Gluten Free Gulab Jamun

"a special indian treat | deep-fried and soaked in a cardamom-infused syrup"
-- @eatwkriss

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These fluffy, cloud-like confections use a blend of sweet potato, tapioca starch, almond flour, and rice flour that comes together to create a light batter before being scooped and fried to golden perfection. Dunk into a fragrant cardamom and lemon syrup that makes for a truly addictive bite. This recipe is part of our Special Edition Meal Planner dedicated to celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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Prep time 30mins
Cook time 25mins
Serves or Makes: 12

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For the Dough


  • 120 grams sweet potato, peeled and small diced
  • 40 grams almond flour
  • 40 grams tapioca starch
  • 20 grams rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 40 grams non-dairy milk
  • Neutral oil for deep frying

For the Syrup


  • 240 grams water
  • 240 grams sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 cardamom pods, crushed


  • Step 1

    Boil sweet potato for 10 minutes or until soft. Mash well and set aside to cool.

  • Step 2

    Sift and mix dry ingredients together. Incorporate in mashed sweet potato and milk with a fork, then switch to using your hands. Make sure there are no lumps of flour throughout the dough. Dough will stick to your hands slightly. Cover and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Add water, sugar, and lemon juice to a small pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, then add in crushed cardamom pods. Cook for 4-5 minutes then remove from the heat.

  • Step 4

    Divide dough into 12 pieces (18-20 grams each.) Roll each piece between your palms to make smooth, round balls.

  • Step 5

    Heat oil over medium-low heat in a large pan or pot. Add dough balls, they should float on the surface and start to sizzle gently, moving constantly with a slotted ladle up and down in the oil without touching the balls to make sure they are evenly frying. Once they have expanded and have browned slightly (about 4-5 minutes), increase heat and fry until they are golden brown, 3-4 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Remove from oil and place on some paper towels. Let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Step 7

    Gently place fried dough in the warm sugar syrup. Soak for 1 hour, turning halfway through to ensure they soak the syrup evenly.

  • Step 8

    Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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