Celebrate Diwali with homemade Gulab Jamuns this year

Festival of Lights Woolworths style!

The festival of lights makes everything around us magical, reminding us that Diwali is the season for not only celebrating good over evil but also the season of flavour and gifting.

Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals which occupies an unparalleled place in the hearts of people. It gets even special when a giant supermarket like Woolworths embraces the importance of culture and community in food and its role during Diwali.

Woolworth is offering tailored products for the Indian community, available in over 250 stores nationally and also online.

The range of products includes snacks, spices, atta flour, ghee and other cooking ingredients to help create flavourful special dishes during the festive period. These specially sourced products offer not only popular food items, but also provide great convenience to the Indian community in Australia to help them prepare for the Diwali celebrations.

Woolworths General Manager for Grocery Food Ewan Shearer said; “Diwali is an important time of year for many of our customers to celebrate with loved ones. While this year may look a little different as the pandemic carries on, our teams have been working hard to ensure customers have all the ingredients and products they need to celebrate.
“We have a variety of local and international products, offering great value to help our customers during their busy preparations leading into the Diwali festivities. “On behalf of Woolworths, I would like to wish the entire community a very happy Diwali.”

Who knew Diwali preparations are so convenient and easily made with specialty products available at a supermarket close to you?

At Woolworths, there’s everything you need to celebrate Diwali this year. Visit woolworths.com.au/Diwali for participating stores and products.www.woolworths.com.au/diwali.

(Recipes for Diwali created by Woolworths in collaboration with Melbourne based Chef Sumit Malhotra)


Whether Gulab jamun is an old favourite or a new dessert recipe you’re keen to try, this easy and aromatic version is sure to please.


2 cups full-cream milk powder

1/3 cup plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup pure cream

2 cups white sugar

3 cardamom pods

A pinch of saffron threads

4 drops rose water (see Tips)


Traditionally the recipe is made using kewra water, but rosewater is an adequate substitute.

2 cup ghee (to deep-fry)

2 cup vegetable oil (to deep-fry)


Step 1 of 6 

Sieve milk powder, flour and baking powder into a large bowl.

Step 2 of 6 

Gradually add cream, kneading until a soft dough forms. If cracks appear, continue kneading or add more cream until dough softens. Cover dough and stand for 15 minutes.

Step 3 of 6 

Place sugar, cardamom, saffron and 2 cups water in a large saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, without stirring, for 10 minutes or until sugar syrup thickens slightly (sugar syrup shouldn’t be very thick). Remove from heat and stir in rosewater.

Step 4 of 6 

Place enough ghee and oil, in equal parts, in a large wok or saucepan so it comes up 5cm up the side of the pan. Heat over medium-low heat (use a big enough wok as gulab jamun will expand upon frying).

Step 5 of 6 

Divide dough into 15 portions and roll each into a smooth ball (if there are cracks, the gulab jamun may crack further during frying).

Step 6 of 6 

Add the dough balls to the oil mixture. Using a spatula, keep rotating the oil mixture without touching the balls until balls rise to the surface (see Tips). Increase to medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 15 minutes or until balls are golden brown. Remove balls with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Add balls to hot syrup. Cover and stand for 4 hours. Serve.

Instruction tip

Tip: The temperature of the oil mixture is medium-low to start with and this is the trickiest part of the recipe because at this temperature all gulab jamun settle down at the bottom of the wok/saucepan. The rotating technique with a spatula is used to agitate oil in circular motion repeatedly without touching the gulab jamun and once they rise to the surface within 1 minute, then increase the heat.

At Woolworths, there’s everything you need to celebrate Diwali this year. Visit woolworths.com.au/Diwali for participating stores and products.www.woolworths.com.au/diwali.