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gulab jamun pancakes

Gulab Jamun Pancakes

Shilpa Joshi
Gulab jamun pancakes, an Indian fusion treat. Flavors of gulab jamun, a popular Indian dessert, infused into pancakes!
4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American, Indian, indian fusion
Servings 4 pancakes
Calories 329 kcal


  • Mixing bowl
  • Non stick pan
  • ladle


For the syrup:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-3 pinches of saffron crushed with mortar/pestle or just crush with fingers
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • ½ tsp rose water Nielssen Masey rose water

Gulab jamun pancakes from scratch

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole milk powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • tsp rose water I used Nielsen Massey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • oil to coat nonstick pan for cooking pancake

Or for gulab jamun pancake with boxed, pre-made pancake mix

  • 8 oz pancake mix
  • ½ tsp finely ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp rose water
  • 1 cup milk of choice dependent on your preference for pancakes


Make syrup

  • Bring water, cardamom, sugar, saffron to a boil. Once boiling reduces to low-medium heat for a few minutes ensuring sugar has dissolved. Add maple syrup and bring to boil then turn off stove. Take off heat. It will slightly thicken as it cools.
    Gulab jamun pancakes syrup

Option 1: Make gulab jamun pancakes from scratch

  • Mix milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside. Measure dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.
    Gulab jamun pancakes dry ingredients
  • Add vanilla and rose water to mix. Mix in buttermilk (milk and apple cider vinegar). Let sit 5 minutes.
    Pancake batter
  • Batter will be bubbly after 5 minutes. Heat pan and coat lightly with oil.
    pancake batter with bubbles
  • Pour batter (it will be thick) and lightly move to shape. Let cook 2-3 minutes on medium. Bubbles will form.
    pancake on pan cooking
  • Flip and cook 2-3 more minutes on other side.
    gulab jamun pancake
  • Serve with syrup and enjoy!
    gulab jamun pancake

Option 2: Make gulab jamun pancakes from boxed, pre-made pancake mix

  • Pancakes: Add in cardamom, milk/water, cardamom and rose water to pancake mix and combine.
  • Serve: Make pancakes and pour gulab jamun maple syrup all over them!


Syrup: I don't like the idea of drowning my pancakes in mostly sugar syrup so the maple syrup addition makes it healthier and gives the syrup a thicker consistency. Adjust as it works for you
Milk powder: Note, I've used whole milk powder, not non-fat powder.  This impacts the thickness of the batter.
Rose: I've used Nielsen Masey rose water. It is strong so I used a little.  Adjust depending on the branch of rose water you use!


Calories: 329kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 292mgPotassium: 203mgFiber: 1gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 142IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 166mgIron: 1mg
Keyword gulab jamun pancakes, indian fusion food
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