Gulab Jamun


Gulab Jamun is a beloved Pakistani recipe often served at celebrations and special occasions. These deep-fried dough balls, made from milk solids, are soaked in a sweet, fragrant sugar syrup infused with cardamom and rose water, offering a rich, decadent treat that melts in your mouth.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Serving: 6


  1. For Gulab Jamun:
    • 1 cup milk powder
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons semolina (sooji)
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter), melted
    • 1/4 cup milk, lukewarm
    • A pinch of cardamom powder
  2. For Sugar Syrup:
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 cups water
    • 4 cardamom pods, slightly crushed
    • 1 teaspoon rose water


  1. Prepare Sugar Syrup:
    • In a large pan, combine sugar, water, and cardamom pods. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes until syrupy. Stir in rose water and set aside.
  2. Make Dough:
    • In a bowl, mix milk powder, flour, semolina, and baking powder. Add ghee and mix well. Gradually add milk to form a soft dough. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Form and Fry Gulab Jamun:
    • Knead the dough gently and form into small balls, ensuring there are no cracks.
    • Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat. Fry the dough balls until golden brown on all sides.
  4. Soak in Syrup:
    • Immediately transfer the fried balls into the warm syrup. Let them soak for at least 1 hour, ensuring they are fully submerged.


  • Ensure the oil is not too hot; otherwise, the gulab jamuns will not cook through and may harden.
  • Gulab Jamuns expand in the syrup, so give them enough space to soak.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature for best flavor.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines):

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fat: 10g

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