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Top 5 Gulab Jamun Recipes on Internet

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In Indian culinary culture, a festival, or celebration, or even a small family dinner/meal is incomplete without sweets. A traditional Indian sweet dish holds that charm to make most of us go weak on our knees. If Indians are asked to pick one of their favorite sweet dishes, the dessert that will top the list and be picked by many will be “Gulab Jamun” – the fried milk-solid balls soaked in sugar syrup. It is irreplaceable, adds sweetness and soul to celebrations be it birthdays or marriage ceremonies. No one is ever too full for these sweet delicious delights.

Gulab Jamun lay its origin in Persia and the Mediterranean. But it was the Mughal who brought this dessert to India during the reign of Babur in the 16th century. The word “Gulab jamun” is derived from the Persian word ‘gol (flower)’ and ‘ab (water)’ which referred to rose water-scented syrup. The other word ‘Jamun’ is a dark purple Indian fruit/berry. It is commonly known as ‘Black Plum’ which is almost of the same shape and size.

Being served hot during winters and top it up with kulfi during summer Gulab Jamun has finds its way to reach everyone’s plate. But do you know that the delicious these sugar syrup balls are, the easier it is to make them at your home? Yes, you can make them in your kitchen in no time.

Let’s dive into the top 5 quick, easy and tasty recipes on the internet to make Gulab jamun at home. Also, keeping in mind your busy lifestyle, all the recipes listed below describe the stepwise process to make Gulab Jamun with Khoya as well as with milk powder.

  1. Swasthi’s Recipes

Swasthi recipes shares both the ways of making Gulab Jamun. Preparing it in an old traditional way with khoya, and with milk powder. If you do not want to toil up in the process of long making khoya at home just use milk powder instead. About the preparation of sugar syrup, Swasthi’s recipe kept it simple by adding just sugar and cardamom. It provides just the perfect flavor to the milk solid fried balls.

Image: Swasthi’s recipe
  1. Dassana’s Veg Recipes

Dassana’s veg recipes, process of making Gulab jamun is different and interesting. They add grated paneer, fine Rava (semolina) and cardamom powder to the khoya while kneading the dough. They also add some rose water to the sugar syrup to provide a delightful fragrance and flavor to it.

Dassana's recipe
Image: Dassana’s recipe
  1. Hebbar’s Kitchen

Hebber’s kitchen recipe talks about the preparation of Gulab jamun with milk powder. They add desi ghee and milk to the flour while kneading the dough. Adding ghee and milk to the flour keeps the dough moist and helps in making round smooth balls. Hebber’s kitchen recipe makes the sugar syrup more relishing by adding sugar, cardamom, rose water and few strands of saffron to it. All these ingredients provides the perfect flavor and fragrance to it. They also add lemon juice to the sugar syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.

Image: Hebber’s kitchen
  1. Food Viva

Food Viva also lists both the ways of making Gulab Jamun, with khoya and with milk powder. Also, they drench their soft, spongy balls in delicately flavored sugar syrup prepared from sugar, cardamom, rose water, and few strands of saffron.

Image: Foodviva
  1. NDTV Food

NDTV food keeps it simple to make the dough. They prepare the milk solid balls by mixing khoya, Maida, and baking soda. Regarding sugar syrup, they adds sugar, milk, cardamom seeds, and powder with few strands of saffron to it. The ingredients above fills the milk solid balls with perfect sweetness and fragrance.

Image: NDTV Foods

All the above-listed recipes are easy, quick, and simple to make at home in no time with basic ingredients. And, if you still get stuck somewhere in these recipes most of them have already provided the FAQs, Pro-tips, and do’s & don’ts to follow.

Why wait for a celebration or occasion to dive into the sweetness of Gulab Jamun. Just choose your favorite recipe to prepare at home and serve it hot at your dinner table. So, what are you waiting for, let you and your loved ones delve into this culinary masterpiece and relish the sweetness and goodness of Gulab jamun.


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Ginger And Its Stunning Health Benefits

What is Ginger?

Ginger is a widely emanated south-east Asian flowering plant that is considered one of the most flavourful and healthiest spices of all time. Just like turmeric and cardamom, Ginger also belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. In India and China, Ginger plays a vital role in the regional diet. Ginger is mostly famous for its strong aroma, culinary, and remedial or healing properties. The rhizome part of the underground part of Ginger is mostly used.

