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Gulab Jamun

Wish you all a very happy Deepavali/Diwali.

Gulab Jamun must be one of the most loved sweets in India. These days it is very easy to make them at home using ready made Gulab Jamun mixes, but few years ago, that was not the case. I used to make them from milk. It was a long process as making of khova or khoya takes a lot of time, but the hard work brings very good results. 

To make khova at home, heat milk in a thick bottomed pan on a medium-low flame. Keep mixing it once in a while making sure the milk does not get sticked to the bottom of the pan. When the milk has reduced to 1/4th quantity, you need to keep mixing it continuously to avoid sticking. When the milk has almost lost all liquid and got dry, it is called khova. 

Khova is readily available in markets these days. It can be used to make these jamuns.

Ingredients for Jamuns:
1 cup khova
1/4 cup maida (all purpose flour)
1/4 tea spn baking soda
Ghee for deep frying.

For syrup:
2 cups sugar
3 cups water
1/4 tea spn cardamom powder
1 tea spn rose water(optional)

Mix khova, maida and soda very well to make a smooth dough.

Make small balls from them (they increase in volume after frying and soaking the syrup, so do not make them too big).

In a separate vessel, heat sugar and water. When the syrup starts boiling, switch off heat. Add cardamom powder and rose water(if using).
Deep fry the jamuns in ghee and add them to hot syrup. I add them to syrup when both jamuns and syrup are hot. This helps jamun to soak the syrup easily. Allow them to soak the syrup for few hours and then serve.

Makes about 14 jamuns

PS: The quality of jamuns largely depends on the khova used. I never used store bought khova, I always make it at home. Try one batch, if the jamuns break as soon as they are dropped in ghee, instead of wasting the remaining dough, you can make pedas from them.

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  • vani October 25, 2008, 8:26 pm

    Happy Diwali to you and your family…. where can i buy khova from?

    Shilpa: Indian store if you are outside India. In india, they may be available at bakeries.

  • Suma October 25, 2008, 10:03 pm

    WOW…so mouth-watering! i wish to eat one right now ;-)
    This is a double treat in one….making of khova & jamuns too! Thanks for sharing.

  • Ujwal October 26, 2008, 1:04 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I have always wanted to make jamuns from scratch.. but we do not get khova here.. so never attempted it.. Will try your method soon.. Thanks..BTW I made your Mysore pak again and this time it came perfect! Thanks a lot dear

  • pelicano October 26, 2008, 2:22 am

    Gosh Shilpa- one of my favorite sweets of all time; they look positively gorgeous and I am salivating.

  • Purnima October 26, 2008, 2:44 am

    Shilpa, these jamuns r lipsmacking yum-looking! HAPPY DIWALI!

  • Aruna October 26, 2008, 3:26 am

    Happy Diwali to Varadpachi and the entire family. Never tried making from scratch. Hopefully someday with this neat recipe.

  • Divya Vikram October 26, 2008, 3:27 am

    Just perfect looking balls..Happy Diwali!

  • sindhura October 26, 2008, 6:20 am

    Yummy!!Thanks for posting
    Will get back with the result soon.
    Best regards,

  • Nupur October 26, 2008, 8:17 am

    Those look sooo delicious! Now I am wishing I bought khova powder from Patel Bros when I had the chance.
    Happy Diwali to you and your family!!

  • Swati: Sugarcraft India October 26, 2008, 8:25 am

    Yummy gulabjamuns Shilpa..

  • Priya October 26, 2008, 8:53 am

    Delicious Gulab jamun..Happy diwali..

  • Meeta October 26, 2008, 9:14 am

    Silpa! This is incredible! I love GJs and this is an easy to follow recipe. I have to try this! Happy Diwali to you and your family!

  • kamala October 26, 2008, 8:57 pm

    Happy Diwali Shilpa

  • Maya October 26, 2008, 9:30 pm

    These gulab jamuns are looking so soft and yummy..A very happy Diwali to you and family Shilpa..

  • veda October 26, 2008, 10:09 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    A very happy diwali to your and your family!

