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Milk Powder Nuggets Soaked in Rose Syrup

Easy Indian Gulab Jamun with Milk Powder

On special occasion of Holi, sharing with you some sweetness straight from Indian side of my Kitchen. :) Ready in no time, these fragrant rose syrup soaked milk powder nuggets, just melt in mouth!

Sweets and auspicious occasions go hand-in-hand in any family and so is in ours! Holi, the festival of colors, is widely celebrated all over India. It is the time of transition from Winters to Spring Season and celebrated in remembrance of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha! I don't think anyone will be without colors all-over their face and mouth full of sweets today!

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Especially for kids, this time is to enjoy lots of sweets and playtime with colors!

There is no Indian on earth (I think) who have never tasted Gulab Jamun! One of the quintessential Indian sweet, it often appears in dessert menu, festival or no festival. Ask me! my husband can have a dose of Gulab Jamun daily! It's just I keep my hands tight on sweets. Not just for dessert, often Gulab Jamun are also served for Tea Time to guests! Some Indian savory snacks, strong Black Chai Tea and  bowl of warm Gulab Jamun with some syrup! yumm!!

Syrup Soaked Spongy Sweet Indian Gulab Jamun

Traditionally, Gulab Jamun are prepared by Indian Pastry Chefs (called Halwai) after cooking milk for a long time, low and slow until it thickens into a thick and creamy mass called mawa in hindi. Modern day's, quick version of mawa, is Milk Powder. Easy, handy, and the choice of people like me, who decide at last moment to make something for the occasion :)

Easy Indian Sweets at home Gulab Jamun Recipe

When you eat comforting sweet like Gulab Jamun, it is bad manner to talk about diet. So friends, I'm not going to discuss that today ;) 

I have still tried to lighten up these nuggets with hint of semolina and lite-sweet sugar syrup. If you like Gulab Jamun on very sweeter side, increase sugar a little more in syrup. Touch of rose water in syrup gives a beautiful fragrance to Gulab Jamun, but it is not mandatory. 

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Indian Gulab Jamun

Wish you all a Happy Holi! 

Have fun!


Here are some more sweet treats for Holi!

Easy Indian Gulab Jamun with Milk Powder

Easy Indian Gulab Jamun with Milk Powder
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Cuisine Indian Category Difficulty Easy Yields 20 Gulab Jamun (Serves: 10)
Smart Swap If you don't have Rose Water, skip it Or use a tsp of Rose Syrup (like Roohafzaa)


    Gulab Jamun
  • 2 Cup Powdered Milk (*please refer notes)
  • 6-8 tbsp Milk (few tbsp more or less, dough should be smooth)
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil (or ghee, for dough, plus more for frying)
  • Pistachio (crushed, for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter (or use Ghee - Clarified Butter)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Flour (maida)
  • 2 tbsp Semolina (fine, soaked in milk for 10 minutes)
  • Rose Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Rose Water
  • 1.5 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Lime (juice)


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  • Step for Recipe - Easy Indian Gulab Jamun with Milk Powder
    1. Soak semolina with 3 tbsp water (or milk) and set aside. In a sauce pan, combine sugar and water for rose syrup. Add lime juice. Heat until sugar has dissolved, boil for 3 minutes. Then mix in rose water and set aside.
    Step for Recipe - Easy Indian Gulab Jamun with Milk Powder
    2. In a wide bowl, take powdered milk, add in baking powder, mix well. Now, add cold butter diced in chunks (or ghee if using) and canola oil (or ghee if using). Rub with hands to distribute fat in milk powder.
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    3. Now add soaked (suji) semolina and 1 tbsp maida (all purpose flour), and stir with hand to combine.
    Step for Recipe - Easy Indian Gulab Jamun with Milk Powder
    4. Now add milk a little bit at a time until it makes smooth dough. Don't knead to make dough. Just use gentle pressure to bring everything together. Cover with kitchen towel and set aside for 10 minutes to rest.
    Additional Notes
    Dough should not be very dry not wet.
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    5. Divide rested dough into 20 equal portions and arrange on a plate
    Step for Recipe - Easy Indian Gulab Jamun with Milk Powder
    6. Now with clean hands (you can also oil hands if dough is sticky), roll each portion to make a smooth ball. Make sure it is smooth from all sides, no cracks visible. If dough sticks to hand, wash hand, wipe dry and repeat rolling again.
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    7. Cover the rolled balls with kitchen towel. Heat oil for deep drying. Oil should not be very hot or jamun will be uncooked and doughy from inside.
    Additional Notes
    Test oil temperature by dropping a small dough ball in oil. It should come to top on count 5. If dough immediately comes to top or gets brown, oil is over heated. If dough stays at bottom more than 5 counts, it is not heated fully.
    Step for Recipe - Easy Indian Gulab Jamun with Milk Powder
    8. It takes 8-10 minutes to cook one batch of Jamun. After first 4 minutes in oil, gulab jamun should not look brown at all.
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    9. After 8-10 minutes gulab jamun will look brown. Now, these will be fully cooked from inside. (at this point, you can also crank-up the heat a bit, and brown them as much you like.)
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    10. Remove the cooked jamun into a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat steps 7-9 to cook all.
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    11. While rest of jamun are cooking, heat the syrup. Drop the cooked ones in syrup. Once all jamuns are in syrup, increase heat and bring syrup to boil. Then remove from heat. Transfer syrup with gulab jamuns to a deep dish. Soak all gulab jamun in syrup for at-least 25 minutes.
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    12. Gulab Jamun are ready when soaked most of the liquid and look heavier than their size and are moist and spongy due to soaking sugar syrup. Serve topped with chopped pistachios and little bit of leftover syrup. Enjoy!
Savita's Notes:

