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Name of Event

Deepavali (Diwali) - the festival of lights

Cuisine From



India’s version of doughnuts immersed in a warm, fragrant, sweet rose syrup


Yield 15
Preparation time 15-20 mins
Cooking time Syrup 30 mins Donuts 30 mins (Inc.resting time)
Main Ingredient milk and sugar


For Dough

  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp room softened unsalted butter
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • Oil for frying

For syrup

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp cardomom powder
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • sliced almonds and pistachios for garnishing


To make the syrup

  • Add the sugar, water, cardomom powder and rose syrup. Mix well on medium heat until it begins to boil.
  • Remove from heat allow it to simmer whilst mixing.
  • Set aside.

To make the gulab jamuns

  • In a food processor,  mix the milk powder, flour and baking soda.
  • Now add the butter and slowly add the milk. (The dough should be slightly moist and soft. You can add more milk if needs be.
  • Remove the dough formed and it let it settle for a few minutes.
  • Add some oil to your palms and being to knead the dough on a clean surface until smooth.
  • Divide the dough into 15 equal portions and roll them into smooth balls (there should be no cracks).
  • Heat the oil on medium heat. Once hot, test it by adding a gulab jamun to it. If it is the right temperature it will rise to the top in about 20 seconds.
  • Fry the gulab jamuns for 7-8 minutes (You may need to do this in two batches as they will expand in size).
  • Keep rolling the balls to ensure they cooke evenly.
  • Drain excess oil on a napkin.

Putting it all together

  • Allow the gulab jaumuns to cool for a few minutes before adding them to the syrup. Let them sit in the syrup for about 20 minutes before serving.
  • They taste perfect served warm with vanilla ice cream.

This recipe has been provided with the kind permission of Monica's Spice Diary-Indian Food Blog  Please visit her site for an outstanding selection of tasty Indian recipes.

If you would like to learn more about Diwali and see more tasty recipes to celebrate this exciting event go to events page.