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Homemade Gulab Jamun – Quick & Easy Recipe with Milk Powder Instant Mix

A decadent deep fried dough soaked in a sugary saffron syrup - Gulab Jamun is a traditional Indian desert, and a favorite during holidays and celebrations. Our Gulab Jamun recipe is quick and easy to make, using ingredients that are easy to find so you can make it at home!

Whole milk powder can be found in any grocery store and makes for a rich and creamy gulab jamun dough. After frying, soaking in a sweet saffron and rose water syrup, and garnishing with chopped pistachios and almonds, it will be almost impossible to stop eating them!

Watch our recipe video for step by step instructions on how to make Gulab Jamun. We’ve included demonstrations and pro tips to help you out in the kitchen! For Gulab Jamun calories and nutrition information, see the recipe card below.

Prep Time25 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time35 mins
DifficultyBeginner

Ingredients:

Saffron Syrup:
Sugar - 2 cups
Water - 1 cup
Green Cardamoms - 4 qty
Saffron - 1 pinch
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
Rose Water - ½ tsp
Gulab Jamun Dough:
Dry Whole Milk Powder - 1 cup
All-Purpose Flour - ½ cup
Baking Soda - ½ tsp
Cardamom Powder - ¼ tsp
Ghee - 2 tbsp melted
Whole Milk - ¼ cup
Ghee (or oil) - for deep frying
Pistachios - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Almonds - 1 tbsp finely chopped

Instructions:

How to make Gulab Jamun syrup:

1) In a medium saucepan, add 2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, 4 cracked green cardamoms, and a pinch of saffron.

2) Heat the syrup mixture over medium heat, slowly bringing to a simmer while stirring constantly for about 7-10 minutes.

3) Simmer for about 1 minute. Once the sugar is completely dissolved and the syrup is clear, turn off the heat.

4) Add 1 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp of rose water. Mix well and set aside.

How to prepare Gulab Jamun dough:

1) In a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup milk powder, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp cardamom powder. Mix well.

2) Add 2 tbsp melted ghee, and mix thoroughly with the dry ingredients to form a moist and crumbly mixture.

3) Slowly add 1/4 cup milk in small portions. Gently mix in between each pour of milk to incorporate slowly and form a dough.

4) Add 1 tsp more milk and knead into the dough.

5) If the dough is still too dry, add another tsp of milk and knead into the dough.

PRO TIP: Roll a small piece of dough between your palms for about 30 seconds to check if your dough is ready. If you notice cracks or breakage, knead another tsp of milk into the dough.

6) Roll about 1 tbsp of dough between your palms, applying light pressure. The balls should be smooth and round without any cracks. Cover dough balls with a damp paper towel and set aside.

How to cook Gulab Jamun:

1) Heat enough ghee to completely cover the gulab jamun dough in a large pot.

PRO TIP: Check to see if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small piece of dough into the oil. If it bubbles and begins to get golden brown after about 45 seconds, it is ready.

2) Once the temperature reaches around 300 F, reduce the heat to medium low, and then fry the gulab jamun dough in small batches (3-4) for about 3 minutes, moving them constantly for instant cooking.

3) Once dark golden brown, drain the oil and add the fired gulab jamun to the syrup. The syrup should be hot, but not boiling.

4) Soak the gulab jamun in the syrup for at least 2 hours. After soaking, warm in a saucepan and garnish with chopped pistachios and almonds before serving!

Ingredients

Saffron Syrup:
 Sugar - 2 cups
 Water - 1 cup
 Green Cardamoms - 4 qty
 Saffron - 1 pinch
 Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
 Rose Water - ½ tsp
Gulab Jamun Dough:
 Dry Whole Milk Powder - 1 cup
 All-Purpose Flour - ½ cup
 Baking Soda - ½ tsp
 Cardamom Powder - ¼ tsp
 Ghee - 2 tbsp melted
 Whole Milk - ¼ cup
 Ghee (or oil) - for deep frying
 Pistachios - 1 tbsp finely chopped
 Almonds - 1 tbsp finely chopped

Directions

How to make Gulab Jamun syrup:
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1) In a medium saucepan, add 2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, 4 cracked green cardamoms, and a pinch of saffron.

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2) Heat the syrup mixture over medium heat, slowly bringing to a simmer while stirring constantly for about 7-10 minutes.

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3) Simmer for about 1 minute. Once the sugar is completely dissolved and the syrup is clear, turn off the heat.

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4) Add 1 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp of rose water. Mix well and set aside.

How to prepare Gulab Jamun dough:
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1) In a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup milk powder, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp cardamom powder. Mix well.

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2) Add 2 tbsp melted ghee, and mix thoroughly with the dry ingredients to form a moist and crumbly mixture.

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3) Slowly add 1/4 cup milk in small portions. Gently mix in between each pour of milk to incorporate slowly and form a dough.

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4) Add 1 tsp more milk and knead into the dough.

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5) If the dough is still too dry, add another tsp of milk and knead into the dough.

PRO TIP: Roll a small piece of dough between your palms for about 30 seconds to check if your dough is ready. If you notice cracks or breakage, knead another tsp of milk into the dough.

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6) Roll about 1 tbsp of dough between your palms, applying light pressure. The balls should be smooth and round without any cracks. Cover dough balls with a damp paper towel and set aside.

How to cook Gulab Jamun:
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1) Heat enough ghee to completely cover the gulab jamun dough in a large pot.

PRO TIP: Check to see if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small piece of dough into the oil. If it bubbles and begins to get golden brown after about 45 seconds, it is ready.

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2) Once the temperature reaches around 300 F, reduce the heat to medium low, and then fry the gulab jamun dough in small batches (3-4) for about 3 minutes, moving them constantly for instant cooking.

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3) Once dark golden brown, drain the oil and add the fired gulab jamun to the syrup. The syrup should be hot, but not boiling.

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4) Soak the gulab jamun in the syrup for at least 2 hours. After soaking, warm in a saucepan and garnish with chopped pistachios and almonds before serving!

Homemade Gulab Jamun – Quick & Easy Recipe with Milk Powder Instant Mix
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