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Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun is the king of all Indian sweets.Kala Jamun is the bigger brother.Both taste similar except that latter is black in color.

You will fall in love with it every time you taste it.It is a must for parties and weddings.Best served hot with cold vanilla ice cream.It always makes you go weak in the knees.No wonder there are so many Gulab Jamun mixes and canned tins available. However, this recipe is for those who love to make it from scratch.

There is also gluten-free version of this recipe.I loved making Kala jamun without maida.Both versions are tasty and sinful.

I fell in love with this sweet on my trip to Mhow and Indore in Madhya Pradesh.Hot Mawa baati sold in small terracotta pots stole my heart away.

I must be around 10-12 years old.

Decades later,the memory is still fresh.Just as the one I just gulped down while writing this post.

Amritsar definitely has beautiful Gulab Jamuns.Best ones fried in Ghee.

I loved watching huge woks at local sweetshops.One of them definitely was Chappan Bhog at Bhopal Madhya Pradesh. Guess the foodie in one always reminds you of your childhood.

I can never eat just one.Eat it hot when its cold outside.Eat it cold when its hot.You can never get over it.

Scroll below to read the recipe of Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun
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Gulab Jamun


    For gulab jamun:
  • 1 cup mawa/reduced milk
  • 1/4 cup paneer /fresh cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup maida /plain flour
    For stuffing:
  • 2 tbsp chopped kaju/cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp elaichi /cardamom
    For sugar syrup:
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar


  • Mix the fresh mava with paneer and maida using a stand mixer for 10-15 mins.If you are mixing dough with hands it will take longer around 20-25 mins. Make a smooth dough.
  • Divide the dough into small portions.
  • Make a round ball and fill 1/2 tsp of stuffing in each. Ensure the balls are smooth else it will crack during frying.
  • Heat oil in a kadai/saucepan
  • Fry the dough balls on a slow flame,stirring slowly continuously.
  • Meanwhile, heat the water and sugar in a different saucepan to get the sugar syrup.
  • Transfer the balls to sugar syrup and let it cool for few hours.
  • Serve hot or cold.Best served hot with vanilla icecream.


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