I was rushing home when someone informed me that heavy rain is on the way. I was excited to come home at this time, and get drenched in the rain ……because my favourite season has finally arrived. I was waiting for the heavy down pour, but nothing came, except the occasional drizzle. The sky looked dark and cloudy lighting up my hopes. And I am still waiting for that magical music of rainfall.



For me, monsoon is a word that stirs up my fondest childhood memories of invigorating smell of damp earth, budding leaves, knee-deep water, crisp air, and ominous clouds rolling across the sky. And the fun of making paper boats with old newspapers and floating them in the water which had formed puddles and streams. The boats would dance their way to oblivion.



Some of my best childhood memories pertains to picking up the Jamuns strewn on the sidewalks after falling off the branches that outgrew the periphery of our neighbor’s garden. The sweet, sour flavours of the beautiful purple fruit Jamun or black plum or Java plum is something that makes it irresistible. Irresistible  because it brings back beautiful memories from childhood.  We would gather a handful of the fruit while coming from school and wash them at our garden tap then pull out a small pack of spicy salt hidden in our pockets, sprinkle it over the fruit and enjoy our fruit hiding away in some corner of our home.



It’s only recently that I have used this fruit in cooking. For years, right from childhood we had the fruit uncooked delighting in its purple-ness, comparing whose mouth was stained a shade richer or lighter, picking the darkest and ripest ones as the berries have an astringent quality and the ripest ones are the sweetest.

Jamun or Indian blackberry is also called Jambu in Gujarati, Jamun in Hindi & Marathi, Perinnaral in Malayalam, Jamukoli in Odia, Neredum in Tamil, Kalajam in Bengali, Neereedi in Telugu and Black plum or Java plum in English. Every part of the jamun tree is said to have medicinal uses:  its fruit, its seed, bark and leaves.The fruit has also rich in manganese, zinc, iron, calcium, sodium and potassium, ALL OF which play an important role in various bodily functions.The fruit is slightly acidic but we love to have the really ripe ones as they turn soft and sweet. Because of the presence of anthocyanin, a plant pigment, having the fruit colours the tongue purple.

Health Benefits

Jamun Fruit is said to have the best remedy for all chronic ailments including Diabetes. The compounds namely peptidyglycan and an oligosaccharide present in Black Jamun have been found to play a crucial role in lowering sugar levels in a diabetic person. The fruit has also rich in minerals such as manganese, zinc, iron, calcium, sodium and potassium, which play an important role in various bodily functions. The ripe jamun fruit is well recognized as a liver stimulant, digestive, carminative and coolant.The fresh seeds of jamun fruit reduce blood sugar levels and glucosuria in diabetic patients. The fruit juice is used in diarrhea and dysentery and its effectiveness is noted when the patient passes blood-mixed stool.

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Baked Greek Yogurt in Black Plum or JAMUN reduction
Prep Time 180 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 1440 minutes
Prep Time 180 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 1440 minutes
  1. Hang the yogurt in a muslin cloth for minimum 3 to 4 hrs so that all the liquid from the yogurt drains out.
  2. Boil the milk on a heavy bottomed pan along with 1 to 2 green cardamom . Once it comes to a boil , simmer and cook till it reduces to a fine crumbles. You have to stir the milk in regular intervals and scrap the sides of the pan. Take out the khoya and let it cool. Keep aside.
  3. Now take out the seeds from the jamuns or the Black Plum and put in a blender to take out the juice from the jamun. Strain in a strainer and keep aside.
  4. Now put the black plum juice on a heavy bottomed pan and add the sugar. Put on medium flame till it comes to a boil. Once it starts boiling, lower the flame and let the juice reduce to half of its quantity. Take away from the heat and let it cool.
  5. Now mix the hung curd, Khoya, mashed banana, cardamom powder, powdered sugar and 2 tbsp chopped jamuns and blend everything in the blender till smooth.
  6. Preheat the Oven at 180 degree for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture on ramekin mould or any oven proof mould and cover it with aluminium foil.
  7. Put in the Oven and pour water in the tray till half of the ramekin mould and bake for 20 to 25 minutes .
  8. Keep in the oven for another 5 minutes and then take it away and let it cool completely before putting in the fridge . Once cool, put the baked yogurt in the fridge over night and take it out before serving.
  9. Before serving, take out the baked yogurt and place in the middle of the serving plate. Pour the jamun reduction and place a jamun on top and serve it to your family and friends.
  10. Enjoy cooking and stay Blessed.
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