Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait (Light Indian Dessert) #gulabjamun

Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait (Light Indian Dessert): A luscious, healthy Indian Diwali dessert recipe made using gulab jamun (recipe included), yogurt, cream and lots of love. This is extremely light and ready in 10 minutes.

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The Gulab Jamun Parfait can be made a day in advance and kept in the fridge.

This Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait is a Must for your celebrations & Recipe for Instant Gulab Jamun (INCLUDED)

Hey Everyone, hope you had a great weekend and can you believe that we are just 2 weeks away from ‘Diwali’ – the Indian festival of lights & also one of the biggest Indian festival.

It’s all about decorating your house and surroundings with colorful festive lights/candles/earthen pots.

Then we have tons of food, especially sweets along with other festive Indian food like Biryani’s, Kachori, Curries, etc. 

gulab jamun parfait recipe

It’s one gala time and you cannot avoid the avalanche of sweets that hit the Indian market during that time.

You’ll find sweets in different colors, texture and made with tons of ingredients packed in beautiful boxes.

And there’s no way that you could avoid those sweets/desserts as they are seriously delicious and highly addictive!

gulab jamun dessert parfait on a metal tray with spoons on side

So to celebrate the occasion and keeping it light n quick, I’m making these Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait.

Which I also call my Healthy Indian Diwali Sweets recipe as it’s light and you can definitely have that extra helping.

I absolutely LOOOOVE Gulab Jamuns which are round sweet dumplings made using ‘paneer/chena’, also known as cottage cheese.

The dumplings are fried and soaked in a sugary syrup laden with saffron and cardamom mix.

So, Gulab Jamun is extremely popular in and outside India and are available in almost every Indian restaurant (worldwide).

It’s so popular, that it’s also the MOST sold sweet outside of India.


gulab jamun dessert parfait recipe

So, instead of serving Gulab Jamun the traditional way, I’m taking it a notch higher and serving it in a parfait.

The parfait gives it this new, refreshing and luscious feel in every bite and ready in 15 minutes (makes 8 cups).

Since it’s a festive dessert, I’m adding pistachio, saffron, honey, and cream to my Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait.

how to make gulab jamun parfait

I’m adding the cream with yogurt to make it smooth and extra creamy.

However, you can skip the cream if need be and just make the whole parfait with Greek Yogurt.

Just layer some gulab jamuns, nuts, saffron and decorate with some saffron-honey syrup on top and the Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait is ready to be devoured!!!

It’s so easy to make that you’d wonder why you haven’t tried it before and looks stunning too.


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Yield: 8 Medium Cups

Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait (Light Indian Dessert)

Gulab Jamun Parfait

Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait : A luscious yet healthy Indian dessert recipe made using gulab jamun, yogurt, cream and lots of love.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 12 Small Gulab Jamun
  • 2 Cups Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup Cream - whipped
  • 1 Tsp Saffron
  • 3 Tbsp Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Tsp Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Pistachio - chopped


  1. Take 6 gulab jamuns and thinly slice them. Keep aside.
  2. Slice the other 6 gulab jamuns in quarter.
  3. In a large bowl, mix yogurt and cream together.
  4. Heat milk in a pan, add water, saffron and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir the milk mixture and turn off the heat.
  6. Once the mixture is slightly cool, add honey, mix well and keep aside.
  7. Now, take a glass/serving bowl and add 2 tbsp yogurt mix.
  8. Place, 3-4 thinly sliced gulab jamuns (in a circle, covering all sides) and spread 1 tbsp yogurt mix over it.
  9. Spread 1/2 tsp saffron mix and add 2 tbsp yogurt mix.
  10. Decorate top with 1-2 quarter gulab jamuns, saffron mix and pistachio.
  11. Complete all the serving glasses similarly.
  12. Once the parfait are made, place all the glasses in fridge (for atleast 30 minutes).
  13. Serve Chilled.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 0gSugar: 32gProtein: 7g

This Festive Season, give these Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait a try and enjoy with your loved ones.

Until, next time ~ Happy Diwali ~ XoXo

Gulab Jamun Parfait is a light Indian dessert


This post was published near Diwali and the old pic is below:

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7 Replies to "Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait (Light Indian Dessert) #gulabjamun"

  • Donna Head February 9, 2020 (7:27 pm)

    Hi Molly, can I make this a day ahead?

    • Molly Kumar February 10, 2020 (2:31 pm)

      Hi Donna, you can make them a day in advance or overnight. I’d suggest adding the topping (nuts + caramel sauce) when ready to serve as it will make them look fresh 🙂 Thanks, Molly

  • Riya September 5, 2019 (7:30 am)

    it looks so delicious.. will try it for sure

    • Eman May 20, 2020 (10:39 am)

      Yesterday I made gulab jamun with koya but they are not soaking sugar serup.. And I don’t want to waste them.
      If you could suggest anything I can do with them

      • Molly Kumar May 20, 2020 (3:33 pm)

        Hello Eman, please try to boil the sugar syrup and khoya gulab jamun together for few minutes and see if it soaks up sugar. If not, then you can make this parfait too. Cut the gulab jamuns in thin slices and soak them in sugar syrup. Then follow the recipe and add gulab jamun where required. Thanks, Molly

  • Dipti September 20, 2018 (4:01 pm)

    Only yogurt can be used ?

    • Molly Kumar September 20, 2018 (6:53 pm)

      Hi Dipti, yes you can use ‘Only Yogurt’ too. Just remove as much water from the yogurt to make it extremely thick or use Greek Yogurt (if available). Thanks, Molly

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