Gulab Jamun

September 02, 2018
Gulab jamun is a delicious treat that consists of soft, melt-in-your-mouth, fried dumplings that are traditionally made of milk powder with many other ingredients and soaked in rose-flavored sugar syrup.


(makes 20)

For the Gulab Jamuns

200g Milk powder
50g Margarine/butter
1/4 tsp Cardamon powder
10g ghee
5 tbsp flour
2 tbsp Semolina
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3/4 to 1 cup Fresh milk (this is approximately so don't use all at once )

For the Sugar syrup

750g Sugar
3 1/2 cups water
6 Cardamon pods
1 drop of Rose essence
1 tsp Lime juice
1 drop of yellow colouring
Vegetable oil for frying


To make the Sugar Syrup:

Make your sugar syrup by adding sugar, water and cardamom pods. Mix with a spoon and then heat at medium heat for 5-10 minutes until sugar is all dissolved in water. Do not overheat, that will caramelize the sugar. When your syrup is hot add lemon juice and finally add a drop of yellow colouring and a drop of  rose essence. (Adding lime juice will prevent sugar crystallization) Transfer this syrup into a serving dish and let it cool completely.

  1. Sift the flour, milk powder and soda in to a bowl. Then add the semolina, margarine and ghee. Mix well. 
  2. Take 1/2  cup fresh milk and add little by little to the milk powder mixture and make it like bread crumbs. Keep this bread crumb like milk powder mixture covered for half and hour aside.
  3. Now add the remaining milk and make a soft smooth dough .( Do not add all the milk at once)
  4. If its sticky use a silicon spatula to mix well.
  5. Keep the dough covered with cling film/wet cloth to avoid drying 
  6. Make small round  shaped balls. (As you fry, it will double in size). Make all the balls and place them in a covered plate. 
  7. Heat oil in a very low flame and deep fry the balls in low flame until golden brown in colour. 
  8. Once fried, put them directly into the cooled sugar syrup.
  9. Refrigerate to keep it longer. Enjoy!!

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