Gulab Jamun

Recipe courtesy of Meena Giri
Show: My Grandmother's Ravioli Episode: Meena, Mo and the Momos

Photo: Gulab Jamun

TOTAL TIME: 11 hr 20 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 10 hr 15 min
Cook: 45 min
YIELD: 10 to 12 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate


  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup store-bought pancake mix, such as Bisquick
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 5 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • Pinch of saffron
  • Canola oil, for frying
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In a medium bowl, mix the milk powder and pancake mix together. Cut the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles pea-sized crumbles. Add the milk and stir until a slightly wet dough forms. Form into a ball and cover with a damp cloth. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Bring the sugar, cardamom, saffron and 4 cups water to a boil, cooking and stirring, until all the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and keep the syrup warm.

Heat 3 inches of canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until a candy thermometer inserted in the oil reads 350 degrees F.

Scoop out 1 mounded tablespoon of dough at a time and roll it between both hands or on a cutting board until it is round and smooth. Slide 2 to 3 balls at a time into the oil and fry until golden brown on one side, 2 minutes. Turn balls over to continue to fry on other side, 2 minutes more. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain, about 2 minutes. Transfer the balls to the warm syrup. Repeat with the remaining dough. Let the balls cool completely in the syrup, then refrigerate overnight before serving.

Serve 2 to 3 balls in a small bowl and pour about 2 tablespoons of the syrup on top.


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