    Mouthwatering jamoons there. I should try your from scratch recipe of jamoon! Your description sounds very easy! I will definitely give it a try.

    Best Regards,

  • Sukanya Ramkumar October 26, 2008, 11:04 pm

    Jamun looks so perfect. Look so good. Nice recipe. YUM!

    Wish u a happy Diwali!!!

  • Pinky October 27, 2008, 5:55 am

    Aunty and Shilpa, wish you all a very happy Deepavali

  • Ophilia October 27, 2008, 7:17 am

    it’s really very nice is that Gulab-jamun is also can made by Khoya. Somewhere i read about it, and by ur site we all come to know also its very appriciable.
    Instead of making all this we can make more easily than this with milk powder. Where as i use make with 3 cups of milk powder and 1 cup of maida or all purpose flour and 1/2 tsp of bkg soda and little melted ghee and combine all together and make small balls and deep fry.Finally immerse them in sugar syrup.

  • sia October 27, 2008, 8:41 am

    although lenghty process of making gulab jamun from scatch, the taste compensates all the hardwork went in making them.
    wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Diwali :)

  • Swapna October 27, 2008, 1:04 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Feeling like to try right away.Can you tell me what type of milk we should use to make khoya?
    whole milk or any other?

    Shilpa: For best results, use whole milk. It takes very long time to make khova, so be prepared. About 6 cups milk makes 1 cup of khova

  • sunita October 27, 2008, 3:01 pm

    Happy Diwali to you and yours, dear Shilpa.

  • Manisha October 27, 2008, 3:18 pm

    Happy Deepavali to you and V!

    Those are yummy looking GJs!!

  • vivari October 27, 2008, 4:15 pm

    wow!!! they look yummy
    the pics are wonderful too

  • CHETNA October 27, 2008, 8:35 pm

    Happy Diwali Varada Pacchi , Shilpa and to you entire family !!!

    Those Gulab Jamuns sure look yummy !!!

    Have a great Diwali !!

  • Arun Shanbhag October 27, 2008, 10:47 pm

    Happy Diwali Shilpa and family!

    and since you are not yet moving to Boston,
    can you find us jobs in Kansas? preferably close to where you live. So I can come over for these mouth watering jamuns and all those other Diwali sweets you have been making?


  • Arun Shanbhag October 27, 2008, 10:49 pm

    Ooops! Varada Mai made those Jamuns!
    Namaskar, Mai!

    Sorry, Shilpa, cancel that Kansas move; I think we’ll move to Kumta/Kodkani!


    Shilpa: Infact, both of us made Jamuns and both were hits. So you have a choice now. If you ask me, Kumta would be a better move because aayi is the best :)

  • gowri October 28, 2008, 12:32 am

    Hi shilpa and fly…. a very happy diwali.
    Nice looking jamuns.
    Shilpa, this is how you can make instant khova at home: I always use this method whenever recipe calls for khova.
    Take 1 cup milk powder in a bowl and slowly add evaporated milk to it until it forms a smooth sticky dough. Freeze for 30 minutes and then grate.

  • Mandira October 28, 2008, 9:05 am

    Wow, this looks gorgeous Shilpa. Happy Diwali to you and your family.

  • andy abraham October 28, 2008, 2:00 pm

    Ive never made indian recipes, but this looks really good


  • Usha October 28, 2008, 3:05 pm

    Looks perfect :-)

  • Archy October 28, 2008, 4:04 pm

    Hey, Happy Deepavali !!
    Jamun looks so good and soft !!

  • dhanya October 29, 2008, 4:36 am

    hi dear….hope u had a real glittering Diwali…your gulab jamuns and rasgullas look awesome..i am going to try Rasgullas today..till seeing your recipe i too had thought they were too difficult to make…thank you for the inspiration that you give ..

    by the way , during a trip to Coorg,we happened to eat Neer Dosa…Do you have its recipe?

    Shilpa: It is on the site. Please check under dosa corner (it is also called Pan polo/soyi polo in Konkani).