Though Ginger is mostly popular amongst the common folk for its wide use in stewing dishes like gingerbread or Ginger biscuits, people have also been using this amazing ginger root since ancient times.


What Are The 5 Top Health Benefits Of Ginger?

Ginger has thousands of health benefits and here in this answer, we will discuss a few of the most important points regarding that.

1.    It’s helpful to appease the symptoms of a common cold: Ginger is one of the most commonly used home remedies to alleviate the symptoms of cold and sore throat. Strong-flavored hot Ginger tea could be a great option to get relief at the beginning or during a cold or cough as it reduces congestion and inflammation.


Being diaphoretic, ginger root or ginger also induces or promotes perspiration, and thus it can be utilized to deal with feverish health conditions like influenza or cold. Fresh ginger root encompasses gingerols and zingerone, which is why it has a very impressive antiviral property.

2.    Ginger to soothe mild nausea and morning sickness: Fresh Ginger can reduce the signs related to motion sickness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or cold sweats anecdotally. This also helps to reduce the symptoms associated with motion sickness. Furthermore ginger could help people, who are undergoing surgery and chemotherapy to cope up with nausea, though regarding this more distinct research is required.

Homemade Gingerale
Around 1 gram or 1.5 gram of Ginger is enough to treat nausea and vomiting correlated with mild pregnancy sickness. Still, consult with your GP or midwife to assure whether it is appropriate for you or not.

3.    It may be helpful with pains and aches: Gigger is loaded with various curative properties related to its strong anti-inflammatory qualities. As per the recent studies, due to these potent anti-inflammatory qualities of Ginger, it seems to be suitable for topical use, and with the use of a ginger compress symptoms related to osteoarthritis can be reduced significantly. Topical applications of ginger oil or fresh ginger root may also boost blood circulation and soothe burns.

Ginger or more specifically ginger root that is widely used in different forms of medicine is enriched with different volatile natural oils that comprise bioactive compounds like gingerol. This potent anti-inflammatory compound is speculated to clarify why people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis should consume ginger regularly to reduce their pain levels and improve mobility.

4.    Ginger Improve the digestive system: Ginger can be an effective solution to treat chronic indigestion, distinguished by intermittent pain and distress in the upper part stomach. As carminative ginger stimulates and speeds up the elimination of excess gas from the digestive system. This is also known for soothing the intestinal tract. Ginger works well to reduce the Discomfort or problems related to Colic and function dyspepsia.

Himalayan Sweet Ginger Chutney

5.    Scientifically proven to support heart health: Various studies on animals indicated that ginger could be very much helpful to manage cholesterol levels. This is also helpful to reduce and even prevent damage to the arteries and lower high blood pressure. Altogether ginger is beneficial for the heart and cardiovascular system. Despite these health benefits ginger also promotes weight loss, lower blood sugar level, reduces menstrual pain and prevents the risk of cancer to some extent.

Crunchy texture and sharp flavour of ginger with a twist

Is Ginger Safe For Everyone?
Ginger, also known as Amomum Zingiber, is predominantly considered safe for a broad range of illnesses. But as ginger is a strong herb and functions pharmacologically, so there is a possibility that it can be unsuitable for some people, including:

  • People who have a medical history of oxalate-containing kidney stones.
  • Also, those who often experience heartburn or acid reflux.
  • Those with low blood pressure or on blood pressure medications.
  •  People with bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
  • People suffering from any serious heart disease.

These types of people must consume ginger in moderate quantity due to its potential blood-pressure-lowering effects. If you’re a little confused or concerned about whether having ginger is safe for you or not, then consult a physician.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when you eat ginger daily?
Having ginger in daily life can aid you to cope up with various health-related hardships. It helps to alleviate, prevent and heal inflammation.

According to one of the recent research studies, it’s proven that ginger could noticeably curtail allergic reactions, which is associated with inflammation. A small study also illustrated that those people who took daily ginger supplements experienced less muscle pain after working out, as primarily, inflammation is the major cause of muscle pain. Furthermore, Various research insinuates that daily consumption of ginger can significantly reduce the risk of chronic heart diseases as it lowers hypertension. This flavourful herb is also useful in preventing heart attacks and lowering bad cholesterol levels.

