Before I leave for my much deserved yet much delayed family holiday here is a dessert which I recently tried. Yeah, I know it sounds somewhat wacky but that is what it really is!  And isn’t this what cooking is all about!! The flavours are contrasting but they somehow gel together and work pretty well…at least we loved it. So, here is a dish to enjoy this Diwal which is an amalgamation of flavours from east and west J

Gulab jamuns are a versatile Indian sweet, which taste yummy whether you have it with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or you have it with rabri (thick reduced milk). So we thought, why not with custard? My family loves both these dishes so we loved the combination too – the smooth custard and the syrupy gulab jamun.

You will find the recipe for gulab jamun here. The changes that I made were that I made them much smaller in size , which was actually for presentation purpose, and fried them till they acquired a darker shade of brown. You can choose the size/colour for yourself. Also, I warmed the gulab jamuns in the micro-oven and served them with the chilled custard pannacotta. The contrasting temperatures and textures were ultimate palate teasers!
For the custard pannacotta, you would need:

850 ml full cream milk
1 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
2½ tbsp instant custard powder
2 tsp scant, gelatin powder 
2 tbsp of warm water
Take ½ cup of milk and add the instant custard powder to it. Mix it well
Heat the milk
Lower the flame and add the custard powder mix to the milk.
Stir well till the custard gets cooked (about 2 minutes)
Remove from the heat and let it cool
Stir in the gelatin in warm water and mix it well
Add the gelatin to the custard and put the custard in the mould in which you intend to serve it or you can remove them from the mould and then serve 
Keep the individual moulds in the refrigerator for at least 4-5 hours or till the custard sets. (I let them sit overnight)
Serve with gulab jamuns!
Serves 4-5

Note: If you wish to remove the pannacotta from the mould, rub your hands around the mould to loosen it and then gently turn over the mould in the serving plate

Wishing you all a Very Happy and safe Diwali! 

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