How to Make Gulab Jamun – Popular Traditional and Easy Dessert Recipes

Gulab jamun

Happy Diwali!

Recipe to celebrate the vibrant Hindu festival of lights.

Gulab jamun are a popular classic Indian sweet originally made of milk solids, sugar, water rose and cardamom powder.

These sticky-sweet deep-fried dough balls aren’t for those on a diet, but are an authentic Indian sweet.

This recipe requires 1-2 hours Preparation time, less than 10 mins Cooking time, and Serves 2.



For the dough balls

  • 350ml/12fl oz milk
  • 225g/8oz powdered milk
  • 25g/1oz butter, melted
  • 110g/4oz plain flour
  • 1¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying

For the sugar syrup

  • 200g/7oz caster sugar
  • 100ml/3½fl oz water
  • few strands saffron

To serve

  • 1 tbsp chopped pistachio nuts
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds, toasted in a pan



  • For the dough balls, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, adding enough extra water to form a soft, sticky dough. Cover with cling film and set aside for 10 minutes. Shape the dough into small round balls.
  • Heat the oil in a deep heavy-bottomed frying pan. It is ready when a breadcrumb dropped in will sizzle gently in it. (*Caution: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.) Deep fry the balls until golden brown, then remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and set aside on kitchen papper to drain.
  • Make a sugar syrup by heating the sugar and water together with the saffron until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is syrupy.
  • When the dough balls are cool, add to the syrup and leave to soak for about 1 hour.
  • Garnish with chopped pistachio nuts and flaked almonds and serve.


How to Make Chicken Pot Pie – Popular and Easy Gourmet Recipe

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

It is easier than you think to make a crowd-pleasing homemade chicken pot pie. Everybody will fall in love with this easy Chicken Pot Pie!

This is a delicious chicken pie made from scratch with peas, carrots, and celery in a pre-made crust. Add thyme and poultry seasoning for more flavor.

This recipe requires 20 mins Preparation time, 50 mins Cooking time, 10 mins Additional time, Serves 8. Yield: 1 9-inch pie. 412 Calories per serving.



  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • ½ cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 ¾ cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup goats milk
  • 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts


  • Gather all ingredients and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
  • Combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery in a saucepan; add water to cover and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat and drain.
  • While the chicken is cooking, melt butter in another saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed
  • Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thick, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Place chicken and vegetables in the bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over top.
  • Cover with top crust, seal the edges, and cut away any excess dough. Make several small slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


*Note: You can Store chicken pot pie – Allow the pie to cool completely before storage. Wrap the cooled pie tightly in aluminum foil and refrigerate for three to five days. Reheat in the oven or in short bursts in the microwave.



Simple Sausage Pasta – Easy and Healthy Gourmet Recipe




This is another healthy on-a-budget recipe.


“I’m stretching the meat further by squeezing the sausage meat out of the skins and bumping it up with chickpeas. This is a great one to batch up and stash in the fridge or freezer for busy weeknights.”


This recipe requires 5 mins Preparation time, 45 mins Cooking time, Serves 6.

538 calories per serving.



  • 4 higher-welfare pork sausages
  • Parmesan, for grating (optional)
  • 4 rosemary sprigs (or 2 tsp fennel seeds)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • 320g frozen classic vegetable base mix
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas
  • 2 x 400g tins quality plum tomatoes
  • 450g dried conchiglie pasta




  • Place a large, shallow casserole pan on a medium-high heat. Squeeze the sausage meat out of the skins into the pan, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and fry until lightly golden, stirring regularly. (If using veggie sausages, roughly slice and fry in 1 tbsp olive oil until golden and crispy.)
  • Pick and roughly chop the rosemary leaves and peel and finely slice the garlic. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to the pan, then add the vegetable base mix, rosemary and garlic. Season to perfection, then mash everything together with a potato masher and cook for 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  • Pour in the chickpeas, juice and all, and scrunch in the tomatoes along with 1 tin’s worth of water, mashing everything up. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a medium-low heat and simmer for 30 mins until thick.
  • When the sauce has around 12 mins remaining, cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water to pack instructions, then drain, reserving a mugful of the starchy cooking water. Toss the cooked pasta into the sauce, adding splashes of the water to loosen if needed, then divide between bowls. Grate over a little Parmesan and drizzle with a little olive oil, if you like, then serve.


*Note: You can Go veggie – Simply use vegetarian sausages and skip the Parmesan instead.