Sunday, March 31, 2013

Gulab Jamoon

Blogging Marathon as the name says this month it’s going to be a great non stop marathon as usual for each week there will be a theme. Our leader srivalli selected wonderful topics for this month BM. For first week the given theme was Occasions, it can be wedding, birthday, anniversary etc. I have chosen wedding, now a days our traditional wedding menus are changed a lot in our place. This theme gave a new experience and I explored lot about our Indian wedding.

Coming to my today’s recipe, this is one of the main sweet dishes in Gujarathi weddings. Gulab Jamoon small milk balls deep fried and soaked in sugar syrup. I have tried instant once but this is first time tried from scratch and learnt what to do and not.


Milk powder
1 cup
3 Tbsp
3 Tbsp
Milk (room temperature)
¼ Cup
a pinch
Baking soda
¼ tsp
1 tsp
For Syrup:
2 cups
2 cups
Cardamom powder
¼ tsp
Rose water
Few drops
Yeilds : 20 pieces




  1. In a medium size mixing bowl add milk powder, salt, vinegar and baking soda mix well.
  2. Add butter little by little and mix well (rub using both the hands) it should blend well.
  3. Finally add half of the milk and mix well again add remaining milk and mix well (use your fingers only). Dough will be sticky allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Mean time add sugar and water in a large sauce pan and start to cook keep stirring until sugar dissolves, cook 6-9 minutes after it starts to boil (totally cooking time will be 10- 15 minutes) when you touch it should be sticky (use index and thumb for testing).
  5. Finally add cardamom powder and turn off the stove and add few drops of rose water.
  6. After resting time, dough will turn stiff grease your hand with butter and start to work with the dough divide the dough to 20 equal parts and make small balls.
  7. Heat oil in a frying pan, add 4-5 balls and keep stirring the oil without touching the balls. It will take 7 minutes to cook.
  8. Once jamoons cooked remove from oil and drain the excess oil and allow it to cool (3-4 minutes). Add to the sugar syrup let it soak for 2-3 hours. Can be stored in air tight container for 3 days in room temperature or in refrigerator for 10 days bring to room temperature before serving.


  • How to check the oil?
    • Make a small ball using 2 pinches of dough drop that in oil it should sit in the bottom for couple minutes and then it should start to come up slowly and should take almost 5-7 minutes to cook or 3-4 minutes to turn light brown.
    • If your ball comes up fast and turns brown your oil is too hot, reduce the heat and add some more oil to reduce the temperature.
  • Better to check oil temperature before you add each batch.
  • The jamoon will almost double in size after fried so prepare accordingly. When making balls, if the dough doesn’t bind add 1 tsp of milk and try. There should not be any crack in balls when adding in oil. If there are cracks then balls will break.
  • Sugar syrup should be warm when adding your fried jamoon but don’t reheat after you prepared. Better start to prepare when you’re making balls.
  • For best result prepare a day ahead of your need.


veena krishnakumar said...

wow!!!That looks super soft and i am bookmarking this

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Wow ! Its tempting me badly !!!

Srivalli said...

Oh gosh those gulab jamuns are looking so soft!..they have come out so well..

Priya Suresh said...

Juicy,spongy balls, love this jamuns, who can resist to it.

Rajani S said...

Hats off to you for trying this from scratch! The jamuns look lovely :)

Pallavi Purani said...

They look really really soft and what a nice color. Very well done.

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Wow! these look so melt-in-the-mouth kind!!

Archana Potdar said...

Gosh! these are delicious. I love your arrangement of the jamuns. addition of vinegar is new to me.

Preeti Garg said...

Gulab jamun looks so perfect.. Love this softness.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

super soft and juicy gulab jamuns,awesome clicks...

The Pumpkin Farm said...

these look super tempting and mouthwatering

vaishali sabnani said...

Book marked! Love gulab jamun s and these look soft and spongy...and yummy too.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

They are so soft and luscious! Adding vinegar is new to me. Bookmarking the recipe :)

Suma Gandlur said...

Just want to pop some into my mouth. ^They are looking really good.

Saras said...

This will be a great hit in the birthday parties. Looks very good

Gayathri Kumar said...

Jamuns have turned out super soft and perfect. I haven't tried it with milk powder yet...

Padmajha PJ said...

Looks so soft. Nice one Manju..

Chef Mireille said...

my fave Indian dessert - yours looks so soft and spongy the way I like it

Nisha Sundar said...

So soft and spongy. My favourite sweet.

Pavani N said...

Wow. Those gulab jamuns have come out perfectly. I recently tried with milk powder and they flopped, will try your recipe soon.

A Kamalika Krishmy said...

Drooling over the slurpy jamuns... want to grab that .. bowl.. from the screen...

Foodiliciousnan said...

Since jamun mix is so easily available, have never tried it myself. Somehow, seems daunting me. Your jamuns looks super