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gulab jamun

Gulab Jamun with Milk Powder

Instant recipe of gulab jamun; an Indian sweet made by frying milk balls and then soaking them into an aromatic sugar syrup.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 485 kcal


For Sugar Syrup

  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 4-5 nos green cardamoms
  • 1.5 cups water
  • few drops rose water (optional)

For making balls

  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour or maida
  • a pinch baking soda
  • 1 tsp oil (or 1/2 tsp ghee)
  • 1-2 tbsp yoghurt or curd (whisked)

For deep frying

  • oil


For sugar syrup

  • Heat a pan and add water, sugar (after adding water, not directly), cardamom and rose water into it.
  • Stir occasionally and let it boil till it becomes a thick syrup. You can check the consistency by taking syrup between your thumb and forefinger, stick the syrup in between them to find out its consistency. If a single small thread is formed, then it means your sugar the syrup is ready. 

For making and frying balls

  • Mix milk powder, flour and baking soda in a bowl.
  • Add oil or ghee and curd or yoghurt into it. Add more yoghurt or curd, if the mixture is dried. Mix it till it comes smooth and soft.
  • Apply oil on your palm and make small even sized balls from the dough and cover all the balls with a kitchen towel.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan for frying and once the oil becomes medium hot, slow the flame and add one ball. The ball should slowly rise from the bottom to the top. If it’s not rising, oil is not hot enough or if it’s rising too quickly and becoming dark, then the oil is too hot. Adjust the flame accordingly.
  • When everything is perfect, you can add more than one ball at a time depending on the capacity of your pan.
  • Keep turning on the balls till it becomes brown.
  • Once the balls are turning golden brown, add them directly into the sugar syrup.


  • Always prepare sugar syrup when your gulab jamun is ready to fry because sugar syrup dries out very quickly.
  • If you want to make your gulab jamun more appealing, garnish it with diced almonds, pistachios or saffron.


Calories: 485kcalCarbohydrates: 71.7gProtein: 9gFat: 18.4gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 74mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 53.9gCalcium: 62mgIron: 1mg
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