@tempting Junnu

Attempt of making Junnu. I bet one cannot stop with a spoon and satisfy with a bowl. Junnu is famous sweet made in Andhra. Junnu is made from the cow’s lactating milk. The first 3 days milk after giving birth to a calf. The milk man’s happily distribute the milk when their cow deliver’s or another source in India is from villages. This sweet has a heavenly taste that we can’t forget. And the recipe I got I don’t even have the cow’s lactating milk (junnu paalu) but I succeeded in making it. One day my neighbor and friend Swapna prepared this sweet after looking at it I was amazed and was like hey how u made it? And pouring my questions on her without even inviting her in? (See how happy I am for the junnu she gave me………J ). I was so happy to learn we can make it even without lactating milk. Well I know that we can make it with china grass (china grass) that is available in Indian stores but never came through it. It was a nice and easy recipe. And I even searched for other version but I really feel this is easy as everyone has these ingredients in handy.

Preparation time: 10 mints

Cooking time: 45 mins

Serves………….. 4


Sweetened Condensed milk…………1 can

Milk……………………………………………21/2 cups


Cardamom powder………………………2 tsp

Black Pepper powder………………………………2 tsp


  1. In a bowl Wisk the eggs smooth eliminating the bubbles.
  2. Add condensed milk and milk to the eggs and mix till all the ingredients mixes well.
  3. Now transfer it into a bowl that fits in your pressure cooker and sprinkle the cardamom and pepper powder.
  4. Cook in medium heat without whistle for 45 mints.
  5. Then cool and refrigerate till it and have it when it’s cool.

Note: The finished product will be little tight but looks like it’s floating u can check if it’s smooth and thick like cake and not hard like cake. It’s quite tricky. U will know when u prepare. It’s better when cooled. It leaves a little juice from it.

As i observed the above  version will  be difficult for vegiterians i am adding the other 2 versions i knew.

With Curd:

Sweetened condensed milk…………1can

fresh curd……..1cup

milk…………..1 cup

Sugar…………1/2 cup or to taste can use brown sugar.

cardamom powder………..2tsp

pepper powder……………..2  tsp


1. Mix condensed milk and yogurt and to that mixture add warm milk, add sugar to taste and add cardamom and pepper powders.

2. Follow the cooking procedure.Same as above.

With China grass:

1. For 1 can condensed milk, 1/4 cup of sugar ,2 cups of milk mix all  of them and boil it .

2. When milk boils add china grass (10gms) and let it dissolve in the milk completely.

3. Add cardamom and pepper powders ,let it cool in fridge or pour in  shaped containers and cool it in a fridge so it becomes thick.

4. It’s done.


wash the china grass before use. I haven’t tested the above 2 versions i tested only the first version with eggs.

Will let u know when i prepare these also.

I hope u all like this all at one place.


30 responses to this post.

  1. My neighbour makes Shrikand with this milk. Tastes like a spongy custard.


  2. hey… thats fantastic… there is one restaurant in phoenix which serves once in a while


  3. hmm it taste similar to the sweet prepared with lactating milk that sound interesting. we call it gin haalu and i would just love the sweet . its been years tasting the divine sweet. but with eggs i have to think about it . thanks for sharing ramya.


  4. yummmm… you reminded me of my mom 🙂
    This is my mom’s favorite.. Just love it…
    Thanks for sharing!!


  5. Ramya, there’s a way to do this without eggs as well, we need fresh curds for that. If I find the recipe, I will post it on my blog – saw it in some magazine! I love junnu.


  6. Hi Ramya,

    Hmm..now i got the way to prepare Junnu….i loved this sweet like any….yep!!!after reading your post i remember how milk vendors get the milk once their cow’s deliver….give us:)….Thanks for sharing…

    Junnu on plate really tempts alot…


  7. that is a very simple recipe. I used to have Junnu in India. They used to sell it in our place. oh it tastes divine!! will have to try it out.


  8. wow,

    You have just posted my favorite recipe and i’m gonna try this for sure. will let you know how it came out. Thanks for dropping by my blog.


  9. Hai Sujanya,
    It looks like spongy custard but tastes similar to junnu.try it out.

    Hi Dee,
    Well now u too can make it…….:)

    Hey Roopa,
    U can make it with fresh curd with the same procedure eleminating the eggs.tastes same haven’t tried but searched a lot for this.or can add china grass available in indian stores just let it dissolve in the boiling milk and add sugar and cardamom and pepper poders continue the procedure.u have different ways.
    Hi cinnamon,
    Yha it’s my mom’s favourite too.But these days even in india we r not getting lactating milk that often.

