Chicken In Dark Sauce/Gulab Jamun Ice Cream

More diwali dishes for all to try :

Chicken In dark Sauce/Ayam Masak Hitam

2 cinnamon sticks
5 cardamom
1 bay leaf
1 star anise

90 ml / 3 fl oz / 3/8 cup Vegetable Oil 
1 kg / 2 Pounds  chicken/mutton
3 pieces Tamarind Juice (Assam Juice) - mix Tamarind Pulp with hot water, strain 
45 g / 1 ½ oz / ¼ cup Brown Sugar or Palm Sugar (Gula Melaka) 
1 litre / 1 3/5 pints / 4 cups water 
125 ml / 4 fl oz / ½ cup Dark Sweet Soy Sauce (Kicap Manis) 
3 Tbsp / 2 ½ fl oz  Chili Paste (Cili Boh) (if using mutton use chilli powder)

Paste Ingredients: - to be Finely Grounded
8 Shallots (Red Onion), peeled 
4 Garlic Cloves, peeled 
2 cm / 1 inch Ginger, peeled & chopped 
4 Lemongrass (Serai), finely sliced 
1 tsp Turmeric Powder 
Water to blend


Heat the oil and add the spices,once aromatic sauté the Paste until fragrant and oil begins to appear on the surface.
Add in chicken, Tamarind Juice, Dark Sweet Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar/palm sugar and water. Stir well. Add salt and pepper  to taste.
Simmer until the chicken  is tender, and the sauce almost dry. Serve.

Gulab Jamun Ice Cream

For the Gulab Jamun
Buy  instant gulab jamun mix and prepare as per the direction given in the box.

For this recipe: make a small marble size round .The gulab will rise slightly when fried and double in size once soaked in sugar syrup. So the smaller it is, the cuter it will look.For the sugar syrup I added a few drops of cardamom essence.

For the ice cream:
2 tbsp roasted pistachio nuts(chopped)
2 tsp cardamom essence(sold in Indian grocery shops)
(if not ground 5 cardamom pods into very fine powder)
200gm vanilla ice cream
Method: Mix all the ingredients together and freeze it.

Chopped pistachio nuts
Rose petals(any colours)

Place 1 big scoop of ice cream in serving cup,place a gulab jamun in the centre,drizzle some of the sugar syrup if desired, and sprinkle some pistachio nuts as well as some rose petals.Serve immediately.

Gulab Jamun recipe was submitted for the event **Diwali Sweet Recipes** hosted by My Culinary Creations .Also heading to My Diwali My Way Event hosted by A Girls...Diary, Gulab Jamun and Chicken in Dark sauce ,Festival Of Lights Event hosted by Anu's healthy Kitchen,Oh Taste N See 's Event Serve It-Festival Potluck started by Kriti's Kitchenand and at present hosted by Taste N see



  1. WOw both looks super delicious and irresistible..


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