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These delicious rose and cardamom scented sugar milk soaked dumplings have a deep rooted history and is enjoyed in India, Pakistan and many other countries. These are easy to make ahead and store in the refrigerator for a week. You can serve this cold or just warmed up in a microwave for a few minutes. Simply delicious.

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Gulab Jamuns – Rose & Cardamom scented Sugar soaked milk dumplings.


  • Syrup
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 crushed cardamom pods
  • Tbsp of rose water
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Dumplings
  • 2 cups milk powder
  • 2 tsps vegetable shortening
  • 2 tsps self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsps semolina soaked in a little water
  • 150ml or less milk
  • 2-3 cups oil


  1. Boil the sugar and water together
  2. When dissolved, add the cardamom and essence.
  3. Continue to boil until the water is reduced by a quarter.
  4. Add the lime juice that will prevent crystallization
  5. Leave in pan to cool
  6. Add the vegetable shortening to the milk powder and work it into the powder
  7. Add the flour and baking powder
  8. Add the semolina and mix
  9. Add the milk a tbsp at a time, till you have a nice supple dough
  10. Divide the milk into small 1 inch balls
  11. Use a ice cream scoop for uniform measurement
  12. Heat some oil till about 200 degrees
  13. Deep fry the milk balls moving the oil in a circular motion so they are evenly browned on all sides
  14. Dunk the balls in the warm sugar syrup and allow it to properly soak in the syrup for a few minutes.
  15. Serve garnished with nuts(optional)