kala jamun recipe, how to make easy kala jamun recipe with khoya

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kala jamun recipe with step by step photos. easy and delicious recipe of kala jamuns made with khoya and paneer.

the difference between gulab jamun and kala jamun is the color and texture. while gulab jamuns are golden colored balls, kala jamuns have a dark color with just some shades away from black. hence the word ‘kala’ which means black. this color is achieved by frying the jamuns at a low flame for some time to get the dark color.

kala jamun recipe

traditionally khoya or mawa is used to make gulab jamuns or kala jamuns. khoya is basically dried evaporated milk solids. these milk solids are obtained by continuously cooking the milk on a low flame till most of the moisture evaporates. if you want to make the khoya at home, you can check this traditional method of making khoya.

easy kala jamun recipe

gulab jamun, kala jamun, rasgulla, coconut ladoo and jalebi are a few desserts that my folks are too much fond of.

here the kala jamun recipe is adapted from my gulab jamun recipe with khoya. this recipe will yield about 35 to 37 jamuns. i made them in an oval oblong shape. you can even make round shaped kala jamuns. i used half of the dough to make kala jamuns and the remaining half for dry gulab jamuns. few more sweets recipes you can check are:

  1. sweet potato gulab jamun
  2. gulab jamun made with bread
  3. gulab jamun recipe made with milk powder.

since diwali is just a few weeks away, this recipe is perfect for small parties or get togethers. make the jamuns a day before and keep them soaking in the sugar syrup in the refrigerator. these kala jamuns stay well for about a week in the fridge.

if you are looking for more diwali sweets recipes then do check kalakand, kaju katli, shahi tukda, mysore pak and 7 cup burfi recipe.

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kala jamun recipe

kala jamun recipe - easy and delicious recipe of kala jamuns made with khoya (mawa) and paneer.

course desserts
cuisine north indian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 45 minutes
servings 17 to 20
rough calories per serving 136 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for kala jamun balls:

  • 250 grams soft khoya or 1 cup tightly packed khoya (mawa or dried evaporated milk solids)
  • 100 grams paneer or ½ cup tightly packed grated paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 3 tablespoon all purpose flour (maida)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • oil or ghee for deep frying

sugar syrup for kala jamuns:

  • 300 grams sugar or 2 cups sugar
  • 1.5 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder)
  • 12 to 15 strands of saffron (kesar)

how to make recipe

preparing kala jamun balls:

  1. take 250 grams of khoya in a plate or bowl. the khoya used for gulab jamuns is the soft khoya also known as hariyali khoya or chikna khoya. this is a soft khoya, so it mashes and kneads very well.
  2. mash the khoya very well with your hands. keep aside. there should be no lumps or small bits or pieces in the khoya. you can also grate and then mash the khoya.
  3. grate 100 grams paneer and keep aside. 100 grams paneer yields about 1/2 cup grated paneer.
  4. now add the grated paneer and 3 tbsp all purpose flour (maida) to the khoya.
  5. add 1 tbsp milk.
  6. gently mix everything very well.
  7. bring together this mixture and form into a dough. do not knead the dough. just mix and gather to a dough. if the mixture looks dry and does not cling together to a dough, you can add 1 tbsp more of the milk.
  8. now pinch small marble sized balls from the dough and roll them in a round shape between your palms. roll lightly and not heavily.
  9. now roll the ball again between your palms to give a oblong cylindrical shape.
  10. roll all the jamuns this way and keep them covered with a cotton kitchen towel.

making sugar syrup for kala jamun:

  1. take 2 cups sugar in a pan and add 1.5 cups water.
  2. keep this pan on stove top on a low to medium flame and stir so that the sugar begins to dissolve.
  3. when all the sugar is dissolved, add 1/4 tsp lemon juice. the lemon juice does not allow the sugar syrup to crystallize.
  4. cook the sugar syrup on a low to medium flame till you get 1/2 string consistency or the syrup becomes sticky.
  5. when the sugar syrup is cooking, you can begin frying the kala jamuns. as when you add the kala jamuns, the sugar syrup has to be hot. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or deep pan on a low to medium flame.

  6. switch off the flame and add 1/2 tsp cardamom powder and 12 to 15 strands of saffron, crushed. also add 1 tbsp rose water.

frying - making kala jamuns:

  1. for testing, slid a tiny dough ball in the hot oil.
  2. the ball should come up slowly and not quickly. this is the temperature at which we will fry the jamuns.
  3. keep the flame to a low and fry this small jamun till it becomes golden.
  4. now gently slid the kala jamuns. do not crowd and add the jamuns as per the size of the pan.
  5. when you see faint golden spots, turn over the jamuns gently.
  6. keep on turning them in the oil, like a gentle swirling with the slotted spoon, so that they brown evenly. when frying the jamuns have to feel light and not heavy.
  7. fry till they turn a shade or two darker than the golden fried color.
  8. place them on paper towels.
  9. whilst they are hot, quickly add them to the sugar syrup.
  10. fry all the kala jamuns in the same way and add them to the sugar syrup.

