Rava Gulab Jamun
Rava gulab jamun | Sooji Gulab Jamun Recipe
Cook Time
40 mins
Soaking time
2 hrs
Total Time
40 mins
Gulab jamun can be made in a traditional way using khoya or mawa or using the bread like bread gulab jamun or just using the store bought gulab jamun instant mix. Now you can also make gulab jamun using the rava (also called semolina or sooji). This rava gulab jamun turns out to be as soft as the traditional gulab jamun and also tastes great.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Rava gulab jamun
Servings: 6
Author: Akila
For sugar syrup
  • Sugar - 1.5 cups
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Cardamom - 1/4 tsp
  • Saffron - a pinch
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp optional
  • Orange food colour - a pinch optional and added if saffron is not added
  • Vanilla or rose essence- 1/2 tsp optional
For making gulab jamun
  • Rava sooji / semolina - 1/2 cup
  • Milk - 1.5 cup
  • Ghee clarified butter - 1.5 tbsp + little for hands
  • Salt - 1 or 2 pinch
  • Oil for frying
  1. In the heavy bottom pan add sugar and water and mix until the sugar dissolves completely.
  2. To this add cardamom and pinch of saffron and allow to boil for some time.
  3. When the sugar reaches single thread consistency then switch off the stove and keep aside the sugar syrup.
  4. Now in another heavy bottom pan add 1/2 cup of rava and start frying it. Do not fry it till it becomes brown in color. Before that stage itself remove it.
  5. Now Grind this rava to a fine powder. If you are using fine rava then you can use it as it is. No need to grind it.
  6. In the same pan add milk and just warm it. No need to boil it.
  7. Add the ground rava to this and start mixing it immediately. Do not give any gap as it forms lumps and it will be hard to break later.
  8. When you keep on mixing the mixture becomes thicker. Now and the ghee to this and add a pinch of salt and mix it and switch off the stove when it turns thick but still soft.
  9. Transfer this to another vessel and start to knead to make it even more softer.
  10. Apply some ghee on your hands and start making small soft balls. So that the mixture does not stick on your hands.
  11. Now in another vessel add enough oil to fry the balls. Drop the balls one by one on the hot oil and start frying it. Fry it until it becomes light golden color. Do not over fry it. Also do not fry in very high flame as the outer layer becomes black soon and the inner part will not be cooked.
  12. Once the balls have turned to light brown color remove it from the oil and add them to the sugar syrup which we have prepared previously.
  13. Since the sugar syrup would have cool down by now slightly, heat the sugar syrup slightly once the balls are added. Repeat the same process for the other batch of balls.
  14. Let the balls rest in the sugar syrup for 2 to 3 hours so that it completely absorbs the sugar syrup. After three hours of soaking in sugar syrup the balls would have become very soft gulab jamuns.
  15. Serve the rava gulab jamuns in a bowl.
  16. Yummy and tasty rava gulab jamuns are ready.
Recipe Notes

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