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Gulab Jamun (Rasgulla) Recipe

Recipe Overview

Gulab jamun is a very sweet milk-based dessert, enjoyed in festivals and auspicious occasions like Diwali, Eid and Navratri. Homemade gulab jamun is usually made up of powdered milk, a pinch of all-purpose flour (optional), baking powder and clarified butter (ghee); kneaded to form a dough, moulded into balls, deep fried and dropped into simmering sugar syrup.

Recipe Ingredients

Servings: 8

(1 cup = 250 ML)

For Sugar Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cardamom powdered
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

For Gulab Jamun:

  • 9 tbsp milk powder
  • 3½ tbsp all-purpose flour / plain flour
  • 1 tbsp semolina / sooji
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 4-5 tbsp milk warm


Sugar Syrup Recipe:

  • Firstly, in a wide pan take 1 cup of sugar
  • Further, to that add 1 cup of water and get to a boil
  • Then simmer for 4 minutes till the sugar syrup turns slightly sticky
  • Now add cardamom powder.
  • Also add lemon juice to stop crystallization process
  • Cover and keep aside.

Gulab Jamun Recipe:

  • Firstly in a large mixing bowl take milk powder
  • Further, to that add maida and rava
  • Then add pinch of baking soda
  • Also add ghee, lemon juice and crumble well
  • Slowly add milk little by little and knead well
  • Knead to a smooth and soft dough
  • Furthermore, make small balls greasing ghee to hands
  • Make sure there are no cracks on balls. else there are chances for gulab jamun to break while frying.
  • Heat the ghee on low flame and when the ghee is moderately hot, fry the jamuns
  • Fry the balls on low flame stirring in between
  • Fry till the balls turns golden brown
  • Immediately, drop the hot jamuns into hot sugar syrup
  • Cover the lid and rest for 2 hours. flame should be turned off
  • Finally, the jamuns have doubled in size


Source: Hebbar's Kitchen