  • Ashwini October 29, 2008, 10:31 pm

    Hey how much of milk do u need to use to get a cup of khova?

    Shilpa: I used about 6 cups of milk.

  • Gopi October 30, 2008, 2:14 pm

    Hey Shilpa,
    I like ur recipe but Can i use cottage cheese instead of khoya? bcs in this part of us, i don’t find khoya in indian store

    Shilpa: I have seen some recipes of GJ with cottage cheese, but have not tried them. Sorry.

  • Lisette October 31, 2008, 8:11 am

    Wow! These look so yummy. Gulab Jamuns are my favourite! Must try this soon. :)

  • meenal November 1, 2008, 6:37 am

    hi shilpa,
    thanks for d receipe. This year i tried wit readymade mix packet of jamoons but after putting it in sugar syrup thy all became too soft n started peeling its outer cover of jamoons n breaking too. so codnt serve my guests. So plz. can u suggest how not to hapn next time. Also tl me syrup n jamoons shd b hot or cold wen immersed in it. Thank you.


  • Kayal November 3, 2008, 7:24 am

    Nice recipe…. i have been trying to find out a recipe like this to prepare jamun from the scratch. It look awesome. Thanks for the same.

  • Vijaya November 3, 2008, 3:44 pm

    This is the exact recipe my grandma and mom use, to make gulab jamun. I do the same and make my own gova as well. I am glad there are some who still take the extra step to keep things traditional. A varaiation is to mix Dates, sugar candy, and some nuts as pooran in the middle, it is very tasty and different. My kids love the jamuns with out any pooran though.

  • rikaza February 18, 2009, 7:06 am

    can i know what is khova.. can we put milkmai instead of khova….if not what can we add instead of khova

    Shilpa: Its already explained in the post. Please read the post. I don’t know the recipe with milkmaid.

  • kiran August 2, 2009, 4:44 am


  • mushrafa mehreen August 3, 2009, 2:24 pm

    this is really easy and i am gonna try it

  • Nazia August 17, 2009, 3:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe surely ll try soon u ll get (khoya it is also known as mawa) in indian sweet shop usually grocer does not keep khoya or mawa in the grocery shop

  • Thaashaa October 5, 2009, 9:16 am

    Very sweet la this Gulab Jamun.

  • Thaashaa October 5, 2009, 9:18 am

    Mathai, give me. I will grab sweetmeats.

    1. Gulab Jamun
    2. Jalebi
    3. Laddu
    etc… haha :-D

    Happy Diwali

  • jane October 16, 2009, 3:39 pm

    hi shilpa, can u post the recipe for homemade khoya.

  • jane October 16, 2009, 4:21 pm

    sorry shilpa,i just saw the the recipe for khoya in gulab jamun section.anyway thanks

  • nazreena age 28 October 19, 2009, 8:03 am

    thanks for creating the recepies i loved it

  • Priya October 27, 2009, 6:44 pm


    Recently stumbled upon ur site and im loving it. :-) You are indeed very talented dear with so many recipes.
    I just have a doubt..Which milk would u advise me to use here? I too live in US. I guess i will have to use Whole milk..please clarify.
    As of now, i use khoya in my carrot halwa. And i make khoya with half and half milk put in Microwave for 30 mins.


    • Shilpa October 28, 2009, 8:32 am

      You can use any khoya. I used whole milk to make it at home.

  • gunjanjain October 30, 2009, 10:06 am

    looking gr8

  • shalini November 24, 2009, 8:58 am

    delicious gulab jamun

  • ritu November 25, 2009, 4:57 pm

    its seems gud and easy i wl try it hope it wnt break

  • ritu November 25, 2009, 4:57 pm

    it seems gud wl try it hope it wont break

  • sushma November 6, 2010, 5:14 am

    thanx 4 this recipe.i loved this recipe,

  • shantan April 10, 2011, 5:57 am

    I tried this recipe today…its yummmmm..thanks shilpa :)

  • aishu April 6, 2013, 4:34 am

    can anyone tel me plzz can i used yeast

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