*Milk Powder: Different brands of milk powders and different consistency (whole fat or lite) needs different amount of milk to make smooth dough. For recipe's initial post, I used 2 cups of lite milk. When using full fat, I use about 1.5 cups. You can adjust milk powder or add more milk until dough comes together, should not be dry or too wet too sticky. If dough gets too wet, leave aside for sometime until milk powder absorbs the liquid (milk).
1 cup milk powder lite = about 125 grams
1 cup milk powder whole = about 140 grams

Storage and Re-Heating Instructions: Gulab Jamun will stay good in refrigerator, in an-air-tight container for up-to 1 week. To reheat, microwave with syrup for 30 seconds. Or heat in a pan until syrup starts to bubble!

Lime/lemon juice in syrup helps to prevent caking of sugar syrup. Don't miss that!

Kitchen Hack If you ever end up making a too hard or dry gulab jamun batch. Never throw them away. Just microwave with syrup for 30 seconds and they will be as soft as they should be. Enjoy!

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55 comment(s)

  1. Can i replace the canola oil for frying to ghee?

    Hi Manjit, I personally don't use Ghee a lot in cooking. But for Gulab Jamun some Halwai do use Ghee. So any oil or ghee should work fine.
  2. Hi Your recipe looks very delicious !!need to make these and can I substitute vegetable oil to canola oil ? thanks
  3. Is this supposed to be served hot? I'm sorry, I never tasted it, but I found it so tempting! I'll make next sunday!!

    Hi Maria, these are served hot. After cooking I would leave it in syrup for couple of hours, then before serving heat with syrup in microwave for 20 secs or until heated through, or heat in pan. I hope you enjoy! cheers!
  4. Great recipe.thx a lot.tried it and the sweets came out very delicious.

    Hi Vandana, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed gulab jamun.
  5. The best gulab jamun recipes the pictures really helped throughly explained

    I'm happy to hear that steps were helpful.
  6. I wanted this recipe , and I got it here,thanks
  7. Hi, I am featuring this yummy recipe on my blog. Feel free to grab the featured button :) You can see here: Thank You. Khadija

    thanks for feature, Khadija! These Jamun indeed come-out very good and yummy.
  8. I just made them.. They turned out great!! Great recipe .. Now I will not be looking for any more gulab jamun recipes ..

    Joham, thanks. I m so glad to hear you find this your best Gulab Jamun recipe. thanks for taking time to let me know.
  9. i just tried & it came out excellent, a big round of applause on this great recipe to the chef. WELL DONE

    Sadia, thanks! I'm no chef, really. :) But thanks for such sweet words. The best compliment for a food blogger is when someone try recipe and like it. I'm glad you enjoyed Gluab Jamun. thanks for the feedback.
  10. Absolutely tempting! My all time favorite... Jamun look divine :)

    thank you so much, Madhu! Gulab Jamun are my supper fav too! Can't have one, ever! :)
  11. They look super tempting... Great post :)

    Gauri, thanks! I totally missed this comment. Gulab Jamun are everyone's fav. Isn't it?
  12. Wow Savita it looks so gulab jamun and want to try this version soon..beautiful clicks !!

    thanks, Jolly! Our love for gulab jamun is certainly mutual. :) I'm glad you find this one tempting. I hope you get chance to try soon.
  13. Going to make them soon. Thanks for recipe xx Sharon Dhanoa

    Great News! I'm sure you gonna love'em, Sharon! Thanks for trying. One quick tip, Gulab Jamun even taste better the next day. Just microwave (10-20 secs) or heat with syrup before serving. These will be utterly moist, spongy and soft!
  14. Wow!...Lovely presentation...I have always made jamuns with gits...have to try this one now.

    Teena, thanks! Do try, I bet you will love this method of making Gulab Jamun!
  15. Yummy jamuns dear:)...My all time favourite:)Loved the presentation and clicks:)

    Padma, thanks! Gulab Jamun never fail to amaze! Isn't it? always yumm!
  16. excellently made jamoons caught my eye dear Savita. irresistible. heavenly with rose addition. love it!

    thanks, Anupama! trust me, these gulab jamun taste delicious!
  17. Excellent, gulab jamuns look perfect and tempting....Lovely clicks too,

    Jeena, thank you so much!
  18. Perfect feast for the eyes!!!1 drooling and mouthwatering here my dear... I just want that whole bowl....yummy, delicious ...

    Farin, thanks! Happy Holi!
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