Gulab Jamun- the stuff dreams are made of!
Gulab Jamun are basically the Pakistani/Indian version of donut holes. They’re small balls of fried dough that are soaked in a cardamom and saffron infused syrup. This recipe is a no-fail and results in perfectly soaked and soft little balls of heaven 🙂
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 6 green cardamoms
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Dough/ Gulab Jamun
- 1 cup full-fat dry milk powder
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup whole milk
- Neutral flavored oil, to deep fry
Prepare Syrup/ Sheera
Combine sugar, water, cardamoms, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside.
Prepare Dough/ Gulab Jamun
Heat enough oil to deep fry the Gulab Jamun in a large vessel over medium heat.
Prepare the dough by mixing dry milk powder, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and melted butter. Slowly drizzle in the milk in small additions, gently kneading with the tips of your fingers to form a cohesive dough. The dough shouldn’t be too hard nor too soft. To check if the texture is right, roll a small amount of dough between your palms for 30 seconds. The ball should be smooth and firm. If you notice cracks in the ball, knead more milk into the dough (a teaspoon at a time).
Roll the dough (about 2-tablespoons worth) into small balls by applying gently pressure between the palms. The balls should be smooth, and without any cracks. Cover with a damp paper towel and set aside.
Fry the gulab jamun, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Gently agitate the gulab jamun to ensure even browning. Each batch should take approximately 3 to 4 minutes to cook.
Transfer the fried gulab jamun directly to the sugar syrup, and cover.
Allow the gulab jamun to soak for a few hours for best results.
Only regular full-fat dry milk powder will work for this recipe (brands such as Nido and Carnation are excellent choices); avoid brands such as Everyday and Coffeemate, as they are formulated differently. Also, when purchasing a brand such as Nido, please make sure you are getting the basic milk powder, and not the infant/toddler formula. Lasty, it is essential to use a full-fat (whole milk) powder; nonfat will not work.
If the dough seems too dry out while rolling into balls, add a splash of milk to the dough and gently knead it.
Gulab Jamun can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature.