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Homemade Gulab Jamun

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33 fluid oz full cream milk
½ cup maida or all-purposeflour
1/8 tsp baking soda
2 cup ghee — for deep frying
¼ tsp green cardamom powder
5 saffron strands or kesar
1½ cup sugar
2½ cup water

Nutritional information

140 kcal
15 g
1 g
8 g
40 mg

Homemade Gulab Jamun

  • Sweet
  • 1 hr 40 mins
  • Easy


How to make Homemade Gulab Jamun

  • Boil milk in a heavy base/non-stick pan. Cook the milk over a low flame, stirring occasionally until it turns very thick and there is no liquid left. This may take approximately 1 hour. It will yield around 1 cup solid mass of khoya.
  • Grate khoya using a grater. Sift baking soda and maida together using a sieve and add to the khoya in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Knead the khoya mixture until a smooth and soft dough is prepared. If the dough is hard, add a few teaspoons of milk to the dough. Add milk one spoonful at a time.
  • Fill a pan with water and add sugar. Heat on a medium flame.
  • Keep cooking on a low flame till the sugar syrup becomes thick and is of one-string consistency. This means that when you put a drop of sugar syrup between your thumb and finger, and pull the finger away, a thread is formed.
  • Add saffron strands and cardamom powder to the sugar syrup. Remove from the flame.
  • Take a small ball sized portion of khoya dough and shape into a smooth ball. There should be no cracks on the ball, otherwise the gulab jamun might break while frying.
  • Shape 15-16 balls from the dough. Pour ghee in a pan and heat on a medium flame.
  • Drop the gulab jamun balls one after the other in the pan, stirring the ghee in between. Keep heating on a medium flame.
  • Remove the gulab jamun balls from ghee when they turn golden brown in color.
  • Cool the gulab jamun balls for 4 minutes and add them to the warm sugar syrup slowly. Keep them soaked for 2 hours.


Gulab jamun was introduced in India by the Persian invaders. The word ‘gulab’ is derived from the Persian words which mean rosewater-scented syrup. Jamun refers to an Indian fruit;which is a purple colored berry.

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