Gulab Jamun South Asian Deep-Fried Dough Balls Recipe

In this recipe, I bring you Gulab Jamun, a popular sweet Indian dessert usually served at weddings. It’s an easy dessert that I can find similar to donut holes. But in making Gulab Jamun I’ll be using staple ingredients in Indian cuisine to make this treat special and authentic. My deep-fried dough balls in sweet sugar syrup are smooth, soft, and delicious, making this a must-try South Asian dish.

Gulab Jamun on gray background. Traditional oriental food concept. Indian sweet snacks.

How To Make Gulab Jamun

Try these light and delectable Indian donuts that you can make in less than an hour. Make soft fried dough balls in sweet sugar syrup that melt in your mouth for your sweet cravings.

Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 45 mins


For Sugar Syrup:

  • cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp rose water

For Gulab Jamun:

  • 1 cup khoya, or mawa
  • ¾ cup paneer, grated
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sooji, fine, can be rava or semolina
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp milk
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • oil, for deep-frying


Sugar Syrup:

  1. Boil the sugar and water then remove the mixture from the fire.
  2. Add the rose water and stir. Keep the sugar syrup mixture aside.

Gulab Jamun:

  1. In a bowl, add the khoya and mash it very well. You can grate it first before mashing if you prefer.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, paneer, sooji, baking powder, and cardamom powder.
  3. Mix gently to make a soft dough. Do not knead too much.
  4. Make small round gulab jamuns from the dough.
  5. Deep-fry the gulab jamun balls in oil at a very low flame until they turn golden brown in color.
  6. Place the syrup in a pan, add the fried gulab jamuns then bring it a boil. Remove it from the flame.
  7. Serve them warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • When mixing the ingredients to make the dough, make sure that your mixture has no lumps.
  • If the sugar syrup crystallizes, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water and warm the syrup again when you're ready to use it.


  • Sugar: 175g
  • :
  • Calcium: 1261mg
  • Calories: 1471kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 216g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Fat: 83g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 33mg
  • Protein: 34g
  • Saturated Fat: 31g
  • Sodium: 411mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 542IU
  • Vitamin C: 2mg
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