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Gulab Jamuns

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It’s difficult to describe Gulab Jamuns, a delectable Indian dessert; it can said to be akin to sweet dumplings in sugar syrup.

Gulab Jamuns


1½ cups milk powder (I use Nido)

½ cup all purpose flour

¾ tsp baking soda

2 Tbs ghee or melted unsalted butter

100 ml water

Oil for deep frying

 Step 1

Knead the above ingredients and make about 12 round balls.

Heat oil in a wok. Fry evenly on low heat till they turn golden in color.

For the syrup:

4 cups water

3 cups sugar

Few saffron strands

4 green cardamom pods

 Step 2

Boil sugar and water for about 5-10 minutes until sugar dissolves.

Soak the balls in the sugar syrup, once the balls have reached room temperature.

Bring to a boil, cover the pan with a lid and lower the flame. Let boil for another 2 minutes. Remove from fire.

Serve after a couple of hours.

(The recipe dates back to the 80’s and has its origins in Carmel School staff room.)