Gulab Jamun be Jammin’

Do you love donuts? Then maybe it’s time your taste buds revel in this simple Indian dessert.

Naya Johnson, Editor of Campus Life


  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp clarified butter
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1-2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 quart vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ quart sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • A pinch of saffron
  1. In a large bowl, combine the milk powder, flour, baking powder, and half of the ground cardamom. Mix in the melted butter and pour in the milk. Stir well until blended. Cover and let rest for 15-30 minutes.
  2. In a large pan, mix the water, sugar, saffron, and the remaining cardamom together. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for three minutes. Set aside.
  3. Fill another pan approximately halfway with vegetable oil and heat over medium heat for five minutes.
  4. While the oil heats, knead the dough, prepared in the first step, into balls around two inches in diameter. Make twenty balls to start.
  5. Reduce the heat of the oil to low, and begin frying the balls in small batches. After five minutes, they’ll start to expand in the oil. Do not remove until they’ve turned a golden color.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the dough balls from the pan to a napkin to drain. Allow the balls to cool for ten minutes.
  7. Place the fried balls into the pan with the syrup, made in the second step. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes until they’ve absorbed the syrup. Serve while hot.
  8. Enjoy!