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Asian Dessert Recipe; Gulab Jamuns

Updated on February 9, 2017
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gulab jamuns from milk solids
gulab jamuns from milk solids | Source

Gulab jamun is a popular dessert of South Asia. Countries such as India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh are familiar with this dessert. As it is made in rosewater, the dessert got its name ‘gulab jamun’ in which ‘gulab’ is derived from Persian meaning rose. The word ‘jamun’ relates to the jamun fruits or java plums grown in Asian countries. The traditional method of preparing this dessert is from milk solids.

History of gulab jamun

Gulab Jamun originates from Afghanistan. As it is made in sugar syrup scented with rose water, it got its first name ‘gulab’. Later saffron was widely used in place of rose water. Sikhs claim that gulab jamun was prepared by a Sikh chef named Sajjan Dhillon first to impress the king of Jaladabad. Some others claim its origin with some other stories. The dessert also became popular in Turky, during the Ottoman Empire that was called ‘lokma’ in Arabic language.

Gulab jamun recipe from milk solids

‘Khova/Khoya’ made from milk is what is traditionally used for preparing gulab jamun. Khova is milk cheese that is obtained by boiling and reducing milk in a wok for a longer time. You can replace khova with skimmed milk powder or condensed milk as preparing khova is time consuming.

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 10 gulab jamuns
Main ingredients
Main ingredients | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 small cup refined flour or maida
  • 1 small cup skimmed milk powder
  • 2 small cups sugar
  • 2 small cups water
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • a pinch saffron
  • 4 to 5 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cup oil or clarified butter
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Dough preparationMaking jamun balls jamun ball turning red while frying jamun balls while frying Sugar syrup containing saffron and cardamom powdergulab jamuns from milk solids
Dough preparation
Dough preparation | Source
Making jamun balls
Making jamun balls | Source
jamun ball turning red while frying
jamun ball turning red while frying | Source
jamun balls while frying
jamun balls while frying | Source
Sugar syrup containing saffron and cardamom powder
Sugar syrup containing saffron and cardamom powder | Source
gulab jamuns from milk solids
gulab jamuns from milk solids | Source

Instructions

  1. Make the sugar syrup by boiling water and adding sugar to it. When it dissolves completely, stir it well to get a light solution. Mix powdered cardamom and saffron with it and keep aside covered.
  2. Next step is preparation of dough. Flour and milk powder have to be kneaded well in a bowl by pouring milk little by little. Baking soda makes the mixture soft. If the mixture is hard, then sprinkle some water and knead well so that soft, small balls can be made out of the mixture.
  3. Make small balls without forming any cracks and holes. Cracks may lead to disintegration of the balls while frying. Uniformly molded small balls would bring up attractive and appetizing gulab jamuns.
  4. Fry these balls in a wok of oil or clarified butter on medium flame. You can fry one at a time, but not more than three. Ensure that the balls are fried uniformly and have the brown color. Also frying on high flame may cause break-up of the balls. When done, transfer these balls to the bowl containing sugar syrup.
  5. After being soaked in the sugar syrup for about 2 to 3 hours, the balls turn to sweet ‘gulab jamuns’.

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In North India, gulab jamun is a common dessert that has a dignified place in the dining table. As commercial powder for making gulab jamuns is available now-a-days, making this dessert is very easy. But gulab jamuns made from khova are the real jamuns whose taste is lingering that can’t be obtained from using others.

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Nutritional facts for gulab jamuns

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 ball
Calories 143
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 5 g
Carbohydrates 17 g6%
Sugar 16 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 10 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Vacation Trip for stopping by. I tried using potatoes instead of the normally used sweet potatoes.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Gulab Jamun recipe from potatoes are completely new to me. This looks awesome. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks jonnycomelately for such a wonderful comment. Sorry that this hub kept your mouth water!!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks laurencebuckey for making such an engaging comment. May you've the luck to eat gulab jamuns shortly.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi loksmi,

      Potatoes can be a variant for making gulab jamuns. Thanks for the comment.:)

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Dear Rajan sir,

      Actually, sweet potatoes are used for making gulab jamuns. But I don't get it here always, so I tried using potatoes. Thank you for the votes and share.

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      Alan 4 years ago from Tasmania

      Most excellent recipe, thanks for sharing this Radhikasree. You have my mouth watering!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Radhika, this second recipe of the potato gulab jamun is so new to me. I'll try this.

      voted up, awesome and shared.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you very much ignugent17 for your kind comment. I'm glad to hear that you'll show this to your friend. Have a nice day and take care.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      The husband of my friend is form India and she likes to prepare Indian desserts and I liked the taste of it. I will tell her about your hub. Thanks for sharing radhikasree.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks jennzie for such an encouraging comment. I'm so happy to hear that you're going to try these. Take care and best of luck!

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      jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      I'm not too familiar with Asian desserts, but I would definitely be willing to try these. Voted up!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Millionaire Tips for the nice comment. The consistency of the mixture matters a lot while preparing this delicacy with potatoes. Best of luck!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I have had these made with powdered milk, but never with potatoes. That sounds very interesting, and we will have to try it that way.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi ishwaryaa,

      Gulab jamuns are the favorites of many. You're absolutely right in that home made food are tasty and healthy. Potatoes also can be rolled into gulab jamuns because of their holding nature. Thank you so much for such a detailed and encouraging comment. You're a rocking commenter!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Kaili for such a lovely comment. Actually sweet potatoes are used, but potatoes also work well.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you so much phoenix for the wonderful comment. You're very kind to say that this dessert has impressed you most.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Gulab Jamun is one of my favorite Indian desserts! I ate it only at sweet-shops or hotels. Your home-made recipe sounds easy and more tasty - after all, nothing beat home-made food & sweets! I am surprised to see another type of gulab jamun made from potatoes! Your instructions are clearly explained and the photos are drool-worthy! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      I love these, and never would have thought that potatoes could be used to make them. Thank you for sharing!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I remember having these at an Indian restaurant in New York and I thought they were the most interesting desserts I'd ever had. Sweet, but not cloying and the texture was like nothing I'd ever had. Delish.