gulab jamun recipe with powdered milk

Gulab jamun recipe with powdered milk, step by step recipe with detailed pictures. Indian sweet, gulab jamun is a deep-fried sweet ball, contains khoa(or mawa)/powdered milk (or dairy whitener), maida(or all-purpose flour), suji/semolina/rava, milk, ghee, and cardamom/ elaichi powder, little sugar, and baking soda. Make this milk powder gulab jamun at home with simple ingredients to celebrate the upcoming festival, Holi, Navratri, or, Diwali.

Several times I’ve wasted all the ingredients while preparing this gulab jamun recipe. And lastly, I was able to prepare it correctly, so this post is a perfectly tasted recipe in my kitchen. I hope, you can prepare a perfect gulab jamun if you follow my step by step instruction. It is a popular Indian sweet, dunked in a hot little thick cardamom flavored sugar syrup.

As we know the traditional gulab jamun is made of khoya, or, the evaporated milk solids. Sometimes it is prepared with khoya and Chenna(or coagulated milk), or sometimes simply prepared from the instant gulab jamun mix, which is easily available in the market. Even bread and sooji gulab jamun recipe is also popular in India. However, my today’s recipe is gulab jamun with powdered milk(or milk powder).

In this gulab jamun recipe, first, a dough is prepared with its all raw ingredients, then make some lemon size balls with it and later deep fry the balls in ghee or refined oil. When all the fried balls are ready, remove it from the pan and remove its excess oil. After an interval, dunk these fried balls into the hot sugar syrup to boil in it.

Though milk powder is the main ingredient of this gulab jamun recipe, it gives a similar taste of khoya. Firstly, all-purpose flour is used as a binder for making its dough (as milk powder easily melts down). Secondly, suji, or rava, or semolina and baking soda are used to make the gulab jamun soft. Lastly, sugar gives it rich color and ghee gives the glaze.

soft and juicy milk powder gulab jamun is served

 I’ve used some tricks here, first I put the semolina or suji or rava in water(at room temperature) for soaking the suji in it for 10 mins. Second, after mixing all ingredients, will get a sticky dough, just keep it aside for 10 mins(resting time). Then grease your fingers with little ghee and make milk powder jamun balls out of it. And at the last, I’ve boiled fried gulab jamuns into the sugar syrup.

I’m not a huge fan of gulab jamun but I’ve seen many people who search for the hot gulab jamun while enjoying the food in a party or celebration. In Kolkata, we have a similar version of this jamun recipe and which is called pantua that tastes quite similar to it. But as I don’t have any crush towards pantua from my childhood so I don’t feel that huge love for gulab jamun too. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it but I’m not a real gulab jamun lover(die for gulab jamuns). So I’m going to dedicate this sweet Indian recipe to them who are truly dying for gulab jamuns.

 You may like my indian sweet recipes Sandesh recipeBengali chanar jilipi or paneer jalebi recipe, Chandrapuli Sandesh recipe, Doodh peda and gajar ka halwa recipe.

Please let me know how this Indian sweet recipe worked in your home by leaving a comment in the comment section below.

Gulab jamun recipe with powdered milk

 Ingredients of gulab jamun

  • 1/2 cup milk powder (1/2 cup=8 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp maida or all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp suji or rava or semolina
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 3/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 pinch baking soda(1/8 tsp)
  • pistachios for garnishing

Ingredients for deep frying the jamun

  • 1/4 cup of ghee(1 cup= 4tbsp)
  • refined oil for deep frying

For making sugar syrup for jamun

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3-4 green cardamom

Prep time: 25 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Served in: 1 hr 40 mins (soaked in sugar syrup for at least 1 hr)

Course: Dessert/ sweet

Cuisine: North Indian

Servings(total no. of gulab jamuns): 7-8

Author: Moumita

How to make gulab jamun recipe with powdered milk

Instruction with step by step pictures

How to make gulab jamun

  • First, take 2 tbsp suji or rava or semolina and soak it in 2 tbsp water for 10 mins.

suji or semolina is soaked in water to prepare the milk powder jamun

  • Then take a mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup milk powder, 3 tbsp maida or all purpose flour, 3/4 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp cardamom powder, a pinch or 1/8 tsp of baking soda and lastly add 2 tsp ghee to it. Mix it together.

adding ghee in other ingredients for making milk powder jamun

  • After 10 mins strain the excess water from soaked suji or semolina and add the soaked semolina to it and mix it nicely.

strain the water from the soaked semolina and add it to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients of this sweet recipe

  • Now add 1 1/2 tbsp milk to it and mix it well together. Dough is ready.

adding milk with other ingredients to prepare the milk powder gulab jamun dough out of it

  • This dough will be sticky, cover it and leave it for 10 mins.

dough is ready which is very sticky rest it for 10 minutes

  • After 10 mins, the dough will be ready, then grease your palm and fingers with little oil and start making lemon size balls from the dough.

after 10 mins making the balls from the milk powder jamun dough

  • Now, place a pan on the medium heat and let it heated up.
  • Then add refined oil and ghee to the pan for deep frying.
  • When the oil will be little hot, slow down the heat to its low flame and add the balls to it.

frying gulab jamun in the refined oil and ghee

  • Fry the balls until it gets dark golden brown color. Remove the fried gulab jamun balls from the pan with a perforated ladle.

removed the fried balls from the pan with the perforated ladle

How to make a sugar syrup

  • Now take a bowl, add 1 cup sugar with 1 1/2 cup of water and 3-4 cardamom(broken) to it. And then place it on a medium flame.

adding water and cardamom with sugar for making the sugar syrup

  • When the sugar completely melts down into the water, then boil the water for 3-4 mins.

sugar syrup started boiling

  • Now add the fried jamun to it and cover the bowl with a lid.

adding the jamun in boiling hot sugar syrup and cover the bowl with a lid while jamuns are boiling in the sugar syrup

  • Boil the gulab jamun in medium flame for 10 mins.
  • After 10 mins left it for at least 1 hour. Let it completely cool down for getting the best result (more than 1 hr).

after boiling milk powder gulab jamun will be looking like this, let it be completely cool down for at least 1hr

  • After 1 hr, gulab jamun will be ready. You may garnish it with pistachios while serving.


  • Stain the water from soaked semolina or else gulab jamuns might be broken while dunked in sugar syrup.
  • After mixing all the ingredients, will get a sticky dough. leave it for 10 mins to correctly form the jamuns.
  • While frying this jamun, oil should be mild hot(not too hot). And fry the jamuns in the low flame.
  • After frying, it, keep it aside for at least 5 mins. And then add it to the sugar syrup. That will help it to retain its shape.

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