- 0.5 cup Bisquick
- 1 cup dried milk powder
- 2 Tbsp ghee
- 0.25 cup whole milk
- 1.5 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 green cardamom pods
- 5 strands saffron
- 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
- 1 tsp rose water (optional)
- 2 cups ghee or vegetable oil
- 1 baking sheet or large plate
- 1 kitchen towel or plastic wrap
- 1 small pot
- 1 large saucepan
- 1 slotted spoon
- 1 plate
Sift 1/2 cup Bisquick into a medium bowl. Add 1 cup dried milk powder and whisk until combined. Melt 2 tablespoons ghee in the microwave or on the stovetop. Pour into the Bisquick mixture and stir until the texture is crumbly and you can visibly see no more ghee. Add 1/4 cup whole milk and stir until a sticky and wet dough forms.
Scoop out 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of the dough and roll in between your hands or pinch and press together until smooth and oval in shape (or round if desired). Place on a baking sheet or large plate. Cover with a damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap to keep them from drying out. Repeat until all the dough is formed, placing them in a single layer.
Cover with a kitchen towel or damp cloth. Let sit for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the chasni.
Place 1 1/2 cups water, 1 cup granulated sugar in a small pot (about 3 quarts). Add 4 green cardamom pods and crumble in 5 saffron strands. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue boiling for 2 to 5 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional) and 1 teaspoon rose water (optional) if using. Cover to keep warm.
Heat enough ghee or vegetable oil in a large saucepan to go about 1/3 inch up the sides over medium heat. The oil is ready when you add a small piece of the dough and the ghee starts bubbling.
Fry the jambu in batches of 6 to 8: Slowly add one at a time to the hot oil. Fry, constantly moving them with a slotted spoon so they fry evenly, until deep golden brown, about 2 minutes. Using the slotted spoon, transfer onto a plate.
Remove and discard the cardamom from the chasmi. Transfer the jambus to the chasni and let sit for 4 to 5 hours at room temperature to soak. Eat as is, warm up again, or, do what we always did, which was to refrigerate them in an airtight container for a few hours and eat chilled.