Instant Gulab Jamun recipe

Instant Gulab Jamun Recipe

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Easy Gulab Jamun recipe without khoya

Gulab Jamun is a very popular Indian sweet where milk solid dumplings are deep fried and then soaked in flavoured sugar syrup before serving. Often served during festive meals such as during Diwali or Holi, this sweat dish is often prepared for welcoming guests or as an edible gift for friends and family.

Instant Gulab Jamun recipe

Originally hailing from the Persian cuisine, it was brought to India by the Mughal chefs. It became very popular and is known by different names throughout the Indian sub-continent, such as Gulab Jamun, Kala Jamun, Lal Mohan, Pantua, etc.

Traditionally Gulab Jamuns are made using khoya or milk solids where the milk is evaporated and remaining solids are kneaded with a very little amount of flour into a dough. Small dough balls are pinched off and rolled smoothly before deep frying in ghee or clarified butter.

Once they attain the perfect golden-brown colour, they are taken out of the oil and dunked in saffron, rose or cardamom flavoured sugar syrup. When they have sunk in the syrup, they are taken out and served. For garnishing finely chopped nuts or silver foil can be used.

In this recipe, we are going to learn about how to make gulab jamun with milk powder. We have skipped the khoya or milk solids, instead, it is a milk powder recipe. Rest of the process remains the same.

This is a simple and no-fail gulab jamun recipe from milk powder which I picked up from a very popular Indian chef, Ranveer Brar.

Instant Gulab Jamun recipe using milk powder

One of the main reasons for the success of this recipe is the exact proportions of the ingredients which are very crucial for making Indian mithai. Here, it has been precisely calculated and mentioned for complete ease of the Indian mithai amateurs like me.

In India, people usually either buy Gulab Jamuns from their nearby sweatshops or make at home using those boxed pre-mixes. This instant gulab jamun recipe is way more economical and healthier alternative to both of them.

It is very likely that you already have all the ingredients for this recipe in your pantry and gives this recipe a start right now. In just 30 minutes, you will have a plate full of sweet yet delicious gulab jamuns for yourself!

Instant Milk Powder Gulab Jamun recipe – Ingredients list

  • Milk Powder
  • Maida or All-Purpose Flour
  • Sooji or Semolina
  • Baking Soda
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Ghee or Clarified Butter
  • Sugar Syrup
  • Green Cardamom
  • Rose Water

Step-by-step instructions for this easy gulab jamun recipe

Step by step instruction for making Gulab Jamuns with Milk Powder
  1. Take a mixing bowl and mix together Milk Powder, Maida or APF, Sooji or Semolina and Baking Soda.
    To this add milk and yogurt and bring it together. It will be a sticky dough but keep mixing everything together.
    Add the ghee into this and bring everything together. It will be still sticky, but keep working with it. Do not add maida or sooji or you will get dry gulab jamuns.
  2. Now, pinch off small balls and roll them between your palms. Keep in mind that during frying, these balls will almost double up in their size. So, keep them small.
    As you roll them between your palms you will see that they are getting a smooth texture. Keep them aside on a plate.
    You should get somewhere around 18-19 Gulab Jamuns from this recipe.
how to make fool-proof Gulab Jamuns at home using Milk Powder
  1. Take a kadhai or pan for frying and warm up the ghee or oil in it. Keeping the flame on low, drop a couple of gulab jamuns and fry them till they turn golden-brown. Keep them stirring gently so that they get a uniform colour.
  2. Once they are done, take them out and drop them in the warm sugar syrup.
    Repeat frying the gulab jamun balls till they are all done. Let them soak in the sugar syrup for 15-20 minutes at least before serving.

Demo video of gulab jamun recipe using milk powder

As I told you, I followed the exact recipe by the Chef. So, I am attaching his video here for you guys to check out. Follow the written recipe below as a transcript for the same.

Tips for making this Gulab Jamun recipe

I know perfecting Indian mithai isn’t a small feat. It requires precision, patience and perseverance to nail an Indian sweet recipe. Like many of you, even I have made my share of mistakes while making them. So, I am pretty happy to say that recipe WORKS! Pinky swear!!

I will give an attempt to some of the questions which are usually asked about this recipe. So, here’s a quick list of tips & hacks for making gulab jamuns at home.

What are the ingredients for gulab jamun?

The primary ingredients for Gulab Jamuns are Khoya or Milk Solids, Sugar, Water & Saffron or Cardamom. However, this is a no-khoya recipe since it is mostly unavailable in the regular Indian pantry. So we have attempted to make some delicious Gulab Jamuns using regular Milk Powder

Why do Gulab jamuns break while frying?

The key to perfect Gulab Jamuns lies in the dough. If it has excessive moisture, then the dough balls wont hold their shape during frying and would break in the oil. So, use the ingredients precisely as mentioned in this recipe and you will have perfectly soft and juicy Gulab Jamuns for you.

