Why does my GUlab Jamuns turn hard | Frequently Asked Questions There are multiple reasons for this.
1. High Heat:
If the jamuns are fried on high heat, then they will become hard on the inside though they may look perfect from outside. Further more they may not cook completely inside.
How to avoid this:
Heat the oil on high and then reduce to medium. Make sure you drop only enough jamuns to maintain this heat throughout the cooking process. The heat of the oil must be kept to Low-Medium during the cooking process


2. Dough Not Soft:
When the dough of the jamuns is not soft enough, then the result jamuns tend to be harder when cooked.
Why does my GUlab Jamuns turn hard | Frequently Asked Questions
How to avoid this:
When making the dough, knead it until its smooth. Make sure to add only tsp of water at a time until it comes together. You should be able to roll out smooth balls with your palms. If too dry or too wet, you will have difficulty rolling them out into balls and eventually into gulab jamuns. While kneading the jamuns into smooth balls, if you find lots of wrinkles on the surface of the jamuns, then you know that your dough is too tight.  Add a little more fresh Khova ( if you have on hand) or otherwise few tsp. of milk. Knead the dough again until smooth.


3. Rolling Hard Jamuns:
Another possible reason is if you have rolled out your jamuns hard and made a tight dough. br/>
Why does my GUlab Jamuns turn hard | Frequently Asked Questions
How to avoid this:
They should be rolled out v smoothly without giving pressure and gently.To make a smooth dough, one simple technique would be to grease your palms, either with ghee or oil while making the balls. Water works too but it would cause the oil to splutter all over.


Another Possible Solution:
If, in spite of precautions, your Jamuns have come out hard, then microwave them for few seconds. This tip was given by a friend who said that this helped to make them spongy.
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By Nida Shaikh on Dec 31, 2016

After adding the gulab jamuns to the sugar syrup it seems like someone squeezed it and the shape of the ball changed so wats the reason to avoid pls….help me After adding the jamuns to the syrup they tend to break apart.. whats the reason? my gulab jambun are not cooked inside what is the remedy for it using that old gulab jambun which is not cooked and soaked in syrup.

By Aishwarya on May 26, 2016

My Gulab jamuns are not baked well from inside. It remains unbaked and as it is from inside. Only outer colour is changed.

In that case the heat of your oil is too high. The outside is getting cooked faster than the inside. Try reducing your heat next time. --DK

By Sharon on Nov 6, 2015

After adding the jamuns to the syrup they tend to break apart.. whats the reason?

By Nikita on Jul 6, 2015

After adding the gulab jamuns to the sugar syrup it seems like someone squeezed it and the shape of the ball changed so wats the reason to avoid pls….help me

By Gurpreet on Jul 4, 2015

After making the gulab jamun I kept in room temperature for longer time wat I see that it seems like someone squeezed it and the shape of the ball changed so wats the reason to avoid pls....help me out

By sanya irani on Jun 29, 2015

:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: what the hell with my jamuns they are not absorbing syrup.

By Iyana Haque on Apr 20, 2015

my gulab jamun is not properly cooked inside and is soft,is there any way to fix the cooked gulab jamuns that have been soaked in the syrup

By Indu on Mar 24, 2015

Try to use warm water while making dough, it will make jamuns more softer and will not break while frying.

By ELena on Oct 5, 2014

it's so difficult! :cry: I must come to india and learn. I give up. :cry:

By jignasha on Sep 16, 2014

my gulab jambun are not cooked inside what is the remedy for it using that old gulab jambun which is not cooked and soaked in syrup.

By Rajnit kaur on Aug 27, 2014

:-D yes its really satisfying thanx.....

By muhammad faroor on Mar 26, 2014

Plz tell me in urdu . How to make we soft gulab jaman. When we tried to make gulab jaman .it is hard