Monday, October 13, 2014

Gulab Jamun Recipe / Khoya Gulab Jamun / How to make gulab jamun

Gulab Jamun Recipe
Gulab Jamun is one of the most popular sweet recipe liked by almost everyone right?!.....It is one of the easiest and best sweet recipe that you can make for any occasion. Trust me,I haven't tried gulab jamun using readymade jamun mix also, I have seen amma making them during my school days and I remember once shaping the balls, thats it.After that I don't even remember making gulab jamuns at home even with readymade packs...but often hear from friends and relatives about making MTR gulab jamun as they rave about it every Diwali.So sure jamun making is a milestone for me :)

Last Diwali, when I posted this gulab jamun I had many requests to post khoya gulab jamun recipe  I searched for readymade khoya but couldn't get it and I was busy that time to make khoya from scratch so I decided to skip it.But I made up my mind that when I try khoya gulab jamun, it is going to be with homemade khoya.Now readymade khoya is easily available in many brands but my mind is already set so it is going to be homemade khoya.I made khoya the previous day and refrigerated it, the next day I made this khoya gulab jamun and clicked it too :)

Check out Bread Jamun and Paneer Jamun Recipes that I posted earlier.

Gulab Jamun Recipe
I shared most of the diwali sweets/ snacks that I tried this time with my neighbours and friends so as usual I just reserved few jamuns for hubby and distributed it to my friends.I haven't seen mittu eating jamuns at all but when she was back from school I just told her that I made jamuns today, she first hesitated to taste it as usual but after sometime she came running to me asking for jamuns...thanks to the TV ads:) To my surprise she loved it so much that she managed to finish few of them at one go....ahh now I know the jamuns I made are perfect :) You know what?! she said "amma please keep the remaining jamuns for me, I will have them tonite".

So the next day morning I made another small batch of fresh khoya and made jamuns again for hubbys sake before he was back from an official trip.And this time I made them even more happily as now I know the little one will also enjoy them.I got good feeback even from my friends...yayyy I nailed the recipe! :)
Gulab Jamun Recipe

Gulab Jamun Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Makes : around 25 jamuns
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Khoya - 1 cup
Maida - 2.5 tbsp
Cooking Soda - 1/8 tsp
Pistachios - 1 tsp chopped just for garnish
Oil - as needed to deep fry

For the sugar syrup:

Sugar - 1 and 1/4 cups
Water - 1 and 1/4 cups
Saffron - 4 strands
Rose Essence - 2 drops
Cardamom powder - a tiny pinch(optional)


  1. Take khoya in a bowl, mash it well.If you have refrigerated it, bring it to room temperature first then proceed.Add maida , cooking soda and mix well.
    How to make gulab jamun - Step1
  2. Add water little by little and gather together to form a dough, it will be slightly sticky.No need to knead it just gather them together to form a dough.Pinch a small ball and roll smoothly. Dont apply pressure while rolling and also dont roll them tight...the balls should be smooth.While you shape the balls, you can make the sugar syrup in parallel.It will grow in size so make small sized balls.
    How to make gulab jamun - Step2
  3. To make the sugar syrup : Take sugar, water and saffron in a bowl mix well.Then heat it up and let it boil for atleast 10-12mins in medium flame.It may take some time so meanwhile you can continue making the jamun balls.Stir the syrup in between.Add cardamom powder.When the sugar syrup starts turning sticky switch off.
    How to make gulab jamun - Step3
  4. Heat oil in a kadai not smoking hot, just hot enough to fry, - When oil is hot, keep in medium low flame drop few jamuns(may be 3-4) at a time, Roll the jamuns with a ladle when its getting cooked in the oil for even cooking and coloring.Fry in low flame till dark golden brown.
    How to make gulab jamun - Step4
  5. Drain in tissue and immediately add it to warm sugar syrup.Finally add rose essence.Cover and let it rest for 2 hrs for the jamuns to absorb the sugar syrup well.
    How to make gulab jamun - Step5
Garnish with any nuts of your choice.
Gulab Jamun Recipe

My Notes:

  • The dough should be very smooth and don't knead it as it will make the jamuns hard.
  • If the jamuns are perfectly cooked inside and soft then it will absorb the syrup well and grow in size.Make sure you soak them in sugar syrup as soon as you drain them in tissue paper.
  • The syrup should be warm while you add the jamuns, so plan and make the sugar syrup ready.
  • Also the dough should not be too tight which will again make the jamuns hard.
  • The balls should not have cracks, if it has cracks then the jamun will open out out while frying in oil so make sure to roll smoothly.If the dough seems to be dry sprinkle little water and mix it.Keep the dough covered to avoid drying.
  • Regulate heat as it might get to low/ high in between so keep checking and adjust accordingly.
  • Add water little by little as it takes very less water as the moisture content in the khoya helps in binding and to form a dough.
  • I recommend adding rose essence, it gives great flavour to the jamuns.
  • You can skip saffron and add cardamom powder, its purely your preference.But dont miss to add rose essence.
  • Make sure you roll the balls smoothly at the same time not too tight. Dont apply pressure while rolling else the center part will not get cooked and will be hard while eating.While rolling if there is a crack then the jamuns will break and open out while frying in oil.
  • Give atleast 2-3 hrs resting time for the jamuns to absorb the sugar syrup well.
  • Make sure you keep in low flame while cooking the jamuns as it may get burnt easily.If the oil is too hot, then the jamuns may turn brown faster but it may not have cooked inside especially the center part.
  • Make sure you have oil just enough for the jamuns to immerse fully. 
  • Oil temperature should be just right for the jamuns to cook perfectly, else it will break or will not get cooked inside.
Easy Gulab Jamun with Khoya

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Perfect sharmi..You nailed it...Looking so soft...

  2. Gosh! these look too good to be true! fantastic effort!

  3. Super po!! Kalakita, both pic and recipe :))

  4. looks perfect. hanks for sharing such mouthwatering recipes. You are so inspiring :)

  5. Sema! super a vanthirukku! no wonder your little one liked! pics kalakkitta!

  6. Hi sharmi...Jamoon looks yummyyyy!!! Can you please let me know whether we can skip adding the cooking soda?? also is cooking and baking soda same???

    1. You can try but adding cooking soda helps in making jamuns softer and also grow in size when dipped in sugar syrup....

  7. Hi Sharmi... Everything came perfect as per the recipe. But the jamuns are crispy even after soaking them in sugar syrup for hours. What could be the reason?

    1. If the jamuns are over fried then it will give a crisp texture even after soaking....

  8. mam readymade jamun mix is also used for khoya and cooking soda

  9. Hi Sharmi...jamuns came out fine..but was too soft and the jeera became oily after soaking it..what could have gone wrong!!

    1. If the dough is loose then it will absorb more oil while frying hence leaving out oil in jeera syrup too


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