Malaai gaji is a dessert that resembles gulab jamun but tastes different. My grandmother used to make this for festivals. An Andhra dessert with a mix of sweet and salt it is easily made with few ingredients.

What you need

Maida – 3 cups

Sugar – 3 cups

Vanaspathi – 1cup

Curd – 1 cup

Oil – for frying

Salt a pinch

Cooking instructions

Mix maida, vanaspathi, curd, salt and 1 cup of sugar without water.

Keep aside for 10 minutes.

Boil the remaining two cups of sugar in water to get a single string consistency. Make small balls of the dough and deep fry on a low flame, until they turn golden brown.

Soak the fried gajis in the sugar syrup for 10 minutes.

Remove and serve.

Deepthi Abiraman is an assistant professor of food technology and management. She loves to taste and experiment with food.