November 11, 2010

Kaala Jamun ~ Diwali Sweet

With instant gulab jamun mixes available in the market, making them at home is a breeze. And that is not
the case with kaala jamun. This is the third sweet which I made for Diwali.  I followed Viji akka's recipe (Vcuisine-Private blog) with slight modifications. It came out well. I was relieved when I checked if the jamuns were soft after their soaking time. And needless to say, this was my first try. The measurements of ingredients and frying plays an important role in getting soft jamuns.

You need

  • Khova/Mawa - 1 cup (Used store bought)
  • Crumbled paneer - 1 cup (used fresh home made paneer)
  • Maida/All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
  • Baking soda - 1/4 tspn
  • Water/Milk if required. (I didnot need any)
  • Oil to fry

For filling

Cashew/Raisins/sugar candies



For syrup

  • Sugar - 2 cups
  • Water -2 cups
  • Milk - 1 tbspn
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tspn


Mix maida and baking soda. If your khoya is hard, grate it. Add crumbled paneer to khoya. Add all purpose flour and knead to a soft dough. If needed add milk. I used fresh paneer and the moisture from the paneer was enough and didn't not add any milk.  Be cautious in case you add milk. Do add in small quantities since the fat from khova and moisture from the paneer will be enough. Else you will end up with a sticky dough and will have to add some more of one of the ingredients and it may not yield soft jamuns.

Rest the dough for half an hour.

Sugar Syrup

Take sugar and water in a vessel. Bring it to a boil and add milk. Remove the scum that floats on the top. Let the syrup boil till turns sticky to touch. Add cardamom powder and remove from fire. The syrup preparation is similar to what we make for Gulab jamun.


Frying the jamun
Knead the dough and make gooseberry sized balls of the dough. Keep cashew/raisin/sugar candy in the
centre and roll it again with out any cracks.

Heat oil till it is moderately hot.  Add 4 balls at a time. After few seconds, lower the heat to the lowest and fry till it is dark brown in color. Note that you don't fry it  for longer time after it gets that  dark color else you
will end up with hard crust jamuns.

Drain the jamuns and put it in the sugar syrup. Fry all the remaining jamuns. In case if you feel the oil has become too hot, switch off the stove for few minutes and then start again.
Jamuns should soak in the syrup for 7 hours. After its soaked well, remove them from the syrup and transfer to the serving tray. Leave the unused jamuns in the syrup.  Garnish the jamuns with grated coconut or chopped nuts.

Enjoy delicious, soft jamuns with nutty centres.



  1. Hey,

    Those jamuns look so inviting..Send me some!!:)


  2. Kala jamun looks delicious. I love Jamun in any form.

  3. Kalak jamun looks super spongy,juicy and yummy..

  4. These are one of my favourites. Looks delicious.

  5. Such great step by step instructions,You are amazing.I did not have a good recipe for kala jamun, now you are tempting me to try this out too! And I am trying to stop making any more sweets, after the Diwali extravaganza!Please post some non-sweet recipes,have mercy!

  6. Love the recipe,nutty twist should be an amazing taste! Nice explanation!

  7. Superb. will try for next diwali. U got the exact color :)

  8. Ummmmmmmm looks so tempting in my todo list thanks for the recipe dear

  9. Mmmm.., that's exotic, I made some Jamoons last week!, this one is looking beautiful!, they are looking so yummy, perfect explanation and very rich with the nut!

  10. Very beautiful Jayasree.. they look perfect. Had a doubt, sometimes my jamuns crack when frying in the oil. Can you suggest a solution for it?



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