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October 13, 2016

Gulab Jamun Recipe With Milk Powder

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Last year I shared Gulab jamun recipe with khoya. As it came out very well, I got the confidence to try Gulab jamun with other options. Khoya is not easily available in many places. So Milk powder is the best replacement for khoya to prepare Gulab jamun. 

Recently my reader friend Harini asked me to share milk powder gulab jamun recipe and Gulab jamun with Instant store bought mix as well. As I had bookmarked this recipe already, I tried it yesterday. Milk powder, Fine semolina ( Chiroti rava), maida, milk are the major ingredients used in this recipe. Its easy to make too. It came out really well in my first attempt itself. 

The author of this recipe had given the instructions very clearly which helped me a lot to make perfect Gulab jamun. Thank you so much Savita for the great recipe. I was very happy to see my soft, crack free, well soaked Gulab jamun in sugar syrup. I don’t say it doubled in size but it did puff up. I have shared step by step photos, tips for trouble shooting and a cooking video for beginners understanding. Hope you will try it for this Diwali and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make yummy Gulab jamun recipe with milk powder & semolina.

Check out my Gulab Jamun with khoya and Jamun Kofta gravy recipes too !

Gulab Jamun With Milk Powder

Gulab Jamun With Milk Powder How to make gulab jamun with milk powder & semolina
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 20 - 25 nos
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

For Gulab jamun dough : 1 cup - 250 ml
  • Milk Powder - 1 cup ( I used Everyday brand)
  • All Purpose flour - 1 tbsp
  • Fine Semolina / Chiroti Rava - 1 tbsp ( Must use fine rava)
  • Baking Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Unmelted Ghee - 1 tbsp ( thick ghee)
  • Cooking oil - 1/2 tbsp ( Use flavorless oil)
  • Milk - As needed ( I used 1 tbsp)
  • Water - 1.5 tbsp ( To soak semolina)
  • Cooking oil – To deep fry
For Sugar syrup
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Saffron threads - few
  • Crushed Cardamom seeds - 2 nos Or Rose essence - few drops

  • Take the fine semolina ( Chiroti rava) in a small bowl and add 1.5 tbsp water to cover it. Let it soak well for 10 minutes. No problem if there is excess water slightly. Mix well and keep it aside. In a wide bowl, take the milk powder.Add ghee and cooking oil. Mix well with your fingers. Make sure fat is well distributed with the milk powder.

  • To this mixture, add baking powder, maida and soaked semolina. Mix well with your fingers. Do not give too much pressure. Just mix gently. Now the mixture will resemble Pea sized granules. Then add boiled, room temperature milk little by little and try to gather the mixture to resemble a dough. Do not use your palm and knead it. Use your fingers alone(  I added 1 tbsp milk). Dough would be very sticky at this stage. Do not panic. Just cover the dough with a cloth ( Dry cloth, not wet ones) and rest it for 10 minutes.

  • In a mean time, lets prepare the sugar syrup.In a deep bowl or kadai, mix sugar + water. Mix well in high flame till sugar melts completely. Then reduce the flame to medium and let the syrup roll boil for 5 minutes. Add cardamom powder or rose essence and saffron thread in the middle. Sugar syrup will become sticky to touch and resembles oil in consistency. Switch off the flame and keep aside. It will become warm.

  • Now take the gulab jamun dough. It would be non-sticky to touch. Make small pinches roughly to make balls. Then shape the balls smoothly without cracks( This point is more important to get crack free gulab jamuns) Cover it with a cloth till use.
  • If you think, dough sticks much to your hand, grease your palm with ghee OR wash your hands in water, wipe it dry and roll it. It will come out well. Just make sure there are no cracks. Do not roll it tightly. Do it gently. If you roll it too tight, jamuns may become hard.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and keep the flame low to medium. When it gets heated, drop a pinch of dough, it should rise slowly and come to top without browning in a count of 5 ( I followed Savita’s instructions and counted up to 5. If the heat of oil is too less, gulab jamun will disperse in oil. If the temperature is high, its color would change quickly but it remains uncooked inside.So please be careful) Now stir the oil once and add the jamun balls. ( If you are a beginner, do a small test. i.e Heat little oil in a mini tadka pan and drop a small peanut sized dough ball. Check whether it disperses in oil, comes out hard etc. Deep fry it, open and check it is properly cooked. After doing this test, proceed for further deep frying) .Do not disturb the jamun for 10 seconds. Then stir the oil without breaking the jamun. Keep stirring the oil  and toss the gulab jamun so that it will get cooked evenly with a nice golden color. Keep the flame low to medium. It should be soft after frying and not too hard. Please refer the video for better understanding.
  • Remove the cooked gulab jamun in a tissue paper and drop it in the syrup. Syrup should be warm not too cold. Let it soak for 2-3 hours to enjoy its best taste ! It looks shiny and soft after soaking well. This Gulab jamun stays good for 2 days without refrigeration. Enjoy !

  • Gulab jamun will disperse in oil if the oil temperature is too low.
  • Gulab Jamun will become chewy if you add less baking powder.
  • No need to add soda for this recipe.
  • Fine semolina is a must. Do not use coarse ones.
  • Beginners try with half the quantity of ingredients mentioned to avoid wastage.
  • I have not used lemon juice in the sugar syrup as I have added more water. It won’t crystallize.
  • If  you have leftover fried gulab jamun, try this Jamun Kofta gravy
Try this easy, yummy Gulab jamun at home for special occasions and enjoy !

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priya said...

This gulab jamun is so tempting me. I m so much drooling ,and love each photos so colorful

harini said...

hi chitra thanks a lot.i ll surely try this for diwali and give u the feedback.ur gulab jamun tempts me and photos r verryy beautiful.thanks once again.

Chitra said...

Sure Harini, Thanks ! I will post instant mix gulab jamun by next week.

harini said...

thank u chitra.

harini said...

hi chitra,yesterday i made gulabjamun with milk came out didnt double the size as u said but tasted good and easy to make.thank u.

Chitra said...

Thanks for the feedback Harini :)

harini said...

hi chitra r u going to post gulab jamun using instant mix?tommorrow i am going to try.definitely it ll be helpful for beginners as well as people like me.what they show in ads is true or not i dont know.they stack jamuns like it possible? i keep mine in broad vessel or basins only i cannot store in a containers or dabbas we use normally.silly doubts.just to check whether what i do is jamun or what.

Chitra said...

Hi Harini, Yes, I am planning to make it tonite and post tomorrow by evening. I wish to make it perfect. Wish me luck Harini :) In TV ads, they stack it like laddus just for the picture attraction. we cannot store it like that. we can keep them dunked in sugar syrup or make it as dry jamun and keep in a box.I have asked few tips from my friends and i will share them in my post :)

harini said...

Hi chitra surely u ll get best gulab jamuns.