A Taste of Gulab Jamun (Donuts)


India and Pakistan

These warm, sweet doughnuts are soaked in a fragrant syrup and served at weddings and other festive occasions.



1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups water

3 cardamom pods, crushed

1/2 tsp rose water

Pinch of saffron

1/2 cup milk powder

2 tbsp flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp butter or ghee, melted

Oil or ghee for frying

2-4 tbsp whole milk



In a large pot, combine sugar, water, cardamom, rose water and saffron. Boil for a couple of minutes over a  medium heat, without stirring. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together powdered milk, flour, baking  soda, butter or ghee and milk to form a soft dough. Allow to rest for 15 minutes then gently roll into 3/4 inch balls.

Place 2 inches oil or ghee in large, heavy bottomed pan or wok. Heat over medium heat to about 300 degrees. Fry dough balls until golden brown, drain on paper towels then soak in reserved syrup. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios to serve (optional).

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