Sharaqpuri Gulab Jamun by Haji Hakim
Gulab jamun is one of the most loved sweets among the South Asians. It is milky and solid, has high value in Pakistan, India, Nepal, and even Sri Lanka. The people are fond of Gulab jamun and it uses simple ingredients like milk, sugar, khoya and curdled milk. Often other ingredients like almonds and dried nuts are just sprinkled on the top to enhance the flavor.
About Haji Hakim’s Gulab Jamun Shop
Gulab jamun is just like the king of sweets and it is mouthwatering. In Sharakpur, the most famous shop is named after Hajji Hakim. Today his grandsons Abid Ali, Shakeel, and Adeel Ahmed with their associates are running the shop. The history of gulab jamun dates back to Mughal era when it was first prepared. It has changed over the period of time with outnumbered people making a living by selling gulab jamun.
The gulab jamun of Sharakpur are the most famous with a history of providing a quality product. The shop of Hajji Hakim is lined up with customers all day which indicates a trust of the customers in the shop and its product. In the 1980’s there were many commercial businesses which were preparing gulab jamun, but soon, the shop of Hajji Hakim gained popularity all over the country. There are people who come from far off places just to enjoy the best gulab jamun of Sharakpur. It has just changed its fraternities in time and is a family business run by Abid Ali and his brothers and they got this from their late father and grandfather. It is not a simple sweet and is one of the most demanded sweets not only in Pakistan but also in other countries. It is served at any cheerful event like weddings, celebrations or just causally.
Ingredients of and Recipe Haji Hakim’s Gulab Jamun
The preparation of gulab jamun is not a difficult job but just requires some basic techniques to follow. The preparation time is just half an hour with the use of simple ingredients like milk powder, ghee, all-purpose flour, milk, butter, baking soda, and some nuts for garnishing. The sugar syrup is prepared from sugar, water, rose water, and cardamom powder. At the shop of Hajji Hakim, it is not an easy job to do with customers in queues waiting for their order to be served.
The owners and the other associates are continually working to prepare the sugar syrup from the ingredients by boiling it on slight heat and the aim is to get the consistency of the syrup to only one string which is perfect. The gulab jamun are made by mixing he flour, milk, and baking powder with milk, ghee, and butter. The dough is prepared and then this is given the shape of small balls which are then deep fried in medium flame. The flame is maintained so that they are cooked properly without being too soggy or hard. The shopkeeper fries them evenly and then they are allowed to sit in the sugar syrup for around 2-3 hours and then served hot with nuts at the top.