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Malai Kulfi With Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun (made with bread) Malai Matka Kulfi is an innovative Indian fusion dessert recipe. This Indian ice cream is a holiday favorite! Enjoy the goodness of gulab jamun and kulfi together in one dessert! Simple, easy, and quick to make.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Freezing time 4 hours
Servings 6 kulfis
Calories 347.58kcal


  • Frying pan
  • pan
  • Matka or molds


To make bread gulab jamun

To make the sugar syrup

To make the kulfi mixture


To make bread gulab jamun

  • Add torn bread pieces to a blender jar. Also add cardamom powder to it.
  • Pulse till they are crumbly. Then transfer to a bowl.
  • Gradually add milk to it. Ensure the milk is at room temperature or slightly warm.
  • Mix it together. Do not knead. Shape them into small balls by pressing them firmly. The proportion mentioned in the recipe makes 10 balls.

To make the sugar syrup

  • Add water and sugar to a pan and cook on a low flame till the sugar melts.
  • Increase the flame a bit and keep stirring it till it thickens and reaches one string consistency. Take it off the flame. Add rose water, and lemon juice (optional).

To fry the jamuns

  • Heat oil for frying. To check if the oil is hot enough, add a small piece of the batter to the oil. If it sinks, it means the oil is not hot and if it immediately floats to the top, it's too hot. Lower the flame in that case.
  • The right temperature of oil is when it takes a couple of seconds to float to the top. Fry the Gulab Jamuns in batches. Do not crowd them.
  • Ensure it's evenly cooked by tossing them around. Keep the flame on medium all the time.
  • Remove them onto a plate covered with tissues to soak off the excess oil. Then dunk them in the hot/warm sugar syrup. Leave them there.

To make the kulfi mixture

  • Add milk to a thick bottomed pan. Pour condensed milk and then cook it on low flame for 25-30 minutes. Keep stirring and scraping the sides of the pan while doing so.
  • Meanwhile mix a tablespoon of milk with corn flour in a small bowl. There should be no lumps.
  • Once the milk has thickened and reduced in half, pour this corn flour slurry into it and also add the cardamom powder.
  • Mix and take it off the flame. Let it cool down for 15 minutes.
  • Fill the small matkis with this mixture. Place a gulab jamun in the center and cover the matkis with a cling wrap. You can also chop the gulab jamuns and add it to the mixture.
  • Freeze for 4-5 hours or it's time to serve. Remove the cling wrap, garnish with edible rose petals, saffron, and/or chopped nuts. You can also add silver/gold vark on top.


You can either make gulab jamuns from scratch by following this recipe or using a ready mix that is available in Indian grocery stores or on Amazon.
Even ready store-bought ones or frozen ones can be used. You can also order from an Indian restaurant and use them in this recipe.
If you don't want to deep-fry them, you can also air-fry them at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes. Spray the balls with cooking spray before air-frying them.
To make it gluten-free, use gluten-free bread. You can also use brown or cane sugar instead of regular white sugar to make the syrup.
Instead of condensed milk, you can also use heavy cream. In that case, you will need to keep cooking it a bit longer for the mixture to thicken.
It's important to wrap the kulfis with cling wrap, else ice crystals will form on top. If you don't have matkas, feel free to use any other molds you have handy.
You can also set it in one large bowl and serve it using ice cream scoops. Another way is to set it in a loaf pan. You can cut and serve them in slices.
If you want to make it vegan, use unsweetened almond or oat milk instead of regular milk and dairy-free condensed milk. Rest of the ingredients are already vegan-friendly.
Tips for sugar syrup
Stick to the measurement provided. Stop cooking when it reaches one string consistency. Some indicators are - when the syrup coats the ladle, and when you pour the syrup, it should fall in one line consistency.
If the syrup crystallizes, add a few drops of lemon juice. If that doesn't help, add a couple of teaspoons of water and heat it a bit without boiling it.


Calories: 347.58kcal | Carbohydrates: 66.17g | Protein: 7.55g | Fat: 6.39g | Saturated Fat: 3.46g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.65g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 18.55mg | Sodium: 209.09mg | Potassium: 261.99mg | Fiber: 0.85g | Sugar: 53.25g | Vitamin A: 228.19IU | Vitamin C: 0.68mg | Calcium: 218.91mg | Iron: 0.98mg