The best accompaniment to any north Indian meal

What does ginger do to the brain?
Ginger is one of the most specific and rich sources of antioxidants and bioactive compounds, and due to the presence of that, it significantly lessens inflammation that occurs in the brain. Reserve has also shown that ginger can boost up brain function and act as brain food.
In 2011, a study was conducted over 60 healthy middle-aged ladies and that research demonstrated that ginger can improve both attention or vigilance and cognitive process. This is also helpful to prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s.

Who should not take ginger? 
Though ginger is considered one of the most worshipped herbs or spices for its strong flavor and medicinal properties, there are few people with certain health conditions who should not take ginger daily, like people with critical cardiac conditions, diabetes, bleeding or blood clotting-related problems, and gallstones. These people should consult with their doctor before taking ginger as a supplement. Also in some cases pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid  ginger. Furthermore, don’t take more than 4 grams of ginger on a single day.

Adrak Ka Achar by Masala Monk

Is ginger good for blood pressure?
Ginger, an aromatic herb and traditional medicine in India and China is being used for its healing and anti-inflammatory property for thousands of years. This can lower blood pressure and boost up blood circulation. Research on both humans and animals shows that ginger can truly reduce high blood pressure levels that affect blood flow cynically.

What does ginger do in the body of a woman?
Ginger is a common remedy for treating upset stomach and nausea and this is also scientifically verified. Ginger appears to be helpful in digestion and saliva flow. Research has also illustrated the fact that consuming ginger could alleviate nausea and vomiting in some pregnant women.

Is ginger good for the lungs?
One of the extensively adopted home treatments to ease cough and cold is ginger, that is mostly known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Also, due to this anti-inflammatory and bioactive property, it helps to wipe out toxins from the respiratory tract. It comprises of multiple vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and zinc.

How does ginger reduce blood sugar?

Ginger root or rhizome contains gingerols, the major bioactive compound, this is said to increase the uptake of glucose into muscle cells without taking advantage of insulin, and thus it may be helpful in the management of high blood sugar levels. It’s also crucial to know that ginger has a very low glycemic index (GI) that’s why it breaks down gradually to crop up glucose and therefore it does not accelerate the spikes of blood sugar levels as other high GI foods do.

What are the side effects of ginger?
The famous south-east Asian herb, ginger may result in some mild side effects like heartburn, diarrhea, burping, and common discomfort in the stomach. Few folks have also reported menstrual bleeding and clotting of blood is intensified while taking ginger. The application of ginger juice on the skin is found to be safe for a short time but could feel a little irritable when applied for a longer period.

That’s all said and done ,

You name the problem and ginger is the solution, there are enough reason to include ginger in your diet.

Some of the best way to use ginger daily in your diet as add ginger pickle in your meal, ginger honey lemon tea, ginger chutney or drink some fresh ginger ale, Make fresh ginger lemonade, Add It to a Smoothie etc.

Masala monk have a great range of ginger products to help you include the same in your daily diet.
Sweet and Spicy Ginger Pickle-Homemade
Homemade Authentic Gingerale
Himalayan Sweet Ginger Chutney – 200 gms
Adrak ka Achar
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Love Non-Veg? 7 ways this pickle can save the day

Imagine a scenario where you have a kid who stays in a hostel – whatever might be the age – how do you ensure that your child gets better nutrition? Or if you are a grown kid who lives by yourself and manages your meals, then also achieving proper nutritional macros and doing it quickly is of top priority. Even if you are a parent and are responsible for your kids’ daily Tiffin Box, then also you should probably pay attention. And of course, consider who you consider kid, this should work if you are responsible for anyone’s Lunch or tiffin in the family as well.

Pickles have been a traditional part of the meals and you can see from our collection here, we have all kinds of them in-store, from most exotic to most mundane. But here this is particular one we are super excited about. Though our regular patrons can make a guess, however, this still is one of the pickles that not many know about. And it is so amazing that have listed down 7 ways, in which it can help you do so much more with your meals.

Yes, we are talking about Chicken Pickle. It is made using traditional recipes and it enjoys a shelf life of several months in almost all conditions, anywhere in the country. What that really means is that you can keep a jar handy and use the same as and when you want.