  11. cover and allow the kala jamuns to soak in the sugar syrup. once the sugar syrup cools down, keep the bowl covered in the fridge.

  12. serve kala jamuns at room temperature or chilled as a dessert or sweet.

how to make kala jamun recipe with step by step pics:

1. take 250 grams of khoya in a plate or bowl. the khoya used for gulab jamuns is the soft khoya also known as daap ka khoya or chikna khoya. this is a soft khoya, so it mashes and kneads very well.

khoya for kala jamun recipe

2. mash the khoya very well with your hands. keep aside. there should be no lumps or small bits or pieces in the khoya. you can also grate and then mash the khoya. the mashed khoya should not feel granular to touch.

khoya for kala jamun recipe

3. grate 100 grams paneer and keep aside. 100 grams paneer yields about ½ cup grated paneer. use a fine grater to grate the paneer. if using freshly made paneer than make sure the paneer is strained well of the whey.

paneer for kala jamun recipe

4. now add the grated paneer and 3 tbsp all purpose flour (maida) to the khoya.

maida for kala jamun recipe

5. add 1 tbsp milk.

milk for kala jamun recipe

6. gently mix everything very well.

making kala jamun recipe

7. bring together this mixture and form into a dough. do not knead the dough. just mix and gather to a dough. if the mixture looks dry and does not cling together to a dough, you can add 1 tbsp more of the milk

dough for kala jamun recipe

8. now pinch small marble sized balls from the dough and roll them in a round shape between your palms. roll lightly and not heavily.

rolling jamun balls

9. now roll the ball again between your palms to give a oblong cylindrical shape.

rolling kala jamuns

10. roll all the jamuns this way and keep them covered with a cotton kitchen towel. please note that i used half of the dough to make these kala jamuns.

rolled kala jamuns

11. take 2 cups sugar in a pan.

sugar for kala jamun recipe

12. add 1.5 cups water.

water for preparing kala jamun recipe

13. keep this pan on stove top on a low to medium flame and stir so that the sugar begins to dissolve.

sugar solution for making kala jamun recipe

14. when all the sugar is dissolved, add ¼ tsp lemon juice. the lemon juice does not allow the sugar syrup to crystallize.

lemon juice for kala jamun recipe

15. cook the sugar syrup on a low to medium flame till you get ½ string consistency or the syrup becomes sticky.

sugar syrup for kala jamun recipe

16. switch off the flame and add ½ tsp cardamom powder and 12 to 15 strands of saffron, crushed. also add 1 tbsp rose water.

preparing kala jamun recipe

frying kala jamuns:

17. when the sugar syrup is cooking, you can begin frying the jamuns. as when you add the fried kala jamuns, the sugar syrup has to be hot. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or deep pan on a low to medium flame. you can also use ghee for deep frying.

oil for kala jamun recipe

18. for testing, slid a tiny dough ball in the hot oil. the ball should come up slowly and not quickly. this is the temperature at which we will fry the jamuns.

frying kala jamuns recipe

19. keep the flame to a low and fry this tiny jamun ball.

frying kala jamuns recipe

20. fry this small jamun till it becomes golden. if this jamun ball breaks, then add a few tsp of flour to the dough and mix well again. before you begin shaping the jamuns, you can do this test.

frying kala jamuns recipe

21. now gently slid the kala jamuns. the flame should be low. do not crowd and add the jamuns as per the size of the pan.

frying kala jamun recipe

22. when you see light golden spots, turn over the jamuns gently. here i was handling the camera too, so the jamuns got browned more. the jamuns fry very quickly, so do be attentive.

frying - kala jamuns recipe

23. keep on turning them in the oil, like a gentle swirling with the slotted spoon, so that they brown evenly. when frying the jamuns have to feel light and not heavy. the lightness is similar to the lightness of thermocol balls, while frying them.

frying - kala jamuns recipe

24. fry till they turn a shade or two darker than the golden color.

frying kala jamun recipe

25. place kala jamuns on paper towels to remove excess oil.

fried kala jamun recipe

26. whilst they are hot, quickly add kala jamuns to the sugar syrup. fry all the kala jamuns in the same way and add them to the sugar syrup. note that the sugar syrup has to be hot. to maintain the hot temperature, you can keep the sugar syrup bowl or pan on a hot water bath. cover and allow the kala jamuns to soak in the sugar syrup for 3 to 4 hours before serving. once the sugar syrup cools down, keep the bowl covered in the fridge.

kala jamun, kala jamun recipe

27. serve kala jamuns at room temperature or chilled as a dessert or sweet. you can garnish with some sliced or chopped pistachios or blanched almonds while serving.

kala jamun recipe

About

dassana amit
i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.



