Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun  is a very popular dessert from India. It is also found in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It is one of the commonly made sweet dishes during festivals, marriages and other celebrations. Gulab (rose) jamun gets its name from the rose coloured jamuns (dumplings) that are soaked in sugar syrup.


For the Jamun balls
  • Milk Powder - 1/2 cup
  • Maida (All purpose flour) - 2 tsp
  • Rava (Semolina) - 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
  • Milk - 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee or Butter - 1 tbsp

For the Sugar Syrup:-
  • Sugar - 1.5 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cup
  • Rose Essence (or rose water) - 1 tsp
  • Cardamom Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1 tsp


For making Sugar Syrup:-
  • Take the sugar and water in a sauce pan. Boil it.
  • Reduce the flame and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice, rose essence and cardamom powder to the syrup.
  • Turn off the flame.

For making Jamun Balls

In a mixing bowl, take milk powder, maida, baking soda and rava. Combine it.

Add the lemon juice and butter/ghee and mix it well till you get a crumbly flour.

Add the milk and mix it. The dough may appear to be very sticky.

Let it rest for about 5 minutes. By now most of the moisture is absorbed by the dough.  Tip : If you feel the dough feels dry, add a few drops of milk. The dough should be soft and moist. Only then you will get smooth balls without any cracks.

Divide it into equal portions. Make smooth balls with your palms. Make all the balls and keep it covered under a damp kitchen towel to prevent them from getting dried up.

Heat oil in a frying pan and fry on medium low heat till it becomes golden brown. It is important that you fry on low heat so that the balls are cooked through.

Put the fried jamun balls in the warm sugar syrup. Let it soak for 45 minutes to an hour. Yummy gulab jamun is ready to serve.

Gulab Jamun Gulab Jamun Reviewed by Arup Seth on 08:19 Rating: 5

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