Here are 7 ways that kids – young and grown can use Chicken Pickle to get the most out of it – both taste as well as nutrition-wise.

  1. Lets get the usual off the list first – enjoy it with a parantha. Boring breakfast in hostel mess or office cafeteria? Well, just spice it up with couple of pieces of chicken from your own jar of Masala Monk Chicken Pickle and add some incredible spunk along with a little shot of proteins to your meal. Tip – It goes like a charm with humble aloo parantha, elevating it few levels.


  2. Lets talk about rice – be it a regional biryani or or simple pulao made at home – Masala Monk Chicken Pickle is always there to add that extra zing. Even if you have a plate of hot steamed rice, add some of the oil and spices from pickle to them along with a few chunks of course and let your hands do all the good work – you can thank me later. That’s said, finishing off your meal with curd rice, topped with some of Masala Monk’s Chicken Pickle takes the game to a whole new level.


  3. Lets talk about your favorite Instant Noodles. I know, I know we all have that favorite packed of noodles, however if you have ever been to South East Asia, you will realise how experimental they are with their noodles. So if you do not mind experimenting, then Masala Monk’s Chicken Pickle would go extremely well with Maggi, which I am sure your kids or grown kids in your lives will love. Adding some protien and flavor to it is not going to hurt anyone. Just saying. So yes, Masala Monk Chicken Pickle can be enjoyed as a side condiment after your Maggi noodles are cooked or you can just add the chunks and spices while cooking the same. Tip – patrons with kids in hostels – focus.

  4. Chicken achari Sandwich? Singles and Bachelors amongst us would know how many times a sandwich comes to save our lives. This pickle is highly recommended if you like your sandwiches to be grilled and are a fan of that mustardy zing. You can get really experimental with what combinations you can try, with Chicken Pickle, to fill and grill in the sandwich.


  5. Achari Chicken Pizza – hehe! the world has topped pizza with so many types of curated meats and toppings – well here is our contribution and twist to the same. Make a pizza in the way you usually would – top with chunks of Chicken Pickle, lets some of that Masala and Oil flow and see the magic happen.


  6. Ahem Chakna Ahem anyone 😛 – You get the trip, beer, whiskey, vodka or gin – a pinch of pickle works so well as a chakna – amuse bouche or palate cleanser if you prefer that kind of parlance – but you get the drift – it does work really well.


  7. Like to keep it simple? Life is good and god has blessed you with dal, subzi and roti on your plate. Though most of the times it makes up for a soulful meal however there are times when we need that little extra. Ofcourse there are so many other vegetarian pickles to help you do that – but having a non-veg pickle has its own charm – the flavor is gonna add so much more to the entire meal and give it a feeling of a feast.

It makes for an excellent gift to anyone who is a non-vegetarian and appreciates good food. Gift them a jar or a few of Masala Monk Chicken Pickle and see them jump with joy. It is an item that is not available on the shelf next door and would give the receiver would feel the thought and effort that would have gone behind the gift.

In the lap of Himalayas

By the way, the jar of Masala Monk Chicken Pickle might sound slightly on the expensive side, but it is probably still cheaper than a portion of butter chicken you would get delivered from a decent restaurant – and the pickle is definitely more exotic and longer-lasting. Besides that, the pickle is actually made using premium breast cuts of Himalayan Chickens which are bred in far better conditions than the chicken you will usually find next door. The pickle is made in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh and is part of our endeavor to support local women and farmers in the area. So when you arrive e buying a jar, it is directly getting shipped from a home in Himachal Pradesh and you are making a direct contribution to a lot of lives in the Valley.

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Festive Season Gift Boxes – Choose it Wisely

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It’s that time of the year!

Whether it’s for someone close or for someone who you employ, a present always matters. It expresses your compassion and gratitude. It makes them feel loved and valued. Every year as the festive season knocks on our door, choosing a perfect gift becomes an ever more daunting task. We scratch our head and start daydreaming, secretly hoping to close this task as soon as possible and tick off this yearly tradition without going into an endless search.

We understand that not everyone is a diamond merchant from Gujrat who gifts a car to all his employees. Yes, all of us have a big heart but our pocket doesn’t allow us to do so. Keeping in mind your love and affection for your close ones, we at Masala Monk bring you a wide collection of personal, meaningful, handpicked, pocket-friendly, and thoughtful Homemade Gift Boxes. Choose the perfect gift for this festive celebration in a couple of minutes. Share your personal favorite Masala Monk delicacies with all loved ones around you!