54 thoughts on “kala jamun recipe, how to make easy kala jamun recipe with khoya

  1. Can I stuff dry fruits inside the jamuns and make in round shape instead of cylindrical shape

    • yes radhi, you can stuff dry fruits and make a round shape.

  2. Hello,

    I made eggless choclate cake following your recipe it turned out superb.here I want to ask that if I use only 250gms of khoya then how much maida and milk should I add.

    • thanks gurpreet for the feedback on eggless chocolate cake recipe. you mean you don’t want to add paneer? then just add half tablespoon maida and about 2 to 3 teaspoons milk.

  3. hello; I made kala jamun according to your recipe it’s done very tasty but it’s too hard pz reply me

    • if you mix dough too much, then the jamuns will become hard. also the sugar syrup should not should not have more than 1 string consistency or become too thick. then the jamuns cannot absorb the sugar syrup and will be dense. hope this helps.

      • Thank u so mch for reply

        • welcome swapnali 🙂

  4. You are recipe are very easy how to make kala jamun I will try for making this desert

    • surely try monu and do share your views on kala jamun, thanks for positive views.

  5. Hello mam,
    I am a big fan of your recipes I never showed interest in cooking and knew about its importance…. but when I started experimenting your recipes it came so well….just loved to make them really tons of thanks to u….I have a question to u….when I made Kala jamun balls they were hard but when I dropped them in oil it broke into pieces I made home made khova and with equal proportions as you mentioned…. where did I go wrong……blessings from mom greetings from my sis.

    • thanks a lot pratibha. please do convey my regards to your mom and sis. since you mention that the dough balls were hard, could be that the khova had small tiny balls like granular consistency. the khova/khoya has to have a fine consistency. and this can also be the reason, that after adding them in oil, the jamuns broke.

  6. Hi Dasanna,

    Your kala jamun recipe is copied with image and is shining on another blog. Pls check it…There may be many more from your blog.

    • thanks latha for letting me know. i checked the website and will see what i can do. this person has taken some other recipes as well. its very difficult in cases like these as there is no way you can contact the owner of the website. sometimes the web hosting company also does not respond. i have removed the link and saved it.

      • Hi mam,

        I felt really bad after reading that someone copied your hard work. I would suggest to watermark all your pics with your name/sitename. So that even if someone copies, the original watermark will be there. Just a suggestion

        • thankyou deepu would surely heed your advice god bless you.

  7. i love the way the recipe is shown with pics.i would suggest u should add the tips also which should be avoided or done compulsorily along with the recipe. or alternatives of the ingredients if possible.Thanks for this lovely n usefull site.

    • thanks richa. usually i add the tips in the steps and things that can be avoided in most of my recipes.

  8. Really great recipes. Really love your recipes.

    • thanks naveen.

  9. Hi, quick question, can we skip paneer?? any alternative for that?? I have khoya but not paneer readily available…

    • yes skip and use the same amount of khoya in place of paneer.

      • Thank you so muchhh…. I made it…. It came out so good… Thanks again 🙂

        • thanks and welcome anu 🙂

  10. Hi dassana

    I tried this recepie for the first time and it turned out good. I wish I could send u the pic to elaborate ;), however I have certain queries, if you could help to make it even more perfect for Diwali :-

    a) The cylindrical shape results in non uniformity while frying. Even though I stirred the oil constantly still some of the jamuns turned out to be non uniform in texture. I would like all my jamuns to be similar in texture. Pls advise…
    b) what is the perfect stuffing for the jamuns.? I stuffed them with pistachio & kesar.
    c) do we need to continuously stir the sugar while preparing the syrup to prevent it from caromalising?
    d) I have refrigerated the leftover syrup. Can I use it for next time also while prepring fresh syrup ?
    e) what effect it would have on texture if you add sooji too in the dough. Will it darken?
    f) you have not used baking soda whole preparing. Adding a pinch of baking soda and making it react with a lil lemon juice makes it more fluffy . 🙂

    • hi karan, your queries answered below. wish you a happy diwali.

