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Air fried gulab jamuns

Air Fryer Gulab Jamun

Air fryer gulab jamun right in the time for Holi. This is a non-fried, better-for-you option of the traditional gulab jamun. Enjoy this guilt-free baked gulab jamun this Holi and spread the love on this auspicious occasion of colors.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: air fruer gulab jamun, air fryer dessert, gulab jamun, Holi sweets
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 109.3kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $6


  • Instant Pot, Air Fryer


  • 1 pack of store bought gulab jamun mix
  • 50 ml of warm milk or liquid as mentioned in the package
  • ½ teaspoon ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon saffron strands I used this brand
  • ¾ cup organic sugar
  • 11 oz water 320 ml
  • ¼ teaspoon Cardamom seeds


Instant Pot Sugar Syrup

  • Add sugar, water and cardamom seeds to the instant pot. Mix well.
  • Set the IP to a pressure cooking mode and set the timer for 3-minutes.
  • After the cooking time, wait for natural pressure release.
  • Open the lid and mix well. Set the instant pot to a sauté mode and keep stirring the mixture and let it cook for another five minutes.
  • Switch off the IP and transfer the liquid to a deep bowl.
  • Add a few strands of saffron strands and let the strand infuse in the sugar syrup.

Make The Gulab Jamun Dough

  • Use the package directions to make the gulab jamun dough, or
  • Sift the flour mix and transfer it to a large bowl.
  • Now add half of the warm milk and mix with a spoon.
  • Once a dough-like mixture forms, use your hand to make a soft dough by adding few drops of milk at a time.
  • Once the dough is ready, add warm ghee and knead the dough for a few minutes.
  • Cover the dough with a wet cloth and set aside for 10-minutes.

Air Fry Gulab Jamuns

  • Set the Mealthy CrispLid or the air fryer to preheat mode for 5-minutes at 355F.
  • Now take the dough and pinch a small amount out of it.
  • Roll the dough ball between greased palms to form a smooth ball. Try to get the balls as smooth as you can. Any cracks may ruin the shape of the jamuns once cooked.
  • Make balls using the same method from the remaining dough.
  • Now place five to six dough balls on an air fryer rack or Mealthy CrispLid basket.
  • Air fry the gulab jamuns for 4-minutes at 355F. And then flip and cook the other side for another 2-minutes. In my air fryer and Mealthy CrispLid, it took a total of 6-minutes to cook the jamuns thoroughly.
  • However, the ones that I cooked in my CrispLid basket are a bit darker than the traditional air fryer ones. (They weren’t burnt, but just a bit darker)

Soak in Sugar Syrup

  • As soon as you fry the jamuns, transfer them to a cooling rack and let them stand for just 2-minutes.
  • Now add the dough balls to the sugar syrup. (Remember both balls and syrup should be warm not hot at this point)
  • Let the jamun balls stand in the syrup for at least 10-minutes to get soaked well.
  • Remember to flip the jamuns after 5-minutes so that each side gets some syrup.
  • Serve gulab jamuns warm or at room temperature.
  • Enjoy!


  • These jamuns store well in the refrigerator for about three to five days.
  • The nutritional values is for 3 gulab jamuns.


Serving: 68.9g | Calories: 109.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 110mg | Sugar: 13g