Silver coated Gulab Jamun in Nepal
It’s a super sweet desert known all over the Indian subcontinent. I even found gulab jamun in Malaysia. In Nepal I was hoping for the same thing, what I got was quite different in many senses!
What is Gulab Jamun?
Deep fried flour made with milk and sugar which is then rolled into little spheres before being soaked in a syrup. Many flavor the little spheres lightly with cardamom.
In Nepal there are two types of gulab jamun. The traditional light brown one that is soaked in a sugar syrup or saffron syrup. Or this one where it’s slightly darker and given an edible silver foil topping!
The red dot is simply a little food coloring to represent what I can only assume is a tikka as there were no taste differences or other colors involved.
Which tastes better: silver or traditional Gulab Jamun?
I have to give a hands down winner to traditional (Nepali) gulab jamun for this one. The silver version is very moist. But lacks that little extra flavor from the sugar syrup the traditional version has.
That said the silver gulab jamun in Nepal goes down a treat at a party or festival. What’s more it’s really quite cheap and makes a great gift if you are ever invited to a Nepali home.
Tips on eating gulab jamun in Nepal
You’ll find it in many local Nepalese sweet shops and bakeries. Not so much in the touristy ones in Thamel so look inside the bakeries outside of this area.
If eating at the bakery you can ask for a small dish of syrup. If at all possible try to find a chilled version of gulab jamun as it’s especially good when eaten cold. You can also get a take-away box which makes it even greater as an excellent gift or thank you present.
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