Gulab Jamun (गुलाब जामुन) is the most popular and loved dessert in India. Best described as an Indian version of a donut immersed in a sweet syrup. Below is the step by step pictorial recipe to make “Gulab Jamun” with Khoya / Mawa / Dried Evaporated Milk.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serving: 15 pieces
- Khoya / Mawa / Dried Evaporated Milk – 1 cup
- All purpose Flour/Maida – 1/3 cup
- Baking Soda- 1/8 teaspoon
- Sugar – 1.5cups
- Cardamom Powder – 1/4 teaspoon
- Saffron- a few strands
- Milk – 2 tablespoon
- Oil – for deep frying
First of all, let’s prepare Sugar syrup for Gulab jamuns. Take a big wide Pan and add sugar into it. Now add 2 cups of water and put the pan on heat. Bring it to boil. Let it cook for 5 more minutes and switch off the flame.
Now add saffron strands and cardamom powder to it and stir. Keep this syrup aside.
Now take khoya/Dried evaporated milk in a bowl and mash it very well so that there should be no lumps. Add All purpose flour/maida, baking soda to the mashed khoya and mix well. Add milk and gather together to form a soft dough. Don’t knead much, just gently mix and gather.
Now divide the dough into equal parts, I got 15 from my dough. You can divide as per your choice for the size of balls. Now with the help of your palms, make smooth balls.
- Take oil in a Pan / Kadhai, and keep it on medium heat.
Once the oil is warm enough to fry the balls, maintain the heat to low. Now add 4-5 balls to the oil and fry them gently till they are golden brown. Remember not to increase the heat otherwise the balls would be brown from outside without being properly cooked from inside.
- Once the ball is fried to golden, take them out and immerse in warm sugar syrup.
Fry rest of the balls and put them in syrup similarly.
Let them stay in syrup for 2-3 hours so that they can absorb syrup completely.
Serve them warm.
- Don’t over knead the khoya and flour mixture. Just mix them till they form a smooth dough.
- If the mixture is dry, add few teaspoon milk to soften it.
- Sugar Surup should not be thick otherwise the jamuns will not absorb the syrup properly. Similarly add the fried jamuns in warm syrup. Neither the syrup should be too hot nor cold.
- You can try the chocolate variant of Gulab Jamun, if you like chocolate flavour.