Be My Guest – Gulab Jamun

I am searching for words as to how to start this post today. One of the many lovely friendships I have received through blogging, I must say is this lovely lady who is going to be a part of my blog today. Knowing her “lazy nature” (I hope you don’t mind, dee… :P), I gave her three month’s advance notice so that she would be on time for the guest post. The lone giveaway that I have won over these months of blogging was from her blog. She rarely posts, which is sad… but when she posts, she does really drool-worthy recipes. I don’t think I need to talk about her cake decoration skills. I really admire her patience to do the cakes that she so painstakingly does to make it look really perfect, just like this one! OK, I guess I stop my chattering now and straight tell you who I am talking about… I am sure by this time you would have scrolled down to the pics and caught hold of who it would be… hehe…


Today I have with me, Vineetha, or I would prefer calling her Vinee like many of us do, who blogs at Malabar Ruchi. I have enjoyed really a warm friendship with her and my interactions with her on FB and Whassup have always been filled with lighthearted chats. Even if you read her blog, you will see how down-to-earth a person she is. It is a pleasure having her around in this series of mine and seriously, I cannot explain how excited I am! When I dropped her a message for her contribution, the first thing she asked is, “Do you have Gulab Jamun on that big list of recipes on your blog?” I only wanted to laugh!!! This is one thing I so love to eat, but haven’t had the guts to make it, and actually speaking, just one of the items on the ever growing list of to-make and to-try! So I told her not to worry and go ahead as she planned. It is so sad that I don’t get to eat it, I’ve to pacify myself just drooling over the pics!!! Hmm…


Off to you, Vinee…



Rafeeda or Rafee as I fondly call her is one of the sweetest friend virtual friend has gifted me. She has been a great support and encouragement for my blog through her beautiful comments which comes straight from her heart. I owe it to Rafee for  making my blog’s font to a  readable size as they were really really small before and it was she pointed out that I should make it a bit bigger. So after lots of experiments finally I figured out everything and changed it but what surprised me was  even before mentioning that to her  she noticed the difference  and got back to me ! Such genuine friends are rare to find right ??


I look up to Rafee’s blog not just for recipes, I enjoy reading her lovely write ups and beautiful quotes which she posts . Rafee’s recipes has left me drooling several times, especially all her typical Malabar dishes and Biriyani’s.
When Rafee hosted a cook out in Kerala kitchen I joined her and tried her Attipathiri recipe. She gave all the directions precisely in the  post, so it was so easy to follow her recipe and it tasted soo delicious too !
When Rafee asked whether  I could do a guest post for her I was more than happy to do it for her and knowing me well, she gave 3 months time, so I got ample time to plan and do this post for her. Since she left everything to me, I choose this Gulab Jamun for the Big sweet tooth girl 🙂
Coming to post, making Gulab jamuns were  not really easy peasy as I thought or maybe I should say it’s so easy to  screw it up  if u don’t follow the recipe to dot and that’s what my over confidence did to me. First time I made this I added a  little extra baking soda, so even though the Jamun’s tasted good, it didn’t hold the round shape after it was fried.  Second time I reduced the baking soda but I think I added one spoon extra butter moreover the baking soda was still more so it had to binned straight away as it didn’t hold shape at all. So by  third time I had better idea and the Jamun’s came out so perfect ! So the key to get a good jamun is to add just a pinch of baking soda which  doesn’t mean  ¼ tsp or 1/8 tsp as I  thought ( silly me ! ). A pinch really does mean a pinch in gulab jamun recipe !!
Recipe source – Nupur’s UK Rasoi
For syrup
Sugar – 1 1/2 cup
Water – 1 ½ cup
Saffron – few strands
Cardamon – 4 no ( crushed )
Rose water – 1 tsp ( optional)
For Jamuns
Milk powder – 1 cup
Plain flour/  maida – ¼ cup
Butter (melted) – 2 tbs
Whole milk at room temperature – ¼ cup
Baking soda – A pinch ( DONOT add more than a pinch )
Oil for deep frying
In a thick bottomed pan add all the ingredients ‘for syrup’ and bring it rolling boil. Reduce the flame and boil for about 10 minutes. Let it cool down.
In a mixing bowl mix milk powder, plain flour, butter, baking powder and add milk little by little( might not need whole of the milk ) until u get a soft pliable dough. Keep it aside for 5- 10 minutes.
Grease your hands with some oil and divide and roll the dough into 20- 24 smooth small balls .
Heat the oil in frying pan with enough oil to sink the jamuns. Oil SHOULD NOT BE HOT as jamuns get very dark outside and floats to top  as soon u drop them and inside won’t be cooked. Ideal temperature would be medium low – low flame and it should take atleast 5 minutes for the jamuns to get evenly browned and to be perfectly cooked inside.
Once deep fried, let them cool to room temperature before dropping them into sugar syrup. Let it soak for atleast 1 hour before serving them.
Thank you so much for having me over Rafee and I really wish one day I could meet you in person and taste some of your specials, which by the way can happen any time this year as I have a sister living in ur town J. Jokes apart, Wishing you all the very best and a big thanks to you  all for stopping by and taking your time to read this post 🙂
OH… How I wish I could just grab that plate and spoon and just gobble down that gulab jamun… Sigh!!! I guess it’s time I go down and buy myself a few to supress my cravings! Thanks a lot Vinee for being a part of my blog, you have graced it perfectly for sure!Have a nice weekend ahead, friends… 🙂

