Strawberry Gulab Jamun

by Kiran on February 6, 2015 · 40 comments

in Desserts, Indian, Valentines

Hi friends!

I’m all sugared up and it’s not even Valentines Day. Thanks to these delectable strawberry gulab jamuns. Basically, its an Indian’s version of a doughnut hole, but better.

Because it’s mildly scented with exotic spices. Everything is delicious with spices 🙂

Strawberry Gulab Jamun | @KiranTarun
Deep fried deliciousness that is enjoyed mostly on a special occasion, I experimented with a luscious strawberry simple syrup that is quintessential to soak jamuns or just enjoyed by the spoonfuls.

Pick your battle.

Strawberry Gulab Jamun | @KiranTarun
Speaking of strawberries — its in season right now. But if you can’t find fresh and sweet strawberries, I’d use frozen. Whatever you do, don’t even think of omitting strawberries here.

Trust me, you’ll never enjoy jamuns or doughnut holes the same way again after trying this recipe.

Strawberry Gulab Jamun | @KiranTarun

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Yields 44 to 48 jamuns


Spiced strawberry simple syrup

  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 10 large strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 3 to 4 cardamom pods, crushed
  • a few strands of saffron
  • 1 tsp rose water


  • 2 cups khowa/khoya/milk powder
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup thick coconut cream
  • 50/50 ratio of vegetable oil and ghee for frying


  1. In a saucepan, add sugar, water and chopped strawberries to make simple syrup. Heat the pan on medium. Stir until sugars completely dissolves and syrup gently simmers.
  2. Stir and cook until syrup begins to thicken and strawberries softens, releasing juices. Keep syrup on the lowest heat setting on the stove so that it remains warm. Stir in cardamom pods, saffron threads and rose water.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine milk powder, whole wheat pastry, baking soda and pinch of salt. Add in coconut cream and mix everything until combined into a soft dough. You want a dough that is soft and moist. If it’s too dry, add in more coconut cream. I’ve tried making jamuns with low-fat milk as well.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a heavy bottomed nonstick saucepan on medium. Add enough vegetable oil and ghee for deep frying jamuns.
  5. While oil heats, divide dough into equal portions, roughly the size of an average small coin. It might be too small, but while deep frying and soaking in simple syrup, the jamuns tend to expand.
  6. Roll dough between palms and apply gentle pressure till the small dough balls are smoothly rounded. Make as many to keep ready for deep frying.
  7. Dough balls should appear smooth and without cracks. If it’s too dry, add a little more coconut cream or milk in the dough.
  8. Turn down the heat on deep frying to the lowest setting. Add a few dough balls at a time to avoid over-crowding.
  9. Dough balls would be afloat after a few seconds of frying. Using a mesh strainer, move around the dough balls to lightly brown and cook all sides.
  10. If dough balls browned too quickly, the oil is too hot. Lower the heat and redo the rest of dough balls.
  11. Remove jamuns to drain on paper towels for 5 minutes. Then transfer it into warm strawberry simple syrup to soak for a few hours.
  12. Continue frying all dough balls until done. Rotate soaked jamuns with jamuns that are awaiting to be soaked.
  13. Serve jamuns with drizzles of strawberry simple syrup, garnish with chopped pistachios and fresh strawberries.


Strawberry Gulab Jamun | @KiranTarun
Off to sneak in a bite. Because, how can one resist these deliciousness?! Not me 😀

Have you tried gulab jamuns before? Love it or otherwise? 


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1 Shibi@FlavzCorner February 6, 2015 at 9:40 AM

What a great idea and these treats perfectly fits the occasion!! First picture is stunning!! Gives the exotic mood 🙂


2 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:15 AM

Thanks Shibi! Glad you love the twist in this classic delight 🙂


3 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 6, 2015 at 11:23 AM

They look definitely better than doughnuts!
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4 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:19 AM

Thanks Angie 🙂


5 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ February 6, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Unfortunately I have never tried gulab jamuns 🙁 Gosh, I can’t take my eyes off these pictures.
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6 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:20 AM

Gosh, you need to try it — ASAP 😀


7 Shashi at RunninSrilankan February 6, 2015 at 2:45 PM

I love gulab jamuns oh so much! But have never had them with strawberry syrup!


8 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:26 AM

Thanks Shashi — it’s totally new to me too! A twist to the classic 🙂

ps: you might want to reconsider linking your blog account when posting on other blogs, instead of G+. You are potentially loosing a lot of Google juice.

