Lal Mohan is a sweet made from flour into balls and dipped in sugar syrup. It is called Gulab Jamun in India.
This is one of the dishes I had made for Tihar. I made it for the first time and it turned out to be quite yummy. It is one of the easiest sweets I have made.
AS, my brothers, my colleagues at work all loved it so I am sharing the recipe here for anyone who wants to try it.
- 1 kg Sugar
- Oil to fry
- Add around 250ml water to the content of the pack. I used Priya mix which was 500g. Check the pack for other brands.
- Mix it slowly until there are no lumps left. It will be very mushy and sticky but don’t worry. That is how it is supposed to be.
- Make sure you don’t knead the dough.
- Leave the dough for a while (5 – 10 mins). In this time make the sugar syrup.
- In a big container, add 5 cups of sugar and 5 cups of water. Let it heat for 10 -15 minutes on medium heat.
- Do not overheat as that will caramelize the sugar and we don’t want that.
- Back to the dough. Lightly coat your hands with some oil, take a bit of the dough and make small balls of about 1 inch or 1 ½ inches.
- Try to make all the dough into balls and leave them on the tray. Cover with a kitchen towel which is a bit damp.
- Heat some oil in a deep pan. The oil must be enough to cover the dough balls.
- To test the temperature of the oil, add a small ball. If the ball rises slowly to the surface from the bottom then the oil is ready.
- Add the balls and fry them very slowly under medium temperatures
- You have to constantly move the balls so it doesn’t stick and cooks all the way through and are brown evenly all around.
- Once the balls are brown, take them out of the pan and put them on a kitchen paper to soak the excess oil.
- Now drop the balls in the warm sugar syrup and leave it for an hour. Make sure you use a large container as these balls will expand as they absorb the syrup.
- Your Lal Mohan is ready. Enjoy !!!