Gulab Jamun with a Japanese twist

Gulab Jamun with a Japanese twist is the perfect combination of two distinct cuisines, creating a pan-Asian dessert that’s truly unique and delicious!

Gulab Jamun with a Japanese twist is the perfect combination of two distinct cuisines, creating a pan-Asian dessert that's truly unique and delicious!
Traditional Indian Gulab Jamun, picture by Jaikishan Patel.

An Indian dessert with a Japanese twist

Gulab Jamun is a classic Indian dessert that’s typically made with milk powder, flour, and sugar syrup. It’s a soft and spongy dessert that’s often served at festivals and special occasions. However, in this recipe, we’re taking it up a notch and adding a Japanese twist to it by infusing it with green tea (matcha).

To create this fusion dessert, we start by preparing the Gulab Jamun dough, made with milk powder, flour, and a few other ingredients. Once the dough is ready, we shape it into small balls and fry them until they’re golden brown. While the balls are frying, we prepare a sweet syrup infused with green tea (matcha) that we’ll be using to soak the Gulab Jamun in.

The result is a delicious dessert that’s soft, spongy, and infused with the delicate flavor of green tea. The combination of Indian and Japanese flavors is truly unique and provides a wonderful contrast of textures and tastes.

So, if you’re looking for a fusion dessert that’ll tantalize your taste buds, try our Gulab Jamun with a Japanese twist. It’s a dessert that’s both Indian and Japanese and is sure to be a hit at any gathering or special occasion.

A recipe for Gulab Jamun with a Japanese twist


  • 1 cup of milk powder
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 2 tbsp of greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 tbsp of green tea powder (matcha)
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the milk powder, flour, and baking powder. Mix well.
  2. Add the melted butter and greek yogurt to the bowl. Mix until everything is well combined and a crumbly mixture forms.
  3. Slowly add milk to the mixture and knead until it forms a smooth dough. Add more milk if necessary.
  4. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  5. In a saucepan, mix water, sugar, and honey. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. Add the green tea powder and stir until it dissolves. Set aside.
  6. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
  7. Take a small amount of dough and roll it into a smooth ball, making sure there are no cracks. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  8. Once the oil is hot, add the balls to the pan and fry them until they turn golden brown. Make sure to stir occasionally to ensure that they are evenly cooked.
  9. Remove the balls from the oil and let them cool for a few minutes.
  10. Dip the balls into the green tea syrup and let them soak for a few minutes.
  11. Serve warm and enjoy your Japanese twist on the classic Indian dessert, Gulab Jamun!

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