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Recipe: Gulab Jamin (Traditional Indian Donuts)

Who doesn’t love donuts? This recipe is a traditional Indian recipe that inspires the palate, warms the belly and delivers you into a whole new world of flavor and culture cuisine.

Yield: 20 servings    

Total Time: 50 minutes          Prep Time: 20 Minutes           Cook Time: 30 Minutes


  • -2 cups instant skim milk powder
  • -1/2 cup GF All Purpose Flour (preferable bob’s Mill)
  • -2/3 cup whipping (+ milk)
  • -1/2 tsp scant baking soda
  • -4 cups water
  • -2 tbsp rose water
  • -oil for frying 

Method of Preparation:

  1. Make Sugar syrup and set aside: combine sugar and water to wide pan and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat to medium and let simmer for about 7-8min. Add rose water and keep it warm
  2. Make dough: combine flour, milk powder and baking soda together. Add whipping cream and bind the mixture with your fingers to form a loose and sticky dough.
  3. Scrape the dough from your fingers and the sides of the bowl and let sit for 5 minutes so the dough firms up like cookie dough.
  4. Once the dough is firmer, divide it into equal parts the size of a nickel. Grease your palms and roll the pieces into little balls. (There should be no cracks!)
  5. While the dough is being rolled out, have the oil heating in a pan/wok so to deep fry the balls.
  6. Keep the dough balls covered in a bowl with a wet towel. Test the oil with a ball if needed to make sure the heat is just right!
  7. When the oil is ready, gently slide in 4-7 at a time in the oil. The balls will sink to the bottom and will rise themselves.
  8. Using the skimmer strainer move around the balls ensuring even browning. Allow them to get colored then remove them and drain on a paper towel.
  9. Once the balls are all done frying, and they have cooled a little, add them to the simple syrup and leave them to soak 30min to 24hours. Serve with or without syrup warm or room temp. Enjoy!

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