Gulab Jamun Recipe

Gulab Jamun Recipe

Gulab Jamun is deep-fried sweet balls made of milk solids, dipped in sugar syrup. In India, no festival goes without sweets and Gulab Jamun is one of the favorite festivals sweet. So let us learn how to make Gulab Jamun at home easily.


  • 1 cup nonfat milk powder
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose flour (plain flour, maida)
  • 3 tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup room-temperature whole milk
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 4 coarsely grounded cardamom seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds and pistachio
  • Oil for deep-frying



Sugar syrup
Sugar syrup
  • In a large pan, add water, sugar, and ground cardamom seeds and bring it to a boil.

  • Let the syrup boil for a minute then remove it from the heat.

  • Stir the syrup until the sugar is dissolved.

  • Set the syrup aside.

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Gulab Jamun:

  • In a bowl, mix milk powder, flour, and baking soda.

  • Add the butter and mix well.

  • Now add milk to make a soft dough. The dough will be sticky.

  • Let the dough sit for a few minutes. Milk powder will absorb the extra milk. If the dough is dry, add more milk, as the dough should be soft.

  • Knead the dough. Grease your hands with butter before working with the dough.

  • Divide the dough into about 20 equal portions and roll them into round balls.

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. The frying pan should have at least 1 ½ inches of oil. To test if the oil is at the right temperature, place a small piece of dough into the oil; it should take a minute to rise. If the dough rises faster, oil is too hot; if dough just sits without rising, oil is not hot enough.

  • Place the Gulab Jamuns in the frying pan. Note: remember gulab jamuns will expand in double the volume, so give them enough space.

  • Fried Gulab Jamun
    Fried Gulab Jamun
  • It should take about 7 minutes to fry the gulab jamuns. While frying keep rolling the gulab jamuns around so they are evenly browned. Fry until the gulab jamuns become dark brown.

  • Let the gulab jamuns cool off for a few minutes before placing them in the hot syrup.

  • The gulab jamuns should sit in the hot syrup for at least 20 minutes prior to serving. Gulab jamuns can be kept at room temperature for about a week and up to one month when refrigerated. Gulab jamuns can be frozen for months.

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