Another thing, I am unable to comment on your blog because it’s requesting me to login with a password.


9 Sweets February 6, 2015 at 8:36 PM

Strawberry syrup! That’s an unique concept 🙂
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10 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:28 AM

Oh yes! 😀


11 Choc Chip Uru February 6, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Strawberry is my favourite fruit and you just combined it with a fave dessert – what a delicious idea!
Your photos are calling me 😀

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12 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:33 AM

Thanks Uru — it’s calling you to come for a bite 🙂


13 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 6, 2015 at 11:57 PM

I’ve never heard of gulab jamun until now. Very interesting…looks like a doughnut with syrup? If that’s the case, I’ll take, err, 5!
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14 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:34 AM

Jen — a must try. ASAP!

ps: I am loving your delicious comeback 🙂


15 Kristin @ Tasty Joy February 7, 2015 at 1:23 PM

Yum! How interesting! 🙂


16 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:36 AM

Thanks Kristin 🙂


17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 7, 2015 at 6:56 PM

You had me at doughnuts, what perfect little bites!
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18 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:37 AM

Thanks Laura!


19 easyfoodsmith February 8, 2015 at 7:06 AM

Amazing twist to the gulab jamuns!! You rock Kiran
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20 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:38 AM

Awww, thank you so much! 🙂


21 Ash-foodfashionparty February 8, 2015 at 5:08 PM

What a fabulous way to amp up this fabulous sweet. Love love that you’ve used coconut cream to make the jamun. Wow!!
Your styling is so festive. Gorgeous!


22 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:41 AM

Thanks Ash! Coconut cream is definitely better than butter. The texture makes for a fluffy and softer jamuns 🙂


23 Creative Khadija February 9, 2015 at 3:25 AM

Very yummy gulab jaman! thanks for sharing this recipe with strawberries! very yumm.. And I love your photography as well, visiting your blog first time & happily following 🙂
Hava a good day!
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24 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:42 AM

Khadija — aww, thank you so much for your support and welcome to my space 🙂


25 Rebecca@Figs and Pigs February 9, 2015 at 5:05 AM

They look so good. I’ve never tried a Gulab Jaman but as you say there like doughnuts then I know I would love them and eat the whole lot.Love finding out about new foods to try thanks Kiran.
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26 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:43 AM

You are most welcome, Rebecca — these are definitely a must try 🙂


27 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 9, 2015 at 5:43 AM

You’er so creative! I never thought to make these with a fruit flavour but they would be so good! 😀
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28 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:45 AM

Lorraine — aww, thanks love. Same can be said about you 🙂


29 Raymund February 10, 2015 at 2:26 AM

Ive seen this in Indian restaurants here but never tried a gulab jamun, it looks like I will make this soon at home
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30 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:49 AM

Raymund — bon apetit! let me know how it tastes 🙂


31 Joanne February 10, 2015 at 7:57 AM

Gulab jamun have always been one of my MOST FAVORITE EVER Indian sweets! I think the berry addition really takes them up a notch!
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32 Kiran February 12, 2015 at 1:50 AM

Joanne — I am so glad you’ve tasted gulab jamuns before. A must try with berries 🙂


33 Katie @ Recipe for Perfection February 12, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Anything that combines cardamom, saffron, rose water, and strawberries is all right by me! 🙂
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34 Kiran February 14, 2015 at 8:04 PM

Totally! Happy Valentines Day 🙂


35 Manali @ CookWithManali February 15, 2015 at 2:43 AM

Beautiful beautiful pictures! I’m in love with your photography!:) The gulab jamuns of course look gorgeous!
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36 Minal April 7, 2015 at 2:47 AM

Excellent recipe !!! Gulabjamun with fruit syrup (y) I’ll try it soon …


37 sherin May 14, 2015 at 6:55 AM

Amazing Jamuns and I’ve never tried them with strawberry syrup. Very innovative and makes the dish so colourful. amazing photography as well. first time here and amazed at the talent.


38 Jia October 22, 2016 at 11:44 PM

Hi Kiran
These look so decadent!
Can’t wait to make it…so can I use full fat milk powder and can I half this recipe?
I’ve come across some recipes that suggests the use of a little lemon juice to activate the baking u think that’ll work for this recipe?


39 Kiran October 29, 2016 at 9:51 PM

Hi Jia,

Thank you. Every recipe is tested accordingly. Any change to the recipe will yield different results. Proceed with caution and all the best! Happy Diwali 🙂


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