Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Homemade Gulab Jamuns

Gulab Jamun is the most popular indian sweet which wins hands down always. No matter what the occasion is,  you'll see this sweet everywhere right from birthday parties to wedding ceremonies to dinner parties. I have tried making gulab jamuns using the ready made mixes which are easily available, this time i thought otherwise and made then using milk powder and all purpose flour. The recipe seemed to be very simple and I had all the ingredients on hand. The recipe is adapted from Priya's blog and you can view the original recipe here. I have made few changes to the recipe to suit my taste and the results were very encouraging, I definately will be using this recipe a lot in future. The below recipe yields around 30 to 35 gulab jamuns.
2 cups Milk Powder
1/2 cup + 1tbsp all purpose flour (Maida)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp ghee or melted butter
Oil for frying
Sugar syrup ingredients:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 tsp cardamon powder
few drops of rose essence or rose water (i used rose water)
few saffron strands (optional)
  • Mix milk powder, flour, baking soda and ghee in a vessel. Mix them with your hands until they form crumbs. 
  • Add milk little at a time and make soft dough out of it. Cover and keep the dough aside atleast for half an hour.
  • In a seperate heavy bottom pan mix sugar, water, cardoman powder and rose water, bring it to boil. Boil this mixture for atleast 10 to 15 mins.
  • Make small round balls of the dough, grease your hands with little oil if the dough is sticking to hands.
  • Heat oil for frying, fry the jamuns on very slow heat, each gulab jamun will take atleast 5 mins to get cooked. Remove them on paper towel once they turn brown.
  • Transfer the gulab jamuns into sugar syrup. It will take sometime for the sugar syrup to be absorbed in gulab jamuns, I would suggest to keep the gulab jamuns in syrup for atleast 4 to 5 hours so that the flavors of cardoman and rose water are nicely absorbed.
  • You can warm the gulab jamuns before serving.
  • Enjoy these delicious gulab jamuns either hot or cold with vanilla ice cream :)


  1. Thanks a lot Paritha...gulab jamuns turned out marvellous to u...They looks very happy to see ur feedback..thanks for trying, do visit to my blog whenever time permits:)

  2. Hey Pariii...

    D gulab jamuns luk sumptuous... Come back soon n cook sumethg here so atleast we can come n taste...


  3. Hi Priya thanks, the gulab jamuns were finished in couple of days, guess that speaks for itself :) once again thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    Hi Ash, thanks dear, will definately make some after returning back :)

  4. The gulab jamuns are really great !!! :-) I am planning to prepare some this weekend following the same recipe. :)

  5. Hi Dev, thanks, do prepare and let me know how they turned out :)

  6. Pari,,cum bac soon..wanna eat some Gulabjamuns..they look yummy!!!

  7. Parita, the jamuns looks yummm!!! I always wondered how to make them without the readymade mix! this seems to be just perfect! will try this sometime :)

  8. Gulab jamuns are my all time favourite sweet. I am planning to prepare for our long weekend.
    Yummy and tempting...

  9. hi parita
    i tried out the gulab jamuns yesterday. but for some reason, it was a big disaster. the gulab jamuns did puff up a bit while frying but shrank after a putting them in syrup. The biggest disaster was that the syrup just didn't penetrate the jamuns even after I pricked them with fork and kept them overnight :) It was too elastic instead of soft. I guess I made some mistake. I used 3 cups of nestle carnation milk pwd, 1 cup APF, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 cup milk. Any ideas on what might have gone wrong?

  10. Thanks a lot for your suggestions. Yes, the dough was a little dry and hard I think. I will try it again and make a soft dough this time. Thanks for the youtube link too. some helpful tips in there too.

  11. This version of gulab jamun sounds easier.....I too make jamuns that came out perfect everytime,but ingredeints are very diff:)...By the way, whats ur cup measurement?let me know ok...Mine is 250 ml for a cup.I want to know if its the same everywhere..


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