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  1. Yummy mouthwatering gulab jamuns. Now off to vineetha's space

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  2. Yummy looking gulab Jamoon & nice write up. Going over to check her site:)

    1. Thank you so much Sharon…

  3. kudos to you both..jamuns look yum yum

    1. Thank you so much Sireesha…

  4. nice recipe post….rafee and vineetha.. 🙂 I just remember first time when I tried to make gulab jamun from scratch and how it messed up.. 🙂 from that time never tried my own and using only ready to use mixes.. 🙂

    1. Even I would prefer eating whatever I get from the shop than messing up my hands!! Thank you so much Tanya… 🙂

  5. Wow gulab jamun it Vinee..

    1. Thank you so much Meena…

  6. omg super spongy gulab jamun and drool worthy clicks 🙂 fantastic guest post dearies !!

    1. Thank you so much Manjula… 🙂

  7. Looks yummy and exotic.Congrats Rafee and Vineetha.Great job !

    1. Thank you so much Dhyuthi…

  8. Lovey jamuns, my favorite…

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  9. OMG, I am literally drooling like crazy here!!! This looks fabulously delicious, Raf! Yumm! Please eat my fair share!

    1. Thank you so much Reva…

  10. lovely post and drooling on those cute cute jamuns…. Hope u r enjoying ther Rafee.. come back soon..v miss u 🙁

    1. I hope you didn't feel my absence, Hasna… thank u so much for your kind words, it is overwhelming to receive such love for sure… 🙂

  11. Made gulab once and it was a disaster; not sure what when wrong where. Thanks to the guest post and the recipe. I simply love gulab but just a small bit.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  12. Delicious! Always a favorite!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  13. Lovely post…am a big fan of Vineetha's cake decorations..

    1. Just like me, Kaveri… thanks a lot…

  14. lovely guest Post Rafeada.. Gulab jamens look so great 😛 i am calling my husband right now 😛 will order some gulab jamens 😀 Because of tight schedule dot have time to make them 😛 or this would be so nice if you gonna pass me 😛

    1. I wish I could, but since I am not getting to eat them, I doubt it! 😛 Thanks a lot, Monu… 🙂

  15. Wah….I love this…..drooling over it…..Awesome gulab jamuns…….Nice to see u vinee…what u told is right…genuine friends are rare and Rafee is one among them for sure 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Remya… 🙂

  16. Wow…….. Super tasty gulab jamuns……love it!!!

    1. Thank you so much Sony…

  17. Looks delicious and tasty dear …yum yummy !!

    1. Thank you so much Asha…

    1. Thank you so much Haffa….

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