Gulab Jamun Cheesecake

GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE

GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE, an Indian cheesecake made with paneer, hung yoghurt and gulab jamun.

GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE

Did you ever have a craving for Gulab Jamun and Cheesecake at the same time? Well, this one is for you then :).

GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE

You must be having doubts on the combination of these two classic desserts. And I can understand that, I had the same feeling when I saw it for the first time in India’s most loved chef Sanjeev Kapoors show.  I made a few changes here and there from the original recipe according to my taste and gave it a try.
 
GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE
 
And when I mixed two of my most favourite desserts into one it was magic. I was so impressed with the result that I made it thrice in two weeks, seriously, no kidding! ๐Ÿ™‚ My family and friends loved it. Such a yummy Innovation!
 
GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE
 
In this recipe I havenโ€™t used cream cheese, instead I used our very own Indian cottage cheese, Paneer. For the slight tartness, hung yoghurt is used here. Combination of Paneer, yoghurt and sweetened condensed milk is simply amazing.
 
GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE
 
This one is a no-bake cheesecake, it is set with gelatine. Vegetarians can replace the gelatine with either agar or carrageenan. 
 
GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE
 
It is very very easy to make the cheesecake mixture. You just have to blend paneer, condensed milk, cream and yoghurt in the blender. Mix in the gelatine, saffron and keep it to set. No whipping or whisking is required.
 
GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE
 
Since I loved this dessert,I thought, why not make a video for you all. So here it is. I hope you like it ๐Ÿ™‚
 

 
 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered Digestive Biscuits/graham crackers
  • 140g butter
  • 1/4 cup Cashew chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Paneer crumbled
  • 3/4th of a 395g tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup Hung Yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup Cream
  • 1 tbsp Gelatin
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 15 Gulab jamun
  • Ground Pistachios for garnish

NOTES:

  • Make sure to strain the gelatine before adding it to the paneer mix.
  • Check for the sweetness and add more or less of condensed milk according to your preference.
  • If you don’t like the taste or smell of saffron, omit it.
  • Do not use the yoghurt as it is. Hang the yoghurt in a muslin cloth or put it in a strainer overnight in the refrigerator and then use the thick yoghurt.
  • If your paneer is frozen, just heat it in the microwave oven till it is soft and then crumble it. 

DIRECTIONS:

For the crust:
 
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the biscuit crumbs and cashews. Stir in the melted butter and mix until well-combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1- or 2-inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Refrigerate until the filling is ready.

To make cheesecake mixture:

  1. In your blender, blend together the paneer, condensed milk, hung yoghurt and cream. Blend well until smooth.
  2. Meanwhile, take some saffron in a glass and pour in milk. Microwave it for about 20 seconds. Let it cool. Also in a small bowl add in gelatine and warm water. Mix. Microwave this also for about 30 seconds till it is well dissolved. Let that cool slightly.
  3. Pour the paneer mix into a large bowl. Add in the saffron, cardamom powder and gelatine. Make sure that you pour the gelatine through a strainer. Mix well.
  4. Take out the biscuit base from the refrigerator, place a layer of gulab jamun. If the gulab jamuns are big, then cut it into half. Pour the paneer mix over this. Refrigerate for 4 hours minimum.
  5. Garnish with pistachios.

 

Gulab Jamun Cheesecake
Serves 5
GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE, an Indian cheesecake made with paneer, hung yoghurt and gulab jamun.
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INGREDIENTS
  1. 2 1/2 cups powdered Digestive Biscuits/graham crackers
  2. 140g butter
  3. 1/4 cup Cashew
  4. 1 1/2 cups Paneer crumbled
  5. 3/4 tin Milkmaid
  6. 1/2 cup Hung Yoghurt
  7. 1/2 cup Cream
  8. 1 tbsp Gelatin
  9. 1/4 cup warm water
  10. A pinch of saffron
  11. 1/4 cup milk
  12. 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  13. 15 Gulab jamun
  14. Ground Pistachios for garnish
DIRECTIONS
For the crust
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the biscuit crumbs and cashews. Stir in the melted butter and mix until well-combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1- or 2-inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Refrigerate until the filling is ready.
To make cheesecake mixture
  1. In your blender, blend together the paneer, condensed milk, hung yoghurt and cream. Blend well until smooth.
  2. Meanwhile, take some saffron in a glass and pour in milk. Microwave it for about 20 seconds. Let it cool. Also in a small bowl add in gelatine and warm water. Mix. Microwave this also for about 30 seconds till it is well dissolved. Let that cool slightly.
  3. Pour the paneer mix into a large bowl. Add in the saffron, cardamom powder and gelatine. Make sure that you pour the gelatine through a strainer. Mix well.
  4. Take out the biscuit base from the refrigerator, place a layer of gulab jamun. If the gulab jamuns are big, then cut it into half. Pour the paneer mix over this. Refrigerate for 4 hours minimum.
  5. Garnish with pistachios.
NOTES
  1. Make sure to strain the gelatine before adding it to the paneer mix.
  2. Check for the sweetness and add more or less of condensed milk according to your preference.
  3. If you don't like the taste or smell of saffron, omit it.
  4. Do not use the yoghurt as it is. Hang the yoghurt in a muslin cloth or put it in a strainer overnight in the refrigerator and then use the thick yoghurt.
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 GULAB JAMUN CHEESECAKE

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  1. … Sadia ุงู„ุณู„ุงู… ุนู„ูŠูƒู… ูˆุฑุญู…ุฉ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ูˆุจุฑูƒุงุชู‡

    After Carrot Halwa Spring Onion, another awesome fusion recipe from the ‘Fusion Queen Sadia’… …

    Absolutely gorgeous pics… n I am sure it’s super delicious too…

    The buds on the cheesecake are real na? Stunning idea for decor… …

    Miss trying new recipes from your blog… have not been doing elaborate cooking these days because of a small accident I had last month… Leg needs rest… Anyways, keep them “yummy recipes” coming dear…

    Take care…

    1. Walaikumsalaam Sunithatha! I was actually thinking of writing to you to ask if all is good. Have not seen your comment for long. Sad to know about the accident. Do take rest.
      Thanks a lot for the lovely comment. Yes those are edible roses.
      Have you seen the video? I think it didn’t get embeded in the post when you opened.