    Hi Sra,
    yes we sure have a way with fresh curds,i too came across the recipe,next time will try with that.But somehow i chose this and it turned out really good even i didn’t expect.

    Hi Usha,
    Yes i too remember the milk wendor or wait for them to bring the lactating milk but now a days it’s hard.But this is a really good way i never thought this tastes that good.Try it out dear.

    Hi Sharmi,
    yes dear it’s very simple and easy too.but only problem is we can’t wait till it cools and comes out well we try to gulp it the instant it comes out.

    Hey Sowjanya,
    this is everyones favorite in my house too. Sure let me know about ur outcome.

    And thank u all for dropping by my blog please visit again.


  10. I remember my grandmother making these with real new lactating milk.It does taste yumy.Thanks for the easy way!:))


  11. hey Ramya, you have a very nice space here…I love the mehndi color to ur background, one of my favo..also this junnu recipe is awesome and yet simple to try by anyone…I will surely try this…and thanks for visiting my blog, glad to know u liked my recipes…


  12. I think what you call ‘Junnu’, we call ‘Kharvas’ in Marathi. Love this and I am happy to see there are ways to make this without the special milk.Thanks!


  13. Thanks for visiting my blog Ramya.
    This is really mouth watering and tempting. I am going to try this out.
    Thanks for sharing


  14. Hi Ramya,

    Thats a nice recipe out there… I’m thinking of trying this recipe. Before I start I just wanted to know a few things.

    2 1/2 cups of milk for 1 can of condensed milk – Pls confirm if the cup you used was a measuring cup and secondly how many oz of condensed milk have u used.


  15. Haven’t ever tasted this before…..but it does sound very tempting.


  16. Ramya, this tulsi I got it from Sharmi of Neivedyam. Actually we are neighbours :). Well there are two types of tulsi, Krishna tulsi and Ram tulsi. As is the name Krishna tulsi has some bluish tincture to the leaves and stems, while Ram tulsi is simply green (they say white). If you live in NJ, I have seen them selling at Bridgewater temple HTH…and thanks for your compliments


  17. very nice recipe…I have heard my Amma telling me about this…but have never tried it…will try some time …and thanks for your comments in my blog…if you still have not made ragi sangati with mutton pulusu…check out my blog..will be posting it today….



  18. That sounds yummy! I know the taste of lactating milk and love it. Then, I will probably love this dessert too. I have a question though. I don’t have a pressure cooker, do you think it will be ok if I cook in the oven? Thanks a lot!


  19. Its been ages since I tasted it. Never thought that we can make it with eggs. Thanks for sharing this.


  20. My grandma used to make something with this milk…your recipe sounds nice.


  21. Tat looks super yummy but may I know what china grass is?


  22. […] special milk. I started searching in Google and found many options – Arjuna’s version and Ramya’s version. I cannot describe how happy. I was not keen on trying the version with egg, but the version with […]


  23. Posted by swathi on 1, March 26, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    hi ramya just have a query regarding recipe of junnu..
    as u said to add 1can of condensed milk…i exactly didng get u…
    1can means is it 1 gallon???just lemme know that soon….waiting to prepare that @home….


  24. Hi ramya amazing recipe would surely try can u give me an alternative for eggs here? will egg substitue or anything else be added… please guide… my hubby loves junnu but doesnt like egg.. does the egg smell come in it?… please reply…. and also do see my blog…
    n do give me ur comments..:)


  25. […] baking Hi Anu, I have never made egg custard but found this in the net (uses pressure cooker): @tempting Junnu Aromas of my food. I think it’s very similar to Vahee’s but only uses condensed milk in addition. […]


  26. Posted by Sai on 1, May 10, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Ramya,

    Thank you so much for this receipe. i tried and it cameout so good that i know i would be hooked for a long time. Junnu always been my favorite and ur receipe is going to help cherish this dish for a very long time.

    Thank you,


  27. Posted by Vedha on 1, July 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Hello – your Junnu Recipe with eggs & Condensed milk is just Superb!!!!!! i made this the other day…..and its soooooo close to Junnu……i and my friends just loved eating it. I am going to pass this on to all other Junnu lover’s…….Thanks for sharing this with everyone!.



  28. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.


  29. Posted by chitra on 1, December 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    actually yesterday I tried your recipe(junnu), it was very nice,tasty and similar to original junnu.only problem is,under the bowl it came out dark(burnt).so what I should I do for that?Can I add some jaggery to the mix?


  30. Posted by ratna on 1, January 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Is there no sugar needed in method one? Or was it a typo?


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