Gulab Jaman (Sweet Indian Fritters)



  • 2 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 8 cardamom pods (bruised)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour (sifted)
  • 4 ounces soft cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk powder (whole)
  • 6 pitted dates (dried, quartered)
  • vegetable oil (for deep-frying)


  1. Gently heat sugar, 2 cups water, cardamon, cinnamon and star anise over low heat, without stirring, until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil. Boil, without stirring, for 5 mins, until mixture is syrupy. Remove from heat then add rosewater. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, mix flour, cheese and milk powder until combined. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 6-8 mins, until smooth. Roll 1 tsp dough around each piece of date. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a wok or large saucepan over medium heat. Working in batches, deep-fry balls for 2-3 mins, until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to rosewater syrup and let stand for 1 hour before serving.
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