Baked jamun in honey saffron syrup

Baked Jamun


Perfect guilt free treat for those who craving for dessert.

Gulab jamun is a traditional indian dessert and commonly available sweet in any indian restuarant everywhere.

Usually many make them using  ready mixes but they contain plain flour/wheat flour and Full fat Milk as well milk powder. They need to be deep fried in slow flame then put in Sugar syrup.

So I tried to explore the baking option rather than frying and soaking them in a naturally sweet honey syrup rather than sugar syrup. These are kids friendly desserts too with low fat and oil, guilt free dessert, which can be enjoyed as a healthy option.

Makes: 12
Preparation time: 15mins
Baking time: 15-20mins
Cooking time: 10mins


For jamun:

  • Skimmed Milk powder-1cup
  • Plain flour-3tsp (Just to add binding for the dough)
  • Olive butter-2tsp
  • baking powder-pinch
  • semi skimmed milk-2-3tbsp ( To make the dough)

Honey syrup:

  • Clear honey-1/2 cup
  • Water-1/4 cup
  • Saffron-6-8strands
  • Rose essence-1tsp
  • Cardamom powder-1/4tsp


  • In a bowl combine milk powder, plain flour, oil, baking powder.
  • Add milk 1 tsp at a time until a firm dough is formed and knead for 2-3 minutes ( add little milk at a time until it form a smooth and stiff dough)
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll to a marble size balls. Roll it between your palms with little pressure.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 160 deg ,grease and line the baking tray.
  • Place the balls on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes turning halfway.
  • Once cooked remove from oven and let it cool before adding to the syrup.

For syrup:

  • You can prepare the syrup while the jamuns are baking.
  • Boil water and turn off the flame.
  • Immediately add saffron, rose essence and honey in a sauce pan.
  • Add the baked jamuns to the syrup and allow it to soak for 1-2 hours.


  • The jamun dough should be such that it should not stick to your hand but soft enough to form the balls. If its hard then it doesn’t absorb the syrup well.
  • The syrup can also be made using sugar
  • Let the jamuns soak well minimum of 1 – 2 hour before serving that adds more taste to the sweet
  • You can try this baked variation for ready mix as well

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on June 20, 2014, in Indian, Sweets and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 56 Comments.

  1. These look gorgeous Chitra! I have never heard of this before, but it sure sounds great!


  2. These look just YUM!! Plz send me some..


  3. Looking at those jamuns, I wouldn’t have guessed they were baked!
    Thanks for bringing it to the FF party!


  4. They look amazing Chitra, thank you so much for bringing these to the party 🙂 have fun!


  5. Baked Jamun, Thats so awesome Chitra, wonderful!!


  6. Awesome:) wil definately try it soon


  7. Wow Chitra, baking the jamuns is such an awesome idea! I love gulab jamun, but hate the deep frying. Gonna try your healthy version 🙂


  8. Baked Jamun sounds really healthy and yummy!!
    Happy FF😊


  9. Love these, and I didn’t realize you could bake them? Will definitely have to give these a try.


  10. Hello Chitra! Well, you’ve taught me something new today…I’ve never heard of jamun before…they look so delicious, and you make them sound like they’re so easy to prepare!! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely sweet treat…and it’s so nice to meet you! 🙂 I look forward to catching up with you!


  11. Gulab jamun is one of my favourite sweets and I am delighted to see a less fattening version of the sweet here. Will try out your recipe sometime, Chitra! Thank you for sharing it.


  12. Chitra…these are just excellent!


  13. looks delicious Chitra..Definitely will try once… I am sure this recipe will be hit one!!!


  14. We’ve tried these in restaurants and found them too sweet, but we keep trying again because they look like such a good idea. Thanks for bringing yours along to FF. You may have come up with an answer to our massive dilemma.


  15. If I had known you could bake these in the oven, i would have been making them on a regular basis. I will have to give this recipe a try.


  16. Baked jamuns!!!! Wow! Unbelievable


  17. These look yummy, Chitra! What a great dessert.


  18. It looks delicious and thanks for the recipe. Ciao bnb


  19. Thank you very much for visting my blog, I am so happy to meet you! Greetings from Egypt!
    I really love this recipe, and I cant wait to try the honey saffron syrup, that sounds soooo delicious! You might like my recent post about honey, too – its at
    ♥♥♥ ;^)


  20. I must certainly look over all the savory and sweet recipes you have here and learn about the unfamiliar spices, for I need to bring my spice cupboard and pantry into the international realm. Food holds little interest for me but your recipes and fantastic presentation excite my taste buds once again! You really do outstanding work and I greatly appreciate it!


    • Thanks a ton Tina…So much of love and appreciation can’t express my happiness. Thanks for stopping by…Please advise how I can assist you choose ingredients (If required)…Look forward to your continued support


  21. These are my favorite Indian treats!! Beautiful. Looks incredibly yummy!


  22. Wonderful recipe! I have always loved gulab jamun but have never tried making them as they are so, so indulgent. Now I want to try your version!

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  23. Baked Jamuns 😊 cant get any better

    Liked by 1 person

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