This Diwali keeps aside the thought of that Sohan Papdi or Dry Fruit ka dabba. And check out our wide range of festive gift boxes at
https://www.masalamonk.com/product-category/gift-boxes/

Choose wisely, the less pricey gifts for your loved ones.

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KISS THE COOKIE! Peanut Butter Blossoms by Manjula Vijh

Traditionally called as “Peanut Butter Blossoms”, these are soft, chewy peanut butter cookies, rolled in sugar and then topped with a Hershey’s Kiss Chocolate!

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It was during one lazy winter afternoon, while I was surfing the internet for some cookie recipes, that I came across these beauties. I had never worked with peanut butter as the main ingredient for cookies, but these looked so beautiful that I couldn’t resist giving them a try.

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The recipe for these lovely looking cookies was first developed in 1957, by Mrs. Freda F. Smith of Gibsonburg, Ohio for the Ninth Grand National Pillsbury Bake-off competition. It’s an American classic recipe and many versions of this recipe are available online. My recipe is inspired from the one given on Hershey’s website, but since I am a vegetarian, I have modified the recipe to be an eggless one. These are chewy from the center and crisp from outside, and since these are topped with Hershey’s Kisses, I have named these cookies as, “Kiss the Cookie!”

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When I first tried this recipe with one of my friends, I made them with store bought peanut butter. They came out nice but were little extra sweet. This time I tried them with the Natural Homemade Peanut Butter curated by Mr. Mohit Arora, which is available at Masala Monk. The peanut butter by Masala Monk has the right amount of salt and sugar unlike store bought peanut butter. The cookies came out to be perfect sweet and soft! They look lovely when presented and you can also gift them to your loved ones during festival time!

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KISS THE COOKIE

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves:  40-45 cookies

Ingredients

  • Condensed Milk: 1 Can (400 gm.)
  • Peanut Butter: ¾ cup
  • All Purpose Flour: 1.5 cup
  • Baking Powder: 1tsp.
  • Butter(softened): ½ cup
  • Vanilla extract: 1tsp
  • Caster sugar for rolling the cookies: ½ cup
  • Hershey’s kisses: 40-45

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together, flour and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl cream together, butter, peanut butter and vanilla to mix them well.
  3. Add the flour and make a dough. If, you are mixing with hands, and the dough sticks to your hand you can sprinkle some flour, apply butter to your hands and then again mix. You can taste the cookie dough too!! I did and it tastes great!
  4. Chill the dough to set. Cling wrap it and then keep it in the refrigerator for few hours.
  5. Preheat the oven at 190ºC.
  6. Shape dough into 1″-1.5″ balls, roll it in finely granulated caster sugar, and keep them into a baking tray.
  7. Bake the cookies at 190ºC for about 10-11 minutes, till cracks appear on sides. Do not over bake them. These cookies will not get brown in color.
  8. Meanwhile unwrap Hershey’s Kisses.
  9. After the cookies are baked, take out the baking tray, and gently press one kiss on each cookie. The warm cookies will melt the chocolate a little, but it will set after a while.
  10. Transfer the cookie onto a wire rack for cooling
  11. Store it in an airtight container.

Notes:

** Please check your oven temperature for baking.

** You can use a small ice-cream scoop, or a melon ball scoop to take out equally sized dough balls. I used one of my measuring spoons.

** You can keep the cookie dough cling wrapped for 2-3 days.

** If you want to cut down the recipe to half, you can do so. It works fine! I suggest to start with half the recipe if you are baking them for the first time.

** Use softened butter and not melted butter. I made this mistake and result was flat cookies.

** Chill the cookie dough before baking.

** If the chocolate falls of the cookie, you can dab little peanut butter on the bottom of the chocolate and press it back.

References:

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2012/09/06/Cookies-Tracking-the-tale-of-a-favorite-the-Peanut-Blossom/stories/201209060264

https://abountifulkitchen.com/peanut-butter-blossoms/

http://americanheritagecooking.com/2014/12/peanut-butter-blossoms/

https://www.hersheys.com/kitchens/en_us/recipes/chewy-peanut-butter-blossoms.html