Gulabjam , literally translated as ‘Rose Berries’, are traditional sweets prepared by deep-frying dough balls made of khoya (sweetened milk solids) and paneer (fresh unaged Indian cheese) and then soaking them in a sugar syrup flavoured with rose water. The dough preparation also requires some semolina, refined flour, baking powder, cardamom powder and milk. Finally, garnish the gulabjam with rose petals or almond slivers. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled, according to one’s preference. Milk powder or sweet potatoes can be a replacement for khoya in some recipes.
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