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gulab jmaun recipe with milk powder
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Gulab Jamun Recipe

Gulab jamun is a classic Indian sweet made of milk powder or khoya (milk solids), sugar, flavorings like rose water, cardamom powder, saffron. These are deep fried balls dunked in sugar syrup and served warm or chilled.
In this post I am sharing with you not one but two traditional ways to make gulab jamun at home with complete step by step photo guide for easy following.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert, sweet
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: gulab jamun with khoya, gulab jamun with milk powder
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Harini


For sugar syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cardamom pods or 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • few saffron strands
  • 1 teaspoon rose water

For Milk Powder Gulab Jamun Dough

  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 1/4 cup plain flour (Maida)
  • 2 tablespoons curd
  • 2 teaspoons ghee
  • 2 tablespoons milk more or less as required
  • A big pinch baking soda
  • ghee or oil for frying

To serve

  • roasted chopped nuts


Make Gulab Jamun Dough

  • Combine 1 cup milk powder, 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons ghee, 2 tablespoons curd and big pinch of baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix well first. Add milk little by little and form a smooth dough. Do not knead the dough. Set aside for 15 minutes.
    milk powder gulab jamun dough

Make Sugar Syrup

  • Combine water and sugar in a thick bottomed pan. Mix slightly and start heating. Add 3 crushed cardamom pods and few saffron strands. I have used raw sugar here so the color of the syrup is dark.
    Sugar, water, cardamom and saffron for making syrup
  • Cook until a sticky syrup is formed. Switch off the flame and remove from heat before it reaches one string consistency.
    Add few drops of lemon juice. Mix well and set aside.
    Gulab jamun sugar syrup

Preparing Jamuns

  • Bring out the prepared dough and make 20 small balls out of it. Do not roll them very hard or tight.
    dough shaped to small balls
  • Heat oil or ghee for deep frying. The ghee or oil should not be smoking hot. Just hot. Slide the prepared jamun balls gently and deep fry until golden brown.
    frying milk powder gulab jamuns
  • Deep fry in low flame so that the gulab jamun gets cooked well inside. They should turn dark golden brown in color. Drain the jamuns and rest for 30 seconds in a plate.
    deep fried bread gulab jamun
  • Dunk the fried jamuns in warm sugar syrup and rest for 2 hours before serving.
    soaking gulab jamun made with milk powder in sugar syrup


Serving: 12servings | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg