Gulab Jamun
50 mins (prep 20, cooking 30)
8 ingredients
24 servings
This is such a delicious recipe that does NOT translate well into English. I've seen translations of "cake-like fried milk balls in scented syrup" and seen people scratch their heads and go..what? Well, bear with the translations here, there's not too much of a western equivalency that I can think of. The name literally is gulab meaning rose and jamun- the only thing I can think of is a round fruit of the same name. (If anyone knows better let me know!) The synopsis...milk is boiled down into a thick, fudge-like consistency and mixed with the slightest bit of flour to form a dough, formed into balls, fried slowly in ghee (butter oil) and then when golden, put to soak in rose-scented sugar syrup. Wow! What's not to love? The consistency of the balls are tender and delicious, almost half cheese, half custard. You'll have to try and describe for yourself. I'm giving two methods for making the dough..the longer, traditional method and the easier, faster, thank-you-for-powdered-milk method. I'm also including a how-to for ghee, since frying the jamuns in ghee makes such a difference in taste. Oil...bleh :( Note: Work time is for the powdered-milk method and does not include ghee if you have to make it, which usually takes around 20 minutes. Also, does not include soak time.

Categories:  <-60-mins , indian , eggs~dairy , time-to-make , asian , dessert ,
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  • 1 liter milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon rose extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron (powdered, and optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder (optional)
  • 1 lb butter, -unsalted is best but salted will work in a pinch


Serving Size (60.65 g)
Servings 24
Amount per Serving
Calories 220.07 Calories from Fat 139.86
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15.54g 573.64%
Saturated Fat 9.82g 1178.45%
Trans Fat 0.63g %
Cholesterol 41.08mg 328.61%
Sodium 134.92mg 134.92%
Total Carbohydrate 21.16g 169.24%
Dietary Fiber 0.15 g 14.71%
Sugars 19.69 g %
Protein 0.39g 18.65%
Vitamin A 477.6IU% Vitamin C 0.03mg%
Calcium 9.22mg% Iron 0.11mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
powdered milk, warm milk, rose extract