    1. Hello Lolo!
      Paneer is a cheese commonly used in India. It is made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice or vinegar. It is crumbly and moist. If you are from the middle east it will be easily available in most of the supermarkets freezer section. If not try the Indian stores. You can make it at home too.

  2. Hi,
    This is a lovely recipe.. I am planning to bake it this weekend. Would it be okay to use cream and condensed milk? Instead of hung curd, paneer, cream and condensed milk

    1. No dear. Without panner or hung curd it will taste completely different. These two are the main ingredients in the cheesecake.

  3. Hi! I am so excited to come across this recipe of yours. I’ve been thinking of what to make for this coming Eid and this looks like the perfect celebratory festive dessert! I live in India and I’m worried I’m not going to find unflavored gelatin so easily. I’ve actually been looking for this particular ingredient for another recipe I’ve been wanting to try. Do you think I could substitute gelatin for agar (commonly known as china grass)

  4. omg duh i just reread your post and saw that you did mention agar is fine. sorry and thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Is it possible to use Philidelphia cream cheese and greek yogurt instead of paneer and hung yogurt? If yes, then in what quantities?

    1. Hey Rahma! I have not tried making this cheesecake with cream cheese, but I guess it would be fine if you use cream cheese. Take the same 1 1/2 cup measurement like paneer. Greek yoghurt can be used too.

  6. Hello Sadia,
    I recently saw ur website and I must say I’m hooked to ur blog. I’ve made few recipes for iftaar and they taste great .my whole family loves it. Thanks so much for all the hard work and keep the recipes coming. May allah bless you with health ,happiness and more creativity for yummy recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ Searching for halal gelatin has been futile. I’ve found agar agar. Could you tell how much I should use and the. Method to prepare it.
    Thanks,
    Saby.

    1. Hey Saby!
      Welcome dear! Really happy to have a new follower. I am very glad that you are hooked on to the blog. Hope you will be glued here always.
      Yes, you can use agar instead of gelatin. For this recipe use 5 grams of it. Just soak it in water for half an hour. Then boil it in about half a cup of water or just enough water to cover the agar. Boil till it is completely dissolved. Cool it a bit, strain it and pour into the cheesecake mix. Hope you got it. Do let me know if you have any more doubts.

      1. Hi Sadia,
        Thanks for the cook response. I got all the ingredients today. I have a follow up question.Can agar agar be boiled. I was reading online if gelatin is boiled it doesn’t set. I was wondering if it’s the same case with agar agar too.

        Thanks,
        SABY

        1. Yes Saby, agar should be boiled. Only then it will get dissolved. But gelatin shouldn’t be boiled like you said. Make sure that the agar cools down a little bit before pouring into the cheesecake mixture and also strain it and pour.

  7. Very beautiful dessert. In sha Allah will definitely try. May I know whether the gulab jamuns are added before adding to the sugar syrup or after adding?

    1. Thank you. You have to use gulab jamun soaked in syrup. I used the readymade canned gulab jamuns. Hope this turns out good for you.

  8. hi,
    I am trying to make this. I generally make paneer at home. SHould i use the paneer as it is without putting in the fridge when i first stained and removed all water?

    Also, by cream you meant here, heavy whipping cream churned to peak and then used 1/2 cup or cool whip cream?

    Let me know. Cant wait to try this for this Diwali. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks

    1. Hello Pooja!
      Homemade paneer will be better than the frozen one. Just make sure that you have drained all the water.
      By thick cream I meant fresh cream. Not whipped cream. Here in the Middle East we get a clotted cream like thick cream. But if you don’t get any of these, just use whipping cream. Once you blend it with all the other ingredients it will thicken a little.
      Hope this cheesecake turns out good for you. Let me know.

      1. Thanks for the quick reply. I will surely send u picture of how it will turn out. Can you also tell me how much agar powder to use instead of gelatin and any specifications to follow while using agar powder.

        1. You can use agar instead of gelatin. For this recipe use 5 grams of it. Just soak it in water for half an hour. Then boil it in about half a cup (or less) of water or just enough water to cover the agar. Boil till it is completely dissolved. Cool it a bit, strain it and pour into the cheesecake mix. Hope you got it. Do let me know if you have any more doubts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hi I loved the racipe I am planing to making today I know u said u can use Agar instead of
    Gelatin. Can we use unflavored vegan jel? Or just Agar is better?
    I have the unflavored vegan jel so just conseren? Can u pls let me know Iam making today
    Thanks
    Paulomi

    1. Place a baking paper underneath. Then it will be easier to slide the cheesecake out of the pan. If still difficult, then use a flat spatula to slightly lift the cake from one side and then slide it out.

  10. Looks Interesting!!!
    I am planning to make this for my child’s birthday dinner next week.
    I want to make this as dessert shots, as I have to serve this for approx 40 people.
    But I am going to make this type of dessert for 1st time.
    Can I follow the exact recipe, or you have any suggestion.
    Please help.

    1. Yes Deepali, you can follow the exact recipe. If you get mini gulab jamuns, it won’t be good when making shots. Hope your family and guests like this dessert. Please do let me know.

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