      1. the oblong shape has to be uniform. after you roll into a oblong or cylindrical shape, then press the top and bottom sides to flatten them a bit, so that they don’t taper. when frying, sometimes, since the jamuns are light, even after frying them, they resume to the original position. with a slotted spoon they have to be turned over so that the other side gets fried. you have to use keep on rotatating, swirling and turning over the jamuns often to get a uniform color and texture.
      2. pistachios and kesar are good enough.
      3. just stir in the beginning to melt the sugar. once the sugar is melted, than stir occasionally.
      4. yes you can. just add it to the fresh syrup once the fresh syrup is done.
      5. sooji can be added. it will help in giving a soft texture.
      6. i know about the baking soda. wanted to share a recipe that everyone can make with the ingredients easily available 🙂

      • Thanks dassana, wish you a happy Diwali too

        • welcome karan 🙂 and wish you happy diwali too.

  11. Hi…..Your recipes are awesome..I. made kalajamun today….but somehow it was bit salty……I used store bought paneer.What could be the reason.?

    • did you also use store brough khoya. sometimes store brought khoya has a bit of salt in it. salt can also be in paneer. could be this is the reason why the jamuns were tasting salty.

      • Hmm…..yeah khoya was also from outside…Next time will try with home made paneer.Anyways thanks a lot for your wonderful recipes..They are given in a detailed way..Hats off to your patience.Now a days your website is a big addiction for me..Keep it up..,

        • thankyou pavani 🙂 for your kind and positive words. glad to know you liked the kala jamuns. pleased to know this and god bless you.

  12. Hi Dassana,
    Ever since the first dish I made turned out to be a big hit I have made a lot of dishes seeing your recipes, and every single dish has come out really great. A Big Thank you for all the simple,yet awesome recipes.
    Diwali is coming soon, so I decided to try make these Kala Jamuns today. Made the khoya, as specified in this site, and then used it to make the Jamuns which turned out really Yumm 🙂 Although since in our home we don’t use maida, I decided to use a mixture of 2tbsp whole wheat flour + 1tbsp ground cashew + 1tbsp oat flour. It turned out really well and it’s a really good substitute for maida. My family said these were the best Jamuns they ever had.
    I must again Thank you for your great efforts and tips, You and my family made my day 🙂
    PS – Your recipes have become such an inspiration for me that, almost every morning I go like “which Dassana recipe should I try and do today?” and my family members started asking me why I became suddenly interested in cooking,( I am 22 and didn’t enter the kitchen much during my studies lol) and I answer them Dassana’s Vegrecipesofindia. 🙂

    • thank you very much reshma. i feel so good after reading your feedback. in fact for the binding, traditionally maida is used, but also flours like barnyard millet flour, amaranth flour, oats flour can be used. the combination of flours you used is good and innovative.

      your family must be happy that you are taking interest in cooking. thanks a lot again and i wish you all the best for your future.

  13. Hello,
    Firstly congratulations for such a lovely website, when ever I want to know how to cook a new dish I jus check in to yours n get the superb answer.
    I jus tried out kala Jamun recipe on this karvachauth n it jus turned out so yummy n Owsome..
    Thanks a million for your such efforts.
    Keep it up n make more new dishes.

    With loads warm wishes
    Ankita…

    • firstly a big thankyou dr ankita for your kind and positive words 🙂 pleased to know you liked the kala jamuns. you are always welcome.

  14. Your style of making is easy understandable

    • thankyou visnhu 🙂

  15. Thanks for the great recipe:)…I’m a big fan of all your website!!…Very helpful!

    • pleased to know this divya and thankyou 🙂

  16. it looks really yummy.. like to do it and give to my husband

    • thankyou indhusab 🙂

  17. Today I read your recipe kala jamun .are so easy make in home…thanks &god bless you

    • thankyou anand 🙂 and you are welcome.

  18. Thank u for giving such nice recipe

    • welcome always kappala 🙂

  19. Very yummy…but whenever i make gulabjamun or kalajamun,i always find a small raw part in d middle of d jamun…do u have any solutions?

    • they have to be fried on a low temperature for some time. if the oil is hot, then the outside gets browned quickly and the inside remains raw. so the oil should not be very hot.

  20. Thank you so much .

    • welcome tamanna 🙂

  21. Your dishes rly nyc…..i’ll surely make a dish frm myself thnk u so mch for ur recipes…..

    • thankyou soniya and you are welcome 🙂

  22. Hi Dassana,
    Always been a big fan of your site. Really love your recipes.
    It is as if this site is like my teacher. It teaches me a lot of recipes, and that too, whichever I want, I search it here and mostly I get them.

    • pleased to know this nazo 🙂 looking forward for more feedback from you and thankyou so much for your kind words.

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