Gulab Jamun (Fried Milk Balls In Sweet Sugar Syrup)

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


Dry ingredients:
2 cups Milk powder
3 tbsful Semolina
2 tablespoons Plain flour
2 tspful Baking powder
Wet ingredients:
2 mediums eggs beaten lightly
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons Thick cream
Oil for frying the jamuns
For Syrup:
1 1/2 cups water
3 cups sugar
6 cardamoms
A squeeze of lemon


Mix all the dry ingredients well with a wire whisk or sieve all the dry ingredients together.
Add vegetable oil and mix well. Add cream and mix well. Add enough egg to make smooth dough. Here I have never used all the egg. A little bit was left behind. The dough will be a bit sticky.
Smear oil in palms, take a large pinch of the dough and roll it by placing in the palm to make a gooseberry sized ball. Make sure there are no cracks on the surface of the ball.
Repeat the process with the entire dough.
Heat up a large wok or kadai and pour-in enough oil to deep fry few balls at a time. Add 5-8 balls and fry them at LOW flame until you get a light golden colour and the jamuns puff up. Drain excess oil. Repeat the process until all the jamun balls are fried.
Meanwhile heat another sauce pan and add water and sugar and boil for about 8 minutes until all the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is syrupy. Add cardamoms and a good squeeze of lemon to this and boil for a minute more.
Add the fried jamuns to this syrup and boil for about 3 minutes until the jamuns soften. Turn off the flame and let them cool.
Garnish with crushed pistachios and serve warm or room temperature.
If refrigerating, leave them in room temperature for an hour or two else it may be a bit hard.)
I have used the shop-bought measuring spoons and cups to get the exact measurements which gave me perfect results every time I made it.
Here in the recipe, I have mentioned tbs and tbsful. Tbs refers to sharp tablespoon measure and tbsful is a heaped tablespoon measure and is the same for teaspoon.
Lemon or lime juice is added to the syrup to stop the syrup from solidifying into sugar crystals.
Don’t fry the jamuns at high flame because it gets charred very quickly thus obtaining an undercooked inside part and overcooked outside.


shabs's picture

A great recipe!


This is an all time favorite Indian dessert recipe, tried and tested many times to obtain the results to perfection. Soft and succulant milky balls dipped in sweet syrup, is just a piece of heaven for sweet loving souls!




Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:05am


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