought making a curry like this! :)

    Interesting idea!;)

  29. Hi Vimitha,

    First time on your blog and I wsa surprised as I had made this very same dish today when I had called over some people for lunch! I had added grated paneer and grated alu! Was a very nice and filling kofta!



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