Why are my Gulab Jamuns so hard?

As I mentioned earlier, precision of the quantity of ingredients is very important for perfectly soft Gulab Jamuns. If the dough is too tight or has excess flour/sooji, it will make the gulab jamuns cakey and hard.

What happens if water is more in gulab jamun mix?

If you have more moisture in your dough, try to balance that out by adding milk powder. Do not add flour in this case or it will make your guylab jamuns cakey and hard in the centre

How to make the chasni or syrup for Gulab Jamun recipe?

The chasni or sugar syrup is very simple where you have to combine sugar and water in 1:1 ratio and boil till the sugar dissolves. For this recipe, I combined 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and boiled till the sugar dissolved. I added 1/4 tsp of Rose extract and a pinch of cardamom powder to flavour the syrup, which would in turn flavour the Gulab Jamuns.

Which brand milk powder is the best?

In US, you can use Peak Full Cream Instant Milk Powder. In Indian you can use Nestle’s Everyday for this recipe. However, if you have any other milk powder in your pantry, you can go ahead with that as well. No need to go out a purchase exclusively for this recipe.

Which oil is best for gulab jamun?

Ideally it should be fried in ghee or clarified butter. However, it can fried in any neutral oil such as sunflower oil, rice bran oil or canola oil.

Can you reheat Gulab Jamuns?

Yes. These gulab jamuns can be refrigerated for a week and can be easily reheated in a microwave for 10-15 seconds and then served.

If you are looking for cheat Indian mithai recipes then you should definitely try my Instant Kalakand Recipe.

Have you tried this recipe? I would love to hear about it.
Tag me on Instagram @speakingaloud_hashdiaries or Facebook @hashdiaries and I will share it further.

Instant Gulab Jamun Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Gulab Jamun is a very popular Indian sweet where milk solid dumplings are deep fried and then soaked in flavoured sugar syrup. This is a simple and no-fail gulab jamun recipe from milk powder

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Diwali Sweets Recipes, Gulab Jamun Recipes, Happy Holi Sweets Recipes, Indian Sweets Recipes, Mithai Recipes
Servings: 18 pieces
Calories: 94 kcal
Author: Priyanka
Ingredients
For making the Gulab Jamun balls
  • 9 tbsp Milk Powder
  • 3.5 tbsp Maida
  • 1.5 tbsp Sooji
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 2 tbsp Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Ghee to deep fry or any other neutral oil
For making the sugar syrup or chasni
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 Green Cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp Rose Extract
Instructions
  1. Start by making the chasni or sugar syrup to dunk the gulab jamuns. Take sugar and water in a sauce pan and gently bring it to a boil. Keep stirring so that the sugar is dissolved completely. Once you see that there are no more sugar crystals left, switch off the heat. Drop in the cardamom pods and rose extract and stir.

  2. Take a mixing bowl and mix together Milk Powder, Maida or APF, Sooji or Semolina and Baking Soda.

  3. To this add milk and yogurt and bring it together. It will be a sticky dough but keep mixing everything together.

  4. Add the ghee into this and bring everything together. It will be still sticky, but keep working with it. Do not add maida or sooji or you will get dry gulab jamuns.

  5. Now, pinch off small balls and roll them between your palms. Keep in mind that during frying, these balls will almost double up in their size. So, keep them small.

  6. As you roll them between your palms you will see that they are getting a smooth texture. Keep them aside on a palte.

  7. You should get somewhere around 18-19 Gulab Jamuns from this recipe.

  8. Take a kadhai or pan for frying and warm up the ghee or oil in it. Keeping the flame on low, drop a couple of gulab jamuns and fry them till they turn golden-brown. Keep them stirring gently so that they get a uniform colour.

  9. Once they are done, take them out and drop them in the warm sugar syrup.

  10. Repeat frying the gulab jamun balls till they are all done. Let them soak in the sugar syrup for 15-20 minutes at least before serving.

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  1. […] Gulab Jamun – One of the most popular and renowned Indian sweet which is usually made with milk solids or khoya added to all-purpose flour and semolina. After deep frying, they are dunked in sugar syrup perfumed with green cardamoms and saffron. Gulab Jamuns may or may not be stuffed with a filling of milk solids and chopped dried fruits & nutsGet the recipe for Instant Gulab Jamuns with milk powder here. […]

  2. […] Gulab Jamun – One of the most popular and renowned Indian sweet which is usually made with milk solids or khoya added to all-purpose flour and semolina. After deep frying, they are dunked in sugar syrup perfumed with green cardamoms and saffron. Gulab Jamuns may or may not be stuffed with a filling of milk solids and chopped dried fruits & nutsGet the recipe for Instant Gulab Jamuns with milk powder here. […]

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