Don’t ask me what is it!
I’m sure many have guessed, or rather thought at first that it does look like gulab jamun. but the most interesting part is, it still looks quite weird!!
so lemme tell you the story.
… once upon a time, a princess went into a kitchen first time, thinking as she can conquer all, she could also conquer the kitchen as well.
And so she started. Making the sweet that the king, Princess’s father loved. The sweet they called “gulab jamun” in their country. Brown sweet balls drenched in sweet caramel.
She started preparing for it. Of course it wasn’t that hard as the recipe was written on the instant-mix packet! she smiled and proudly finished frying the brown balls. The hardest part was over almost.
Then came the turn of making caramel. She went on, adding sugar and water in right proportions, putting it on stove to boil. She was supposed to keep that concoction boiling, till it reached a perfect density. she had to wait approximately for 5 minutes for that to happen according to the recipe.
5 minutes passed. she waited. Nothing happened. The water doesn’t look like it has reached the required thickness. 6.. 7.. 8 minutes passed. no changes! Princess is worried now, why did it not happen the way it should?
She waited more.. for the total 10 minutes. but then her patience has reached its peak. She thought of adding more sugar to get the required thickness now. So She went on adding more sugar, one spoon at a time.
.. finally, the thickness and stringiness of caramel has reached. smiling arrogantly, she dipped the balls inside the caramel liquid and let it chill.
A few hours later it was time to show the king her creation. She proudly took the gulab jamun out of the refrigerator, and damn!
The scene was extraordinarily shocking!
Okay.. no more fairy tale fiction. The truth is here. Sugar added in the liquid was more than double of what was required, so the liquid has almost crystallised back into solid sugar. The gulab jamuns were not floating in the liquid, but stuck to the surface, half protruding out, lie icebergs.
Well, what can I say, they were still quite delicious. And the King ate the upper part of jamuns that were easily accessible. I’m waiting here, for the sugar to melt, so that I can salvage the remaining other halves.
Moral of this story??
Confirm with the queen before cooking complicated stuff because in this case the recipe didn’t clarify that the caramel will only thicken when it cools, and not while on flame. 😀