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Gulab(less) Jamun

Every Diwali, Paati would make khova from 4 litres of milk and divide it into three equal parts – 2 parts for jamun and 1 part for ice cream cake. I don’t remember a Diwali without Jamuns or Ice cream cake at Paati’s place.

The ice cream cake that she would make was of course spectacular, and the jamuns were so gorgeous and delicious – perfectly round sweet clouds that dissolved in your mouth – absolute bliss!


Makes: around 25 jamuns


  • Khova – 11/2 cups/ 1 recipe
  • Maida – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 3 cups (if you want excess syrup i.e floating jamuns increase by a cup)
  • Water – 1 cup (increase if you’re increasing sugar)
  • Cooking Soda – 3 pinches
  • Cardamom – 4 pods
  • Saffron leaves – a few
  • Oil – 1 cup (for deep frying)


  1. Combine sugar and water in a flat bottomed broad pan and simmer on a low heat until sugar dissolves. Add cardamom powder and saffron leaves and remove from fire.
  2. Knead khova, maida and soda and quickly shape into balls.
  3. Heat oil on a meidum flame. Fry the jamuns till golden brown over a low to medium flame, keeping oil temperature uniform. Oil should not smoke.
  4. Drain the jamuns and soak in the warm sugar syrup.

Serve the jamuns after half an hour.


  • You will achieve correct consistency for jamun syrup when 3 cups of sugar dissolves 1 cup water over low heat.
  • Only when the syrup is ready, mix the jamun dough. Since the dough has soda, if its kept aside the jamuns will disperse while frying and will not hold well.
  • Right temperature of oil of utmost importance to get soft jamuns.
  • Never refridgerate jamuns. Jamuns when refrigerated will shrink and become hard. Jamuns will stay fresh for 4 days when stored in air tight containers.
  • If you like you can add two drops of rose essence to the syrup to make it Gulab jamun

Gulab(less) Jamun – for the Recipe Marathon

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